The word 'moti' in Nepali means 'fat' if the 't' is pronounced hard, and means 'pearl' if the 't' is soft.
The concept behind the character comes from a painting Joshi submitted as part of her MFA thesis for the School of Visual Arts in New York.
In 2006, she took the plum, self-conscious woman from her painting and transformed her into Miss Moti, the main character of the comic book. At a time when the definitions of beauty are becoming increasingly narrow with skinny and fair being the most important feminine qualities, Miss Moti is a role model for some of us heavies.
Joshi was inspired to experiment with comic book format after reading graphic novels and meeting comic artists in the US. "In Nepal we usually think of comics as funny and light-hearted like the Tin Tin or the Archie series," she explains, "but after I saw the wonderful work of rising artists in New York, I realised that comics can be a great medium for serious storytelling."
Joshi is fascinated by traditional Mithila art, and has retained a similar style in her drawings. While she has completed the air-based Miss Moti and the Cotton Candy and the earth-based Miss Moti and the Big Apple, she plans on completing a five comic volume incorporating all five elements: earth, water, fire, wind and ether. She is currently working on the 'water' theme.
Joshi recently conducted a comic workshop at Sattya Media Arts Collective where she met many promising Nepali artists and had words of encouragement for them: "Just because someone can't draw well does not mean they cannot have comic strips," she told them, "the key is to start small, self publish and distribute your own work."