This story is set in an alternate history Bangalore of the late 1970s.
It’s a cocktail of a ‘million memories’, laced with generous amounts of kitsch, hyperbole and vernacular references.
Please take your grammar/spelling/historical-accuracy hats off before you proceed. And watch each panel carefully; I’ve hidden some really hard-to-find easter eggs in there. (If you find that some of the writing’s too small, just click on the image. That’ll load the entire page into your browser and you can then zoom in. Note: there are four pages in all.) Thank you.
Chapter 1 : The Hunt
Chapter 2: New Modran Hotel
If you’d like to spot the easter eggs via a short quiz, go here :
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The comments section is at the top of the post. If this is your first time on my blog , my first INGA (Indian Graphic Art) comic titled ‘The Secret’ can be found here.
And yes, I promise to post more often. Do come back. If you come today..
Allen Mendonca‘s novel ‘Sentinel House’ hits bookstores today . It’s the story of a (fictional) Indian newspaper house and how its characters ‘play a role’ in the evolution of India over the years. Allen, a former Indian Express and Times of India journalist , was a good friend. He passed away in his sleep in September this year. He was 49.
Here is an illustration I did for his book. It’s a graphic-novelish rendering of a scene in which Harivanshrai Kumar , the central character of the book , hears about the raid on his newspaper house :
Do note that ‘Sentinel House’ is NOT a graphic novel.
Meanwhile, I’ve been busy with other non-art stuff. But I’m working on another INGA comic. Look forward to a post next week.
The Mumbai Dabbawala is as Mumbaikar as one can get. Wonder what he’d say about the MNS – ShivSena squabble over guardianship of the ‘Marathi Manoos’ identity?
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ONEANDHAFF (one and a half) :
In Bangalore autorickshaw parlance, ‘ONEANDHAFF’ (ie pay-me-one-and-a-half-times-what-the-meter-shows ) is a challenge the driver throws at you, signaling the start of a game of Grand Theft by Auto(rickshaw edition).
The probability of you receiving this challenge is directly proportional to :
a) the distance of destination from driver’s ‘comfort-zone’ regions
b) the distance of your state of origin , measured upwards from the Vindhyas
c) the font size of the word ‘SUCKER’ on your face. For really huge font sizes, there’s also ‘DUBBALMETER’.
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