Meet the inspiring couple that hails from Bihar, based in Delhi and travels around India on a bike and spreads love by painting walls. No, this is not just another story about a couple travelling and having the time of their lives. Meenakshi and Jey’s journey is a lot more than that. They travel across the country for a very important mission. The duo spreads joy and happiness to people through their art and paintings. They have another companion in their journey- Hari Bhari and Kesariya their beloved green 350cc and 500cc Royal Enfield. On it, they have travelled across 17 different Indian states and met people from different walks of life. From prisons to schools, they have been everywhere to encourage people to bring out the hidden artists in them. Because when one paints, the mind focuses on the canvas and the worries are brushed away with each stroke that one makes.
In the last 5 years, Meenakshi and Jey Sushil have travelled across India, from Ranchi to Goa and Kashmir to Chennai. The purpose of the unending journey is to splash colours on walls, with the involvement of the local communities. In an open exhibition at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi, 2015, chronicled their adventures with photographs that document their artwork.
Lately, the couple have started their new project, I-IN-TOGETHERNESS, an online project of 52 photos in 52 weeks, to understand the journey of a couple together and as individuals.
“The basic thought behind this project is to acknowledge each other’s thoughts, choices and try to find a way out to overcome the differences and establish better understanding for a healthier relationship,”says Meenakshi Jey.
The couple seems very lively but at their minds and hearts, both of them prefer peace and calmness. They tend to seek solace in creativity.
“I prefer to stay at home and derive pleasure in the cacophony of birds and animals rather than going out and losing my peace of mind in the boisterous hustle and bustle of the city. Even Sushil creates his own personal space by plugging in his earphones and isolating himself in a chaotic surrounding when he needs peace and composure,”says Meenakshi Jey.
On being asked about her opinion on Bihar being based in Delhi, Meenakshi said that she has been to 17 different states but she never came across a state as diverse as Bihar.
“I would always be a proud Bihari and would love to bring Bihar’s ethnicity and culture to the fore through our works,”said an enthusiastic Meenakshi Jey.
Lastly, the message that she gave for all Biharis is that they should follow their hearts and continue striving for what they want till they achieve it because perseverance and honesty are one of the prime attributes of all Biharis.
Quote of the day:“There is only one thing that matters in art-to express one's individuality.” ― Marty Rubin