Wife of Ittunnan Chettan, known as "Chettathi". VT Thomas drawing Boban and Molly Ashan[ edit ] The author often uses Ashan to introduce and explain contemporary events and political changes in the society. Unnikkuttan[ edit ] The character is famous for his impish pranks and innocent retorts. The strips generally narrates the mischievous antics of the six-year-old, who constantly puts his parents and teachers in a spot of trouble.
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The immortal adventures of Boban and Molly The immortal adventures of Boban and Molly Why a satirical comic strip became a cult in Kerala. Twelve-year-old naughty twins, a middle-class Christian family, a lazy panchayat president, his domineering wife, a dog that appears in every frame. Created by VT Thomas for the weekly Malayala Manorama periodical and later the magazine , the adventures of the twins were first published in Thomas, better known by his pen-name Toms, found a home for his characters in the fictional village of Kizhakkamthooku somewhere in central Kerala.
The artist also belonged to that landscape, having being born in Kuttanad in Alappuzha district. In interviews, he had mentioned that the two mischief-makers were based on children in his neighbourhood, who often jumped over the fence and dashed through his kitchen on their way to school. In that sense, Bobanum Moliyum was a very successful series because the humour was effortless. For others, the comic stayed relevant because it was rooted in the social and political realities of Kerala.
It dealt with the everyday problems an average Malayali faced, the scenes he would encounter on the road and the conversations he would hear at the neighbourhood tea shop, all of which would be served with a generous helping of satire and wit. From drunken husbands who beat up wives to roadside Romeos ogling at girls at bus shelters, the comic spares no one. To get such quirky nuggets, Thomas would routinely visit the Kottayam railway station to talk to people and generate ideas.
And, out of the blue, I would say something stupid, which would get the person sitting next to me to react. If Bobanum Moliyum existed today, says graphic-novelist Appupen, it would not have pulled its gentle punches. It confirms your complacence.
I think art should disturb you and humour is a very good way of doing it. If I want to talk about beef, I should tell a joke about it. First, you will laugh and so you are already soft to the idea. So addictive was it that it was even seen as responsible for the Malayali habit of reading a magazine from back to front.
Bobanum Moliyum may have been reserved for the last page of Manorama, but it was always the first in line to be read. Click here to join our channel indianexpress and stay updated with the latest headlines For all the latest Eye News , download Indian Express App. Tags: Advertisement Live Blog.
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Mum The dog can be seen with the kids in almost bboanum panel. Toms Publications formerly Malayala Manorama and Kalakaumudi. The strips generally narrates the mischievous antics of the six-year-old, who constantly puts his parents and teachers in a spot of trouble. The English version of the title logo of Boban and Molly comics. The character is famous for his impish pranks and innocent retorts.
The immortal adventures of Boban and Molly