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.


Tea Pots

Handcrafted Designer Ceramic Tea Pots Price Rs 1000


Ceramic Fest 2017 – India

Block Printed Ceramic Items. Indian Motifs on Clay. Price Rs 800 for a pair and Rs 600 for the tray. As a child, I remember my father telling me to pick up a notepad and drawing designs of Indian motifs, … Continue reading


‘Open art’ is driving design innovation

Inspired by Indian artistic motifs. Block print on ceramic. New designs from Divyam Surabhi this SummerMonsoon !

In a parallel reality, open science to drive innovation.



Sabine and Khatri at the Talking Clay Ceramic Studio


New students at the Talking Clay Studio last month. A lovely family of 6 visited the studio. A mix of Nepali and Swiss folk. Of varied age group. It was a first for the studio to welcome young people. 2 of the family are young and learnt the 3 basic handbuilding techniques – Moti (11) and Mary (15). It was absolutely delightful to show wheel work to Sabine and Khatri (Catharine). The 2 swiss sisters. They loved clay work and enjoyed finding a new activity to do together. They hope to learn further in Nepal/Switzerland. Here are some pics of the time we shared and their creations. You can see some of the work they are involved in in Nepal on their website www.himaal.org


Lalit Kala Academy & AIFACS

Exhibited my art work at the prestigious Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; as part of a group show called Expressions in Clay (March 2017). And also at AIFACS as part of a  group show – 20th All India Studio Potters Exhibition 2017.

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Art Residency in Dharamshala, India

Art-ResidencyTalking Clay Studio, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India announces it’s summer 2017 art residency.

Potters/Ceramic artists are invited for an art residency this summer to Dharamshala. If you enjoy the mountains, rivers, pine forests and working with clay, then this is for you.

14 days – 24th April to 7th May 2017

Stoneware clay, 1280 degrees firing, Electric kiln
Work on the wheel or just hand-build your art!

Rs 12,000
Cost inclusions – Accommodation, Studio Fee, Clay, Glazes, Firing
2 artists share 1 quaint village cottage with basic kitchen (shown in the picture). The studio is a 30 minutes leisurely walk from the stay place.

Cost exclusions – Food, Travel

Apply – 4 Artists, Selection on first-come-first basis
Apply early at divyam.surabhi@gmail.com



Designing for Fabindia

Very happy to see products designed by me selling in stores now!

This is a design series developed for the brand Fabindia. These tableware products are now available at Fabindia stores worldwide. www.fabindia.com

Contact us if you would like a design developed for you or you organization.
Or view our products at www.divyamsurabhi.com