Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Graphic description

Sarnath Banerjee traces his career as a graphic novelist, his upcoming works and more

Talking to Sarnath Banerjee is like walking through the narrow by lanes of old Delhi, the city he's based in and writes about a lot – entertaining, full of surprises and very down to earth. The surprises Banerjee – often celebrated as India's ‘first graphic novelist' – packs in his witty one- liners brimming with black humour are very much like his stories.

So, it was a pleasure meeting him during the Third Kovalam Literary Festival that was conducted in the city last weekend, and chatting with him about his work and the graphic novel – comics by another name – as a form.

Fast-paced reading
The most chaotic and wondrous things happen in his work. Fast-paced like in cinema, the events take the reader on a ride spanning time. However, Banerjee prefers simplicity when it comes to describing his work: “A story is a gesture, we need stories to prop us up… it's like a cigarette or a bottle of wine – you drink it and remember it.”

Full report here Hindu

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