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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Omg what a dreamy read this was. The book opens with a dreamlike scene where Kari and Ruth attempt suicide together.

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As Danger Chhori, her PVC-suit-clad alter ego, she unclogs sewers and observes the secret lives of people and fruit. The closer she gets to being comfortable with her queerness, the more she transgresses boundaries, pattil more she transcends limited modes of categorization and the more radical the act becomes. Indeed, in a recent interview, Patil has acknowledged her great admiration for Bechdel.

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The graphic novel is the story of Kari after she finds herself alone in the heterosexual culture around her and the internal turmoil of her separation from Ruth set against this highly heterosexual culture-scape of the metropolitan city.

Susan, Lush against Grecian blue or white. Apr 19, Mrinal Sharma rated it it was amazing. She continues her day job which is writing advertisements sequels for several products. Kari begins with the attempted double-suicide of a pair of lovers — Kari, our heroine, and her girlfriend, Ruth — plunging from the top of a building.

You drew the first of these drawings in If I run my fingers over it, it shivers in disbelief Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Patjl Essay on Abjection. Jan 21, Erik rated it liked it Shelves: Maybe because I expect her to get up and walk off. As I say in every interview – there are various experiments going on in Kari – some are not particularly successful, others have worked out ok. Periyar Rally In Trichy: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.


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

It felt almost uncomfortably intense and pretentious till I realised Kari’s And This is one of the most unique graphic novels that I have read in some time. We profile the good things that are going on, and put ideas on the table that could possibly spiffy things in other areas.

The artwork is brilliant and melancholic. Paperbackpages. The narrative depicts poignantly the experience of crisis that is attached to the movement away from the rigid categories of heteronormative society.

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. Visually one may categorize Kari as a young butch and Ruth as a more femme character.

Who are your artistic influences? She has a job she is doing well in, she is not rich but still living a normal life with three other girlfriends, yes- she is a lesbian but she also has a boyfriend for a bit so maybe she is more confused than I was while reading this book With Angel, Lazarus, and the girls of Crystal Palace forming the chorus to her song, she explores the dark heart of smog city — loneliness, sewers, sleeper success, death — and pstil memory of her absentee Other.

A Queer reading of Amruta Kwri graphic novel ‘Kari’. This is grey skin, not grey water, the ageing unwanted body of the teeming city above. I also loved and related to some of the scenes like the parents’ visit or the office scenes. The book starts with a double suicide, but it fails- both of them end up alive and miraculously unhurt. Vanmam — Vendetta By Bama. While both psychological and physical disabilities are stigmatised by society, here are ten women with disability who kicked ass in Yet, a sense of inbetweenness never leaves her character.


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. In spite of its dark and melancholic aruta, Kari is a breath of fresh air, and a new voice in storytelling in India.

This site uses cookies. In fact, the very surreal atmosphere and the world depicted in the work also in some ways reflect it. A beautiful, beautiful Graphic novel, poetry and art, the writing is better than the art, but the art adds to the mood too.

The narrator is a 21 yr old woman with a lot of angst, but nowhere in the book is the back story to all this angst explained.

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It lies there, quite close, but it cannot be assimilated. The second time round, she chooses not to.

The media will eat you up like a careless snack and spit you out. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I choose to use images along with words at this point of time – I may choose not to do so in later work.

What a sweepingly beautiful book – both in terms of the prose and illustrations. No wonder we invented the Kamasutra. The naturalized and dominant nature of heterosexuality in our lives is evident in several parts of the book but one that evidently stands out for me as a reader is an exchange between Kari and the two men — boyfriends of her roommates.

So combining the two things amruts the most obvious thing to do. There can be theories of course, but I’d love it if you could ask the question sometime and get a writer-illustrator to answer.