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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In a stark contrast to those, the panels depicting the tranquillity of Old Delhi early in the morning, before the city explodes into chaos, are poetic and poignant.

Did Sarnath Banerjee’s ‘Corridor’ start India’s journey with English language graphic novels?

They did not pop out of the pages and they did not stay with me after I had completed readi Art is an important component of a Graphic Novel.

Hanging around and shooting the breeze is the theme that binds Corridorwhere the disparate stories that are told about denizens of the city are cohered in the conversations that take place over games of chess in a crowded bookstore in the outer circle. Cities and urban geography are much more than settings in both books.

Brighu is an obsessive collector of things and is currently pondering whether to settle down with his girlfriend Kali. And sxrnath he gets the last object in the collection, he is effectively signifying his own death.

Corridor is miles from the Indian graphic novels of my childhood.

Let’s not think of cohesive plotlines, or comprehensive storyline. Oct 04, Sohini rated it liked it.

I remember being really curious as to his work, but he was too busy trying to run interference and hit on my girlfriend. Sarnath doesn’t say it, but the novel is semi-autobiographical.

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Both focus on place and a sense of everyday life, but where Delisle takes the position of the constant outsider, a Frenchman outside of France and the West, Banerjee is the epitome of the local, he is not observing and recording his interactions with foreigners, but capturing his home city and the people who share it with him. At the end of the busy academic year that just ended, as I began thinking of books to add to my bottom shelf. banrjee


In this cell, for example, we see the crescendo of a lengthy description of the origin of the term Babu, how it is used by whom, and what it means now.

Log In Sign Up. This book is fluent in its story telling, sarnaty in its offbeat humor and finally when the reader is all in, it gives the reader something to think about. Beautiful, and more importantly intelligent artwork throng the book. The few good ones and the many more that could have been From JK Rowling to the Mughals, these were the ten most-read Scroll.

This is my first graphic novel from a person of colour. The story revolves around Jehangir Rangoonwalla who’s a highly intellectual guy selling an astonishing collection of second hand books and shares wisdom with his colorful set of customers. Books by Sarnath Banerjee. Midway through the book, I felt stupid.

Corridor: A Graphic Novel by Sarnath Banerjee

Banerjee uses text to describe the seafaring storytellers on the basis of his own drawings of Ibn Battuta, Marco Polo, et al. I Kinda feel that the author sho Corridor is good but not great. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago to probe into banernee sexual topography of the contemporary Indian cities.

Jun 27, Arnab Das rated it it was ok. Wha the book does well is paint the lanscapes of delhi and the lifestyles of the characters. This graphic novels is full of usage of vulgar language but it isn’t mindless.

Corridor: A Graphic Novel, Sarnath Banerjee (2004)

Billed as “India’s first graphic novel” Wikipedia claims that it is not the first, but secondthis was my first introduction corrior contemporary Indian graphic novels. Dec 25, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it it was ok.

I highly recommend this. They did not pop out of the pages and they did not stay with me after I had completed reading the book. I was surprised it took a couple of hours to read through this tiny book of comic strips.

It’s a great book, I hope to check out more of Banerjee’s comics. Delhi is the city of couples to him, and this self-proclaimed Ibn Battuta prefers being single. Giving me bot Graphic Novels are a growing phenomenon — emerging out of the shadow of cartoon and comic books building its own genre.


It is from one of the pirated video stalls that sell pornographic films Shintu brings home Blondie in Bondage one afternoon. The graphic novel talks about characters, who have a common intersection point in hanerjee book seller. I wonder if my changing mindset, having recently well, its been 2 yrs but still feels recent! I don’t know much about urban life in Delhi but this was a unique book and the characters were all very eccentric. No trivia or quizzes yet. I had no expectations, went soly on the cover and title.

A Graphic Novel came out inin India and France, bordering on the fragmented reality of Indian urban lives and times. Aug 21, Towhid Chowdhury Faiaz rated it it was amazing. Oindrila Mukherjee tweets here. Besides the main characters whose layers are slowly peeled off, even the minor ones are etched with comic detail.

Corridor: A Graphic Novel

For example, the text and the image often run independent of each other, sometimes they even conflict or contradict the other, in some of the best of comics ccorridor text and the pictures are locked in some kind of creative tension, this I feel is very much cortidor grammar of comics. I think I will revi Trust the reviews. One factor could be that I read the book in the sleepy hours of a morning. This is how Murthy feels that he is incomplete without the endearing embrace of his seven-year-old daughter.

In Barn Owlin a technique he employs on and off, he introduces photographs of Calcutta, of buildings, of streets, of landmarks, sometimes drawing and painting over parts or all of them, and sometimes allowing them to stand on their own. They have layers and layers. Sarnath Banerjee born is an Indian graphic novelist, artist, and film maker and a co-founder of the comics publishing house, Phantomville.