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Guwahati: A character based on a famous litterateur of Assam, Munin Barkotoki, serves as the background of a mystery graphic novel, ‘The Real Mr Barkotokoi’, released at the ongoing Northeast Book Fair.
Assamese artist-writer Shisir Basumatari said that after dabbling with the idea of making a movie and then a biography, eventually he felt that a graphic novel would be an appropriate medium to tell a complex story.
“Munin Barkotoki had a terrible handwriting and it was the scattered information, which I could decipher from his handwritten diaries that got me hooked into the project,” Basumatari, who also works with body painting and photography, said. He hoped the book finds acceptance despite its unusual yet entertaining form.
The book published by ‘Speaking Tiger’ is a project undertaken with Munin Barkotoki Memorial Trust. Meenaxi Barkotoki, managing trustee, Munin Barkotoki Memorial Trust, said that she hoped that this “very special book” will get the attention of the readers. Eminent writer Arup Kumar Dutta, who released the book, said it is ironic that he has spent a lifetime ranting and raving against any kind of work that devalues the written word but “I accepted to release the book as I am impressed by the hard work of ten years put in by the writer. (PTI)