Every day life in Mumbai can be stressful for most. That was till Sonesh Prakash decided to offer a humorous take on those day-to-day situations. The result, an online comic strip on daily conversations between two characters, SoBo Chick and Suburban Guy, who offer their opinions on the situations and people around them. Their conversations cover diverse topics from the IPL to Bollywood to rickshaw drivers and even dating, investments and a whole lot more. The comic strip started about three months ago and has grown in popularity since.
“These characters are not based on real people, but they are inspired from people who have similar characteristics. They conform to the stereotypes of how we envision people living in South Mumbai and the suburbs behave. But they have been created in good humour without the intention of hurting anyone,” says 29-year-old Prakash, who works in sales.
An Andheri resident, he studied in Jai Hind College and says that the people and situations in the strip are inspired by real-life situations that he has seen or faced. “Some people from South Mumbai have been offended by the strips, but I ask them to see the humour in it,” he says, adding that he steers clear of topics like religion and taking potshots at individuals to avoid hurting sentiments.
While the comic strip focuses on its lead characters SoBo Chick (from Colaba) and Suburban Guy (from Andheri), there are a few constant secondary characters like Rajesh (Suburban Guy's friend) and his boss in office. However, the plot changes constantly, depending on what is making news. “I am trying to build characters constantly, but it takes time,” says Prakash, who chose the online medium so that he can reach out to a wider audience and wants to continue doing so in the future as well.
SoBo Chick is in her early 20s, well heeled and lives in Colaba in South Bombay. Her friend, Suburban Guy, is in his late 20s, is from a middle class background and lives in Andheri, one of the most chaotic suburbs in Mumbai. The strip is a humorous take on their daily conversations about people and situations in their lives.