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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Aug 06, Ramprasad Dutta rated it it was amazing. So combining the two things was the most obvious thing to do.

Jabberwock: Amruta Patil and Kari: a short Q&A

Oh the famous autobiography question. Ruth is saved by a safety net and escapes to another country.

There is the long-distance relationship with her parents; the spiked, needy, irritating yet sustaining nature of female friendships in her interactions with Billo and Delna; the more ambivalent friendship with Lazarus, who pines away for a distant girlfriend but is not above writing the odd embarrassingly awful love poem for Kari.

She becomes a figure who is both on the periphery of society, an outsider while simultaneously within it. The book is worth reading for this exquisitely witty and crackling friendship alone. The novel starts with the protagonist jumping off the building to join the love of her life in her darkest moment. I think that more than anything, I am drawn to the honesty of this book and how the author does not shy away from pain.


While Ruth gets saved by a safety net of her building, Kari is saved by a sewer.

I was keen to try a crossover literary form – it is more texty than most comics or graphic novels – and the story flows from voice-over style narrative text to visuals, and then back to voice-over. Kari therefore takes on the role of a boatman who goes through society and its oppressive structures while at the same time coming to terms with her own sexuality.

So, instead, Kari has experiments in ink, marker, charcoal and oilbar, crayon and found images. Ruth, saved by safety nets, leaves the city. There, I said it again: They were inseparable — until the day they jumped. I was mind blown by the kind of illustration and intensity this novel carries.

It’s quite an interesting book. For now, I am taking it one step at a time, one tiny episode at a time. There are socio-cultural and political meanings encoded within them. And then I step in. After that everything is a matter of time and incident. Reminds me of a very, very dear friend – witty, smart and swaggering. Through her depression and confusion, there arises a deep compassion for others revealing the prejudice and apathy that inhabits our society.

In order to understand, why the suicide was an ideological one; it is important to understand how Kari was saved and how her life changed from then on. This slideshow requires JavaScript. It started as movement that resists categorization, definitions and compartmentalization.

Soon we must mutate—thick skin and resilient lungs — to survive this new reality. I liked the use of colour, and the ironical touches, such as the poster of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge a film that stands for tradition values and societal approval in the background when Kari and Ruth — lesbian lovers — first meet.


Future work will have resolved these experiments in kwri better fashion. As you grow up you mature from dramatic comics to real life fiction and when you get fiction with pictures, you can enjoy best of both worlds. The book is largely done in black charcoal but there are pages of full color painting, and even mixed media collages. Boundaries and their Transgression: I am excited about starting work on it.

Amruta Patil:

Angel found it vastly entertaining that young medical school boys would be experimenting with her. There are frequent style shifts, to allow for the story-nested-within story approach. This is grey skin, not grey water, the ageing unwanted iari of the teeming city above. Working in a medium that combined both the disciplines seemed like an obvious way to go. Then there are Mughal miniatures, Islamic decorative patterns, Japanese woodcuts. For her debut, Amruta chose an atypical literary crossover, more text-based than most graphic novels, the story flowing back and forth between voice-over narration and visuals.

This suicide is clearly of significance since the book begins and pafil with it and the Kari that we are introduced to amfuta not the same by the end of it.

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