I remember when I first started out Inkquisitive in 2012, I met a gentleman at a @HumbleThePoet gig in South London. He's name was Jagraj and we began an extremely warm conversation about Sikhi and a venture he has called 'Basics Of Sikhi'- @basicsofsikhi . Having been overwhelmed by his comments towards my art, he had asked me about doing a commission for the project. Sadly, I could not commit as I was preparing for my first ever tour. I did however mention I would support and be part of the venture as much as I could.
Through the years, it was an extremely inspiring sight to see Jagraj and his venture go global. It 'blossomed' to be something special. I would even have fans at my exhibitions ask me if I knew 'Jagraj' to which I always said yes! Im so proud of him and his team.
Years later and I was deeply saddened to hear of Jagraj's condition. Having bumped into him in April, it was evident to see how cancer can play a role on someone. I was tearful to say the least. But not because of his physicality but because he was in such good will with a consistent big smile on his face making time for everyone.
Something told me it would be the last conversation I would have with Jagraj. While everyone was taking selfies with him, I decided I would simply enjoy our moment of conversation. No phones, no social media, just one creative with another. In those few minutes I had absorbed so much and he said things which I will keep to myself but will forever hold close to my heart. I'm sad to hear Jagraj passed away yesterday but I'm extremely happy to know I had met him.
I know it's not quite your commission Jagraj, and I hope it's not too late, but here's that Inkquisitive illustration you always wanted. Rest in paradise brother. 😞🖤