AntzDoodles for Pyjama People #5: Needles are a girl’s best friend


Needles are a girl’s best friend

By Antima Nahar

Some people shudder at the thought of the slightest prick for a simple blood test. I used to be one of those people. But my dive into the deep blue sea of alternative therapy for Rheumatoid arthritis, about two and a half years ago, had me try acupuncture.

The encounter turned into an acquaintance and very rapidly into a lasting friendship.

Friends with those menacing needles!!!???!!! Really?? How? And why?

Well, try waking up with swollen wrists and ankles every morning. Not the mild water retention swelling but such that you can’t lift your hands to remove your clothes, unhook your bra, put on your pants, raise a glass of water or squeeze the toothpaste tube. Trust me; you don’t want to try that.

So when something comes along that makes that swelling and pain go away – you get up and give it a big tight hug, even if it is in the form of needles.

My newfound needle friends also introduced me to some more friends. The poking sessions became less of therapy and more about interesting conversations with the other people there – sometimes shared and sometimes overheard. It felt like going to a party – a costume party of sorts where we all had needles as props.



Acupuncture, now, reminds me of certain songs, faces and a whole lot of giggles. Thank you my dear needles for being such super fun companions on my journey. Could not have been gotten here without you!


Special Thanks to Antima Nahar

A Goa based artist, Antima has studied graphic media design at London College of Communication.



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Antima Nahar is a graphic designer and illustrator who works under the name AntzDoodles. She ran a boutique design studio Antsatwork till she had to go on sabbatical after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. While focusing on her health is paramount to Antz, creating art is who she is. Follow her illustrated adventures on her weekly #AntzDoodlesForPyjamaPeople posts and on her instagram @antzdoodles