Trunk Di Chaabi


Visual Storytelling

My contribution to Bystander for the Web by Kadak Collective. This visual story tells the real life tale of my grandfather's struggle with Dementia.

You can read the story on Bystander Website.
Thanks to Mira Malhotra and Akhila Krishnan for helping me editing and art direction.


Bystander anthology led by the Kadak Collective is a collection of comic and graphic narratives for print and web – about geography and gender, identity and self, boundary and exclusion, experienced through the lens of the bystander. Each of the artists in this anthology has contributed a varied set of ruminations on the theme, highlighting different emotions and insights. I was selected to create artwork for their web anthology on the theme of ‘Borders’.


I chose to tell the real-life tale of my grandfather, a man suffering from the rigours of old age. As his dementia reached its peak, all of his strongest memories got erased slowly, except for one. To a puzzled bystander, he is an old man with an odd habit. Through this story, I tried to unlock the mystery of my grandfather's fixation, exploring trauma, childhood, and experiences that shape us, through animated GIFS and grunge typewriter art, hinting at a not-so-pleasant past.


I explored various styles of visuals based on the feelings I felt my grandfather was going through. Considering how dementia is associated with loss of words, recognition and memories, the typewriter art style felt apt for the theme. It also allowed me to use the Shahmukhi, a Perso-Arabic alphabet script, which my grandpa used to use in his pre-dementia days. This style gave an un-easy yet warm feeling to the story that I wanted.



You can read the story on Bystander for Web.

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Want to work with me on your next project?
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