Nots & Crosses


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.

She is only eleven. Can’t you

tell him to wait a while?

Wait for how long? What if

she gets tampered with? A

daughter is always a burden,

and ours is no beauty.

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping

of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl."

Shirley Chisholm

I’ve already paid for

her with this bike and

cow. Don’t think that

there is a shortage

of girls for me.


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