A Day With my Creative Side

How often do you sit with a pen and paper to write down your thoughts, or creative work, your bucket list or just something as simple as the to do list for the day…

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On Friday when I read the WOW prompt –  Doodle something on paper and write about it, I kept thinking of something good. I liked the prompt because it is true that we are so used to the ticking of the keys on our laptop that we have forgotten the use of a pen and paper. If someone asks me to write something, I really, really have a tough time and my handwriting … don’t even ask 🙁 Like a child, I loved colouring, painting but as I grew other things became more important for me and slowly this creative corner took a backseat in my life. Recently, I also picked up my paints just to evoke my lost art form.

As I was about to step out of the house for mehndi application since next day was Karwachauth, I got an inkling why not apply henna on my own this time. (The prompt also mentioned Color something if you really cannot doodle). So I did go to the market but returned with a mehndi cone. My daughter was very excited to get some mehndi applied as well.

On returning home, I first applied it on her tiny hands. Then a friend of hers came over along with her mother and grandmother. Once I was done with my daughter, I applied it to the other 3 ladies as well. I realised that by this time my confidence and creativity both got better. Finally, after everyone left and my daughter happily dozed off I sat down to apply on my hand … even if it meant only one hand. That night I was awake till 2 in the morning. I was so lost in my creativity that I didn’t realise that it had become so late. And, boy was I happy with the result … yes very much…

As per Wikipedia:

doodle is a drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be composed of random and abstract lines, generally without ever lifting the drawing device off of the paper, in which case it is usually called a “scribble”.

Here in India, we are so familiar with the application of henna on any auspicious occasion and festivals. While creating a beautiful mehndi, one needs to be as creative as possible. The approach to creating this beautiful art form is usually from top to down. The reason behind this is that when you reach the bottom of the hand the mehndi already applied will dry and not get smudged while you create the design on the bottom of the hand.

Doodling is one art form where you can get as creative as possible. In a similar manner, mehndi is beautiful when a person gets as creative as possible. Also, sometimes you may need to make changes in your design. Not all hands are of the same size … there will be tiny hands, small hands and large hands. So the size of the hand plays a major role in your creativity.

Next day, I was very happy with the after-effects of my mehndi. I had a feeling of immense pride and joy as I finally got creative after so many years of slumber. I enjoyed applying it that I lost track of time. I flaunted it to all my friends who asked me from where I got my mehndi done. And all this was only possible because of the prompt for the weekend. A big thank you to BlogAdda!

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

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Shubhra Rastogi Written by:

Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.


  1. Abhijit
    October 30, 2018

    Nice doodle.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 30, 2018


  2. October 30, 2018

    Nice interpretation of the prompt. Love the use of repetitive patterns.

    Seema – Artist & Writer
    Lonely Canopy

  3. Shubhra Rastogi
    October 31, 2018


  4. November 5, 2018

    Very creative and artistic!
    Great celebration in the festive season with Mehendi application.
    Happy Dhanteras.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      November 20, 2018

      Thanks, and same to you as well…

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