Indian Graphic Novels with Kickass Women Centric Themes

Posted on 20 September, 2016 by Team Wishberry

While we were still accusing Bollywood of serving us the same dish in different plates, graphic novels evolved from the super-hero era to voicing opinions on social strata to breaking gender stereotypes with kickass women centric novels, in the past decade or more. In case you’re looking for some really awesome women centric gender role thrashing graphic novels, we bring you five you totally should checkout!
  1. Kari

It’s the story of an alienated young woman working in an ad agency in Mumbai. Kari is dealing with loneliness and heartache, after separation from her soul mate who she attempted suicide with. The drawings reflect Kari’s tortured state of mind and restless imagination. Author and illustrator, Amruta Patil’s vivid sketches and mature narrations make the characters come to life.  
  1. Nirmala & Normala

Following the concept of twins separated at birth, Nirmala & Normala hit us right in the feels with a plot we all were kind-of obsessed with once. Just like the movies one is nurtured by a wealthy family associated with the film fraternity, and the other one is raised in an orphanage to lead a ‘normal’ middle class life. The novel by Sowmya Ranjendran and Nivedita Subramaniam is a collection of various funny wonderfully weird incidents put together.  
  1. Sita: Daughter of the earth

Set in an ancient age, where Gods walked the Earth, princess Sita began her marital life with prince Rama. We all know what happened next, the couple were ordered to leave royal comforts and live the simple, harsh life of a forest dweller, where they encountered demon-king Ravana. This adaptation of the ancient Indian epic is a tale of love, honour, and sacrifice by Saraswati Nagpal and Manikandan, it reveals one woman’s shining strength in an unforgiving world.  
  1. Priya's Shakti

Supporting the movement against patriarchy, misogyny and indifference Priya and Goddess Parvati fight against gender-based sexual violence through love, creativity and solidarity in this augmented reality graphic novel series. Ram Devineni, filmmaker and co-writer was driven to breathe life into this comic after the infamous 2012 Delhi gang rape.  
  1. Devi

Created by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, Devi is an action packed story about a young woman battling for survival in a landscape of ancient legends, duty and fate. Tara Mehta, an unsuspecting young woman in the futuristic city of Sitapur finds herself in the centre of a divine battle between the Gods of Light and the demon Lord Bala. Know any more graphic novels we should talk about? Let us know in the comments below!

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