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Neelakshi: the graphic novel

Updated on June 16, 2011

Neelakshi, Guardian of Amrit

Neelakshi is our new graphic novel project, the realization of the dreams of two comic book fans.

Magic comes from magic. One of the oldest stories in Hindu mythology is the churning of the ocean of milk. Gods and demons churned that ocean in the pursuit of Amrit. Mrit means death, similar to the Latin mors, meaning death, as in mortal. Amrit is immortality. Divine tools used to churn were the tallest mountain, a giant tortoise and the lord of all snakes.

Many were the magical gifts thrown up by the churning but the gods and demons kept at it till Amrit, the nectar of immortality emerged from the white depths.

Asvin Srivatsangam and I, decided to churn our thoughts and love of comics one day and magic happened. Neelakshi emerged from the depths of our brainstorm.


Motifs from Hindu Mythology

Hindu mythology is just like an ocean of milk; it is the repository of millions of stories and motifs. Modern storytellers still create derivative stories drawn from the depths of this ocean. Asvin and I wanted to explore a different route and not just retell existing legends or epics. There are many who take that road.

We decided to create a brave new heroine, who is drawn into the three worlds of Hindu myth: the worlds of the demons, demigods and mortals. And see what happens when a dash of scifi is added to mythology. And also infuse it with our wish for universal peace. We created Neelakshi, the blue-eyed one. We hope you fall in love with her.

Neelakshi - Sample Art

An Inspired Team

For a graphic novel, a good story is not enough. Good art is paramount. Asvin is the creator and visionary, I am the writer, Judit Tondora is one of those rare artists who are also good readers and contribute in many bonus ways to the final form of the book and Roland Pilcz , our amazing colourist. We have been lucky enough to enlist the services of these two wonderful artists. Everyone in the team is enthused, and it shows. Please visit their sites to appreciate how lucky we are.

We need funds

After interesting a leading comicbook publisher, we have started production. We also put up this project in kickstarter, with the idea of asking the internet public for support. We were happily surprised to find generous souls who readily contributed to the project. We need more, and have promised gifts in return. We are giving pinups, poster, copies of the graphic novels and a pendant as worn by our heroine. We are also considering making the highest contributor a good character in our next graphic novel. For we don't intend to stop creating books in this genre with Neelakshi. If you feel generous, please contribute, however much you can. Your contribution is tax-exempted. Sharing the kickstarter link with comicbook fans and friends is also welcome. Padmini Raman, who creates the most beautiful jewellery in the world has generously offered to make Neelakshi's special oxymoronic peace pendant: swords forming the peace symbol. Please visit Padmini's blog to see the beauty she creates.

What we give away: Rewards to Donors

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Very impressive, Kenny!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 6 years ago from Chennai

      aw, thanks, Shalini! :))

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      You were brave to attempt a subject like and it is was well done.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 6 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks, Hello hello! Didn't know if it was bravery though. :)

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      selvaraj 6 years ago

      hai how aare u

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 6 years ago from Chennai

      Hi Selvaraj! :)

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      Ash Watson 6 years ago from Sunnyvale

      An interesting write up on our work Ashok! :)

      My comment is coming a bit belated.

      It would great if you can post some of the perks images created by Judit :)

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 6 years ago from Chennai

      Ah, ok. Shall do right away. :)

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      anuz 5 years ago

      This looks like interesting work. Here are some of my suggestions/comments, they may not be valid as you have taken some artistic liberties.

      Chhir Sagar is not necessarily a "sea of milk", its just a metaphor for the fact that it was so white and pure that it appeared like milk. Actually exact translation sounds absurd, you should make it like the pure sea or use some other fancy word for purity or divinity of holiness etc.

      Secondly: Armit or Amrut is elixir of life it is not exactly opposite of death. Though Mrut is dead, but they are not same word.

      Anyway, not sure if you have read any hindi comics of Nagaraj, he has entire snake based mythology and origin story involving vasuki(or sheshnaag) to halahal(the supreme poison) to snake god tashak. Its interesting stuff.

      Anyway, this project looks very impressive. Wish you all the best.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 5 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks, Anuz!

      But we didn't take any liberties with these terms:

      "Ocean of Milk" is the English translation of the Sanskrit terms k??roda, k??radhi or k??ras?gara, from k??ra "milk, curdled milk" and -uda, s?gara "water, ocean" or -dhi "receptacle".

      Anyway, we are not showing it in the book, only referring to the legend.

      Traditionally, Mrit is mortality and Amrit is immortality, like Ashoka means not-sad and Shoka means sorrow.

      Thanks for the wishes! :))

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