Tag Archives: summers

re-fresh :: hand book binding

16 May

Summer vacations in between the academic year. Though the students are not on campus, there is ample administrative work to be finished. But I am so glad that I could take out some time and return to my old love for hand-book binding. It will not be wrong to say that I am returning to it seriously after almost a year (barring two large notebooks which I bound for my routine use – more on these later).

Meanwhile, enjoy the preview – there are five or six different designs – most of them stitched, but all in limited editions of 20 pieces (max 24), with customised hand drawn covers. All of them use uncoated paper and card including handmade paper.

Do watch out for the full batch to be released at NIDUS early june.


“If it feels easy, you’re probably not pushing the limits of what’s possible”

22 May

new rapidographs and inks

6 May

. . . after a long time, I got the time to pull out my old rapidographs.

and yes, the handlebar moustache is growing 🙂

It was a pleasure to open them completely, leave them soaked overnight in diluted soap water and clean them up the next morning. Opening a rapidograph does not require to be a rocket scientist, but putting it back in the right order, without damaging the slender nib is a challenge.

I bought an orange and a brown ink. excited to use them frequently now that the vacations have set in 🙂

the oranges of summer

6 May

I was confined to indoors most of the time in the last three weeks with the semester ending juries followed by back to back admissions interviews of the undergrad and postgrads at NID. I went to the maingate for the customary cup of tea in the evening. It was a delightful experience to witness the gulmohar in full bloom.


the luminescence orange flowers set against the fresh greens of the new leaves are just amazing. A breather in the hot 42+ summers at NID.