Upliftment of women / Women’s Liberation

As a liberated young woman, I say to upliftment of women / women’s liberation – “I don’t think so!” (with an attitude). 

Upliftment of the human race. Let’s work towards being the best human beings each of us can. 

And here is my humorous take on upliftment of women / women’s liberation.

Gone are the days when women had to take their bras off and thrown them into the air and claim women’s liberation. Uplifted free thinking Indian women don’t need to put large bindis and look all artsy any longer. Now, we do wear (and don’t need to wear) wonderbras/pushup bras to uplift our breasts. We don’t fight men, but love them.

There is ofcourse the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign. (save the girl child, educate her)  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beti_Bachao,_Beti_Padhao_Yojana

As a well educated girl-adult, I feel we should ask for a campaign for the uneducated adults. And also especially, for retired folk! Something like “Save the Adult, Especially the Retired Ones, ’cause an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” (I live in a colony/community where the number of retired folk is high!)

Perhaps the Government Of India should restart free adult night education. Or perhaps not free. My experience is that we must charge a little money, the minimum possible. And teach some skill along with education. This is quite a common practice in the non-profit sector.

Don’t take my word for what I say about the Government and the campaigns. I was missing in action while I was away from the city/capital for approx. 10 years, busy running after enlightenment and then teaching ‘how to’. So a lot more catching up on news for me. Check my resume on my site divyamsurabhi.com to know more.

Talking about Indian politics. Indira Gandhi has been the only woman prime minister of India. We are a proud nation and have so many women in politics.

And yes, when I struggled with being left alone by all other known human beings, in the village context a few years ago..I did have and was surprised by nasty thoughts like – maybe we should kill the girl child at birth (wasn’t for my own self ofcourse! 😀). I immediately rejected that thought. Perhaps with all the meditation, I was tuning into the collective unconscious.) 

That tradition is already resolved, by very strict rules in India. Identifying the sex of the child when pregnant is illegal. 

As a modern educated person from the city and having done a lot of design for the social development sector, I knew not to socially activate my village neighbours (other than by opening non-profit orgs, which was not my choice) or try to force my city ways on them (very culturally different). I did refuse to wear the chunni to cover my breasts! And I did dress up conservatively 😀. Not calling upon myself unwanted attention.

Watching modern Indian bollywood movies showing sexual uplifting of women. Movies like – Lipstick Under My Burkha, with a middle finger on the poster http://m.imdb.com/title/tt4807830/
And parched by Ajay Devgn Films http://m.imdb.com/title/tt3043252/

Another movie I was impressed by – Queen of Katwe http://m.imdb.com/title/tt4341582/
Lead actor: Lupita Nyongo and Director: Meera Nair. 

Not the day for legal strip clubs (thinking of men stripers 😜) in Delhi NCR. But read recently in an article, that 80% of the people looking at pornography online in India are women. This is modern India! 😀

With all my spiritual background, I choose not to be a Ma/Mata ji sitting in an ashram or temple giving blessings. Perhaps I’m not that old and ofcourse it isn’t my personality type (more into being friends with everyone! 😀). Decided I’d rather be an intelligent beauty, back in the city, marry and have a child.


Satyamev Jayate

Truth Wins!

“Satyameva Jayate” (Sanskrit: सत्यमेव जयते satyam-eva jayate; lit. “Truth alone triumphs.”) is a mantra from the ancient Indian scripture Mundaka Upanishad. Following the independence of India, it was adopted as the national motto of India in May 1949. It is inscribed in script at the base of the national emblem.

Showing next to the image of the balance, my original signature as a ceramic artist. It means balance. 

I was surprised to sign this as my name the day I made my first ceramic. Without thought, I just turned it around and made it at the base of the first pinched pot. 

Growing up I was inspired by ‘being truthful’. Born on the same day as the father of the nation India. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

I learnt through my journey to create more balance in life. Always balance between personal and professional life! 

When I was teaching the path of Beauty/Sundram, I wished to add to the techniques of balance. I wished to add rope walking which i had once experienced in the neyyardam ashram in kerala (This is one of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in South India http://sivananda.org.in/neyyardam/) Wished to learn myself and then teach the sport of balancing on the line/slacklining.  It culminated when I returned to Delhi. There are free sessions available in Deer Park every Sunday (https://m.facebook.com/groups/151612535035099?ref=bookmarks)

There is a note worthy movie about this art/sport- The Walk. http://m.imdb.com/title/tt3488710/

I had gone for 12 years of intense spiritual practice away from the city I was born and brought up in. “Isn’t it needed to go into something with intensity?” Someone asks. It is, is my answer, if you want it bad and need it in your life. How else would I have become enlightened and then returned to the city I was born in. To my roots, to work and marry and lead a happy married life!

Have already changed my sign to my studio logo – Talking Clay. Read more about it – https://talkingclay.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/talking-about-the-talking-clay-studio-logo/

Looking forward to my future! 

Sharing the Studio in Dharamshala

Very happy to have had Samira and Yannick over at Talking Clay Studio in Dharamshala for a week. Samira found us through Google, while looking for a place in the Himalayas where she could pot and her friend Yannick joined the 7 day beginners course.

It’s our first time welcoming people to the studio. We have always envisioned sharing this beautiful studio space and hope this is just the beginning of such happenings.

We had some amazing conversations through the 7 days. About movies/books/news and their impact on our minds. If creating movies is predicting or defining the future? About living in a community space. The hierarchy, politics and religion of such living. Being choice full versus going with the unconscious heard or whatever flow is available.


Yannick shared that he is on a journey to gain more knowledge and inner wisdom. Samira can’t wait to open her own studio in Dheradun.



Earthy Tones made in Delhi

Tested the new kiln – 1st glaze firing of this studio space in Delhi.

It’s a success!!


Ceramic Designers and Producers

Designers for being Designers
Producers for being Producers
Mixing the two as one person
Takes away from the
Gets confined if too much
Technique is involved
The mind starts to
Restrict Possibility
So Please
Designers for being Designers
Producers for being Producers

Exceptions on Occasion
New Eyes, Child-likeness, Amazement, Immense Joy, Fullness…


Talking Brand Consciousness – ‘Do you Pot?’

Brand Identity/Awareness/Consciousness. Talking Economic-Social-Political-Response-Ability. Though I had studied branding during my Design Education; I never at that point imagined, that Brands get created this way. So. I represent myself as an artist – Through my artwork and then also through … Continue reading


What/Who is an Artist


My Father
Asked me today

Why do you define your
Brand Identity
Brand Awareness
Brand Consciousness
As – Artist . Potter . Writer

Well, What to do
I responded
Hopefully today is the day
When just the word Artist

Will convey



Back in Delhi !


‘Peace’ – Handmade Stoneware Ceramics, Electric Fired

It’s Great! It’s Incredible !
Just to be Back in Delhi from the Mountains.

Enjoyed tasting the first hand-crafted Indian beer – Bira 91 at a friend’s b’day last night. http://www.bira91.com
(Super happy to see the quality of products and design reaching a different level)

Touched by the stories told by the Dance performance ‘The Courtesan – An Enigma’ by Manjari Chaturvedi and the Narritive by Neesha Singh on the lives of well known courtesans (Gauhar Jaan ! :-))

Also attended the Dhrupad concert by the Gandecha Brothers
(http://dhrupad.org/) at the WWF, New Delhi a few days ago.
Reminded me of the little interaction with Zia Fariduddin Dagar at the end of a small intimate gathering in IHC many years ago. Thanks to my friend Arjun for having invited me for both these events.



Studio closed for the season!

I’m back in New Delhi.
Safe and sound!

The fire of who we are
As people of this universe
Young and Alive
Strong and Free

Yesterday was the day
I was made to accept “Reation”
From Action and Response
To Reaction?
Is that the New Way of this Earth?

I’m Talking Clay
Accepting and not accepting