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Spirituality, comic style

If you love reading comic strips, then get ready for this latest offering from the genre. Unveiled in the city recently is the first ever comic book based on Shirdi Sai Baba.

books Updated: Sep 19, 2011 00:46 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

If you love reading comic strips, then get ready for this latest offering from the genre. Unveiled in the city recently is the first ever comic book based on Shirdi Sai Baba.

This one-of its kind comic strip titled Shirdi Sai Baba is compiled out of screen grabs from the 2001 film on Sai Baba, bearing the same title.

“The book revolves around all key sequences and incidents from Baba’s life. It’s about the spiritual journey of his life,” says Vikas Kapoor, author of the book. “It’s a fun and interactive way for people to know about Baba. The book will appeal to all age groups,” adds Kapoor.

The comic version was made after the filmmakers got requests from people to make a print version of the film. “We had received a lot of requests from devotees, and many suggested that we develop it into a book. So, we thought, why not a comic book,” says Aushim Khetrapal, chief founder of the Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation.

“Over 20,000 copies of the comic book have already been sold,” adds Khetrapal. Currently, the book is available in only two languages — English and Hindi. “If the demand rises we might think of adding further translations,” he adds.

Comic book lovers are excited. “Wow! I had heard of Ramayan comic, but this would be interesting as I don’t know much about Sai Baba,” says Shilpa Swaroop, 21, a student. The comic book is is available at book stores in the Capital for Rs. 30.

Other mythological toons other mythological toonsAmar Chitra Katha has been known for their comic books on Indian mythological epics such as Ramayan and Mahabharata. In 2006, Virgin comics added a new genre of comic books in their kitty with a range based on Indian mythology and history.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTEditImages/Images/mahabharat.gifOther such comics include Fluid Friction comics, which have most of their characters from the Mahabharata.



Some popular ones are:

Ramayan 3392 AD

Bheem and Hanuman

Devashard

Mahabharata

Krishna and Rukmini

Buy your ‘holy’ comics here
Anjali Book store, Lajpat Nagar market
Sunday Bazaar, Daryaganj
Vikas Prakashan, Chawri Bazaar