Illustrator Umair Najeeb releases childhood series depicting the story of every 90s kid

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Umair Najeeb Khan, illustrator and graphic designer just released a childhood series depicting the story of every 90s kid and audiences are loving it!

The illustrator whose expertise is children’s books, character design and comics describes his work as a “series of short stories from my childhood in a 90s South Asian household.” A detailed short story also accompanies each illustration to elaborate on the artist’s recollections.

 

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The first piece is titled Chai Paapay. “We weren’t allowed to have chai as kids because it was supposed to be for the elders only but I loved chai soaked paapay. So in the evening when Ammi would make her tea, I’d sit there, waiting, to dunk paapay in her chai and PLOP! they would always fall in the cup”, writes Umair Najeeb.

 

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The second one is Tayl Maalish accompanied by the note Weekends started happy with halwa-puri followed by board games until it was time to shower. When Ammi finally sat down after her chores & the roll call for tayl malish began, my baby brother would run to his hiding spots & my sister always ended up being the first prey.”

 

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Another one is called Garmiyon ke Din:“‎Ammi made sure there were popsicles, especially jet sports, in the freezer for us when we got back from school on warm summer day. I’d quickly grab the lychee one & my sister always picked the brightest color so she could show off her dyed alien tongue to everyone.”

 

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Each piece of digital art depicts a particular scenario or story from the artist’s childhood, interestingly also speaking to the memories of viewers.