The Indian comic book industry might not have as big a market as it used to have perhaps in the early 2000’s but Indian graphic novels have really caught up and are producing content worth perhaps everyone’s notice.
Hailed by CNN as one of the top five political comic books of all time. Bhimayana is a graphic-based biography of Dr. B.R Ambedkar. Brilliantly illustrated and written, this should be on the top of your reading list.
Written by the extremely talented Sarnath Banerjee, Corridor is set in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi-Connaught Place-Corridor and meanders through the minds of its four characters, and perhaps everyone in the modern-day world who’s waiting to be grappled by a conversation to have some more traction of reality.
- A Gardener in the Wasteland
Replete with fiery caricatures and commentary on the Brahminic hegemony, A Gardener in the Wasteland, is both a tribute to the life of Jotiba and Savitribai Phule and a comment on casteism still prevalent in India. Scathing in its narration like Jotiba’s Gulamgiri (slavery), the book travels through two very different timelines in India, 1840’s and 2010. The plot is explored through the conversation between the two protagonists of the novel, Appu, and Vidya, who have also co-authored the book.
Moonward narrates the story of Halahala, a primordial landscape full of absurd creatures—a huge tortoise, giant robotic birds, weeping trees and cities grown from seeds. Full of dystopian thoughts, the landscape is explored through a backdrop of conflict between the creatures which intensifies as the plot progresses.
A lively narrative which explores questions about sexuality and identity, Kari by Amruta Patil is a graphic novel that should be on your reading list.
- All Quiet in Vikaspuri
A Kafkaesque satire on Delhi’s water crisis- All Quiet in Vikaspuri- speaks of a not so distant Delhi parched of the ever-essential, water. Commenting on the various though-processes which have led to such a crisis, the story starts with Kafkaesque panels set in the regional passport office of the Bhikaji Cama Place, Delhi.
- Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir
This book is a first-hand account of Kashmir, particularly the city of Srinagar in the 1990‘s through the eyes of Munnu and his journey to become Sajad, the political cartoonist over a timeline of almost two decades. This plot revolves around the author’s own childhood experiences against the backdrop of the conflict, Kashmir has been experiencing since late 1980’s