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Corridor (Penguin Global , 2005)


Sarnath Banerjee (born in 1972) is an Indian graphic novelist, artist and film maker. Banerjee was born in Calcutta and lives and works in Delhi, India. He studied image and communication at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His first novel, Corridor (2004), published by Penguin Books, India, was India’s first graphic novel. His second novel The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers was published in 2007.
Sarnath has also provided illustrations for novels by other authors. He drew the cover for Upamanyu Chatterjee’s novel, Weight Loss.
He is the co-founder of comics publishing house Phantomville, together with his friend Anindya Roy.

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Bibliography :

  • The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers (Penguin Global, 2008)
  • Corridor (Penguin Global , 2005)

A brief summary of Corridor :

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 aphrodisiac in the seedy by-lanes of old Delhi. Played out in the corridors of Connaught Place and Calcutta, the story captures the alienation and fragmented reality of urban life through an imaginative alchemy of text and image.
With Corridor, Sarnath Banerjee, has not only published India’s first graphic novel. In it, he combines the motif of city life with a loving search for traces among the local aromas and social milieus which he perceives as doomed to perish in the wake of India’s globalisation and homogenisation.