27 November, 2020

Some New Thought Balloons

Comics from an alternate reality reconstruct our folk narratives, myths, legends, fables, songs...

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Some New Thought Balloons
No musclebound heroes like Phantom or Tarzan here. Forget Wolverine-like characters with unbreakable metal claws and mutants with healing powers. Or even kings, queens and palace intrigues. Welcome to a more benign world, clever and cunning at times, of Roama and her companion ‘Dicti’, an impatient and curious dictaphone, in search of India’s forgotten legends and myths.

The next best thing after the proverbial story-telling grandmother, Vivalok Comics—brought out by the Viveka Foundation, a centre for alternative perspectives in Delhi—marks a paradigm shift from gods to a more subaltern terrain. The fun-filled world here is all about communities and places long lost and forgotten on the Indian map, about folk narratives, local histories, ballads, fables, songs.

Says Rukmini Sekhar, chief editor and director of the foundation, whose brainchild the comics is: "Our focus is to try and bring out the diversity of our culture, our pluralistic tradition. It is an alternative look at the polarisation, the kind of history that has been thrust upon us now. All this to...



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