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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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Elen Travel writer at www. For example… What follows is this series of drawings of the first category of travelers, which shows how these overt references to theory are woven easily into the work and embellished with imaginative details that feed into the visual depictions of the ideas. I sought to read something that would make me laugh. One can always try, however, so let us start by creating a list of things that are important in both Corridor and Barn Owl: He represents the slightly pretentious, cosmopolitan young Bengali whom many of my friends will recognise instantly, the one who hunts for records on Free School Street and drinks beer at Olypub.

The narrative is non-linear and switches between the stories of the different characters. I didn’t get it. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Reading through corridor builds a unique mindscape in the readers imagination that can only be created by artists like Sarnath Banerjee.

Delhi in the belly Besides the main characters whose layers are slowly peeled off, even the minor ones are etched with comic detail. The traveler of the mind, uncramped by expensive trans-continental flights or unfriendly immigration staff. In Corridorthe mapping of Connaught Circle is of primary importance and serves to center the narrative, much of which takes place in a bookshop in the outer circle.


I loved Corridor, having spent many happy hours at the roadside booksellers pile in Connaught Place, not to mention the appearance of Sablok clinic and the party thrown by the smart South Delhi set. Thanks for the review, Lapata.

Corridor: A Graphic Novel, Sarnath Banerjee (2004)

This is an error in Judgement, because comics requires a more complex if not complicating mode of reading. His passion corrixor not for possessing objects themselves but stems from his fanaticism for an illusory wholeness, for completing the set.

The art and letters are all hand drawn, looks like computers have never touched it during the process. I wonder if my changing mindset, having recently well, its been 2 yrs but still feels recent!

They did not pop out of the pages and they did not stay with me after I had completed reading the book. Besides the main characters whose layers are slowly peeled off, even the minor ones are etched with comic detail.

Corridor: A Graphic Novel by Sarnath Banerjee

With the introduction of Battuta, the readers are taken into the realms of an explorer. In this cell, for example, banerjes 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.

At the first read you notice the characters, the clever puns all over the place and above all the complete Indian urbanity in the strips.


This is how Murthy feels that he is incomplete without the endearing embrace of his seven-year-old daughter. He looks upon himself as a dispenser of anecdotes, wisdom and tea. Despite the brief section in Calcutta, this book is really about Delhi, a city that Banerjee clearly views with affection despite its many contradictions.

Corridor: A Graphic Novel

Wha the book does well is paint the lanscapes of delhi and the lifestyles of the characters. A Graphic Novel came out inin India and France, bordering on the fragmented reality of Indian urban lives and times.

In the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of teawisdom and second-hand books.

May be this is why Corridor corriror called India’s first 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 the text and the pictures are locked in some kind of creative tension, this I feel is very much the grammar of comics.

Jan 01, Chetna rated it liked it. The more Murthy tries his best to come closer to his little daughter, the more the daughter hates him for his odour. A Graphic Novel Name of the Writer: Having read all of his novels till now, I think Corridor is one of the better works of the author.