An Interview with ‘Anandhotep’

It is a brand new year. And I have brand new interviews lined up on Scribbles@Arpita. Presenting before you all today is the ever so quirky Anand of Anand’s Parodies & Caricatures. Anand is a blogger and caricaturist with a great sense of humor, so it is best to let him do the talking! Here we go!

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1. Tell us about yourself.
And…the interview begins! Why do interviews always start with this question, is a question that demands an answer! Speaking of demands, I am reminded of myself – a thirty-some common urban Indian man of today, who is always in demand. Don’t get me wrong. The sort of demand I am referring to, is the demand for unpaid labor, unfelt emotions, and uncalled-for duties. I am a self-proclaimed representative of the Indian family man who runs chores for his mother, mediates the household quarrels between the two women who rule his life, and tries build a bridge between his passion and his work, while struggling to keep a lid on the mouth of his volcanic family that can erupt any moment.
2. How long have you been creating caricatures?
For a while now. I was inspired by another artist, who wants to remain anonymous. I always had good control of the pencil and from the childhood, a passion for geometric drawing – but caricatures happened quite late in life. But all said, I think that if you can draw and you have a quirky and somewhat snarky way of looking at life, caricatures happen automatically!
3. Tell us about the QSM magazine. What inspired you to take up this project?
qsm-magazine-issue2The QSM magazine (http://issuu.com/qsm-magazine) just happened to me. I took the blogging101 course, and realized that readers liked my humor and my caricature-renditions. So I thought why not put them together and present a magazine to my readers. So the decision was quick, but it’s implementation was killing. Wifey went ballistic. She nearly smashed my computer, because after sitting on my butt and programming for 8 to 9 hours a day, I’d spend about 5 hours on the magazine, every day! Mom went on her usual routine of how the demure dusky diva had enticed her brilliant, IITian son and changed him into an artist-programmer. If Mom and wifey happened to learn that my blogger friends were responsible for my descent…they might join forces and come after you with a red-hot frying pan and a rolled up magazine respectively.
4. Anandhotep fans want to know, how appreciative is your Mom about QSM? Has she read any edition?
Appreciative?!!!
She detests it. Her son had fallen from the sky and managed to get his diapers caught in theanandhotep-the-qsm-magazine branches of programming – he still could’ve earned a decent living (thank god, he learned to program; as an artist he’d have starved!) In her opinion, the QSM Magazine is that storm that will unhinge him even from programming and toss him into the abyss of obscurity! “Puttar ji, thookan nal papad jai tale jaande” (Son, you can’t fry finger-chips in saliva…or words won’t pay your bills!) That I am still publishing the magazine, proves that she hasn’t read any edition! (There are times when I feel grateful for her being far-sighted!)
5. Your pet dog features prominently in your blogposts and QSM (and is one of my favourite characters). How long have you had her? Tell us something about her that we don’t know already.
She is the love of my life (and wifey is mighty jealous of her.) That she has me wrapped around the pinkie of her left paw, is wifey’s opinion, and I concur. She’s had me for almost a decade now. She’s bilingual and has a vocab of more than a hundred words (Hindi and English combined.) All I can say is that among the ladies of the house, she appreciates my efforts the most.
5. Scrolling down the digital pages of QSM makes me feel that if someone really has the passion to pursue his/her hobby, then a day job is hardly a hindrance. Tell us how you balance life and your art.
I work from home, and while this arrangement gobbles up my weekends, it also saves me the commutation time. I take time off between projects (if I can,) but being responsible for paying the rent and putting food on the table, does put a certain pressure on you. You are right, passion for creating what I consider the best Indian humor magazine out there, keeps me going, despite all the hurdles. I wake up early (at 4,) and work on the magazine for at least two hours before everyone else in the house is up. The only adverse fallout of this is that I am now expected to prepare the morning tea and rouse everyone else.
6. Do you feel a good caricaturist is also a good humorist?
Not necessarily. While both possess humor-tinted glasses, they must express what they want to in their own ways. I think I am a jack of both the trades, but a writer needn’t necessarily draw or the vice-versa. A lot of excellent caricaturists believe that language is only a tool to communicate with the client, and they never stop to burnish it; similarly many writers think of drawing as something that must be left either to kids or professionals. This is why one may not be the other; not in most cases.
7. What are your future plans with QSM? Do you plan to pursue a self-publishing route for it, or will it always be free (for our delight)? Do you have other projects in mind?
I’m looking for humorists who want to find an intelligent and appreciative readership. I’d also love to find caricaturists/cartoonists who’d like to contribute to the magazine. If I find great authors and artists, the QSM Magazine will grow, because then I can spend some of my time improving the design and focusing on promoting it. The third issue of the QSM Magazine (http://issuu.com/qsm-magazine/docs/the-qsm-magazine-issue-2)  literally flew off the shelves of ISSUU.com. QSM humor has an international scope but an Indian flavor – so regardless of where you are and who you are, there would always be something for you in the magazine. I cannot say if it will always be free, but till I have the support of the readers, I’ll try to keep it free. I’d like to request the readers of the QSM magazine to help me promote it. Share its link/icon, tweet about it, write to me with your thoughts, write for it – do whatever you want with it – and do double; there won’t be any trouble! (I must’ve caught this bigg bugg from Bigg Boss 9!)
8. Any message for the readers for the New Year?
Get some Quirky, Snarky, Malarkey in your life! Have fun, poke jokes, draw to your heart’s fill, write to make the world smile, and subscribe to the QSM Magazine! Heeng lage na fitkari, aur rang aaye chokha – to kyon nahi, hain ji? (You don’t have to pull out your wallet, nor do you have to swipe your credit card, then why stop yourself from sampling the cerebral delights of the QSM Magazine? Right?!) Do what makes you happy, because the quest of happiness begins at home.

QSM on the Web:
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The QSM Magazine Online: The QSM Magazine
QSM Magazine’s FB page at: http://facebook.com/qsm-magazine
My twittering-self: http://twitter.com/artflows

Do follow Anand on his blog for more of Quirky, Snarky, Malarkey! And don’t forget to sign up for your copy of QSM!

P.S: All the caricatures published in this post are created by Anand. The images are subject to copyright.
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About Arpita

Arpita Pramanick is a little, young woman with a bright face (who'd rather not look directly into a stranger's eye) you'll find walking on the corridors of Mu Sigma, Inc. She tells herself she wants to be a properly published writer (by which she means she wants to be published from the likes of Penguin), but isn't really so sincere about writing everyday. So if you see her, tell her to go write. She'll love you for doing that!
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70 Responses to An Interview with ‘Anandhotep’

  1. rosemawrites says:

    Thank you for giving me good and hearty laughters, Arpita and Anand! He is surely a character!

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  2. Anand says:

    Thank you, Arpita. I enjoyed the interview tremendously, and I am now off to tell my readers about it 😀

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  3. Anand says:

    Reblogged this on Anand's Parodies & Caricatures. and commented:
    For reasons best known to her, Arpita decided to interview me and my sometime-alterego Anandhotep. While I was going all misty-eyed and feeling humbled by the honor bestowed upon me, that bugger Anandhotep has sent me a selfie in which he’s holding out his mummified head that appears to be winking and sticking out its tongue at me. Why? Because Arpita has gone ahead and called it “An Interview with Anandhotep!” I request my friends to head over to her blog and tell her exactly what you think of that dried-up prune of a mummy. Thank you, ji.

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    • Anand says:

      I am tensed to see how I’ve mixed up my tenses! Shame on me! Oh, wait! It must be Anandhotep’s doing. Arpita, be careful – he can play havoc with your sense of past and present and leave you tense-less!

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  4. You never fail to plea me with your words 😄

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  5. oneta hayes says:

    Anand, I am sitting here wrestling with questions. Could Anand be Anand if he didn’t have his family? Did Anand create wifey, mom, dog, dad, and Anandhotep? Did they create him? Does the real Anand work for rent money? Does he yell “Ouch” when he stubs his toe on the dining room table leg? Or does he ever walk through the house bare footed? Does mom give him comfort or a lecture? That must be quite a scene for wifey to walk in on! I bet the sparks fly. One question just seems to lead to the next. Maybe I should let you remain the mystery man just dealing out quirky, smarky, malarky. I like what he is dishing out.

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    • Arpita says:

      Right on, Oneta! Valid questions… I’d love Anand to answer this! 🙂

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    • Anand says:

      Questions that if truthfully answered could result in Anand’s burial in Anandhotep’s tomb. There are some that I can answer with certainty though. Real Anand works for rent money and dreams of a house that wifey can call her own…and he learned the use of Ouch from wifey who always yells ouch when she stubs her toe. He, on the other hand, makes terrible faces when he stubs his toes, but never yells or screams because Punjabi men don’t do that, though he wishes he could. Does walk through the house barefoot, especially in summers. If you lived in India, you’d be walking barefoot too 😀 And oh, I am also pretty sure that Mom created me because she never stops reminding me – “nau maheene tujhe pate mein rakha, tune mere liye kya kiya?” (For nine whole months, I carried you in my womb…so now you better cough up the rent!) I divulge anymore, and I am a dead man!

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  6. This is such a cool interview with just the right amount of humor! 🙂

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  7. Omg! A bilingual dog with a rich vocab, an Egyptian alter ego, and all digs on digs on Wifey and Mommy. No wonder QSM is Quirkey, Smirkey, Malarkey. 🙂

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  8. Wandering Soul says:

    Such a fun read. Nice questions, Arpita! Well done , you both. 🙂

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  9. Judy Martin says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Anand’s humour really appeals to me. as it is similar to my own. Thank you so much both of you for this brilliantly entertaining interview 🙂

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  10. DeepikaBurli says:

    I come back to WordPress after a while and the first thing popping up on my reader happens to be this… Anand, your Trimurthy personalities (Quirky, Snarky, Malarkey) do the trick again! I guess I’d love to read more of your interviews than the QSM for a while! 😛
    Arpita, as usual, you put in a smile on my face, some way or the other! 🙂

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    • Arpita says:

      Haha! Thanks Deepika! 🙂

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    • Anand says:

      Trimurthy personalities! Hmm. Never thought of it that way…but it makes sense. Thanks for the divine metaphor, I’d have chosen three-headed snake instead (no, Mom would’ve.) Deepika, interviews happen once in a blue-moon, when an excellent judge of character, such as Arpita, notices you and decides that you are worthy of an Interview. QSM however can become your staple, should you want it. Ghar ki daal roti vs. 5 star ka chicken!

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  11. Had great time reading the interview, Anand can bring his wife and mom in any conversation. I’m sure they don’t know what all you say about them. If your wife reads all this she will make you prepare breakfast too not just morning tea!
    Great blog Arpita reached to your blog through Anand’s blog http://artflowsinmyveins.wordpress.com

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    • Arpita says:

      Thanks Megha for dropping by! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the interview!

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    • Anand says:

      Megha, they can leave neither me nor my conversations alone – they follow me everywhere. There are times when I feel haunted, possessed, and completely out of control! I hope they don’t start subscribing to the QSM Magazine, but if they do, then I’ll have to disappear from the blogosphere.
      Arpita’s blog is a lovely one indeed and she’s a fab writer – and a real one too – she’s got a published book of short-stories to her credit, something that inspires me…

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      • Wandering Soul says:

        A published author!! Wow!! I am in esteemed company – one a published author, another a renowned illustrator and caricaturist.
        Congrats, Arpita! Shall turn to you for help and advice when I am prepared to publish my own some day. It’s a distant dream for now.

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      • Anand says:

        Arpita is the real kind. You know about humorists and where they are in the hierarchy. Renowned illustrator? Who knows me? Mom, wifey, and the dog – that’s like a grand total of three, of which two are out to sabotage my dreams.

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  12. BunKaryudo says:

    I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to draw and type while wrapped from head to foot in bandages. It’s amazing that despite that, and the ongoing clash of the Titans in the living room, Anand(hotep) manages to produce such a truly outstanding publication. It’s attractive to look at and hilarious to read. What more could anyone want from a humor magazine?

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    • Arpita says:

      Exactly! I was amazed at the professional look that he creates with QSM single-handedly. I’m a big fan!

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    • Anand says:

      Hey Bun, that Anandhotep just sits in that damn chair and orders me about. Clash of the Titans? Clash of the Amazons would be a more appropriate description…dad has perfected the technique of being an audience, and I am trying to learn what I can, from him. Glad you find the magazine professional-looking. I mean I wouldn’t expect anything else from Anandhotep – he has 3000 years of experience, you see?

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      • BunKaryudo says:

        That is a lot of experience. I hope his software is up to date. Incidentally, your dad seems to have the right idea. The two of you should sit on the coach and watch each confrontation like a game of tennis, head turning first one way and then the other. Perhaps you could sell tickets to make a bit of extra money. You could even offer popcorn or bags of nuts.

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      • Anand says:

        Bun, I’m doing you a favor by not telling them about your nefarious suggestions. Selling tickets?!! The ignominy of it! But hey, your visual of me and Dad is about right. I made a post about it once…can’t remember which one – oh, the Artist vs. Programmer one 😀

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      • BunKaryudo says:

        Yes, please keep me out of it. My suit of armor is being mended at the moment.

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  13. xhobdo says:

    Nice interview

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