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R. K. Laxman Biography: Cartoonist & Illustrator

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Birth and Childhood

R. K. Laxman

Laxman was engrossed by the illustrations in magazines such as Strand Magazine, Punch, Bystander, Wide World and Tit-Bits, even before he could read. Soon he was drawing on his own, on the floors, walls and doors of his house. His teachers at school; praised by a teacher for his drawing of a peepal leaf, he began to think of himself as an artist in the making. Another early influence on Laxman were the cartoons of the world-renowned British cartoonist, Sir David Low (whose signature he misread as “cow” for a long time) that appeared now and then in The Hindu. Laxman notes in his autobiography, The Tunnel of Time:

“I drew objects that caught my eye outside the window of my room – the dry twigs, leaves and lizard-like creatures crawling about, the servant chopping firewood and, of course, and number of crows in various postures on the rooftops of the buildings opposite”

Laxman was the captain of his local “Rough and Tough and Jolly” cricket team and his antics inspired the stories “Dodu the money maker” and “The Regal Cricket Club” written by his brother, Narayan. Laxman’s idyllic childhood was shaken for a while when his father suffered a paralytic stroke and died around a year later, but the elders at home bore most of the increased responsibility, while Laxman continued with his schooling.

After high school, Laxman applied to the JJ School of Arts, Bombay hoping to concentrate on his lifelong interests of drawing and painting, but the dean of the school wrote to him that his drawings lacked, “the kind of talent to qualify for enrollment in our institution as a student”, and refused admission. He finally graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mysore. In the meantime he continued his freelance artistic activities and contributed cartoons to Swarajya and an animated film based on the mythological character, Narada.

R. K. Laxman: Career

Laxman’s earliest work was for newspapers & magazines such as Swarajya and Blitz. Whilst still at the Maharaja’s College of Mysore, he began to illustrate his elder brother R K Narayan’s stories in The Hindu, and he drew political cartoons for the local newspapers and for the Swatantra. Laxman also drew cartoons, for the Kannada humour magazine, Koravanji. Incidentally, Koravanji was founded in 1942 by Dr M Shivaram who was a MBBS doctor and had a clinic around Majestic area in Bangalore. He started this monthly magazine, dedicating it to hilarious/satirical articles and cartoons. Dr Shivaram himself was an eminent humourist in Kannada. He encouraged Laxman quite a lot. He held a summer job at the Gemini Studios, Madras. His first full-time job was as a political cartoonist for the Free Press Journal. Prominent Shiv Sena politician Bal Thackeray, was also an employee at the newspaper at that time. Laxman later joined The Times of India, beginning a career that has spanned for over fifty years.

Among his other works, Laxman is known for his distinctive illustrations in several books, most notably for the Malgudi stories written by his elder brother R.K. Narayan, which was later made as a serial directed by Shankar Nag. He also created a popular mascot for the Asian Paints group called Gattu. Laxman has also penned a few novels. His cartoons have appeared in Hindi films such as Mr. and Mrs. 55 and a Tamil Film “KAMARAJ”.

R. K. Laxman: Personal Life

He is married to author Kamala Laxman. He lives in both Mumbai and Pune.

In September 2003, Laxman was affected by a stroke, which left him paralysed on his left side. He has partly recovered from its effects. On the evening of June 20, 2010, Laxman was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai after being transported by an air ambulance from Pune. His condition was said to be stable.

Laxman died at the age of 93 at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune on 26 January 2015. Laxman is survived by his wife Kamala, son Srinivas, his daughter-in-law and his grand-daughter Mahalaxmi Laxman.

R. K. Laxman:  Awards

  • B.D. Goenka Award – Indian Express.
  • Durga Ratan Gold Medal – Hindustan Times.
  • Padma Bhushan – Govt. of India.
  • Padma Vibhushan – Govt. of India.
  • Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts – 1984.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism – CNN IBN TV18, 29 January 2008.
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Read this article to know about the international legendary cartoonist R K Laxman. Laxman has created the immortal cartoon character Common Man under the series You Said It through the Times of India daily newspaper. Born in Mysore strode as one of the colossus in the International cartoon arena. Let us see his biography sketch below.

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman

Childhood of r k laxman.

R K Laxman (Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman) youngest boy of his father was borne on the 24th October, 1921 in Mysore, Karnataka State. Laxman's father Krishnaswamy Iyer was a head master. Laxman is younger brother to the famous novelist R K Narayan. Before joining school, he was attracted by the cartoons and used to go through such magazines as Strand, Punch, Bystander, Wide World and Tit-Bits etc. Influenced by these he started drawing on the floor, walls and doors of his house. In the school he used to draw the sketches of his teachers. One of the teachers praised some of his sketches and encouraged him. Then he started drawing of object around him like the twigs, leaves, lizard like creatures crawling about, servant cutting fire wood etc. In his locality cricket tam named as the "Rough and Tough and Jolly" cricket team, Laxman was the captain. Since Laxman had flair of drawing, humor his antics used to influence his novelist brother, Narayan and he had written the stories 'Dodu the money maker' and The Regal cricket club' etc on this inspiration. During his school days his father expired but his elder brothers took up the responsibility of his education.

College education of Laxman

After High school Laxman wanted to study arts from the JJ School of Arts, Bombay and tried for admission. His application was rejected by the college on the reason that the kind of talent does not qualify for admission. So he joined the Maharaja's College, Mysore and graduated from there as Bachelor of Arts. Along with the studies in the college he was doing freelance activities and contributed cartoons to Swarajya. An animation film Narada a mythological character was produced from his cartoons on the subject. Laxman used to illustrate his brother's stories in the Hindu paper. He used to draw political cartoons for the local papers. At that time there was a humor magazine Koravanji founded by one Dr M Shivaram and Laxman used to draw for the magazine.

Laxman's Career

Other works of r k laxman.

Laxman had illustrated several books especially his brother R K Narayan's Malgudy stories. The Malgudy stories were later made as a serial in the TV by Shankar Nag. He had created the mascot by name Gattu for the Asian Paints which was very popular for quite some time. He has also written few books mainly novels and has written his autobiography by name the Tunnel of Time'. Few of his cartons have in the Hindi film Mr & Mrs 55 and Tamil film Kamaraj. For the Film Fare Magazine he has drawn a cartoon series named The Star I Never Met which contain a cartoon of Kamala Laxman with the title The Star I Only Met.

Honours and Awards

Symbiosis International University for its research and studies in media and communications founded a chair called the R K Laxman Chair in honour of him. This is in respect of the research of leadership and policy formation in media and communication.

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R. K. Laxman, Cartoonist Who Amused India for Decades, Dies at 93

biography of author r.k. laxman

By Haresh Pandya

  • Jan. 29, 2015

R. K. Laxman, a fixture of Indian society whose satirical comic strip featuring a character he called the Common Man appeared daily on the front page of The Times of India for more than five decades, died on Jan. 26 in the western Indian city of Pune. He was 93.

 His death was confirmed by his son, Srinivas.

 The Common Man was the star of “You Said It,” which Mr. Laxman created in 1951. Wearing a dhoti and a checkered coat, with a bushy mustache, a few wisps of hair, a bulbous nose on which perched a pair of glasses, and thick eyebrows that were permanently raised, the Common Man observed the contradictions, ironies and paradoxes of the world around him with a bewildered look but without ever uttering a word. 

 Political hypocrisy was Mr. Laxman’s favorite target. The Indian National Congress Party bore the brunt of his satire over the years because it was in power longer than any other party, but he spared no leader, however powerful.

“I am grateful to my leaders for keeping my profession flourishing,” he once remarked. “Alarmingly, the politicians walk, talk and behave as though they were modeling perpetually for the cartoonist.”

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman was born in the state of Mysore on Oct. 24, 1921. His father was a headmaster, his mother a homemaker. He had a sister and six brothers, one of whom, R. K. Narayan , went on to become a leading novelist and short-story writer.

“I do not remember wanting to do anything else except draw,” Mr. Laxman wrote in his autobiography, “The Tunnel of Time” (1998). He drew with chalk on the floors, walls and doors of his house and, when he learned to wield a pen and pencil, added beards, mustaches and shaggy eyebrows to photographs and sketches in books and magazines. At school, he drew caricatures of his teachers, who, instead of chiding him, encouraged his talent.

While studying at the University of Mysore, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, political science and economics, he began contributing political cartoons to various publications. His first full-time job was with The Free Press Journal in Mumbai. Six months later he joined The Times of India .

His marriage to the dancer and actress Kumari Kamala ended in divorce. In addition to his son, his survivors include his wife, Kamala Laxman, a writer of children’s stories.

Mr. Laxman also wrote short stories, essays and travel pieces, as well as the novels “The Hotel Riviera” (1988) and “The Messenger” (1993) and his autobiography. 

 In 2005, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award. Among his other honors is a statue of the Common Man in Pune.

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biography of author r.k. laxman

A nd he breathed life, on 24th October 1921,

In the Royal Palace city-Mysore, this legend was born.

biography of author r.k. laxman

N ow, R K Laxman went to a municipal school,

And unlike other kids- loved the classroom,

He would spend his time observing his peers,

And many a times even his teachers!

A doodle of his teacher looking like a tiger cub

Sent the entire classroom wildly abuzz

His confrontation with his teacher

Led to Laxman’s understanding of the art of caricature.

biography of author r.k. laxman

L axman drew a pipal leaf in class one day,

And the teacher’s praise came his way,

That a great artist one day he would be

And never since then, Laxman, doubted his destiny.

biography of author r.k. laxman

R K Laxman, growing up, had unique opportunities

To be surrounded by musicians, writers, dancers, artists

Educationalists, film personalities and even Royal families

They were often visitors to the household that was his.

biography of author r.k. laxman

O ne woeful day, inside a bathroom, his father collapsed.

To their great worry, the door had been latched.

RK Laxman the brave soul that he was,

Took to the ledge that was above a fifty foot drop

Easing his way over the ledge, the door to the bathroom, he did unlock

That day transformed him from a child to a man!

biography of author r.k. laxman

A fter high school to JJ School of Arts, RK Laxman did apply,

And much to his dismay, to his enrollment;

He got a regretful reply,

That his drawings lacked talent to even qualify!

(It is to this that irony strikes,

Later when he was in his office at TOI

The dean of JJ School called on Laxman

And wanted him to be, a Chief Guest for a function!)

biography of author r.k. laxman

R K Laxman was offered work as a freelancer

Even before he had completed his BA

He initially wasn’t keen to join an English paper

Because in New Delhi he wasn’t accepted by any leading newspapers.

biography of author r.k. laxman

H e hit his turning point in glorious career

When enroute to Chennai, in Mumbai had a casual stop over.

When he was given an assignment to do a cartoon strip,

On the notorious Kalbadevi shooting, in the newspaper-Blitz.

biography of author r.k. laxman

A chance meeting with the editor of Free Press Journal

Led him to his job as a cartoonist (political).

And there beside him, where he sat,

Was a fellow cartoonist - Bal Thackeray.

biography of author r.k. laxman

A sudden decision and a dynamic twist,

He walked boldy to the TOI office,

Professor Walter Langhammer, the art director did not resist.

From that moment there was no looking back,

RK Laxman and TOI grew together after that.

biography of author r.k. laxman

T he rest as we say is “globally known history”

That he was a world renowned cartoonist

There were many interesting people RK Laxman had met;

In London: Graham Greene, Bertrand Russell, Clement Atlee and T.S. Elliot.

He travelled with J.R.D Tata on Air India the first time,

From Mumbai to Moscow, on the inaugural first flight.

biography of author r.k. laxman

H is role model and mentor

The British Cartoonist: David Low

Along with his wife, dropped by as a surprise

At RK Laxman’s office in TOI!

N ow we know this great man’s career,

Let’s take few steps back,

And infuse it with things no man should ever lack.

His family and career went hand in hand,

And this is how his fate had it planned.

biography of author r.k. laxman

R K Laxman married his niece Kamala,

His elder sister’s daughter,

He had spent his childhood days with her

And they had grown up together.

A beautiful woman and children’s story writer

Both RK and Kamala had always been a support for each other.

biography of author r.k. laxman

A nd to them was born their son, Srinivas,

A seasoned space journalist, a writer at TOI.

And then came the beautiful daughter in law

He called Usha the world’s best daughter- married to his son.

biography of author r.k. laxman

T hen came the grand daughter, Rimanika.

She was the one constantly in his thoughts,

And gave him a feeling of being reborn.

She was his strength that made him live a long life,

Watching her grow up filled him with pride.

Who he said added a whole new dimension to his life.

biography of author r.k. laxman

L axman and Kamala, found their happy place,

They settled away from the bustle of Mumbai,

Found their enclosure in a home in Pune,

Where he lived out the end of his days.

H is creations spoke of boundless evidence

That leaves us forever in his debt

This story speaks of those flourishing moments

From the time of his first breath, until his death.

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Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman (1921-2015) was born and educated in Mysore. He started contributing as a cartoonist to college magazines, his brother R.K. Narayan’s books, publications such as Koravanji , and also Gemini Studio. He initially worked at Blitz (Mumbai) and the Free Press Journal and, six months later, he joined Times of India , where he enjoyed a long and prolific career. He created India’s most beloved and iconic cartoon character, ‘The Common Man’.

Laxman’s books include Idle Hours (later retitled The Distorted Mirror ), The Hotel Riviera , The Messenger and Servants of India . The Tunnel of Time is Laxman’s autobiography, and several collections of his cartoons are part of the series The Best of Laxman and Laugh with Laxman .

R.K. Laxman was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan (1973) and the Padma Vibhushan (2005). He was a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984) and CNN IBN TV18’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism (2008) as well as several honorary docorates by prestigious universities.

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The Common Man Takes a Stroll

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RK Laxman: He depicted the common Indian

This master political cartoonist was renowned for you said it, a funny and witty comic strip with its protagonist, the common man symbolising the daily predicament of every indian..

Born in Mysore on October 24, 1921, Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman was the youngest of seven siblings one of whom was RK Narayan, the renowned novelist. Laxman’s father was a school headmaster and his mother a homemaker. At an early age Laxman developed an affinity for drawing and was fascinated by the illustrations in magazines such as The Strand, Punch, Bystander and Wide World. At a young age, he began drawing on his own – on the floors, walls and doors of the house. His school teacher praising his drawing of a peepul leaf marked the beginning of his journey as an artist.

RK Laxman wrote and published short stories, essays and travel articles, some of which were compiled in a book titled The Distorted Mirror, published in 2003.(ILLUSTRATION: Gajanan Nirphale)

Student days

Laxman joined the University of Mysore. During his time at the Maharaja’s College, he often illustrated stories by his novelist brother which were published in The Hindu newspaper. Subsequently, he turned to creating satirical and political cartoons for other local newspapers. During his college years, Laxman worked as a freelance artist and drew cartoons for the Swarajya magazine. He also worked on an animated film based on the mythological character Narada. His first break was with RK Karanjia’s weekly publication titled Blitz. In 1947, he began drawing cartoons for The Free Press Journal in Bombay alongside Bal Thackeray, who too was a cartoonist before he turned to politics and founded the Shiv Sena. In 1951 he joined The Times of India group.

Laxman initially worked on illustrations for the Illustrated Weekly of India, a weekly newsmagazine and also made comic strips for a children’s magazine. Soon, thanks to his strong grasp of politics, Laxman’s cartoons began appearing on the front page of the newspaper and his reputation as a cartoonist escalated. He eventually became the paper’s chief political cartoonist. It was during this time that he came up with the idea to start the strip You Said It, which would feature the ubiquitous Common Man as the central character.

He passed away in Pune on January 26, 2015 at the age of 93 in the wake of a series of strokes he had been suffering from since 2010.

Awards and Achievements

Laxman won several awards, including the Padma Bhushan in 1973; the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, in 1984 and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism by CNN IBN TV18 in 2008. The University of Marathwada, the University of Delhi and his alma mater — the University of Mysore conferred on him honorary Doctor of Literature degrees. In 2005, he was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan for his works.

Laxman wrote and published short stories, essays and travel articles, some of which were compiled in a book titled The Distorted Mirror, published in 2003. Other collections of his cartoons were published in The Best of Laxman and Laugh with Laxman by Penguin Books India. His comic strip You Said It served as the basis for a television comedy series titled RK Laxman Ki Duniya. In 2011, the Symbiosis International University named a chair at its Pune campus in Laxman’s honour.

Interesting facts

1. During his childhood, Laxman was influenced by the work of renowned British cartoonist Sir David Low whose work occasionally appeared in The Hindu. For a long time, he misread Low’s signature as cow.

2. Apart from being a cartoonist, Laxman had also published novels such as The Hotel Riviera in the year 1988 and The Messenger in 1993 as well as an autobiography, The Tunnel of Time in 1998.

3. Laxman was the captain of his local Rough and Tough and Jolly cricket team. In his autobiography, he said he inspired the stories Dodu the Money Maker and The Regal Cricket Club, which were written by RK Narayan.

4. Laxman had applied to the JJ School of Art in Mumbai. He was denied admission. The school’s dean wrote him that his drawings lacked “the kind of talent to qualify for enrolment in our institution”.

5. Young Laxman had a comedic streak from a young age. This can be traced to the times he drew caricatures of his father at home and of his teachers in school, much to the amusement of his siblings and peers.

Sources: Britannica, The Tunnel of Time (his autobiography), thefamouspeople.com

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R. k. laxman.

1921 - 2015

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Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015) was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He is best known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon strip, You Said It in The Times of India, which started in 1951.R. K. Laxman started his career as a part-time cartoonist, working mostly for local newspapers and magazines. While as a college student, he illustrated his older brother R. K. Narayan's stories in The Hindu . Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of R. K. Laxman has received more than 1,414,376 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia . R. K. Laxman is the 136th most popular comic artist (down from 135th in 2019) , the 642nd most popular biography from India (up from 669th in 2019) and the most popular Indian Comic Artist .

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Among people born in 1921 , R. K. Laxman ranks 354 .  Before him are Big Walter Horton , Farley Mowat , Peggy Rea , Joe Sutter , Vera-Ellen , and Ernest Gold . After him are Sam Tingle , Susan Peters , Edmondo Fabbri , Ann Savage , Seymour Benzer , and Nelson Riddle .  Among people deceased in 2015 , R. K. Laxman ranks 351 .  Before him are Mate Trojanović , Josefa Francisco , Mark Murphy , Héctor Salva , Karin Söder , and Rico Rodriguez . After him are Dave Mackay , Csaba Fenyvesi , Kenji Goto , Coleen Gray , Dominique Dropsy , and Ernst Larsen .

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Big Walter Horton

1921 - 1981

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Farley Mowat

1921 - 2014

Photo of Peggy Rea

1921 - 2011

Photo of Joe Sutter

1921 - 2016

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Ernest Gold

1921 - 1999

Photo of Sam Tingle

1921 - 2008

Photo of Susan Peters

Susan Peters

1921 - 1952

Photo of Edmondo Fabbri

Edmondo Fabbri

1921 - 1995

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Seymour Benzer

1921 - 2007

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Nelson Riddle

1921 - 1985

Others Deceased in 2015

Photo of Mate Trojanović

Mate Trojanović

1930 - 2015

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Josefa Francisco

1954 - 2015

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Mark Murphy

1932 - 2015

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Héctor Salva

1939 - 2015

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Karin Söder

1928 - 2015

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Rico Rodriguez

1934 - 2015

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Dave Mackay

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Csaba Fenyvesi

1943 - 2015

Photo of Kenji Goto

1967 - 2015

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Coleen Gray

1922 - 2015

Photo of Dominique Dropsy

Dominique Dropsy

1951 - 2015

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Ernst Larsen

1926 - 2015

Among people born in India , R. K. Laxman ranks 642 out of 1,493 .  Before him are Amarinder Singh (1942) , Shatrughan Sinha (1945) , Raj Reddy (1937) , Choudhry Rahmat Ali (1895) , Adoor Gopalakrishnan (1941) , and Nana Patekar (1951) . After him are Mrinalini Sarabhai (1918) , Telesphore Toppo (1939) , Abdullah Yusuf Ali (1872) , Sam Manekshaw (1914) , S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan (1940) , and Sheila Dikshit (1938) .

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Amarinder Singh

1942 - Present

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Shatrughan Sinha

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1937 - Present

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Choudhry Rahmat Ali

1895 - 1951

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan

1941 - Present

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Nana Patekar

1951 - Present

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Mrinalini Sarabhai

1918 - 2016

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Telesphore Toppo

1939 - 2023

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Abdullah Yusuf Ali

1872 - 1953

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Sam Manekshaw

1914 - 2008

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S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan

1940 - Present

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Sheila Dikshit

1938 - 2019

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  • Born October 24 , 1921 · Mysore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
  • Died January 26 , 2015 · Pune, Maharashtra, India (multiple organ failure)
  • Birth name Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman
  • R.K. Laxman was born on October 24, 1921 in Mysore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India. He was a writer, known for Wagle Ki Duniya (1988) , Hu Tu Tu (1999) and Malgudi Days (1986) . He was married to Kamala Kumari and Kamala. He died on January 26, 2015 in Pune, Maharashtra, India.
  • Spouses Kamala Kumari (June 25, 1954 - 1960) (divorced) Kamala (? - January 26, 2015) (his death)
  • In 2005, he received the Indian civilian award Padma Vibhushan.
  • He was one of India's most eminent cartoonists, the creator of the iconic cartoon character "The Common Man", always clad in a distinctive checked shirt and dhoti. His cartoon strip, "You Said It", appeared on the front page of the Times of India every day for almost 60 years. Laxman lampooned everyone from Jawaharlal Nehru to Indira Gandhi to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • He also drew sketches for stories written by his equally famous brother, the late R.K. Narayan .
  • I wouldn't say politicians represent the country. I don't think they do. They have forgotten the common man, they think the common man belongs to them, to serve them.

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Stories of the common man: Best Of R.K Laxman

Younger to the writer who gave us  epics  like Malgudi days, we have R.K. Laxman! The man, the commoner, and the common man!

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I drew objects that caught my eye outside the window of my room – the dry twigs, leaves and lizard-like creatures crawling about, the servant chopping firewood and, of course, and number of  crows  in various postures on the rooftops of the buildings oppositeR. K. Laxman

R. K. Laxman began his career as a freelance cartoonist, usually for small-town newspapers and publications. Further, he demonstrated his older brother R. K. Narayan’s stories in The Hindu as a college student.

His maiden full- time  employment was as a political cartoonist for the Mumbai-based newspaper The Free Press Journal. Subsequently, Laxman joined The Times of  India , where he became famous for his portrayal of The Common Man, which proved to be a watershed moment in Laxman’s time on  earth .

Laxman wrote a lot of short stories, essays, and travel articles, and some of them were collected in the book The Distorted Mirror in 2003. He also wrote The Hotel Riviera (1988) and The Messenger in 1993, as well as The Tunnel of Time, an autobiography in 1998. A number of collections of Laxman’s  cartoons  have also been published. He received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour, in 2005.

The Common Man

The Common Man is usually a mute observer of the events in the comic. Hence, the perplexed Common Man, dressed in a dhoti and a plaid jacket, is no pawn: his acute insights overlook no aspect of the political mess.

biography of author r.k. laxman

R. K. Laxman, the Indian author and cartoonist, invented the character The Common Man. Through a daily comic strip, You Said It in The Times of India, the Common Man has reflected the ambitions, goals, concerns, and possibly even follies of the average Indian for nearly half a century. The first issue of the comic was published in 1951.

Laxman attempted to reflect diverse states and cultures in India when he began  drawing cartoons  for The Times of India. He began to sketch less and fewer background people in order to make deadlines. Until there was only one left: the now-famous Common Man.

The Distorted Mirror

Some of his  best short tales, essays, and travelogu es  are available in The Distorted Mirror. The book kicks off with ‘An Accident,’ a unique mystery in which the murder weapon is a newspaper.

In other stories, we meet Gopal, a youngster from a regular small town who is altered one day when the Viceroy comes to town. Shantha, a little girl who discovers an unusual discovery during a wedding. And Bhasker, a writer who is faced by his  history . Laxman’s ability to describe a character or a situation with a few delicate strokes and filled with his typical wit distinguishes each  narrative .

A Vote For Laughter

A Vote for Laughter includes a hundred classic Common Man cartoons about political subjects, ranging from party meetings, political ads, and Diplomatic progressions to cabinet reshuffles, equestrian trading, and international tours, not to mention the activity that defines the Indian politician, according to Laxman: the urge to rush to the House well.

These are complemented with a collection of a hundred of the greatest political jokes from around the world.A Vote for Laughter will amuse anyone who appreciates seeing the comical side of modern politics, even as we brag about being the world’s largest democracy.

The Very Best Of Common Man

Laxman’s Common Man caricatures cover the entire spectrum of current Indian experience, from financial crises to householder woes, from political instability to systemic corruption.

Thus, this special collection of the 100 most  memorable  Common Man cartoons is a tribute to India’s most popular cartoonist and one of the most striking voices reflecting on Indian contemporary life.

Laugh With Laxman

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The book more than lives up to its name. It is plenty of laughter for the reader. Some cartoons stick with you for a long time. There’s one where the guy passes out and the other person tells the doctor that he passed out while bravely telling the doctor about the changes he’s going to make in his life. That was strangely familiar. How often would we correlate with higher,  then  become terrified of it and withdraw?

This book contains full with jokes in addition to cartoons. Consequently, it alternates. Cartoons appear on odd-numbered pages, whereas jokes appear on even-numbered pages. Lastly, they complement each other well. This is a great book to read to cleanse your thoughts.

Servants Of India

India’s most famous comic takes on the topic of domestic assistance and tells us ten amusing stories about some memorable eccentrics. Ganesh, a freelance journalist attempting to create a feature article about servants he has met, assembles the stories. As his  plot  goes, a beautifully elaborated tale with wonderful characters unfolds. Swami, the cook, discovers his true calling as a godman-

Kumar, who abandons his household duties to pursue his tinsel-town dreams. Further, there is Anthony, the driver. He supplements his income by giving rides to strangers. And Shanti, the maid. Whose life is turned upside down by the neighbor’s servant’s obsession with her. Ramaswami, a faithful retainer who suddenly reappears to his employer’s dismay. Months after he was assumed drowned.

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