Creativity Carnival: Girl

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the seventh edition of the Creativity Carnival.  That this edition comes to you on the anniversary of September 11 attacks makes it special. A tribute to humanity, courage, and kindness, yet a warning for the times to come, if the world took just one wrong step. It appears to me that the world, as a whole, may already have taken a few wrong steps – steps that in a few years from now could change our way of living.

Thanks for responding to the cue-art Handcuffs. It was a difficult prompt. Handcuffs usually have an immediate relevance for most of us, until of course, we venture into the realm of philosophy and psychology. And yet, the responses left me speechless.

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Here is the cue-art for this week. Please take it away with you, think about it, read the clues, then give a freehand to your creativity. I leave my drawing in your care.

Pen and Ink portrait of a girl - 9/11 and Terrorism. Cue-art for Creativity Carnival.


Here are few simple rules.

    1. Your cue is the artwork above.
    2. You have a week to get creative and make a post that connects with the cue.
    3. You are welcome to do anything creative with the cue. Here is a list of possibilities:
      • Write a Story (tiny/short/long…whichever works for you. A tip: Shorter Stories, more reads.)
      • Share an Anecdote
      • Write a Poem
      • Draw a doodle
      • Paint a picture
      • Some other creative craft that I can’t think of – but it must explore and even extend the portrayal in the artwork.
    4. Include the cue-art in your post.
    5. Link back to this Creativity Carnival Post so that a ping back is registered. It will help other bloggers (including this caricaturist) can visit your post, like it, love it, and comment upon it.


1. Links to the pages and the home-page of a blog don’t result in a ping back.
2. Links created through an image (linking an image to a post) don’t create a ping back. 

For more details (mostly superfluous) please visit the Creativity Carnival page here.

Do tag your posts “creativity carnival”. So if you start following the tag, you’ll find the newest carnivals in your Reader.

I will look forward to visiting your blogs 🙂

And now – what inspired me to create the gun-art and what that picture means to me.

About Handcuffs.

Handcuffs were inspired by an event that I hope will never repeat itself. A rich socialite murdered her nineteen-year-old daughter. The story is complex and you can read it here. She was apprehended by the police and taken away for questioning. The image of her manacled hand, the possible reason for the murder – they didn’t leave me; they drove me to draw the handcuffs with the rose. It was a simple drawing, but a complex prompt. Thank you for participating.


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    • A great take and one that balances the negative with the positive. 9/11 had this strange ability to make me contemplate pain and darkness. I promise a brighter cue-art this week. I do hope that like you others will see a way out of the darkness this drawing represents. Thank you for participating.

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      • To me it’s a reminder of how things haven’t improved, actually worsened since then. Even as I drew this girl, in my mind, I had christened it the ISIS girl. I know I must correct my vision…this is why, the cue-art of this week is going to be so very different!

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      • I just came across this quote which helps sometimes when I see such global and national changes going in the wrong direction: “sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” — Marilyn Monroe

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      • Meghan, I’d love to see the positive side of it…and thank you for trying to help. However, I doubt that Ms. Monroe had ever envisaged what we are seeing today. India went through it 700 years ago – it changed our culture irrevocably. Women lost their freedom and went into veils, female infanticide became a cultural norm – societal changes that are brought about by invasions of any kind are irreversible. I do feel fortunate that I am already halfway through life 🙂 Don’t worry, I won’t be creating dark images for the carnival anymore 🙂

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      • Please don’t stop creating dark images, we all need to be reminded of the yin and yang of life. Your comment is very well written and I am wiser for reading it. Thanks for being a great new blogging friend.


      • I don’t think i have anything this week. I’ve been working on an email campaign and have been swamped. I had no quick idea on this cue-art so have nothing! Lol but i really appreciate the lightness of the cue-art. Maybe tomorrow’s cue? Xoxoxo


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