In this guest post Cyrus Daruwala introduces us to the delightful characters of his book ‘I Take This Train Too’ (see gallery above) and tells us what motivated him to create them.
‘Alok Nanda & Company, the ad agency I work with, is located in Great Western Building – a heritage/crumbling building opposite Lion’s Gate. To reach the office before sundown there is but one choice – the train. The journey from Andheri to Churchgate is a long one, particularly if you’ve nothing to do. So I chose to entertain myself in a way that wouldn’t have me arrested – I sketched. It struck me that the Mumbai trains are (literally) packed with unique characters and they deserved to be documented.
I enjoyed it so much, I eventually quit my job and began to compile the book, observation by observation. Some people weren’t pleased with my decision to go all Prince Siddhartha on them and give up a steady job. But there were so many more who were thrilled and supportive.
After 8 months I finished the book. So I picked up where I left off, by rejoining the same company. Except now my agency head, Alok Nanda, was also my publisher. He established Filter Press, and it was a delight to have a publisher whose only goal was to maintain the highest standards in book production.
The book has been created as a true collector’s edition, hardbound with open stitch binding, and a special slip case. The illustrations are brought alive through colour printing on special paper. The colourful palette was derived from the character’s qualities. Whether it was the sickly pale yellow of the ‘Starer’, or the dull grey of the ‘Sleepwalker’. You can pick up your copy of the book on Amazon or order art prints / book from Tadpole Store.’
On Twitter Cyrus assumes personas as colourful as his characters- he is variously Cyrus Trainwala, Drawingwala, Adwala. When tired, he is Cyrus Drainwala. After bagging 6 awards for the book at the Kyoorius Design Yatra 2013 and the Abby Awards 2014, we bestow the twitter handle – Cyrus Well-deserved Awardwala.