October 1, 2020

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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Feminist theory is therefore part of academia under gender studies which also covers gay and lesbian studies or what has come to be known as queer theory. Kari draws you into her world of melancholy dotted with terminal illnessconvenient boyfriends, urban decay and societal apathy.

amguta Apr 01, Claire rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In spite of its dark and melancholic tone, Kari is a breath of fresh air, and a new voice in storytelling in India. The dynamics presented between Ruth and Kari therefore, steer clear of this kind of discourse and instead treat the relationship with far more maturity and complexity.

In addition, both her abject-figure and her queer self, inform each other and are connected inextricably. The book is very raw – I was working on instinct.

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.

On the contrary, I think mirrors are splendid, shiny things that make great collectibles, whether whole or smashed in bits. I suppose you have to be an obsessive cat-lover, as Patil and I are, to savour that joke but it is a good one. Great example of a really good idea of how to use a new medium- Graphic novels- to show a new slice of life in modern Indian; but without any story underneath it.


Jan 17, Swarnadeep Banik rated it it was amazing Shelves: It felt almost uncomfortably intense and pretentious till I realised Kari’s Salty About Rajma Chawal: You drew the first of these drawings in I didn’t realize just how sick I was of reading terrible, terrible, graphic novels by mopey white dudes about their boring love life until I read Kari.

It must have grown anew last night. I rowed towards the house of the West, where the dead sleep. There has always been a definite keel towards the written word.

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

It’s quite an interesting book. This site uses cookies. And it is an audience that is not jaded by traditional expectations. It doesn’t read like a comic-book style graphic novel, meaning it’s not dialogue centr All five stars feels like a bold statement but I couldn’t bring myself to give this book anything less.

I try to breathe as little as I can to prevent smog city from choking me. In Kari water does not stand for purity and fertility. Kari is a child of chance, she was never meant to be the great big debut book. Kristeva, Julia, and Leon S. That passage just quoted above also serves as a valuable point of entry into thinking about her style. Posted by Jabberwock at 6: Kari will haunt me forever but in the best way possible. When she first starting living at her apartment, Crystal Palace, she has certain stereotypical notions of what living with women is like and is surprised to find indifference instead.

Ruth, saved by safety nets, leaves the city.

Kari by Amruta Patil | Neel Mukherjee

I stand for nothing. Kari plays that role consciously at times, revealing the other ways that men and women treat her sexuality.

As Danger Chhori, her PVC-suit-clad alter ego, she unclogs sewers and observes the secret lives of people and fruit. Kari rebels against these by walking on unknown roads, going out late into the night and occupying spaces in the city where she enjoys her solitude. It’s a beautifully illustrated book.


She begins to understand the nature of water itself and as an extension, how to navigate through it fearlessly. In many ways, Kari embodies the queer state of being. Paatil way I eat has changed, as has the way I conduct myself ameuta the world. I spent the last Sunday with Kari and it was time well-spent! They were inseparable — until the day they jumped.

It started as movement that resists categorization, definitions and compartmentalization.

Amruta Patil:

It is a kafi book with beautiful artwork — its colour scheme mystic and yet inviting the reader. She becomes a figure who is both on the periphery of society, an outsider while simultaneously within it. 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.

Water which has traditionally denoted all that is life-giving becomes polluted and asphyxiating for Kari.

The novel draws bleak images of sewage, effluents, smells and claustrophobic spaces. What does not respect borders, position, rules. Aug 21, Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar rated it it was amazing Shelves: I earned me a boat that night. A young, deeply introverted, asocial and queer woman – counterpoint to the hyperfeminine prototypes one keeps coming across. Laz and I have been walking around the city at night, camera in hand, watching homeless people deep in slumber.

I was very keen to capture the grey, the claustrophobic busy-ness, the dreamscapes, and the subsequent release. The same night she dreams about it: