Hagan, Eric and I traveled to Chennai, India earlier this year. We have so many special memories from our trip. We met such kind people,
We even spent a day in Frankfurt, Germany on the way back home to Iowa.
Tara Books is right in Chennai. They brought lots of their books to the school where the conference was being held. During each break, I would go back to their booth to read and look through them again, finding another one I loved.
As we looked through the illustrations, they made the book come to life and best of all, they made all of the things we saw while in Chennai come to life too.
It says, She is now a middle age woman, and in this book, she has drawn the story of her incredible journey from endemic poverty into the rich inner world of art.
You can read more about Teju and the book designed, Nia Thandopani here.
We chose three of Teju's prints to bring back with us.
This month we had them framed and added these prints and all of the memories of India to our home.
I thought about the people,
and their beautifully colored clothes.
I thought about all of the different homes, markets,
and temples we saw. I thought about the history of India and how proud they were to share it with us every chance they had.
When we were at the school in India, two young women who were art students in Chennai, added beautiful henna to my hands. It stayed on my hands for over two weeks, fading away a little bit more each day. I was very sad when it was all gone and wished it could have stayed longer.
The memories the three of us had in India will stay with us forever. And now every time I walk into our home, I will see the drawings from the city and remember a place we truly love.
Thank you Teju and Tara Books for helping us bring back a piece of India to our home and forever in our hearts.