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    Stupid Guy Goes to India (English, Paperback, Yukichi Yamamatsu, Kumar Sivasubramanian)

    Stupid Guy Goes to India  (English, Paperback, Yukichi Yamamatsu, Kumar Sivasubramanian)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Blaft/Westland
    • ISBN: 9789381626399, 9381626391
    • Edition: 2012
    • Pages: 230
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    Through the autobiographical story of Yukichi Yamamatsu, Stupid Guy Goes To India takes a funny look at one man’s struggle as a clueless tourist in a foreign land.


    Summary Of The Book

    Stupid Guy Goes To India is the firsthand account of Yukichi Yamamatsu’s experiences in a foreign country.


    Yukichi Yamamatsu is a 56-year-old Japanese man who travels to India. He is on a mission to sell his manga comics in India, a country where they are yet to gain popularity. As he attempts to navigate his way as a stranger in a strange land, hilarity ensues.


    He lands at the Delhi airport, armed with just a little money, a mission to accomplish, and zero interest in sight-seeing. From the minute he arrives in India, he is swept away in a hurricane of new, often daunting sights and sounds. Even the tiniest and most common of tasks seem to take enormous amounts of effort.


    From the spicy cuisine and the persistent beggars to the filthy toilets, Yamamatsu is left quite overwhelmed by it all. His comic-selling mission is initially overshadowed by the need to accomplish seemingly simple tasks like looking for a place to live, and escaping from the clutches of all manner fraudulent people, including landlords, cops, auto drivers, shoe sellers, and street vendors.


    As he slowly recovers from the culture shock that he was highly unprepared for, he gets back on track to focus on his original mission. His problems seem never-ending as he struggles to find a translator for his books, deal with a printing press, and find a vendor for the printed comics.
    Stupid Guy Goes To India has been written in Japanese, Yamamatsu’s native language. It has been written in keeping with the traditional format of Manga comics, i.e., it needs to be read in a back to front, right to left manner. It was first published in 2008. This particular edition is the English translation by Kumar Sivasubramanian. It was published in 2012.


    About The Authors

     

    Yukichi Yamamatsu was born in 1948 in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. He quit junior high school and went on to take up one different job after another. At the age of 16, he sold his first Manga book to a publisher in Osaka. He has been a well-known manga comic artist for over four decades now.


    Kumar Sivasubramanian is a Canadian writer and translator of Indian origin. He is also a consultant for Sunrise Inc, a company that is into anime production. He has translated several manga series from Japanese to English, including Summit Of The Gods, Blade Of The Immortal, and Old Boy. He is also the author of a webcomic called Weird Crime Theater. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • Blaft Publications
    • Publication Year
      • 2012
    Contributors
    • Author
      • Yukichi Yamamatsu
    • Translated By
      • Kumar Sivasubramanian
    • Author Info
      • Yukichi Yamamatsu was born in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, in 1948. After leaving junior high school, he moved through a variety of jobs in quick succession before selling his first manga manuscript to an Osaka publisher at the age of 16. He has been an acclaimed mangaka for over four decades. He has been a frequent visitor to India since 2004. In addition to the full-length Japanese works Stupid Guy Goes to India and Stupid Guy Goes Back to India—now translated into English by Kuman Sivasubramanian and published by Blaft Publications—, he has published several translations and short original comics in Hindi and Bengali through his Indian publishing house, Ganga Yamato Company.
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    4

    Mediocre in storyline, but makes up in other ways

    The main reason why I bought this book was the idea of getting to see India from the eyes of a Japanese person; what the chaos, anarchy, and unhygeinic disorder of this country must look like to someone used to the peaceful environs of a nation like Japan.

    In that aspect, 'Indo-e baka ga yatte kita' or 'Stupid Guy goes to India' certainly doesn't disappoint. Mr. Yamamatsu presents an honest portrayal of his life in Delhi, complete with the several occasions of despair when things simply refu...
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    Kartik Tripathi

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    17 Mar, 2012

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    Hilarious!

    A hilarious manga comic with a number of laugh out loud panels. Very well illustrated (and of course, read from back to front!). The book details Yukichi Yamamatsu's harrowing experiences in India. We laugh with him, at him, and at the same time, feel sorry for him.

    Most of all, we get to know India from the perspective of someone who's been in total cultural isolation all his life. A vivid description of the mess that is our Indian society!
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    KN

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    7 Mar, 2012

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    An Honest account and the Indian flavours extracted and served !

    Its always very interesting the way a foreigner views one's country and brings out those observations in a uniquely honest manner..sometimes brutally honest.Stupid guy is one such very honest account. The manga writer's tryst with destiny (trying to sell manga in India ), or whether be the ability to laugh at his own self ,will have you chuckle silently. If you are looking out for a solid story and plot,this is definitely not the book to look in it for. But, if you are for seeking a light re...
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    Butool Abbas

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    22 Jun, 2013

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    Decent Read

    As a travelogue of a Japanese manga artist visiting India for the first time, this book offers a good glimpse of a foreigner's perspective on India and its culture. However, as a comic, this book fails to deliver. The plot is mediocre and quite insipid and is not able to hold the reader's attention.
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    HR

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    2 Sep, 2012

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    For a comic, its a good read ..........

    I have been watching/following Japanese animation (anime) titles for a few years now, and I learnt that most of them originated from comics (manga). I haven’t read any Manga nor was I overly curious about the people who wrote or drew these manga or anime, but on reading the book summary and Karthik Tripathi’s review I figured it was worth a try.

    Like any book written buy a stranger in a strange land, this comic book (graphic novel if you wish) shows us the narrator/writer’s perspective. And ...
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    Aritra Biswas

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    11 May, 2012

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    Politically insensitive and a rather boring read

    Insensitive to deaths, disasters; references to tragic events for the sake of creating rather cheap laughs. The pace is slow, rather dull; though it might be a true story of how the man overcomes SO many obstacles in order to publish one book, it's incredibly monotonous. You've read the first twenty pages, you've read them all. Positively drags towards the end. Finally leaves off with a bland promise of a sequel.

    The protagonist starts off as interesting but pretty soon establishes his purel...
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    Krishnarjun Bhattacharya

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    30 Nov, 2012

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    Seems biased towards Indians

    First impression after reading a few pages - Not impressed.

    Why?

    1)The artwork is very monotonous and doesn't exactly give a lot of weight to expression.

    2) The author recounts his journey in India and his experiences there. I felt a slight subtlety of racism embedded beneath the throng of images and pop-up dialogue boxes.

    3) If people in India do not read Manga, that does not mean that we do not have sense of comics. The culture and atmosphere in our country is perhaps the most unique th...
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    Valiullah Hashmi

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    8 Sep, 2014

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    Nothing Stupid about this one!

    Fun, quick read especially for a plane ride!
    It's not quite perfect as the experiences of the author might come across as bein
    (Going to order the second one soon)
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    Baka Ne

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    17 Apr, 2015

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    Not so bad!

    If you wanna try Manga, based on my research this is one of the very few available in English in India. And there are not many available in Japan either, I was there last year and searched for Manga in English. I did find many and bought many. However compared the amount of Manga available in Japanese, Manga in English is still quite scarce.

    So not a bad option for your first manga.

    However I personally felt let down by the sketches and content. I felt unfulfilled, lol. Moreover I am an Ind...
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    Gagandeep Singh Sodhi

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    14 Feb, 2015

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    Wastage of time and money

    Please do not buy this. It looks interesting from its cover and title but its a stroy of a looser whis is not funny but irritating.
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    Priyank Sharma

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    4 Apr, 2014

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