Breakfast with the common man! Tribute to RK Laxman
My favourite cartoonist will always be R.K Laxman. I would never miss his You Said It column in TOI. I would always go through the cartoon page on the TOI page while having my morning breakfast.
Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman (born 23 October 1924) is an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He is widely regarded as India’s greatest-ever cartoonist and is best known for his creation The Common Man.
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 and doodling caricatures of 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.
Laxmans cartoons speak for the common man. The man on the street, the middle-class man who lives an ordinary life. The frustrations, the angst, the everyday hassles are all brought to light in his cartoons through wit, satire, humour and brilliance.
For me there is no other cartoonist like RK Laxman!