To begin with Author Nita Bajoria deserves a special mention for attempting a book on a quite less explored genre of graphic novel. While talking about graphic novel, we tend to think of comics involving superheroes and exactly herein lies the unique selling point of Ms. Bajoria’s writing. The superheroes of ‘Urban Chronicles’ are not people wearing masks but common cosmopolitans who on a daily basis take immense stress to survive and thrive the way they’ll like to sustain.
‘Urban Chronicles’ series is a collection of three graphic short stories touching three different aspects of urban lives. The stories are titled – Balcony, Smell and Mrs. Ramachandran. The beauty of the stories is they are short and crisp in one hand while they are cognitive and thought provoking on the other hand. A book which can be read in an hour or two and which will compel you to come back to re-read the content very soon.
Nita Bajoria had mastered the art of character sketching. In all the three stories she had sketched characters which are easy to relate to yet has an element which make the key characters of the stories corner characters of the society. The urban people should read these stories to understand how well stories can be told on the daily urban lives. On the other hand, the people from the non-urban side of the world should also give this book a try to understand and appreciate the urban, cosmopolitan lives better.
The illustrator of the book Ms. Pradipta Mukherjee also deserves a special mention for the fabulous work she had done. The illustrations of the book perfectly complement the stories being told by Ms. Nita Bajoria.
In the book ‘Urban Chronicles’, Ms. Nita Bajoria lived up to the expectation she set while writing her debut book ‘The Leap’. Here is a big shout out for the author from all of us for her future literary endeavor.