‘You should always do what you want to do. I hope I will always have the power to do what I want to do which will suit my own wishes. Because if you do some other things you will always be anxious and you will not be satisfied with yourself.’

– Amrita Sher-Gil, read in Amrita Sher-Gil A Life by Yashodhara Dalmia

‘Well, the longer I live the more apparent it becomes to me that, there is nothing that is either this or that… and the wisdom lies in realising this. You must realise it. It will help you muddle through life at the very best of times, just muddle through. If you look at life from that point of view, everything will seem easier, I assure you.’

– Amrita Sher-Gil, read in Amrita Sher-Gil A Life by Yashodhara Dalmia

‘Because we cannot paint in the West as we paint in the East – the colour of the white man is different from the colour of the Hindu and the sunshine changes the light. The white man’s shadow is bluish-purple while the Hindu has golden-green shadow. Mine is yellow. Van Gogh was told that yellow is the favourite colour of the Gods and that is right.’

– Amrita Sher-Gil, read in Amrita Sher-Gil A Life by Yashodhara Dalmia

‘Earlier when I was working and I would feel frustrated I would throw away my brushes or work angrily. Now I swallow my anger and start working with coolness and concentration. The result is success.’

– Amrita Sher-Gil, read in Amrita Sher-Gil A Life by Yashodhara Dalmia

‘Amrita had a dual attitude towards large cities. She hated their greyness and by implication their inhumanity, and at the same time she could not do without their stimulation… Her distaste for big cities went hand in hand with the fact that she felt at home in them. She seemed to seek solitude in the midst of the din and clang of people.’

– Yashodhara Dalmia, Amrita Sher-Gil A Life

‘Little by little I realize that every person carries within herself a calling against which it is hopeless to fight.’

– Amrita Sher-Gil, read in Amrita Sher-Gil A Life by Yashodhara Dalmia