Corridor A Graphic Novel In the heart of Lutyens Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla enlightened dispenser of tea wisdom and second hand books Among his customers are Brighu a postmodern Ibn Batuta looking for obscure collec

  • Title: Corridor: A Graphic Novel
  • Author: Sarnath Banerjee
  • ISBN: 9780143031383
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the heart of Lutyens Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of tea, wisdom, and second hand books Among his customers are Brighu, a postmodern Ibn Batuta looking for obscure collectibles and a love life Digital Dutta who lives mostly in his head, torn between Karl Marx and an H1 B visa and the newly married Shintu, looking for the ultimate aphrodisiIn the heart of Lutyens Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of tea, wisdom, and second hand books Among his customers are Brighu, a postmodern Ibn Batuta looking for obscure collectibles and a love life Digital Dutta who lives mostly in his head, torn between Karl Marx and an H1 B visa and the newly married Shintu, looking for the ultimate aphrodisiac in the seedy by lanes of old Delhi Played out in the corridors of Connaught Place and Calcutta, the story captures the alienation and fragmented reality of urban life through an imaginative alchemy of text and image.

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    1. As a Pakistani, it was definitely an interesting read. I don't know much about urban life in Delhi but this was a unique book and the characters were all very eccentric. I might need to read it again to get fully absorbed into the characters, I'll probably enjoy it more then!

    2. Corridor written and drawn by Sarnath Banerjee claims to be India's first graphic novel. Corridor is all urban, and mostly male. All the characters in its social network are connected to one central person, Jehangir Rangoonwalla, who is more of a philosophy dispenser than a second hand book seller which is his profession. Brighu is an obsessive collector of things and is currently pondering whether to settle down with his girlfriend Kali. Digital Dutta thinks about his H1-B visa during the day w [...]

    3. Billed as "India's first graphic novel" ( claims that it is not the first, but second), this was my first introduction to contemporary Indian graphic novels. And I am impressed.The comic book / graphic novel scene when I was growing up in India was made up of a hodgepodge of imported American pulp (Phantom, Mandrake, Flash Gordon, etc.), high-end European works (Tintin, Asterix) jingoistic Commonwealth WWII comics and indigenous works that were educational (Amar Chitra Katha) or idiotic (Chacha [...]

    4. I like this a lot better than when I first read it, but I still think it is let down by an excess of callow urban angst and a Naipaulesque reliance on grotesqerie. Still has some great bits that really capture the rhythms and byways of a city.

    5. whoa! this is the second indian graphic novel i have read in one month. and, what a blast it was! this book is rip-roaringly funny but humane. it takes the caricatural method to satirise the faux modernity of india. the protagonist is not the characters in it, but the fragmentary consciousness which connects them. it also comes down to satirise the indian people and their clichéd lifestyles. btw, this graphic novel is also hailed as the first indian graphic novel. and, in my opinion, the indian [...]

    6. The plot is non-linear meandering through human emotions- black, white and grey. The characters belong more in a particular 'culture' in Delhi and may not be presumed as complete. It could have been closer home if more work could be done to tone up the 'dilliwala' attitude. The illustration quality is delightfully edgy, though refreshingly minimalist.

    7. 2.5 really. This is a good attempt at a graphic novel. Wha the book does well is paint the lanscapes of delhi and the lifestyles of the characters. What wasn't great was that the storyline seemed broken at times only tied together by the narration given in the summary of the book.

    8. I would contrast this with the travelogue comics of Guy Delisle. Both focus on place and a sense of everyday life, but where Delisle takes the position of the constant outsider, a Frenchman outside of France and the West, Banerjee is the epitome of the local, he is not observing and recording his interactions with foreigners, but capturing his home city and the people who share it with him. Like Delisle, Banerjee calls out an acknowledged debt to Hergé, but in his art, a mix of stark black and [...]

    9. I don't buy the arguments of the people who find graphic novel as a marketing gimmick to sell comics to adults. Neither do I agree to the people who think it is stooping to a lower level of reading to read one.Reading through corridor builds a unique mindscape in the readers imagination that can only be created by artists like Sarnath Banerjee. Corridor tells stories about the characters of the novel who are connected to a Connaught Place bookwala. Usually the stories touch upon the shadier part [...]

    10. Graphic Novels are a growing phenomenon – emerging out of the shadow of cartoon and comic books building its own genre. A cartoon is generally characterized as children’s books or humorous satires both intended to bring laughs to the readers. The kids smile at the innocence, visual appeal and message, whereas adults smirk at the sarcasm, humor and hidden message. I have been a big fan of comic books since childhood, but now Graphic novels satisfy both the child and the adult in me. Giving me [...]

    11. Lets get one thing straight. There may be loads of people who wont 'get' this book, and I totally understand. This graphic novel by one of the genre's pioneers in India, is meant primarily for Indians or people who are in tune with the Indian lifestyle and psyche.Beautiful, and more importantly intelligent artwork throng the book. Although difficult to grasp at first read, it becomes surprisingly lucid on second reading/rereading. And that is when the real genius of Sarnath Banerjee comes to the [...]

    12. Art is an important component of a Graphic Novel. Many graphic novels are rated highly because of the quality of artwork in them, which negates a weak storyline. For me, the premise of Corridor is something that I liked. The graphic novel talks about characters, who have a common intersection point in a book seller. The book worked for me. It was the art that didn't. The characters were not very distinct. They did not pop out of the pages and they did not stay with me after I had completed readi [...]

    13. Corridor is good but not great. I bought this book after reading quite a lot of reviews. Many said this was the first ever Graphic Novel of India which I don't think it is. It often has funny moments. And There are moments which will make you yawn too. The interests builds on in the latter half of the book. The starting kinda felt okay the middle was a tad bit boring when the author tries to dwell more on a single context but it really picks up towards the end. I Kinda feel that the author shoul [...]

    14. Trust the reviews. It gets better in the second read!Midway through the book, I felt stupid. I didn't get it. One story unfolds and as soon as I start getting a grip on it, another begins. But it all makes sense by the end. And it gets even better in the second read. By definition, a comic book is either funny or a superhero fantasmographic orgy. May be this is why Corridor is called India's first graphic novel. Its humor obscures its irony which, in turn, obscures its anger. I think I will revi [...]

    15. This is the character's remark after getting stoned The original review of this book is posted on my blogTo read the original review of this book, click here

    16. Good stuff. Although I read this *after* Harappa Files, which is the author's most recent and most mature work, I was well acquainted with the style. Probably not the best first book to get familiar with Sarnath Banerjee, but a good first book nevertheless.

    17. This is my first graphic novel from a person of colour. I had no expectations, went soly on the cover and title. I was surprised because this contains adult humour which was rather funny. The storyline was fair enough.

    18. Everybody is looking for love, or sex. Or sex full of love. Or love with spectacular sex. What is everybody freaking looking for? What is a cosmic accident after all? Only sleeping with Satoshi will count? What about being kissed by a green butterly?

    19. Let's not think of cohesive plotlines, or comprehensive storyline. This book is fluent in its story telling, funny in its offbeat humor and finally when the reader is all in, it gives the reader something to think about.

    20. I'm really not impressed with this book. The drawings are mediocre. The story is scattered and reads like the author was drunk when he wrote it. It doesn't even give a portrait of the setting that is promised in the blurb. Very disappointing read.

    21. Nostalgiar my hometown Kolkata and for a city I have grown to like Delhi with metaphors only a Bengali can associate with the book brought back many fond memoriesght read

    22. Full of cultural references that went over my head but generally an engaging slice-of-life story from India.

    23. The lives and loves of eclectic characters centered around a Connaught Place bookstore. The non-linear narrative works well with the wonderfully evocative artwork.

    24. The first Graphic Novel I have read and it is a quirky one indeed! set in the bylanes of CP, New Delhi it is a funny & breezy readetty decent

    25. though i liked the fragmented narrative, the neat wrap/up at the end nearly ruined the book's good qualities.

    26. I found this in a bookshop in india in the graphic novels section next to "commando" comic reprints. I am not a big fan of the graphic novel genre, but this is a well laid novel in its own right.

    27. Corridor is an awfully clever book, is witty yet so soul searching n angsty. It is a delightful read: a freaky, multi-layered, post modern look at teh irony ridden urban conditions.

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