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Exclusive: “Memesis” Depicts my Inner Feelings during the time of Pregnancy : Artist Rajni Sahni

Rajni with her Paper Pulp Cast work made in 2003. NewsGram

– by Tusheeta Kaushik

July 31, 2017: Curated by Jitendra Padam Jain, an exhibition titled “Memesis” was a solo show of Prints and Painting by artist Rajni Sahni and was conducted at Shridharani Art Gallery at Triveni Kala Sangam from July 11th- 21st in New Delhi. “Memesis”, she says, is a representation of herself and the visual perceptions she had in her mind during the time of pregnancy.

Reporter Tusheeta Kaushik of NewsGram spoke to Rajni Sahni on how different forms of visual arts helped her in expressing her mind s visual perceptions in reality, on how art is such a potent form of creative expression which helps in soothing her mind whenever she s going through different emotions and phases in life and on how her mother found the spark and talent in her when she was a little girl.

Tusheeta: When did you realize your passion for art? When was the first time you expressed yourself through art?

Rajni: I realized my passion for art when I passed my diploma in painting from South Delhi Polytechnic College. There, an art critic appreciated it and then there was no turning back after Santiniketan. I started expressing myself through art when I found an artist in myself and that was during my Santiniketan days.

Tusheeta: Anyone or anything that inspired you to take this art form?

Rajni: As a little girl, I was inspired by my mother since she used to appreciate my work and pushed me to never stop myself from expressing through drawings and sketches. Later, as a student at South Delhi Polytechnic College for Women, Professor Jain Gajera inspired me through his works and teachings.

“Metamorphosis” | Etching on paper | 2011

Tusheeta: How did painting help you or relax you at the time of conceiving?

Rajni: Painting had a huge calming effect on me during my 9-month pregnancy! I had some critical conditions. I was there in a room for 6 months and had difficulty in moving from the bed. So, it was my husband who insisted me a lot on unleashing my pain and emotions through art. I agreed and the depiction of my imagination through the usage of different colours made me calm and composed. That s when I thought of starting a series named “Memesis” which depicts my inner feelings during the time of pregnancy. Etching, Painting, Print Making, Lithography, Paper Pulp Casting and Sculpture making are different forms of visual arts that I have worked on.   

“Saviour” | Etching on Paper | 2012

Tusheeta: You’ve mentioned about the magical relation with your daughter. How and why is it so unique and special to you?

Rajni: (Laughing) My daughter is a big critic of my art work. Her appreciation, criticism, guidance and support matters to me. She herself is great at craft making. She s in class 6th and I m glad that I m close to her and the fact that she likes sharing about her daily routine with me.

“Untitled”| Paper Pulp| 2002


“I ll weave my life myself ” | Viscosity on Paper | 2011

Tusheeta: You’ve talked about the complex, yet compassionate and a lovable relationship between a mother and her daughter. How this powerful relationship is depicted in your work?

Rajni: I have made a few art works showcasing my relationship with my daughter. I also have had a powerful relationship with my mother, she s been my pillar and I love my daughter immensely, that s the reason I love to showcase the beauty of a mother and daughter relationship through my art work.

Woman from the lap of woman | Paper pulp and thread on paper| 2002


“In the lap of nature”| Etching on Paper | 2011

Tusheeta: So, when do you usually paint and what kind of impact does painting have on you?

Rajni: See, it s not just about me as an artist. Any artist out there doesn’t t really have a regular time schedule for painting. Whenever I feel like painting, I paint. I might work on my art piece for a week then I might work on some other piece after a month. It all depends on my mood and whenever I feel like expressing something. I love painting, it has made me what I m today.


– reported by Tusheeta Kaushik of NewsGram. Twitter  @TusheetaKaushik




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5 Healthy Ways To Get Back In Shape After Pregnancy

The number of calories your body burns depend largely on what you eat, so it’s sensible to fuel your body with healthy food

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Protein responsible for postpartum depression in pregnancy found. IANS
  • Getting back in shape after pregnancy can be tough for new moms
  • However, there are few tips which can help you get back in shape after pregnancy
  • These tips are easy and highly effective

Losing baby weight and getting back in shape after delivery is a hot topic. Most moms pack on extra pounds during pregnancy and want to drop them as fast as possible. However, don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t stick to all those crash diets. Follow these tips, and you will be able to get rid of excess weight without harm to your health.

Losing weight after pregnancy is not as tough as you may think it is.. Pixabay.
Losing weight after delivery is not as tough as you may think it is. Pixabay.

Breastfeed If You Can

It’s true that breastfeeding burns about 400-500 extra calories a day. Even if you just sit comfortably on your couch and feed your newborn baby, you will still lose some weight.

Sleep Well

Take a nap every time your baby does, laundry or dishwashing should be damned. Extra sleep reduces stress hormones and keeps your energy levels up.

Also Read: Smoking during pregnancy linked to asthma severity in kids

Eat Smart

The number of calories your body burns depend largely on what you eat, so it’s sensible to fuel your body with healthy food. Choose foods packed with lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. Include foods that are rich in calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, and protein into your diet. And cut down junk food. Try to keep your portions smaller and eat 5-6 meals in a day. If you often feel super hungry (yeah, that often happens with new moms) but don’t have time to eat a full portion, stock up on healthy snacks like cut vegetables, whole-grain crackers, nuts, fruit, and yoghurts. Also, drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. This will help you flush out toxins from your body and boost metabolism.

It is important to eat smartly after childbirth to avoid weight gain. Pixabay


Exercises are great stress-busters! Long gone are those years when doctors kept women physically restricted after pregnancy. Six weeks after delivery are quite enough for your body to heal. Start with gentle 20-min workouts. Focus on basic exercises like stretching, jogging, swimming, or doing aerobics. A waist trimmer can come in great use since it will help you not only sweat out more calories but cinch you post-pregnant belly as well. If you don’t know what model to choose, we have prepared this waist trainers review for you. Yet, if you don’t have time to hit the gym, you can do weight exercises with your baby at home. For example, you can hold your little one close to your chest and do some lunges. However, it’s always sensible to take your doctor’s approval first.

There are a set of exercises which women can use after their pregnancy to reduce the excess fat. Pixabay
There are a set of exercises which women can do to reduce the excess fat. Pixabay

Move it, Move it!

If you are too sleep-deprived and can’t even think about exercising, start to walk more during your strolls. Walk a little farther every next day. It’s a great cardio workout. Also, you can start your day with dancing. It will not only improve your morning mood but also help you burn those extra calories.You and your baby will definitely have a great fun. To stay motivated during your way to a slimmer body, don’t buy new clothes! Instead, try to fit into your pre-pregnancy garments. You can even keep your sexy dresses at the front of your wardrobe. Work harder towards your goal and the results will come soon.