R K Laxman: The Uncommon Man by Dharmendra Bhandari

Thankyou for being an inspiration
About the Book: R K Laxman: The Uncommon Man, briefly talks about the life of the renowned artist R K Laxman and shares few pieces of his work with us. Reading a book like this is an inspiration for upcoming artists/cartoonist or anyone who wishes to add a little change in the world. The brief sneak-peak into his tough times is an inspiration to never loose hope and always believe in yourself. 

Like every struggling artist, even R K Laxman faced his share of ups and downs but never gave-up. He believed in his work and was always appreciated for his talent. R K Laxman was one of those people who created a job title for himself. He didn't needed a company to describe his job profile, he created the job profile for himself and proved his worth in the political environment of India.

The best part of this book was reading about his experience with renowned industries like Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and so on. Every individual/organisation who didn't believe in his work, his talent ensured that they learnt about him the right way. 

That was wonderful! Such an inspiration!

About the Author: Dr. Dharmendra Bhandari

He taught at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, from 1983 to 2002. He has served as Advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Securities Scam in 1992-93 and as Officer on Special Duty to the Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai, in 1994-95. 

He has undertaken several UNDP missions for the governments of India, Egypt, Guyana, Jordan and Romania to promote foreign investment. He has also lectured extensively on investments by expatriate nationals at UNCTAD, Geneva; UNIDO, Vienna; UNDP, New York; and Harvard Law School, Massachusetts. Currently, he is on the board of directors of JP Morgan Mutual Fund and Harmony for Silvers Foundation, and serves on committees of the National Stock Exchange. He has also been a director on the board of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Bank of Maharashtra, and served as institutional nominee director on behalf of ICICI, IDBI and UTI on the boards of prominent business houses such as the Tatas, Birlas and Singhanias. Dr Bhandari earned his doctorate in Commerce in 1982 and is also a chartered accountant. 

About R K Laxman:

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015), an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He was a man who bought revolution into the political scenario of India with his witty and funny cartoons depicting the problems of a common man surviving in a system called 'The Indian Politics'.

He was the creator of the famous character The Common Man. His comic strips were published daily as a cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India.

Laxman who started as a freelancer soon started illustrating for various local newspapers, magazines and books. 

We all are familiar with the famous Malgudi days, it was written by his elder brother R. K. Narayan and illustrated by none other than R K Laxman. Ofcourse, now we see the similarity. 

He was honoured by numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism, Pune Pandit Award (Scholar of Pune Award) by the Art & Music Foundation for excellence in 'Creative Communication', Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mysore.

An inspiration who once said---
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
— R. K. Laxman

His artworks touched our lives. He gave a humorous touch to the major issues of not only the political scenario but also our day-to-day living. 

A tribute to the amazing artist.

I couldn't resist myself from sharing this one. The Indira Gandhi series, expressing Indian politics. Love the expressions...
The Indira Gandhi series was remarkable

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