- Tankobon Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Collins; 1 edition (10 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789351770190
- ISBN-13: 978-9351770190
- ASIN: 9351770192
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,36,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Vanished Path: A Graphic Travelogue Tankobon Hardcover – 10 Apr 2015
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About the Author
Bharath Murthy is a filmmaker and comics author. He studied painting at Faculty of Fine arts , M. S. University of Baroda and film direction at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, kolkata. His film work includes a feature documentary The Fragile Heart of Moe (2010), about comics subcultures in Tokyo, co produced with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). Since 2012, he has taught film direction at FTII (Film and Television Institute of India ) Pune. The Vanished Path is his first book - length comic.
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Had a sense of De Javu at some of the illustrated work & I came to know why when the author mentioned 'Osamu Tezuka', one of favourite manga artist too. Murthy is definitely influenced by Osamu's masterpiece manga. Wish it went only so far as illustrations. But sadly no! Murthy seems to have adopted the thinking of the Buddha’s period as depicted by Osamu where caste system was a cancer in the society during Buddha’s times. While it was so relevant in Buddha’s story of 400+ century BCE, doesn't strike as serious a chord in 2015 when Murthy himself is undertaking this travel. But definitely the author has very strong sense of objection to caste system like most thinking Indians do anyway but sadly he blames it on a religion which he is born to and he ends up with lot of bashing of the caste he's probably born into. Whether his own inter-caste marriage and the couple's possible personal suffering on that account (one knows that this suffering very much exists in India even today - one only need to check our surroundings or read Chetan Bhagat's 2 cities or watch the related movie to see the ugliness), had anything to do with the overall thought process, one wonders... Such limited views does jarr the scheme of a great work on a great master , at intervals, but overall it’s a very good read.
Wish Murthy dwelt more on the positives of the Great Master's path than negatives of what he denounced in his times. Probably answer lies in that author is a 'recent convert to Buddhism' as he himself claims. And somehow one feels that after seriously practice of the Great Master's path, say after 20 years, Murthy himself might be inclined to go back and rework on this book that otherwise is such a brilliant work.
Loved the way Bharath has struck a fine balance in storytelling and facts.
An extremely well told narrative he really gets you along on the journey.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this to any lover of stories be it graphic or other wise.
Lets hope there is a part two in the works :)