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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They sleep on roadsides, under carts and benches, on platforms.

Firstly, that Ruth becomes the anchor and the refuge that Kari takes in her identity crisis. This is where its greatest strength lies. It’s amazing how hundred upon hundreds of human beings can pass you by without making eye contact.

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She confronts systems while simultaneously exposing their oppression, deviates from norms spatially and sexually and becomes far more in touch with her iari identity which by the end of the book, one can read as a queer one. Vanmam — Vendetta By Bama.

Kari similarly survives on the periphery of society and within its consciousness thwarting a false sense of selfhood and identity. Kari is honest, moody, intensely karu, and exceptionally confusing. It is only after it, that Kari is able to negotiate with society, her sexuality and psyche as queer. This depiction of what may seem as a simple ritual, has immense significance metaphorically.

The paper begins with an Introduction to Queer theory and the various concepts that are oari in the subsequent reading. In a story, the birds would have joined forces in a show of gratitude and broken her fall, carried her to a faraway land of safety. Why are there so amrutta women comic artists in India?


Amruta Patil 24 Hour Comic: Full review on Just Another Bookaholic In the images denoting the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, Kari navigates through the water with the idol steering clear of obstacles.

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He will haunt the boundary between the two forever. Mapping the Everyday Production of Gender- Space.

Can you elaborate on this experience? But the differences between Kari and Fun Home are much more eloquent.

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

We took great pains to draw out the houses and hills and cats and people that formed our stories! And “whatever love laws have to be broken, the first few seconds suffice” The relations between butch-femme couples are far more dynamic, despite the general criticism around them that suggest that they function like a heterosexual relationship.

Boundaries and their Transgression: Tell me about your current project Parva, your approach, your ambitions for it, how it is changing your techniques.

Just as the writing gets more refined, so too does the illustration. I was mind blown by the kind of illustration and intensity this novel carries. Sep 10, C.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The only problem is, they seem difficult to find on shelves, and whatever is there, is fairly expensive The story smruta so gripping that keeping it aside for even a minute would take you on a guilt-trip and you’d be dying to wrap up whatever that you are doing and indulge into this amazing piece again.

And certainly to the merits and demerits of the book.


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Just finished reading Kari. I will first attempt to understand the dynamic of power between them. In spite of its dark and melancholic tone, Kari is a breath of fresh air, and a new voice in storytelling in India. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The closer she gets to being comfortable with her queerness, the more she transgresses boundaries, the more she transcends limited modes of categorization and the more radical the act becomes.

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

What inspired your first graphic novel, Kari? It’s a beautifully illustrated book. You can go home and wash your feet. I have gone from cocky and ambitious to far more diffident and humble. So violent was the grey water that it cracked my canoe in half. In recent years however, there has been a radical shift in the way it has been used and reclaimed.

The artwork is beautiful and unapologetically raw. What might work for storyboards cannot work for a graphic narrative, which,overall, lacks cohesion and fails to tell a good story How tedious to write only about oneself.

So in line of Persepolis, embroideries, book thief, etc I had been wanting to read Kari. Lastly, I would like to thank the novelist, Amruta Patil for this fantastic piece of work.