My friend Natasha who is an awesome singer, pianist, painter and a thoroughly interesting person got a contract to paint a mural in Ocean Beach. She asked me if I'd like to help her paint it, obviously unaware of all the immense painting talent that I do not possess. Although I jumped up at this amazing opportunity to contribute to something new and different, being her friend, I duly warned her against asking me to paint anything which required any semblance of artistic creativity or deft handling of paints and brushes. Having established this, we met up one Saturday morning in front of the mural site with a huge scaffold, long paint rollers, buckets of different paints, and more brushes than I knew existed. I helped her paint the background with multiple coats of white, orange, yellow and blue and the huge whale and she reciprocated, very gracefully I must say, by consistently maintaining that I hadn't screwed up. I worked with her on Saturday and Sunday and she worked through the week to complete the rest of the mural. And just for those 2 days of work, she asked me to put my name in the corner. So there, I now have my name (in Hindi) on a public work which is probably going to be there for years to come. Thanks a lot Natasha for giving me this awesome opportunity to do something different and fun and to add to that eclectic bank of memories and experiences which I value so dearly.
Location of the mural: Intersection of Sunset Cliffs blvd. and Narragansett.