The brouhaha about eating meat
Pick the recently-launched, The Obliterary Journal Vol 2 by Blaft Publications, that turns issues of non-vegetarianism and political protests into inane madness on their head
“Obliterary Journal Volume 2 is about eating meat. It’s tied up with caste, religion, culture, politics and family. We have put together a mix of totally goofball comics, serious and thought-provoking pieces, infographics and mythology — a wide variety of takes on the theme,” shares Rakesh Khanna, co-editor of Volume 2 and founder of Blaft Publications.
The graphic novel is a mixed bag that has several highlights including an English translation of a 200-year-old Urdu poem called Choohon ka Achaar (Mouse Pickle) by Musharraf Ali Farooqi and Michelle Farooqi (his wife). Khanna informs, “The poem is by Nazeer Akbarabadi, and it's a gross-out piece, totally over-the-top, all about eating rotting rat eyeballs and gutter muck.” Speaking of which, an issue on meat seemed bizarre. Khanna explains, “Personally I’ve always been a non-vegetarian (my mom’s side of the family are beef cattle ranchers, and I love kebabs and steak) but at the same time I have serious ethical issues with some factory farming practices, and I’m a bit conflicted about it,” shares Khanna. Both Khanna and Rashmi Ruth Devdasan — the editors favour “The Legend of U Thlen, a morbid Khasi folktale from Meghalaya retold by Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih and illustrated by Aratrika Choudhary.
The Obliterary Journal Vol 2 — Non-Veg, Blaft Publications and Tranquebar Press, R795. Available at www.blaft.com
How To Make A Bitch Give Up Beef, words by Meena Kandasamy and art by Samita Chatterjee. The infographic lists various strategies against vegetarianism linked with the Osmania University protests as well as women in the country