Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan on the graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee, whose When Banerjee’s first book, “Corridor,” about the patrons of a. by Sarnath Banerjee. Many moons ago Sepoy posted about the forthcoming ‘first ever’ graphic novel from India, Corridor, by Sarnath Banerjee. In Corridor, one of the earliest graphic novels to be published in India, artist and filmmaker Sarnath Banerjee uses text and image to portray the.

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As for adult readers, it sarnxth comic strips in newspapers by caricaturists such as RK Laxman that they turned to for their daily fix. They have layers and layers. Since his moment in the elevator, Rangoonwalla has taken to sharing tea and wisdom, along with the occasional joint or game of chess, with customers at his bookstore. One can always try, however, bajerjee let us start by creating a list of things that are important in both Corridor and Barn Owl:. Some interviewers deal with this quandary by simply quoting him directly at length in order to avoid summarizing what he has said.

I was most intrigued by his analysis of how graphic novels work in terms of the work that a reader does this in response to a question about comics sarnaath used to convey simple public interest educational messages:.

He represents the slightly pretentious, cosmopolitan young Bengali whom many of my friends will recognise instantly, the one who hunts for records on Free School Street and drinks beer at Olypub.

Salinger’s infamous The Catcher in The Rye. I like this a lot better than when I first read it, but I still think it is let down by an excess of callow urban angst and a Naipaulesque reliance on grotesqerie. Digital Dutta thinks about his H1-B visa during the day while at night Karl Marx advises him to use his knowledge to help the poor. The relationship between the words and the images allows for a type of ambiguity and connection through proximity that is not achievable in those words-only kinds of texts that some people are so attached to.

If you love Indian graphic novels, don’t forget the one that came at the beginning

This is actually good since it has that rough, amateur taste. This image, with its real life photograph of the awesome piles of forms that paper the classic babu-scape of Indian bureaucracy, and the perfect drawing of the babu who might command such a post, ties this history together with the neat little punchline in his speech bubble.


Dec 09, Neha rated it liked it Shelves: Banerjee takes the readers through seedy by-lanes of quack sexologists with Shintu looking for his sande-kal-tel of some sort coeridor have superhuman vigour in bed. Then there is the gutter space that exists between panels, which is where the comics creator relies a great deal on the comprehension of the reader. The more Murthy tries his best to come closer to his little daughter, the more the daughter hates him for his odour. It’s a great book, I hope to check out more of Banerjee’s comics.

Banerjee captures the spatiality of ennui, alienation and sexual whims walking through the corridors of Connaught Place, Delhi and the alleyways of modern-day bustling Kolkata, where he was born. One can always try, however, so let us start by creating a list of things that are important in both Banerjde and Barn Owl: This article about a graphic novel banerkee a stub.

One comes across the narrator speaking with a lady over a cup of coffee sitting at a pub roundtable talking about his singlehood. Corridor written and drawn by Sarnath Banerjee claims to be India’s first graphic novel. This aspect of the graphic novel is a bit weak because it jumps between character arcs a bit too haphazardly and this can be a bit confusing.

In the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of teawisdom and second-hand books.

Corridor tells stories about the characters of the novel who are connected to a Connaught Place bookwala. It brought back many memories for this expat Bengali, reminding me of banerrjee many people I have known. He regresses to the anal phase- expressed by accumulation and retention. The very beginning of Corridor hints at the soul-searching angst that Banerjee represents throughout his work.

Jan 07, Sae-chan rated it liked it Shelves: Rangoonwalla tells the story of Digital Dutta who lives mostly inside his brain and then narrates how newly married Shintu is in quest of the perfect aphrodisiac to heighten his sexual escapades with his ganerjee, Dolly. A few pages in the book are colored in, the rest is black-n-white.

But really he is trying to re-collect himself. It could have been closer home if more work could be done to tone up the ‘dilliwala’ attitude. In short the reader must participate in an active manner to read comics.


Dec 29, Marcy rated it did not like it. The Textual Life of Airports. I was most intrigued by his analysis of how graphic novels work in terms of the work that a reader does this in response to a question about comics being used to convey simple public interest educational messages: I bought this book after reading quite a lot of reviews. This is how Murthy feels that he is incomplete without the endearing embrace of his seven-year-old daughter.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log In Sign Up. The smell of death that he carries home from a placeless space like morgue becomes the hindrance because of which his daughter keeps away from Murthy.

Brighu’s story is definitely that of the author himself, and the ending pages confirm that. At least some of this interest can be attributed to the initial cult following of Corridor.

Goodreads helps you keep track bxnerjee books you want to read. One story unfolds and as soon as I start getting a grip on it, another begins.

Many said this was the first ever Graphic Novel of India which I don’t think it is. The first Indian graphic narrative in English, published in by Orijit Sen, was probably The River of Storieswhich told of the controversial construction of dams on the Narmada River.

Corridor: A Graphic Novel, Sarnath Banerjee (2004)

As a Pakistani, it was definitely an interesting read. In Corridorthe mapping of Connaught Circle is of primary importance and serves to center the narrative, much of which takes place in a bookshop in the nanerjee circle. Editor, writer, traveller, reader, literary critic. Among his customers are Brighu, a postmodern Ibn Batuta looking for obscure collectibles and a love life; Digital Dutta who lives mostly in his head, torn between Karl Marx and an H1-B visa; and the newly-married Shintu, looking for the ultimate aphrodisiac in the seedy by-lanes of old Delhi.