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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  907 ratings  ·  116 reviews
They were inseparable – until the day they jumped. Ruth, saved by safety nets, leaves the city. Kari, saved by a sewer, crawls back into the fray of the living. She writes ad copy for hair products and ill-fitting lingerie, falls for cats and roadside urchins, and the occasional adventuress in a restaurant. As Danger Chhori, her PVC-suit-clad alter ego, she unclogs sewers ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers India (first published December 30th 2007)
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Preeti Peony No, it is not a collection of poems. It is a graphic novel about a homosexual girl named Kari.

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Jack Edwards
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never read a graphic novel before, but this was one of the most beautiful pieces of art I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It’s captivating and heartbreaking, empowering and tragic.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.25/5 stars

This book was weird…but also so good! Filled with metaphors (some I didn’t quite understand) but still captured what it was like living in Mumbai in the 90s as a woman figuring out life, love and her career. Can’t wait for the sequel!
C.E. G
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
The writing and structure of Kari almost make it feel more like "graphic poetry" than a "graphic novel." I was totally drawn into it and moved by it - it felt like a dark, beautiful dream. ...more
Smitha Murthy
I haven’t read too many graphic novels in my small reading life. But I have been trying to read more when I can. That is, when the price is right.

And Indian graphic writers? I have read even less. But Amruta Patil is recognized as one of the best in this genre. So, I picked up ‘Kari’ with the greatest expectations.

Well, as with most of my expectations, they don’t quite match up.

There are many pluses to this book, but I struggled with understanding the storyline. I am saddened. What book can I
Mrinal Sharma
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the first mature graphic novel I read besides the usual kid stuff we read as children. Trust me ! I was mind blown by the kind of illustration and intensity this novel carries. The story is so gripping that keeping it aside for even a minute would take you on a guilt-trip and you'd be dying to wrap up whatever that you are doing and indulge into this amazing piece again. It's amusing to witness the depiction of Kari's thought process which is so complex, yet so simple. It creates this f ...more
Oct 15, 2009 rated it liked it
I didn't realize just how sick I was of reading terrible, terrible, graphic novels by mopey white dudes about their boring love life until I read Kari.

Thank you, Amruta Patil, for expanding the palette.
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How jarring to read something so reflective of your personal thoughts written by a complete stranger. Every single sentence is poignant and real.
Kari was unsatisfactory in a way because just when I started to appreciate the story and fall in love with it, it got over. The artwork is beautiful and unapologetically raw. When I was reading the graphic novel, I had no idea where it was heading and that threw me off a bit. It's almost poetic so it was difficult to get the exact meaning for me but I liked thinking about my own take on the story. I have to say, this is definitely the first time I have read about a lesbian protagonist written by ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
A Curry of Pictures

Starting form comics a picture book has always been a fascinating thing for me. As you grow up you mature from dramatic comics to real life fiction and when you get fiction with pictures, you can enjoy best of both worlds. So in line of Persepolis, embroideries, book thief, etc I had been wanting to read Kari.

But post reading I wish I hadn’t.

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I spent the last Sunday with Kari and it was time well-spent! A lesbian’s exploration of love and longing through the lens of urban decay, terminal illness and environmentalism was the plot of this graphic novel. She used a “slice of life” approach to the work and relied on lots of text.

Patil subsequently moved on to her more acclaimed series on the Mahabharata: The Adi Parva and Sauptika. While I’ve read the former, it’s time to tackle the second which has been lying untouched since long on my
I’m bummed out there isn’t more. And given that this was published ten years ago, probably won’t be a sequel :(
What a sweepingly beautiful book - both in terms of the prose and illustrations.
Adreeta Chakraborty
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm completely blown away. ...more
Diptarup Ghosh Dastidar
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This is one of the most unique graphic novels that I have read in some time. Time and space are distorted through the minute subtleties of panels gutters and splash pages. Dialogues overlap panel boundaries and speech bubbles are also used scarcely. The story moves on a very metaphorical level. The artwork is simple and sometimes even photographic in effect, to the extent of using photographic elements along with sketchwork. Various chapters are phases in Kari's life, episodes to be precise. And ...more
Anshika Jain
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it
This was the first graphic novel I have ever read. I went in without knowing what to expect from it. But it is truly depressing but in a way that makes me feel less alone in the struggles of life.

I don’t think I am qualified to criticise the book as I barely understand the writing style but I can assure that it will make you feel things. Wish it was longer and excited to read the next in line.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Omg what a dreamy read this was. And the characters and their illustrations and the way the script was placed was brand new for me and I loved it👍
Shivangi Jain
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Great example of a really good idea of how to use a new medium- Graphic novels- to show a new slice of life in modern Indian; but without any story underneath it.

First the positives- undoubtedly paints a great picture of life in modern India- the description of the smells in a Mumbai local- "sexy armpit, sweaty armpit" are humorous yet accurate and can really transport you. The art work is great, the pictures very relatable to how many of us lived when we first started working- sharing rooms an
Chittajit Mitra
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review: 4.5/5

It starts with a breathtaking graphic of two inseparable lovers Kari & Ruth, but unfortunately it takes a bad turn & they decide to jump off their buildings. While Ruth gets saved by a safety net of her building, Kari is saved by a sewer. After that Ruth flies to abroad to start a new life & Kari just continues her old life in Mumbai AKA Smog city. She continues her day job which is writing advertisements sequels for several products. She lives with 2 other women Delna & Vicky at th
Pamela J
I find the artwork beautiful. The narrative's opening section,"The Double Suicide," pays homage to Kahlo's"Two Fridas" and concludes with an allusion to Wyeth's "Christina's World." Patil's drawings range from stark lines and soft charcoal fills to the drawing on photographs. There are a handful of moving sentences: "Fear of heights is a fear of a desire to jump, without wing or buoyant sail" (112). And "whatever love laws have to be broken, the first few seconds suffice" (69). The Charon ferrym ...more
N Kalyan
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Picked it up years late because it was commended by seemingly everyone. I also wanted to test-read this debut graphic novel before investing in Adi Parva. Very interesting drawings and text, but the storyline treads the beaten path. No surprises or epiphanies. Just being out of line doesn't cut it. ...more
Harshvardhan Beniwal
My Rating: 5.5/10

I'm still confused on this one. Dark, depressing, lone wolf types... but as true and as real it could be.

The story of Kari seems similar to a lot of other breakup kinda novels... so nothing new.. Same old story with Graphics.

Not recommended if you are expecting too much or something new.
Well, I was quite hyped about this book by a lot of fellow bibliophiles, and I must say, I didn't quite see what the hype was all about.
I loved the last three or so parts, but otherwise, it was, unsatisfactory.
I will revisit this book soon. I should probably try a different approach.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty fun. Good dialogue. A character with issues manages to come off as a no-nonsense person. Basically, a case of full acceptance of one's own miseries while deploring others for moping about theirs.
Needs a revisit in a year or two.
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
A beautiful, beautiful Graphic novel, poetry and art, the writing is better than the art, but the art adds to the mood too. Just beautiful.
Ramprasad Dutta
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marvellous!! So dark and yet so true!!
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
DNFed. Boring AF. The artwork is the worst I have ever seen. Talks about suicidal tendencies and it's not handled well. The story is so fragmented and all over the place. Done with it. ...more
i wanted to read this graphic novel for a long time, but i never expected what i would experience in this great graphic novel.

as an indian, i might have told you that i don't like many indian writers writing in english. but, amruta patil's "kari" makes a different impact. first of all, she grasped the post-independent, post-colonial india and its faux "modernity" quite accurately with satirical hues and interesting characters in this graphic novel. though sometimes it's scary and disturbing, it
Devika Rajeev
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Kari is just 20, a copy-writer in an ad agency. A variety of people form the background of her life in Mumbai. There are her four flatmates - the two girls who are the official ones and their two boyfriends who are the unofficial ones. There is a cancer-stricken former client whose life Kari inserts herself into, attracted (it appears) by her imminent death. There is the city itself, which changes itself every day to reveal new parts of itself to Kari.

And there is Ruth, Kari's girlfriend, who a
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Amruta Patil, is an Indian graphic novel author and painter.

Patil spent her childhood in Goa. She has a BFA from Goa College of Art (1999), and Master of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2004).

She worked as a copywriter at Enterprise Nexus (Mumbai) in 1999-2000. She was the Co-founder, Editor of the quarterly magazine, 'Mindfields' (2007-2012).

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“I guess everyone has a bird urge when they look down heights, a desire to jump, without wing or buoyant sail. Fear of heights is fear of a desire to jump.” 11 likes
“Girl from the fifth floor, who feeds the birds every day, climbs up to the water tank and jumps off.

I see her body on the road below, and feel absolutely nothing. Maybe because I expect her to get up and walk off. In a story, the birds would have joined forces in a show of gratitude and broken her fall, carried her to a faraway land of safety. As it is, they just gurgle foolishly and confer about the no-show of breakfast.

I imagine myself in Pigeon girl's place - a split open bag of skin on tar.”
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