You have got to agree that Indians are all about the drama. Drama in the supermarket, traffic, at home, workplace, basically every street-corner and every situation. While our Indic soap-operas show us over-exaggerated versions of what Indian drama is, Mounica Tata, a cartoonist and doodler captures the most real and humorous aspects of our Indian lives and scenarios. DoodleoDrama, her brand has garnered much laughs and interests with her whacky and humorous portrayals.
I always find myself stuck in weird sticky situations and therefore stories find me and not the other way around!”
Doodling all over her notebooks to pass time in her boring college classes, was how Mounica’s doodle journey began. The best part of the doodles those days she says, “goes without saying – were all mostly based on faculty members!” DoodleoDrama didn’t start as a conscious business plan, says Mounica. “I always loved drawing and telling stories but it took me a while to realise that I could actually do this full-time for a living.” As a career Mounica initially felt doodling may be a bumbershoot but with the steady rise of fan following and appreciation for her witty and whimsical art, from readers asking for more comic strips to customised comical and adorable wedding invites, the cartoonist realised this was her calling.
Mounica, who once worked as a full-time editor, an account manager/client executive, and a content writer in various media and design houses, says she would make sure she was putting up her cartoons and doodles out there, every single day; not for an audience (although she says her mum shares everything she puts up!), but more for herself. Returning to the point that DoodleoDrama didn’t just see its massive progress over-night nor was it conscientious plan. Mounica instead says, “I think the journey has just begun.”
I mostly draw about issues that I can closely relate to and that resonate well with me. So you will find that most of my material revolves around “being a woman” in our society.”
Thinking of her happy profession now Mounica says, if she hadn’t been so immensely satisfied, she would’ve just been skipping and hopping from job to job, trying her hand at everything. Though the jubilant and ever enthusiastic doodler and cartoonist says, “I still would like to try being a radio jockey someday. Someday!”
Mounica, a comedian at heart finds her inspiration from all our Indian drama that ensues in every corner and every moment of most our lives. She says, “I always say that, Indians are inherently funny, we just don’t know how to laugh at ourselves.” While observing people and their mindsets, the cartoonist says that the stories that she sketches out often finds her rather than her hunting for ideas, “I always find myself stuck in weird sticky situations and therefore stories find me and not the other way around!” She also says that she feels privileged because she has a platform to voice her thoughts and opinions, saying, “I mostly draw about issues that I can closely relate to and that resonate well with me. So you will find that most of my material revolves around “being a woman” in our society.” Hence, the cartoonist says that she feels very responsible for keeping her cartoons as humorous as they are meaningful.
The impassionate chronicler of Indian tales says, “Call me a doodler or a cartoonist, I am more of a story-teller and a good story doesn’t care whether it’s being told through comics or doodles!”
One day hoping to start her own web comics and publish graphic novels that adults can relate to; Mounica Tata says that diligence does most of the work when starting an out-of-the-box career for oneself. Keeping herself happy with her sketches, wide range of stationeries, gooey brownies, her fluffy dog – Sir Leo, and, her husband, Mounica looks forward to spreading more laughs and playfulness with every comic she sketches and draws.