Graphic Novel: Kari by Amruta Patil

HarperCollins, 2008, isbn: 9788172237103

http://amrutapatil.blogspot.com/

A beautifully nuanced exploration of a young woman’s mind and sexuality . They were inseparable – until the day they jumped. Ruth, saved by safety nets, leaves the city. Kari, saved by a sewer, crawls back into the fray of living. She writes ad copy for hair products and illfitting lingerie, falls for cats and roadside urchins, and the occasional adventuress in a restaurant. As Danger Chhori, her PVC-suit-clad alter ego, she unclogs sewers and observes the secret lives of people and fruit. With Angel, Lazarus, and the girls of Crystal Palace forming the chorus to her song, Kari explores the dark heart of smog city – loneliness, sewers, sleeper success, death – and the memory of her absentee Other. Sensuously illustrated and livened by wry commentaries on life and love, Kari gives a new voice to graphic fiction in India.

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