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A Heaven for Trishanku

The website for my new graphic novel project “A Heaven for Trishanku” (drawn by R. Manikandan) is live at AHeavenForTrishanku.com. Mani and I did Sadhu volume 2 : The Silent Ones together and it is a real kicker to be working with him again.

As a story AHFT is very different from anything I’ve done so far. It’s the story of Anwesh Bannerjee, a student activist in the ’70s who along with his “comrades” tried to blow up a bridge to protest against the “Bourgeoisie”-controlled government and ended up accidentally killing an Indian Railways worker who was on duty. Haunted by this guilt, Anwesh surrendered and the court sentenced him to Life imprisonment. Now after more than four decades he is set free and sets about finding the last surviving kin of his victim to apologize.

The story is set against the backdrop of Modern India well on its way to becoming America Light and is represented in the story by Anwesh’s nephew Manu, a 16 year old living in an ideological void populated only by the materialistic swarm of cell phones and iPod’s.

This is the story of Anwesh’s quest for redemption. This is the story of Manu’s unwitting search for an ideological anchor. This too is the story of an unusual friendship between a sixty year old and a sixteen year old, both adrift in the churning ocean that is India today, itself searching for an identity.

About A Heaven for Trishanku

A Heaven for Trishanku (AHFT) is written by Saurav Mohapatra (DEVI, SADHU, MUMBAI MACGUFFIN, INDIA AUTHENTIC, JIMMY ZHINGCHAK, PHANTOM CHRONICLES) and drawn by R. Manikandan (SADHU, KSHATRIYA : BLADE FO THE WARRIOR).

Worklog Update (V-Day+1 '09)

NYCC 09 was … ummm… fruitful.

Things got moving. Am currently discussing two OGN’s with a reputed publisher. One of them of course is  Mumbai Confidential and the other is tentatively called “A Heaven For Trishanku” about a man released from jail after 40 years and finding that the world outside has moved on.

Greatbong pointed out that the premise for AHFT was similar to Tahader Katha and with my heart in my mouth, I immediately saw Tahader Katha on Jaman. Whoa! Imagine my relief when I found that beyond the basic premise about a man being released from prison and encountering a changed world, there is not much more in common. :) AHFT is more about the protagonist’s search for redemption, trying to find that one thing that underlines his life as not having been wasted.  BTW, Tahader Katha is a masterpiece, do check it out when you have the time.

Also made real headway in a long pending pitch called SYZYGY, a fantasy graphic novel about a world where the avatars of the twelve zodiac signs control reality. Hopefully that will see daylight this year :)

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