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Maria Qamar pop art twist appeals Indian diaspora

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BY NewsGram News Desk

New Delhi: Comic stories and caricatures are one of the most fun paperbacks to read. What makes them more interesting is a touch of wit and humour.

Maria Qamar, 24-year-old Pakistani-Canadian, inspired by the aesthetics of Roy Lichtenstein, offers a satirical and unique insight into desi culture.Desi3

She is bringing in her sharp-witted tone as well as her local experiences of the “desi world” that is normally referred to as ‘aunties’ to the mainstream, through her art. Her satirical take is especially being appreciated by the young people from the Indian diaspora.

The Indian diaspora enjoys these comic strips as it takes them back to their desi experiences. The comic talks about local aunties and people, emphasising on their everyday conversations.

She is taking up, what already exists [in our culture] and laughs about it like an inside joke. She is highly inspired by Indian aunties and tries to draw more of them and seeks inspiration from Hindi daily soaps and Bollywood.

Qamar was speaking to a TV channel, BBC, when she pointed out some interesting tidbits about the women in her (and our) lives. She talked about women in our families who like to gossip about our lives for no logic or reasoning. She wondered why some of them would try to become her mom by trying to talk to her mother about several issues related to her._86384344_f4b15bab-645a-4133-b9c0-a7c4f50067f1

She said that the women would try to know some of the intimate things like “bowel movements or blood type.” Adding how it might trouble you at times, she said, “Sometimes they plot to get you in trouble. Some of them even say they can use black magic… They go to extremes to make your life difficult,” she added.

Qamar has now turned into an entrepreneur and sells her work in exhibiting through her Hatecopy brand. She said the snowballing interest in her cultural expression had compelled her to alter the way she works on her art. As per the artist, she now treated her innovativeness more like a business.

“However, I refuse to do straight up cultural appropriation e.g. making Marilyn Monroe into an ‘auntie’. I won’t take that step,” she was quoted as saying to the news channel.

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What do Superheroes and Entrepreneurs Have In Common?

If you haven’t thought about superheroes and entrepreneurs to be much alike, you should start giving both of them more credit.

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Every one of us can be considered a superhero in their own surroundings

Entrepreneurs’ lives are nothing short of an arduous battle. Starting a business and facing everyday challenges sometimes feels like constant combat, because the way to success doesn’t come overnight. Just as superheroes fight crime and have their daily struggles with various villains, entrepreneurs need to tap into their superpowers of knowledge and experience to accomplish what they’ve envisioned. However, there are a few more similarities between the two.  

Success doesn’t come overnight

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With every business expenditure, comes new adventures, and the journey never really ends.

Superheroes weren’t taught to control their powers, but they had to figure out for themselves how to put them to good use. After trying to fly and falling numerous times, they eventually mastered the skill, which allowed them to start saving the world on a daily basis. The same goes for entrepreneurs. They don’t expect real success to happen overnight. They know that it yields profit only after many sleepless nights, hard work and incessant effort. Only after they go through various training programs and learning, do they get to see what the business is all about.

They need rescuing from time to time too

People in great danger are always the ones who need superheroes the most. Putting out fires, jumping into a burning building, and fighting criminals is what they’re accustomed to, but sometimes they need to be rescued as well. Not just physically but emotionally. Superheroes doubt themselves more often than not and struggle the reality of not being able to tell about their powers to other people, which is often overwhelming. That’s when a conversation to a loved one helps immensely.

Even though they have superpowers, they still need the biggest power of all – love – to keep them going. When it comes to entrepreneurs, their superpower of making the business thrive comes at a certain price. They tend to become lonely, exhausted and even lose their motivation sometimes. That’s when their family jumps in, to save the day. Behind every successful entrepreneur, there’s an army of loved ones having their back. Whether it’s a spouse, a sibling or a child, entrepreneurs have their own saviours who remind them why they’re good at what they do.

Physical strength and endurance

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We’re all fighting our battles day in, day out.

Working around the clock requires plenty of physical and mental strength, which is another common denominator for superheroes and entrepreneurs. While superheroes couldn’t fight the crime without their muscle strength, entrepreneurs need it to survive one hard-working day after another. Moreover, it’s the best fuel for their workouts, as carbs represent the source of immediate energy for their entire body. It also helps them stay confident and believe in themselves, which is why it’s essential that both of them have enough carbohydrates in their nutrition, to overcome all the challenges that the new days brings along. The number of carbohydrates a person consumes during the day will determine how much work they’ll be able to do, and how long a workout they’ll be able to engage in. Namely, carbohydrates fuel our workout routine, so it’s essential that your pre-workout meal contains at least 50g of carbs.

Battling against villains

Every superhero fights their arch nemesis in order to show how fearless and powerful they are. Villains are there to make heroes’ lives turbulent and try to ruin everything good, which is similar to how business “villains” operate. While building their empires, entrepreneurs face a series of dents in their ventures. Whether it’s a competition, or economic downtime, employees or maybe a partner, it’s entrepreneur’s greatest villain sometimes. They’re constantly battling their internal and external demons, making mistakes from time to time, which is just as challenging as superheroes fighting the bad guys. However, at the end of the day, both of the villains’ help shape superheroes and entrepreneurs to be what they were meant to become and to work even harder the next day, learning from their own mistakes and setbacks.

Functioning well in a group

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Behind every successful entrepreneur, there’s an army of loved ones having their back.

While Batman, Superman and the Flash all fought bad guys on their own, it wasn’t until they were all united together with Aquaman, the Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter that they really saved the world. The point is that even though they were all amazing fighters on their own, they became truly successful after forming the Justice League. The more diverse powers, along with the strength in numbers gave them the ultimate advantage against the evil. The same goes for the world of entrepreneurs. Teamwork is a business’s best friend and the strongest suit. Two heads are much better than one, which is why joining groups can form a strong support system for many entrepreneurs.  

The battles can be never-ending

A series of comic books written and superhero movies filmed only suggests that the battle with the evil never ceases. When it comes to entrepreneurs, they keep saying that the challenges are ongoing as well. The larger the number of challenges, the greater the need for learning. This is precisely why each milestone reached breeds higher expectations, only to set a new goal for every following victory. With every business expenditure, comes new adventures, and the journey never really ends.  

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Final thoughts

If you haven’t thought about superheroes and entrepreneurs to be much alike, you should start giving both of them more credit. We’re all fighting our battles day in, day out, and every one of us can be considered a superhero in their own surroundings because no matter how small our combats may seem, it’s still the one thing that makes us better people at the end of the day.