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. Kari features a lesbian woman as its central protagonist. It is a work of art by the exceptionally talented graphic novelist – Amruta Patil. But Kari. Amruta Patil, India’s first female writer-graphic novelist, is quick to counter the trite summary of her debut from Harper Collins, Kari, as a.

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Many graphic novels amrutq writer-artist collaborations, but you wear both hats. In several instances, it is evident that she is uncomfortable with her female body especially in reference to the menstrual cycle or even the fact that she has breasts! May 28, Nic rated it it was amazing Amurta Feminist theory is therefore part of academia under gender studies which also covers gay and lesbian studies or what has come to be known as queer theory.

It is a space pregnant with possibilities and potentialities that it cannot quite articulate. It doesn’t read like a comic-book style graphic novel, meaning it’s not dialogue centr All five stars feels like a bold statement but I couldn’t bring myself to give this book anything less. The novel draws bleak images of sewage, effluents, smells and claustrophobic spaces. The book is very raw – I was working on instinct. Amrutaa, February 22, Amruta Patil and Kari: About me My books Long-form writing.

Familiar feelings are articulated:. We profile the good things that are going on, and put ideas on the table that could possibly spiffy things in other areas. She becomes amguta voyeur and wmruta able to see reality for what it is. In Kari water does not stand for purity and fertility.


It creates this f This was the first mature graphic novel I read besides the usual kid stuff we read as children. Karu ask other readers questions about Kariplease sign up. I am living differently, more pared down, austere.

Which is the only way you ought to work on a project like this. The artwork is beautiful and unapologetically raw. Apr 06, l. And it is these little episodes that define her being and her existence as a social entity in a suffocating “smog city”.

Few stories matter more in India than the great all-encompassing mythohistorical epic, the Mahabharat, which she immersed herself in as a child through the comic-book adaptations in the ubiquitous Amar Chitra Katha series. But the differences between Kari and Fun Home are much more eloquent. I have walked…and never seen this road before. It’s amusing to witness the depiction of Kari’s thought process which is so complex, yet so simple.

I like to draw, but my applied art training makes me see illustration from a versatile, do-what’s-needed slant. I am living differently than I used to – more pared down, austere. She recognizes the apathy and indifference amidst people and her observations allow the painful and broken lives of others to our view.

How tedious to write only about oneself. They were inseparable — until the day they jumped. Throughout the novel, Kari vehemently opposes any attempts at the internalization of femininity.

Kari: A Graphic Novel About Lesbianism and Big-City Love

And certainly aruta the merits and demerits of the book. Laz and I have been walking around the city at night, camera in hand, watching homeless people deep in slumber. Susan, Lush and succulent, all tan, all sun. Do you see great potential for the graphic novel to develop and prosper in India? Kari, saved by a sewer, crawls back into the fray of living.


Ruth, saved by safety nets, leaves the city. Salty About Rajma Chawal: Barsa By Kadeeja Mumtas.

Kari by Amruta Patil

So, instead, Kari has experiments in ink, marker, charcoal and oilbar, crayon amruat found kri. It is something rejected from which one does not part, from which one does not protect oneself from an object. So violent was the grey water that it cracked my canoe in half. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Periyar Rally In Amruya I have no exposure to graphic novels, but something tells me I’ll like Parval because of the Mahabharat angle, especially from a not very often visited viewpoint.

Patil subsequently moved on to her more acclaimed series on the Mahabharata: Many Indian writers come back to the feet of these epics at some point in their career – it is almost a coming-of-age ritual.

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Aug 18, Archana rated it it was amazing. Within First World Feminism in the s, due to post-structuralism, the notion of gender became a contested category. Mindfields is a quarterly print journal about ideas and education. It made for a great vantage point for eavesdropping and watching.