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For Namrata, drawing is cathartic, as her approach is generally to draw what she sees around her, like a visual journal. This is probably partly informed by the stunning imagery surrounding her as a child, and maybe by the days she spent sitting at train stations sketching passengers while at school in Baroda.

Despite being Brooklyn-based now, many of her illustrations are related to India in some way, such as her depiction of the Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 in her hometown of Ahmedabad.

“I feel there is a little bit of Brooklyn in my illustrations of India and vice-versa.” Tweet

“India is home. It’s where my family resides. I look at the world through that lens,” she says. “I feel like being away from it brings a certain clarity and fresh perspective when depicting it. It helps sort through complexities. The process keeps me connected to my land and reassures me of my identity.” Despite her deep-set roots in India, she’s starting to feel almost as great a connection to Brooklyn. “I tell my sister that decades-old Brooklyn Brownstones in my neighborhood are like grandparents, keeping an eye on me,” she says.

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Despite being Brooklyn-based now, many of her illustrations are related to India in some way, such as her depiction of the Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 in her hometown of Ahmedabad.

Despite being Brooklyn-based now, many of her illustrations are related to India in some way, such as her depiction of the Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 in her hometown of Ahmedabad.

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Let my people go surfing

Yvon Chouinard

Despite being Brooklyn-based now, many of her illustrations are related to India in some way, such as her depiction of the Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 in her hometown of Ahmedabad.

Despite being Brooklyn-based now, many of her illustrations are related to India in some way, such as her depiction of the Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 in her hometown of Ahmedabad.

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Let my people go surfing

Yvon Chouinard

Despite being Brooklyn-based now, many of her illustrations are related to India in some way, such as her depiction of the Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 in her hometown of Ahmedabad.

Despite being Brooklyn-based now, many of her illustrations are related to India in some way, such as her depiction of the Bhadra Fort, built in 1411 in her hometown of Ahmedabad.