Maps By Geeta Sadashivan
This submission for the Out of This World challenge is inspired by mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose story was featured in the movie, Hidden Figures. I imagine Katherine writing her calculations on the blackboard and at the same time drawing a path on the night sky that would guide the astronauts and bring them safely back to earth.
Out of the World! Introducing Budh, Mangal, Shukra, and Guru-- in other words, the Indian names for Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter. Indian astrologers will read your birth chart and tell you if a particular planet is weak. Then they will recommend that you wear the planet's color/gem, or feed its favorite animal, or make charitable gifts in its name.
I tried to represent the planets' personalities as well: Budh is curious and childlike; Mangal has a chip on his shoulder; Shukra is flirtatious; and Guru wants to tell you a joke and be your friend.
This is my submission for the "Out of this World" challenge. Things have changed so much lately it is as if we are living in a different version of planet Earth. It is as if we have traveled to a new universe without even leaving our homes.