Krishna: Defender of Dharma: A Graphic Novel by Shweta Taneja
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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I’d like to start off with the reading progress of this Graphic Novel on Goodreads.
As you can clearly see, I was’t very impressed with the storytelling. Dialogues were filled with large words and very little emotions. And the script wasn’t compelling enough. It was no match to the grandeur of the illustrations that accompanied it.
Krishna is a character I’ve adored all my life. I’ve heard numerous stories of him as the butter-thief, the prankster and the undeniably wise guide of Arjun. As a Hindu, I grew up amidst stories of Kannaiya. I have sung bhajans in his praise; I have danced to his ‘leelas’.
So, when Krishna is such a big part of my life, I had huge expectations for this graphic novel.
And I was disappointed.
That said, I think that the artwork itself is mind-blowing. See, I know all of these stories already. So I would sit late at night, propped against my pillow, open this graphic novel and ogle at the artwork with starry-eyes. It’s worth it.
I think that Indian graphic novels can be done in a much bigger scale and scores better quality-wise. We have the stories. We just need the storytellers to do it right.
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Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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Hmmm….Yeah, so I read this ‘Ramayana remake’. Didn’t like it. Well okay….maybe I liked only tiny portions. Kinda-sorta okayish book I’d say.
Do you think otherwise? Let me know here:
Ram is born on the day of Dhasharath’s first defeat against Raavan!(preposterous, and ridiculously twisted) This victimizes Ram in Dhasharath’s eye. The King blames his first defeat on the new born. How is a baby responsible for a king’s blunders in war? I don’t know. But it says a lot about how much we suck. As a community that buys into such idiotic beliefs, and as an audience who hasn’t raised riots for infantile injustice.
Okay. Maybe that was too strong.
The plot and sub-plot:
Ram, Lakshman (I’d like to call him Lakky from now) Bharat and Shatrugnan are brothers from different wombs. They grow up in a gurukul. They have different gurukul names, sorta like these fake reddit usernames. This is to protect the royal family from danger. Totally unnecessary if you ask me. Can’t remember any of those now.
The boys are trained under Saint Vashishta (or should I say Shady Vashishta?!) Because Vashista seems to have mysterious dealings with the Nagas (deformed people according to Amish Tripathi) Why is Vashishta associated with the Nagas? And why are they interested in Ram and Co. ? A sub-plot arises.
The boys grow up, unawares of this other face of their guru. Over the course of 16 years, they are trained in fighting, archery and other life skills. They learn about vedhas, dharma and history.
Ram is especially interested in Dharma. Bharat is especially interesting in girls. Both of them are equally interested in politics and ruling the kingdom.
I Too Had A Love Story.. by Ravinder Singh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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I can’t imagine a romance that is sappier. The crappy writing made this worse. I can’t imagine people actually sucking up such an immature author and his scribbling. Sure , I feel pity on his part , but to have lost a loved one is like losing a part of oneself. I didn’t find pathos in any part of the book except the last chapter. If he had intended to keep her death a secret, he did a very bad job of naming his book so.
I personally feel that when one talks about a loved one, one would glorify them and that their account would carry a certain pathos. This expectation is especially more when the survivor is an author(or artist).It was a pathetic ground to describe your ‘life’s love’ in such scarce and erroneous writing.
Ravinder, if you were my friend I would have not sympathized , because you told me of a girl you met online, and within days you tell me she is no more!! Am I to sympathize with a complete stranger ? If you intended to keep it very personal write a diary. If you want to write a book about your exalted love , then the least you can do is make us also fall in love with her.