Nots & Crosses

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Nots & Crosses is a graphic novel, illustrating the biography of Phoolan Devi (1963-2001), who was also known as the Queen Bandit of India, and is portrayed as the reincarnation of Ching Shih (1775-1844), the most dreaded female pirate of China. This narrative features re-contextualized and thought provoking quotes by famous personalities on the lives of these women, illuminating the issues pertaining to oppression and how the notion of being powerful and strong, somehow, came to mean “To be tough and brutal like a man.”
The title “Nots & Crosses” is based on how girls are not supposed to act a certain way and all the obstructions and barriers faced by these women, this is what the “Nots” represent and the crosses are for how they crossed over these prejudices and defined their own path despite of being restricted and told not to.

THE GANG PACKED THE WEAPONS, SPLIT UP IN THREE BOATS AND SAILED

TOWARDS BEHMAI VILLAGE. WE GOT OFF CLOSE TO THE BORDER AND CLIMBED

OUR WAY UP THE SANDY HILLS.

MARCHING THROUGH THE NIGHT, WE DISCUSSED OUR TACTICS. BABA MUSTAKIM,

BALWAN, MAN SINGH AND I KNEW THAT SHRI RAM’S GANG WAS WELL-ARMED

AND IN ORDER TO SURVIVE WE HAD TO surround them.

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