PCOD – My Best Friend

If I got a rupee for every time I heard someone say “Stop losing so much weight”, “A scoop of ice cream won’t kill you”, “What is this fitness obsession?” “You’re not fat!” “You’re not enjoying food, you’re not enjoying life”, I’d be a millionaire.

I’m writing this simply so I could link this post to every person who mentions the above. And probably, so can you! But this is for everyone who thinks being fit is just about looking good – it’s not.  

For those of you who don’t know what PCOD is,
PCOD (Polycystic Ovaries Disorder) is a hormonal disorder that causes the ovaries to enlarge and creates cysts on the outer edges of the ovaries. A lot of women suffer through PCOD or PCOS. The common cause for PCOD is hormonal imbalances and genetics. PCOD affects everybody differently. The common symptoms are hair growth, acne, weight gain, irregular period. It can also lead to depression, infertility, type 2 diabetes, pot belly.

My story
When I was 15 I was diagnosed with PCOD (like the other 20 girls from my class) – most of us had irregular periods, most of us happily ignored the problem ( I personally for 5 years!) until the symptoms  began to escalate.  
I was known for my fiery metabolism (I mean, who eats a whole cake and doesn’t gain weight?) but eventually, the food I consumed would show on my body very easily.
This made me revisit my doc once again. After multiple tests, I realised that the PCOD had become really, really bad. My doctor put me on a strict diet and asked me to exercise at least 5 times a week.

For 6 months, I threw a fit about how “life is unfair!!” “why can’t I eat a whole cake whenever I want to??”, “why do I have to exercise so often??” etc. Over time,  it lead to weight gain, acne, my hair quality went bad, I had way too many mood swings, I developed anxiety, my periods were irregular – nothing felt right – I lost my confidence!

About 3 years ago, after everyone around me was sick of my cribbing (myself included), I decided to let PCOD be my motivation to lead a healthier life. I stopped eating out every day – instead ate out only once a week (I enjoy my pizzas better now). I also decided to moderate my sugar content. I started exercising moderately, a mix of cardio, HIIT, weight training, kickboxing, running. Variety in my workout routines kept things from getting draggy, and an upper limit (45 minutes) made sure my daily schedules were on track as well.
I’m constantly battling PCOD everyday – but it is definitely my best friend. It taught me how to bring a balance.

Had it not been for this disorder, I wouldn’t have realised the benefits of staying fit.
Because of a healthy lifestyle I have better skin (I don’t use make up), I’m physically fit, I’m mentally stable (exercise helps you gain focus & be more mindful), I’m stronger (I don’t need help to lift things!), and the best of all – I’m confident.

I get a lot of questions from people asking “How do you make time for working out?”
Honestly, that was a battle I fought for a long time. But it is only the matter of perspectives. As children, we were trained to brush our teeth, shower, and eat food daily. We make time for this – no matter what. Because we realise it’s importance, right? It’s the same logic. When you know how important exercising is – you automatically make time for it. Be it mornings, afternoons, evenings or even midnight!
(I’ll elaborate more on balance and time management in my next blog post – stay tuned!)

I am twice as productive, mindful, confident and happy ever since I began exercising and eating right.
Strong is sexy, ladies, always remember! ☺

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Therapy Sessions

This is a personal project, an experiment to express and channelize my feelings in one direction.
It is a series of three illustrations executed in different styles.

So much to do, such little time
I have always struggled with the idea of time- there is a lot that I want to do within one lifetime, and my goals have always pressurised me. This piece elaborates my thoughts better than my (lack of) words.

Looking for answers
I havnt fully understood the meaning of life and death, hence in my search for some meaning I stumbled upon a piece written by Albert Camus. Camus expresses my thoughts in words so perfectly. This piece is about my genuine process of looking for answers.

After a year of debating with myself about the purpose of life, there was a time full of anger and anguish because of ‘not knowing’. That eventually lead to asking myself questions like- what’s the point anyway? Why do I create? Why do we try so hard? This piece has a lot of hidden anger expressing my irritation towards human convinience. The small note at the side is an extract from the works of Mark Z. Danielewski from ‘House of Leaves’
The note reads: ‘Then no matter where you are, in a crowded restaurant or on some desolate street or even in the comforts of your own home, you’ll watch yourself dismantle every assurance you ever lived by. You’ll stand aside as a great complexity intrudes, tearing apart, piece by piece, all of your carefully conceived denials, whether deliberate or unconscious. And then for better or worse you’ll turn, unable to resist, though try to resist you still will, fighting with everything you’ve got not to face the thing you most dead, what is now, what will be, what has always come before, the creature you truly are, the creature we all are, buried in the nameless black of a name. 
And then the nightmares will begin.
I was in two minds about publishing this project, because most of my work belives in promoting optimism. This was a personal exercise for self growth, I call them my therapy sessions. I hope to connect with those who face similar problems.


PONCH is a short children’s story that was exhibited over the period of 55mins on instagram (@pranitart).
The idea of the instagram-exhibition was to involve the audience in the story of Ponch, a whale who visits the city and witnesses the cruelity of society but also finds a true friend and regains faith in humanity.

This project received press coverage in Hindustan Times


As seen on Instagram

Individual frames

Stop Chasing Love

‘Stop Chasing Love’ is a short picture story exhibited on Instagram. I used the Instagram interface as my canvas. Have a look at this story on my instagram @pranitart
‘Stop Chasing Love’ is a picture story about a girl (us, humans) being greedy about love.
Love here can be anything – your partner, your family, your friends, your work.
There is a thin line between chasing love and embracing love. Embrace it!