RK Laxman: Back with a Punch


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Author: E. P. Unny

9789391125271 | PB | pp. 120 | 2022 | Niyogi Books

RK Laxman: Back with a Punch by E. P. Unny describes describes the life RK Laxman — what inspired him and his work ethic which made him a master of his craft.

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RK Laxman was one of India’s pre-eminent cartoonists for many decades. His creation, the ‘Common Man’, became an indispensable part of the morning newspaper for Indian readers. Laxman’s insight into Indian life, his gentle humour and caricatures of the political leaders of a newly independent country, had a profound impact in India and abroad.

In this book EP Unny describes RK Laxman’s life, the influences that led him to become a much-loved cartoonist, his work ethic and the nuances of his craft. It is a tribute from a leading cartoonist to a master of his art.

Written in Unny’s succinct style, this monograph offers a concise chronicle of the master cartoonist’s journey, as Laxman’s pen captured modern Indian history for readers in India and across the world.


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About the Author

The author grew up in Palakkad, Kerala. His first cartoon appeared in the legendary Shankar's Weekly in 1972. He began his cartooning career with The Hindu in Chennai in 1977. In 1989 he moved to New Delhi where after a stint with Sunday Mail and The Economic Times, he joined The Indian Express in 1996, where he is Chief Political Cartoonist. He has sketched and written several books and serialised Free India, a graphic novel, in the Sunday Express in 1997, which is an early graphic storyteller in Malayalam. His work has featured at the Asian Cartoonists Conference in Tokyo and at the International Cartoon Festival in Carquefou, France. In 2009, Unny won the Lifetime Achievement Award of The Indian Institute of Cartoonists.


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