Here are some great yet underrated ‘Made in India’ graphic novels that all bookworms should add to their reading wish-list
The Hotel At The End Of The World by Parismita Singh
This interesting graphic novel, by Parismita Singh from Assam, is about Pema who runs a hotel at the end of the world. She serves her weary travellers with rice and pork curry and they in turn tell her tales about their experiences and journeys. It is a must-read as there are very few graphic novels out there which feature stories about Northeast India.
Rs 347 (Available on Flipkart)
Sita: Daughter of the Earth by Saraswati Nagpal and illustrated by Manikandan
It is a retelling of the Ramayana from Sita’s point of view. Although the story will not be new to many readers, the beautifully colourful illustrations is what makes this graphic novel so very special. It can be enjoyed both by young readers and adults.
Rs 180 (Available on Amazon)
Corridor by Sarnath Banerjee
Set in contemporary Delhi, the story revolves around Jehangir Rangoonwalla who sells tea and second-hand books. Written and illustrated by Sarnath Banerjee, the novel also focuses on his interactions with his customers who come from all walks of life. Many consider this to be one of India’s first graphic novels.
Rs 263 (Available on Amazon)
Heavens Unleashed by Ronjoy Borthakur and Abhishek Puri
Scripted by Assam-lad Ronjoy Borthakur and illustrated by Abhishek Puri, Heavens Unleashed is about Colonel Ishita Garuda, who is leading her country’s forces against an invading army. She is forced to take decisions that will affect the lives of everyone around her and in high pressure situations, not every choice has good consequences. It reminds readers that we have to live with the consequences of the decisions we take, be it positive or negative.
Read it for free at www.dukesandduchess.net
Words: Meeta Borah
This article was first published in Eclectic Northeast (September 2016) issue