Happy Utkal Divas!
It’s been a while since I first posted the Background and Introductory chapter of La La Land (1st August 2020 to be precise.)
The delay has primarily been in searching for an able digital artist who could do comic illustrations as well. This is because since beginning, I have visualized La La Land to be a blend of text and images which will help create a strong visual impact on the reader’s mind.
I am happy to mention that I finally found a match in young talented artist and an exponent of the digital medium – Mr. Kishor Mistry.
Kishor is excellent at drawing figures, bringing out the true essence of people in their day to day surroundings. You will soon find this out yourself from the below images which have all been inspired from real life people.
So, in a sense he has drawn hyper realistic portraits 🙂
(You can follow his Instagram page kishormistry_ to enjoy some wonderful art!)
So, I come to you today with a brief introduction of 5 characters in this wonderful, mythical land located in Odisha.
This is the first set of characters and I will introduce more to you as we go along.
Happy reading and hope you like them!
Character 1 – Khiladi Kaka
I am the Sarpanch of La La Land, Gentle and wise; my decisions given by fair hand. Resolving villagers' issues is my topmost priority, Khiladi Kaka is my name and I am sharp and witty!
He is the head of the 5 wise men who form the village panchayat. He is fun loving, friendly and always with a twinkle in his eye. In his younger days he struggled from scratch to set up his business of selling water pipes and made it a success. His son now runs the show.
Khiladi however has one problem – he keeps forgetting things and mixes up people’s names leading to hilarious situations. This is accentuated especially when he pronounces the panchayat’s verdict on any case!
Character 2 – Sizzler Shikari
Quick in my thoughts, even quicker in action, A master of geography, I can beat GPS to the nearest fraction! Disciplined by Time, Nature my soul's chingari*, My best friend is the rifle; and I am Sizzler Shikari!
*chingari – a spark
He is Khiladi’s younger brother and one among 4 siblings. Shikari is a retired cop and and a self-confessed nature lover. He is aggressive, can get angry very quickly (and cools down equally fast!) and a stickler for time.
Yet outside his tough exterior he carries a heart which softens at the slightest hint of love and affection received, especially from children.
He came to be known by this moniker when he hunted down a man-eating tiger single-handedly (by keeping himself as a bait) on a full moon night!
Character 3 – Sadabahar Shami
My hair jet black, my teeth pearly white, I may be a senior citizen, but still youthful alright! Adaptable and easy going; I am born under the Gemini star, Always evergreen and smiling, I am Sadabahar!
She is the only sister amongst the 4 siblings and the youngest too! As such she has been indulged and spoilt for love by her 3 brothers and parents.
Sadabahar derives her name from the flower Periwinkle which is an evergreen blossom! Like the flowering plant, Sadabahar too looks ageless.
More importantly, just like the Periwinkle plant has a host of medicinal properties and can cure multiple illnesses with its’ rich ayurvedic legacy, Sadabahar Shami too with her love, affection and a young heart can melt all your problems away in matter of minutes!
Character 4 – Jumping Janab
With full enthusiasm I jump into each case, Putting criminals behind bars, brings a smile to my face! Honest to my job, I wear the police uniform with pride, Jumping Janab is my name and call of duty my bride!!
The current Thanedar** of the village police station and Shikari’s son-in-law.
He is an enthusiastic cop and cannot stay away from action! He is honest, hard working and is accompanied on most adventures with his trusted subordinate – Halla Havaldar.
Janab is intensely respected by the villagers for his ever helping nature and for keeping the doors of the police station open for them to walk-in with their problems anytime.
** thanedar – Inspector In Charge of a police station.
Character 5 – Sundari Soapia
Born with a talent to act and emote Give me any dialogue and I will have it by rote! To be the voice of the village women - is my aim, Beautiful to look at, Sundari Soapia is my name!
Daughter of a late tribal folk singer, Sundari has made her name in drama and the stage. Like her father she is immensely talented and is a star participant in all the village plays and jatra.
But other than acting, she nurses one secret ambition – to be elected leader of the women folk with the greater aim of making their voices heard in all matters concerning the tribe.
Will she be able to fulfil her aim?
Click below link to read the Introduction chapter –https://thatodiaboy.com/2020/08/01/la-la-land/
Part 1 coming soon!
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