Corridor: A Graphic Novel

Corridor: A Graphic Novel (English, Paperback, Sarnath Banerjee)


Corridor: A Graphic Novel  (English, Paperback, Sarnath Banerjee)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
    • ISBN: 9780143031383, 0143031384
    • Edition: illustrated edition, 2004
    • Pages: 112
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    Corridor: A Graphic Novel is Sarnath Banerjee’s debut graphic novel that talks about the collision of the Indian culture with the rising influences of the Western culture.  

    Summary Of The Book

    The story of Corridor revolves around an enlightened dispenser of tea, Jehangir Rangoonwalla, who has a shop in the heart of Lutyens' Delhi, Connaught Place. He also sells second hand books and dispenses wisdom to his customers. All of the main characters of the novel have this shop as their common local haunt and Mr. Rangoonwalla interacts with these residents of Delhi when they visit his shop and at times gives them his words of wisdom. They come to him for tea, books, conversation, and advice.

    The story is about a plethora of characters, each from a different strata of society and different background. These customers are Brighu, passionate for obscure collectibles and a real love life, Shintu, the newly-married on a quest of the ultimate aphrodisiac, and Digital Dutta, a person mostly torn between an H-1B visa and Karl Marx. Dutta is portrayed as a man who lives in his head.

    Each of these characters has a story of his own and the author ties them together in a brilliant manner for his book. While narrating their stories, Banerjee subtly touches the greyer shades of their lives and presents them vividly to the reader. The entire novel has been captured in the corridors of contemporary Connaught Place in Delhi and Calcutta. Various pictures and objects have been shown in the background frame and the author ensures to refer them, thereby touching upon the different cultural references.

    Sarnath Banerjee presents a different flavor to the art of storytelling by mixing various other art forms such as sketches, illustrations, and photographs. These heighten the impact on the reader in a beautiful way. The author uses an imaginative alchemy of words and images, of a script and artwork, to present the alienation and fragmented reality of the Indian urban life. Thus, the novel presents a delightful tale with interesting twists and turns.

    About Sarnath Banerjee

    Sarnath Banerjee is a graphic novelist, filmmaker, artist, and co-founder of Phantomville, a publishing house. He is famously known as India’s first real graphic novelist.

    Besides Corridor, Banerjee has authored The Harappa Files and The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers.

    Sarnath loves to write his works with an amalgamation of photographs and other art forms. His works are often autobiographical and anecdotal in style. He mostly talks about the day-to-day experiences on Indian life. Also, the loss of history and architecture during the modernization of the country is another common theme that is strongly portrayed in his works.

    Born in 1972 in Calcutta, Sarnath Banerjee is today known as the writer of the first Indian graphic novel Corridor. He studied image and communication at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His first novel was an instant hit. He has written other novels and has also created illustrations for other works for instance the cover page of Weight Loss by Upamanyu Chatterjee. Along with his friend Anindya Roy, he has started a graphic novel company called Phantomville in order to provide a platform for upcoming Indian artists to create mature graphic novels.

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    Book Details
    Publication Year
    • 2004
    • Sarnath Banerjee
    • 0.34 Inches (US)
    • 8.42 Inches (US)
    • 0.49 Pounds (US)
    Ratings & Reviews
    34 Ratings &
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    badly drawn, badly executed, no cogent story line

    I had a lot of expectations when I bought this so called first graphic novel of India
    (the claim is false btw), but it failed to impress. From the fact that Mr. Banerjee has learnt imaging or something of the sort,it doesn't really show. The least he could do was adjust the mid-tone levels. Even an amateur comic artist knows how to do that. it's really very badly executed. Seems rushed in respect for the medium.

    Anil Singh

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    6 Aug, 2012

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    I bought it because i voted BJP

    You won't like the pictorial style if you are a casual reader of comics or anything realted to reading in general.
    Western comics usually have one guy doing the story, another to draw in pencil, another to do it in ink, another to colour, another to draw margins and boxes, another to do letters. Even then you have guys like Frank Miller or Herge who go 90% solo. From such a lofty viewpoint, I think the author could have done better.
    To be really clear, this is not of the Phantom, Mandrake or...


    Certified Buyer, Coimbatore

    9 Nov, 2014

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    good story

    Quite a good story. Often said to be the first graphic novel in India. The illustration is something like that of Persepolis - raw.

    Jayanta Borah

    Certified Buyer, Kanpur

    24 Jun, 2014

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    Good one, Read and re-read.

    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 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 crea...

    Suhit Pal

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    17 May, 2012

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    Smart and funny

    Very smart and funny, really enjoyed reading it. One of my friends had recommended the book to me, I was expecting it to be good but it turned out to be great. It has funny and interesting take on many of the things which happen around us.
    Some may find the book to be a bit short at just over 100 pages, but almost all the pages will bring out a few smiles at least.
    I am now going to buy the other two books for sure.


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    14 Apr, 2012

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    First one last

    I bought this one recently after reading Sarnath Banerjee's other books. You can see certain characters and images reappearing.

    You see Digital character that appears in "Barn Owl.." as Wandering Jew.

    good to got a complete set now!!
    Definate read for Indian graphic novel readers

    Yogesh Jangam

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    10 Nov, 2011

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