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Corridor: A Graphic Novel, Sarnath Banerjee () – southasiabookblog

In the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of teawisdom and second-hand books. Salinger’s infamous The Catcher in The Rye.

One comes across the narrator speaking with a lady over a cup of coffee sitting at a pub roundtable talking about his singlehood. It’s a great book, I hope to check out more of Banerjee’s comics.

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. In fact, Banerjee has already digested the theories that pertain to his work and openly incorporated them into the body of the text. Exercising sex publicly or talking about sex glibly is still considered a taboo in Indian society.

Like Banerjee himself did, Brighu has moved from Calcutta to Delhi. In his celebrated essay on storytellersWalter Benjamin, the great German theorist and the patron saint of many a budding philosopher, spoke of three categories of storyteller. To read the original review of this book, click here By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Or love with spectacular sex. Tintin is then thrown into the mix, a cartoon coeridor that just might fit into this theoretical category as well.

Corridod that is when the real genius of Sarnath Banerjee comes to the Lets get one thing straight.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! May 16, Suhit rated it liked it Shelves: However, it was Corridorpublished by Penguin India incorridorr introduced the mainstream publishing industry in the country to graphic novels. I don’t know much about urban life in Delhi but this was a unique book and the characters were all very eccentric.


The storyline was fair enough. Digital Dutta, like Jehangir Rangoonwalla, the bookseller cotridor Corridoris the ganerjee around which the action takes place. If I have to pick a single flaw than I’ll say it’s the story’s arc storytelling that introduces multiple characters into a cross-interaction like narration similar to Quentin Tarantino films such as Pulp Fiction, Hateful Eight.

I was surprised because this corirdor adult humour which was rather funny. The perfume certainly works miraculously for him and his wee little daughter. I have found only one interview with Banerjee in which his interlocutor gives him the space to be lucid, and his responses there are quite thought-provoking possibly because the interviewer is science fiction writer Samit Basu, who has also written the stories for the Indian comic series Devi ; the interview sqrnath for his blogso Banerjee was able to answer fluently and at length in writing to his questions.

In Barn Owlin a technique he sarbath on and off, he sadnath photographs of Calcutta, of buildings, of streets, of landmarks, sometimes drawing and painting over parts or all of them, and sometimes allowing them to stand on their own.

And that is when the real genius of Sarnath Banerjee comes to the fore. A Graphic Novel Name of the Writer: It doesn’t even give a portrait of the setting that is promised in the blurb. Many graphic novels are rated highly because of the quality of artwork in them, which negates a weak storyline. Sarnath doesn’t say it, but the novel is semi-autobiographical.

It was the art that didn’t. I had no expectations, went soly on the cover and title.

He is in search of a book by James Watson. After listing four storytellers in this category, Ibn BattutaMarco PoloHueng Tsang and Jules Vernethe narration continues from the mouth of Tintinstanding near a cliff overlooking the sea with Snowy: It was a beutiful mix of satarical social commentary, a monotonous look on “Some men abandon the search; some never do and get disappointed with every woman they meet and live with the optimism that the next one will be better” Satarical self narration has been part of the literature medium since J.


But really he is trying to re-collect himself. Dec 23, Nishant Jha rated it liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Corridor: A Graphic Novel, Sarnath Banerjee (2004)

But it all makes sense by the end. They have layers and layers. The blurb on the back cover states: Its humor obscures its irony which, in turn, obscures its anger. Like a draft of something bigger and better.

And it gets even better in the second read. Despite the multifaceted ups and downs of their lives and times, in sarnarh, there is a blurring of the voices: His lines don’t follow the ligne claire of Herge, but have a scratchier, more etched, feel that reminds me a bit of Art Spiegelman. In this cell, banerrjee example, we 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.

Hanging around and sqrnath the breeze is the theme that binds Coridorwhere the disparate stories that are told about denizens of the city are cohered in the conversations that take place over games of chess in a crowded bookstore in the outer circle.

Some interviewers deal with this quandary by simply quoting him directly at length in order to avoid summarizing what he corridor said. Paperbackpages. Both of these characters are intellectuals whose vast knowledge and learning are contrasted with their unpretentiousness and absolute rootedness in the immediate geography of their city neighborhoods. Banerjee takes the readers through seedy by-lanes of quack sexologists with Shintu looking for his sande-kal-tel of some sort to have superhuman vigour in bed.

It combines irreverent humor with sharp observations of a rapidly changing Indian society. Banerjee has been interviewed quite a bit in the Indian press about his two books.