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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The notion of boundaries; physical, emotional, psychological, sexual and geographical will be explored to further illustrate her negotiation and transgression of them. There are various restrictions and silent rules in the manner in which women are meant to behave, travel and engage with the city.

I remember sitting atop a full newsprint sheet on the terrace as we drew, so that the paper would not fly away! What it does is provide a lens or perspective, which changes the way she views both herself and society. I try to breathe as little as I can to prevent smog city from choking me. And Indians, as a people, are very adept at handling complexity, which is very liberating for a storyteller. You are also co-editor on the magazine Mindfields – please tell me more about this project.

Through the gaze, one is eventually forced to understand her everyday existence as a transgression of societal norms and boundaries. There has always been a definite keel towards the written word. Gendered spaces The notion of a queer transgression extends beyond sexuality.

So dark and yet so true!!

People love quick synopses. I have gone from cocky and ambitious to far more diffident and humble. Refresh and try again. Sensuously illustrated and livened by wry commentaries on life and love, Kari gives a new voice to graphic fiction in India.


It is important to set the record straight. But, as an abject-figure, Kari, instead of being obliterated, comes back.

Vanmam — Vendetta By Bama. She begins to understand the nature of water itself and as an extension, how to navigate through it fearlessly. Want to Read saving…. It hopes to contribute – in whatever tiny way it can – to bring some spark and self-esteem into the school system and school staffrooms in India. More than a novel, it is a poetic commentary on friendship, love, and loneliness of the times we live in.

It must amruga grown anew last night. Sep 10, C. amrutq

It is a gorgeous book with beautiful artwork — its colour scheme mystic and yet inviting the reader. As always, insightful questions. What inspired your first graphic novel, Kari? Kari, saved by a sewer, crawls back into the fray of living. My MFA thesis show consisted of images from this body of work, and it’s time to start working on it again.

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

To me, this book falls in the same realm of other really krai stuff being churned out in the name of “millenials” these days, read Girls by Lena Dunham. The graphic novel is set in Mumbai and revolves around the protagonist who work in the creative ad agency. And it is an audience that is not jaded by traditional expectations. My lack of familiarity with storytelling traditions, my gender, my foreignness – these could all be assets.

That explains the choice of form. Kari similarly survives on the periphery of society and within its consciousness thwarting a false sense of selfhood and identity.


In preparing the above article for Art Review magazine, I conducted a short interview with Amruta by email, the full text of which is shown below.

Dialogues overlap panel boundaries and speech bubbles are also used scarcely. At the launch, you mentioned working as a museum security guard in Boston, and how it helped you observe people and pick subjects for your drawings. I also loved and related to some of the scenes like the parents’ visit or the office scenes.

The story moves on a very metaphorical level. Remember me on this computer. The narrative depicts poignantly the experience of crisis that is attached to the movement away from the rigid categories of heteronormative society.

She is confused, intense and the only thing that she is sure of is how she feels about Ruth.

Kari by Amruta Patil | Neel Mukherjee

The manner in which her own path to understanding her sexuality, makes her occupy and negotiate with spaces and situations lends itself to certain theoretical frameworks within queer theory. The only place in the whole post that I looked up to check the name of the book had J’wock’s insatiating love for vegetables kair forth. I didn’t realize just how sick I was of reading terrible, terrible, graphic novels by mopey white dudes about their boring love life until I read Kari.

For now, I am taking it one step at a time, one tiny episode at amruga time.