He spruced up Indian English Literature with his debut graphic novel, Corridor and charmed us with his whacky pathos and sunshine satire. The helmsman of the Indian Graphic novel, Sarnath Banerjee, talks about art, fiction, fact and form as his much anticipated text, The Harappa Files finally arrives in stores.
‘Corridor’ your first graphic novel took the country by storm. By then the genre was fairly well-known. What led to writing one?
I felt a certain existential restlessness that was characteristic of my generation who were trying to find form. What was being churned out was insufficient. My stories required a different language, that of image and text, without either of which the story would be tonally incomplete. Text and image could well bring out the restlessness symptomatic of my generation. That was my contribution to storytelling.
You have a distinctive comical-critical commentary at the crux of your texts. What do you attribute that to? Read more...