I have always been intrigued by this creature, such a curious case. It watches and sees in the dark with its eyes wide open, mired in reality when the whole world is dreaming. Some common myths associate owls with wisdom, others with wealth- The Uluka (Owl) it is goddess Lakshmi's (Godess of wealth as per Hindu Mythology) Vahana (Vehicle), while some others view them as fortune tellers who can see beyond the naked eye.
Unfortunately, sometimes people in India take unreasonable measures to fulfil their desires due to superstition. Due to the association of owls as the vehicle for goddess Laxmi, many unfortunate incidents have been taking place, many of which go unreported.
For instance, many people in North India, started capturing owls and slaughtering them in their homes in the hope that The goddess of wealth, Laxmi comes home but is unable to leave. After demonetisation, the phenomenon increased drastically in parts of UP, Bihar and Haryana.
In the hope to spread some awareness and an attempt to stall these untoward activities, I started painting and creating owls in different forms. This was part of the social campaign to discourage any harm being caused to the bird. Basically, my endeavour was to spread awareness that there are other ways to possess an owl and that one can enjoy the mystery and 'superpowers' ( if they do exist) by investing in artwork instead of causing harm to the bird.