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The Very Best Of The Common Man is a tribute to one of India's best loved cartoonists R K Laxman It presents a collection of some of Laxman's cartoons based on The Common Man a character that appeared in Laxman's daily cartoon strip titled You Said It for the Times of India publicationThe Common Man an average man r PoliticsSaid to be the second oldest profession in the world bearing a close resemblance to the first politics has always been subjected to searing scrutiny and bitter ridicule Especially in a highly populated country like India politicians have been offering a lot of free entertainment to the public next only to cinema and cricket Stupid statements senseless actions scams and scandals you ask for it and the Indian politicians only feel obliged to deliver it for your pleasure Cartoonists are that rare breed of people who make the caricatured images of theirs speak than a thousand acerbic words mocking the actions of the politicians Especially those cartons that appear daily in the newspapers seem like the oasis amidst all the chaotic news articles RK Laxman is the doyen of the cartoonist profession in India Having had a prolific career that spanned than half a century he is one cartoonist who can really claim to have seen it all and drawn it allThis book contains some hundred plus cartoons of Laxman that have withstood the test of time A mere glimpse at the cartoons and you will realize that our politicians have remained as pretentious as egoistic and as dumb as ever Indulgence in boastful talks broken promises opportunistic behaviors have all been the bane of Indian politicians always Hence some of the satiric jibes that MrLaxman had aimed at the politicians of old remain relevant enough for our leaders of these days as well Leaders that visit their constitutions only during election campaigns who don t think twice before throwing senseless percentages and figures without showing any real progress on ground the servile acolytes who need to flatter their bosses even during their visits to places hit by natural disasters Laxman has drawn them all keeping his Common Man a lovable bald old man as a silent observerJust a complaint though The cartoons have all been published on one side while the opposite side is used for a caption of only a line or two Either they have opted to present the book so due to the poor thin uality of the paper that could have made the images on different pages look overlapping and thus messy Or they could have done so to make this book appear in a decent size But this seems to be a blatant wastage that the publishers could have very much avoidedAs for the content a thoroughly enjoyable book and a collector s treasure

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The Very Best of the Common Man

Ing in contemporary India From political instability to economic crises from the deeply entrenched corruption to the woes of householders Laxman portrays exactly what it means to live and experience the real IndiaThe book presents some of the best cartoons featuring The Common Man in all his mute gloryThis edition o its laxman its cartoon it cannot be anything else but pure art n humora collectible

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Epresenting the hopes and fears of the masses in India remains one of the best characters in the history of Indian cartooning and illustration He is depicted as a silent witness to all the socio political happenings that are presented in the cartoonsThrough the Common Man cartoons Laxman explores every aspect of liv I picked up this book in Delhi airport to kill time and completed it in one hour This is a selection of great works of noted political cartoonistspolitoonists Late RKLaxmanI must confess I am a fan of his work and his cartoons were the first thing I read in the Times of IndiaComing back to the bookits left leaning but is awesomeThe main targets are politiciansbureaucracy and education system and are relevant even todayIts a book for all readersSinceI don t think I have it in me to criticise RKLaxmanI am giving it five stars


10 thoughts on “The Very Best of the Common Man

  1. says:

    I never had the privilege of reading the daily political cartoons of the excellent R K Laxman when I was a kid simply because my family never subscribed to Times of India newspaper which published Laxman's cartoons and that delayed

  2. says:

    Offhand I can think of few brothers as extraordinarily successful in their fields and certainly as widely admired as RK Narayan and his younger sibling RK LaxmanPerhaps the Attenboroughs come close David and Richard Or in earlier times Lawrence and Gerald DurrellRK Narayan the beloved author had many of his works illustrated by his cartoonist brother RK Laxman to great effect witness the Indian Thought edition of RKN's memoir My

  3. says:

    PoliticsSaid to be the second oldest profession in the world bearing a close resemblance to the first politics has always been subjected to searing scrutiny and bitter ridicule Especially in a highly populated country like India politicians have been offering a lot of free ‘entertainment’ to the public next only to cinema and cricket Stupid statements senseless actions scams and scandals – you ask for it and the

  4. says:

    I picked up this book in Delhi airport to kill time and completed it in one hour This is a selection of great works of noted political cartoonistspolitoonists Late RKLaxmanI must confess I am a fan of his work and his cartoons were the first thing I read in the Times of IndiaComing back to the bookits left leaning but is awesomeThe main targets are politiciansbureaucracy and education system and are relevant even todayIts a book

  5. says:

    this was my first read of a cartoonist's book it was a wonderful experience the cartoons were so specific and natural that it strikes a chord with the reader the cartoons were based on the common problems we face living in a develo

  6. says:

    The best cartoonist of our country best of his work and then this comes the very best of the best cartoonist How can one rate it less than the best of the ratingPure humor amazing creativity and wonderful satire Need one have to say

  7. says:

    An interesting book of the best cartoons by RKLaxman for the everyday newspaper They make fun of various things that happens in politics the economy etc and at the same time make you think about what is wrong with them

  8. says:

    its laxman its cartoon it cannot be anything else but pure art n humora collectible

  9. says:

    The evergreen classic Laxman The beauty of his work is that he can bring out the complexities and the satire in our everyday life so vividly by use of a single picture A great artist and a political commentator His work from even 50 years back is still relevant fresh in today's India Loved it

  10. says:

    Dates on which the cartoons were originally Published if provided would have made reading experience much better

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