Saturday, November 30, 2019

Priya and the Lost Girls

Priya and the Lost Girls focuses on sex trafficking and it is said to be the definitive comic book of the #MeToo movement. 

Inspired by ancient mythological tales, this graphic novel tells us of Priya continuing her adventures with her flying tiger, Sahas (Hindi for courage). 

She returns home and discovers all the young women have disappeared in her rural village including her sister, Laxmi. 

She discovers they were taken to an underground brothel city which is ruled by Rahu, a demon living in a volcano, and who draws his power through fear and entrapment of women. There, women exist to serve and please men; those who resist are turned into stone.

The city used to be a tranquil kingdom run by Manidhari, half-snake and half-woman and her husband, Paatal. But, Rahu tricked them and turned the kingdom into a wasteland and put his servant, Amrit, in charge of luring women and controlling them. 

Priya has to convince her sister and the other women to leave Rahu and break his spell over them. 

When the women escape and return home, they face the stigma and prejudices from their own people and family – which angers Priya and leads to a dramatic conclusion.

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