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

She has a job she ;atil doing well in, she is not rich but still living a normal life with three other girlfriends, yes- she is a lesbian but she also has a boyfriend for a bit so maybe she is more confused than I was while reading this book Yet, a sense of inbetweenness never leaves her character. Sep 10, C. The narrator is a 21 yr old woman with a lot of angst, but nowhere in the book is the back story to all this angst explained.

I see her body on the road below, and feel absolutely nothing.

Kari: A Graphic Novel About Lesbianism and Big-City Love | Feminism In India

To define what is queer and to solidify it as an academic discipline for it would be counter- intuitive. To give a general but oversimplified idea of what butch- femme entails, one might say that butches exhibit traditionally “masculine” traits while femmes embody “feminine” ones. I navigate through the narrowest veins, steering clear of obstacles to get to where the idols clog the sewer.


Jun 08, Aanchal Gupta rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. They were inseparable — until the day they jumped. The gray and black charcoal drawings paint a dark dank world set in Mumbai. Along with this, helping other only leads her to understand herself better. But this time she does not jump off. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

How aware were you of graphic novels in other countries, like Maus or Persepolis? Kari was unsatisfactory in a way because just when I started to appreciate the story and fall in love with it, it got over.

As a child, were you more inclined towards drawing or writing? Boundaries and their Transgression The crux of my observations lie in understanding the gendered norms, codes, limitations— boundaries that are laid down in a society that is pre-dominantly hetero-normative; only to illustrate further how Kari transgresses them through her queer identity. Leave akri Reply Cancel reply. The graphic novel is set in Mumbai and revolves around the protagonist who work in the creative ad agency.

All this amrutta in the first seven pages, leaving the rest of the book, over one hundred pages, for Amrutz to narrate krai story. By continuing to paitl this website, you agree to their use.

After that everything is a matter of time and incident. This project is going to take a lot, it is epic in both volume and in theme — full colour, and visual-led. May 28, Nic rated it it was amazing Shelves: A beautiful, beautiful Graphic novel, poetry and art, the writing is better than the art, but the art adds to the mood too.


In recent years however, there has been a radical shift in the way it has been used and reclaimed. It hopes to contribute – in whatever tiny way it can – to bring some spark and self-esteem into the school system and school staffrooms in India.

Both survive — or do they?

The most apt description of this book in a single word is “Raw. As Kristeva highlights below: I wish I could detach my lungs.

Amruta Patil:

Everyone guards their sanity against the grief of strangers … The Airlines lady who travels in the same compartment as us day after day, has bruises on her arms and face today and her eyes keep welling, but no one asks her why. The narrative is very intense and moody.

A fig is one hundred per cent debauched. I was always meant to do it.

The book begins with the attempted double suicide of a pair of lovers; Kari, our protagonist, and her lover Ruth. Ruth, saved by safety nets, leaves the city.

In preparing the above article for Art Review magazine, I conducted a short interview with Amruta by email, the patll text of which is shown below.

I don’t think I can work up the energy to do a proper review – too much crap going on in life generally, and what little time I get for work goes on the Amir Hamza epic.