New Delhi: Four men meet under the cover of anonymity at a pub perched on top of a hill at Jungfrau, in the Bernese Alps, accessible only by a malfunctioning cable car. They order their drinks (single malt, on the rocks, gin and tonic, vodka, neat and lager) and decide on not revealing their real identities.
The story of the graphic novel Agent Vinod - The Jungfrau Encounter lurches forward in a series of flashbacks that includes sexual fetishes, intrigue, action, cheesy one-liners and some severe violence.
Jungfrau is known as much for its wild beauty as for its steep inaccessibility. It is the pride of the Swiss Alps and its most visited tourist spot. Jungfrau, as the exotic location for comic hero Agent Vinod's first major operation since his inception, may be an unusual choice but it works for the story.
On closer inspection, the men at the table all have sinister looks and even more dubious backgrounds. They have one thing in common; their mutual hatred for the elusive RAW agent. The plot is set in vivid flashbacks in which a Ministry of State Security, Chinese secret service agent tells the others why he hates Vinod so much. ...more
11:37 AM, Apr 10, 2012