- Hardcover: 124 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Ed. edition (22 January 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8172237103
- ISBN-13: 978-8172237103
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.1 x 23.2 cm
- Customer Reviews: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kari Hardcover – Illustrated, 22 Jan 2008
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About the Author
Writer-painter Amruta Patil is the author of Adi Parva (HarperCollins, 2012) and Sauptik (HarperCollins, 2016).
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Wish some of our Indian authors snapped out of their oft repeating mode of forcing 'intellectual' looking stuff out of common storylines in their books, especially graphic novels.
First the positives- undoubtedly paints a great picture of life in modern India- the description of the smells in a Mumbai local- "sexy armpit, sweaty armpit" are humorous yet accurate and can really transport you. The art work is great, the pictures very relatable to how many of us lived when we first started working- sharing rooms and boyfriends. I also loved and related to some of the scenes like the parents' visit or the office scenes. Somewhere in the book there are 1 or 2 lines of deeper meaning or profoundity, here is my favorite- "Whatever love laws have to be broken, the first few seconds suffice. After that everything is a matter of time and incident"
Now the not so good stuff. 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. She has a job she is 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............ where is the tragedy? The book starts with a double suicide, but it fails- both of them end up alive and miraculously unhurt. I just don't get it, what's the problem?
To me, this book falls in the same realm of other really annoying stuff being churned out in the name of "millenials" these days, read Girls by Lena Dunham. People who are priviliged to lead perfectly good and normal lives are for some reason wallowing in self pity instead, and who somehow think it worthy of sharing and turning into mass entertainment.
The art work is good, but I'm sorry that's about it.