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Corridor: A Graphic Novel

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  396 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
In the heart of Lutyens' Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of tea, wisdom, and second-hand books. Among his customers are Brighu, a postmodern Ibn Batuta looking for obscure collectibles and a love life; Digital Dutta who lives mostly in his head, torn between Karl Marx and an H1-B visa; and the newly-married Shintu, looking for the ultimate aphrodisi ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by Penguin Global (first published 2005)
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Feb 10, 2008 Thaths rated it really liked it
Billed as "India's first graphic novel" (Wikipedia claims that it is not the first, but second), this was my first introduction to contemporary Indian graphic novels. And I am impressed.

The comic book / graphic novel scene when I was growing up in India was made up of a hodgepodge of imported American pulp (Phantom, Mandrake, Flash Gordon, etc.), high-end European works (Tintin, Asterix) jingoistic Commonwealth WWII comics and indigenous works that were educational (Amar Chitra Katha) or idiotic
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I like this a lot better than when I first read it, but I still think it is let down by an excess of callow urban angst and a Naipaulesque reliance on grotesqerie. Still has some great bits that really capture the rhythms and byways of a city.
Jul 02, 2015 Ashwin rated it it was amazing
Corridor written and drawn by Sarnath Banerjee claims to be India's first graphic novel. Corridor is all urban, and mostly male. All the characters in its social network are connected to one central person, Jehangir Rangoonwalla, who is more of a philosophy dispenser than a second hand book seller which is his profession. Brighu is an obsessive collector of things and is currently pondering whether to settle down with his girlfriend Kali. Digital Dutta thinks about his H1-B visa during the day w ...more
Apr 17, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I would contrast this with the travelogue comics of Guy Delisle. Both focus on place and a sense of everyday life, but where Delisle takes the position of the constant outsider, a Frenchman outside of France and the West, Banerjee is the epitome of the local, he is not observing and recording his interactions with foreigners, but capturing his home city and the people who share it with him. Like Delisle, Banerjee calls out an acknowledged debt to Hergé, but in his art, a mix of stark black and w ...more
May 16, 2012 Suhit rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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 created by artists like Sarnath Banerjee. Corridor tells stories about the characters of the novel who are connected to a Connaught Place bookwala. Usually the stories touch upon the shadier part
Dec 09, 2012 Neha rated it liked it
Graphic Novels are a growing phenomenon – emerging out of the shadow of cartoon and comic books building its own genre. A cartoon is generally characterized as children’s books or humorous satires both intended to bring laughs to the readers. The kids smile at the innocence, visual appeal and message, whereas adults smirk at the sarcasm, humor and hidden message. I have been a big fan of comic books since childhood, but now Graphic novels satisfy both the child and the adult in me. Giving me bot ...more
Arnab Das
Jun 27, 2011 Arnab Das rated it it was ok
Lets get one thing straight. There may be loads of people who wont 'get' this book, and I totally understand. This graphic novel by one of the genre's pioneers in India, is meant primarily for Indians or people who are in tune with the Indian lifestyle and psyche.

Beautiful, and more importantly intelligent artwork throng the book. Although difficult to grasp at first read, it becomes surprisingly lucid on second reading/rereading. And that is when the real genius of Sarnath Banerjee comes to the
Alistair Bangera
Apr 30, 2013 Alistair Bangera rated it liked it
Art is an important component of a Graphic Novel. Many graphic novels are rated highly because of the quality of artwork in them, which negates a weak storyline. For me, the premise of Corridor is something that I liked. The graphic novel talks about characters, who have a common intersection point in a book seller. The book worked for me. It was the art that didn't. The characters were not very distinct. They did not pop out of the pages and they did not stay with me after I had completed readi ...more
Deepak Ravi
Feb 22, 2015 Deepak Ravi rated it liked it
Corridor is good but not great. I bought this book after reading quite a lot of reviews. Many said this was the first ever Graphic Novel of India which I don't think it is. It often has funny moments. And There are moments which will make you yawn too. The interests builds on in the latter half of the book. The starting kinda felt okay.. the middle was a tad bit boring when the author tries to dwell more on a single context but it really picks up towards the end. I Kinda feel that the author sho ...more
Swamy Atul
Aug 19, 2013 Swamy Atul rated it liked it
Trust the reviews. It gets better in the second read!
Midway through the book, I felt stupid. I didn't get it. One story unfolds and as soon as I start getting a grip on it, another begins. But it all makes sense by the end. And it gets even better in the second read. By definition, a comic book is either funny or a superhero fantasmographic orgy. May be this is why Corridor is called India's first graphic novel. Its humor obscures its irony which, in turn, obscures its anger. I think I will revi
Sundeep Supertramp

This is the character's remark after getting stoned...

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Oct 18, 2011 Tejas rated it liked it
Good stuff. Although I read this *after* Harappa Files, which is the author's most recent and most mature work, I was well acquainted with the style. Probably not the best first book to get familiar with Sarnath Banerjee, but a good first book nevertheless.
This is my first graphic novel from a person of colour. I had no expectations, went soly on the cover and title. I was surprised because this contains adult humour which was rather funny. The storyline was fair enough.
Jan 07, 2013 Sae-chan rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-graphic
Everybody is looking for love, or sex. Or sex full of love. Or love with spectacular sex. What is everybody freaking looking for? What is a cosmic accident after all? Only sleeping with Satoshi will count? What about being kissed by a green butterly?
Subhojit Bera
Oct 09, 2016 Subhojit Bera rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Let's not think of cohesive plotlines, or comprehensive storyline. This book is fluent in its story telling, funny in its offbeat humor and finally when the reader is all in, it gives the reader something to think about.
Dec 29, 2013 Marcy rated it did not like it
I'm really not impressed with this book. The drawings are mediocre. The story is scattered and reads like the author was drunk when he wrote it. It doesn't even give a portrait of the setting that is promised in the blurb. Very disappointing read.
Nirmalya Biswas
Jan 31, 2014 Nirmalya Biswas rated it it was ok
Could have ended better.
Khalid Albaih
Feb 13, 2015 Khalid Albaih rated it liked it
It's a nice introduction to India and the realization that we are all the same
Titash RoyChoudhury
Jul 05, 2012 Titash RoyChoudhury rated it liked it
Nostalgia....for my hometown Kolkata and for a city I have grown to like Delhi...layered with metaphors only a Bengali can associate with the book brought back many fond memories...light read
Sep 18, 2009 Adam rated it really liked it
Full of cultural references that went over my head but generally an engaging slice-of-life story from India.
Oct 04, 2013 Sohini rated it liked it
The lives and loves of eclectic characters centered around a Connaught Place bookstore. The non-linear narrative works well with the wonderfully evocative artwork.
Nishant Jha
Dec 23, 2013 Nishant Jha rated it liked it
The first Graphic Novel I have read and it is a quirky one indeed! set in the bylanes of CP, New Delhi it is a funny & breezy read...pretty decent...
Amira Hanafi
though i liked the fragmented narrative, the neat wrap/up at the end nearly ruined the book's good qualities.
Dec 18, 2011 ashok rated it liked it
I found this in a bookshop in india in the graphic novels section next to "commando" comic reprints. I am not a big fan of the graphic novel genre, but this is a well laid novel in its own right.
Oct 08, 2015 Ahsan rated it did not like it

No. Just no.
Aditi Singh
Aug 30, 2012 Aditi Singh rated it really liked it
Corridor is an awfully clever book, is witty yet so soul searching n angsty. It is a delightful read: a freaky, multi-layered, post modern look at teh irony ridden urban conditions.
Apr 08, 2007 suraj rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Graphic novels are so much fun!
Oct 14, 2009 Shashank rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In a nutshell, its a well-written trip-fest frought with subliminal messages and realistic scenarios in a humourous vein.
Lu en français

Emballée par les premières pages ("Je suis en quête d'un livre... Ma vie semble en dépendre"), mais plutôt déçue par la suite/l'ensemble
Linus Kendall
A tumbling ride around central and old Delhi, in search for books and solutions for an improved sex life.
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Sarnath Banerjee (born 1972) is an Indian graphic novelist, artist, and film maker and a co-founder of the comics publishing house, Phantomville.

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