After high school Maharaja's Govt. High School, Mysore, Laxman applied to the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art 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 enrolment 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's earliest work was for newspapers Rohan and magazines including Swarajya and Blitz. While still at the Maharaja 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 which was founded in 1942 by Dr M. Shivaram who had a clinic in the Majestic area of Bangalore. He started this monthly magazine, dedicating it to humorous and satirical articles and cartoons. Shivaram himself was an eminent humourist in Kannada. He encouraged Laxman.
Laxman held a summer job at the Gemini Studios, Madras. His first full-time job was as a political cartoonist for The Free Press Journal in Mumbai, where Bal Thackeray was his cartoonist colleague. In 1951, Laxman joined The Times of India, Mumbai, beginning a career that spanned over fifty years. His \"Common Man\" character, featured in his pocket cartoons, is portrayed as a witness to the making of democracy. Anthropologist Ritu G. Khanduri notes, \"R. K. Laxman structures his cartoon-news through a plot about corruption and a set of characters. This news is visualized and circulates through the recurring figures of the mantri (minister), the Common Man and the trope of modernity symbolized by the airplane (2012: 304).\"
Laxman also created a popular mascot for the Asian Paints Ltd group called \"Gattu\" in 1954. He also wrote a few novels, the first one of which was titled The Hotel Riviera. His cartoons have appeared in Hindi films such as Mr. & Mrs. '55 and a Tamil film Kamaraj. His creations also include the sketches drawn for the television adaptation of Malgudi Days which was written by his elder brother R. K. Narayan, directed by Shankar Nag, and a Konkan coast based Hindi sitcom, Wagle Ki Duniya. Laxman also drew caricatures of David Low, T.S. Eliot, Bertrand Russell, J.B. Priestly and Graham Greene.
Religious conversions by Dalits in colonial India have largely been examined as mass movements to Christianity, with an implicit focus on men. However, why did Dalit women convert Were they just guided by their men, family, and community This paper explores the interrelationship between caste and gender in Dalit conversions afresh through the use of popular print culture, vernacular missionary literature, writings of Hindu publicists and caste ideologues, cartoons, and police reports from colonial north India. It particularly looks at the two sites of clothing and romance to mark representations of mass and individual conversions to Christianity and Islam. Through them, it reads conversions by Dalit women as acts that embodied a language of intimate rights, and were accounts of resistant materialities. These simultaneously produced deep anxieties and everyday violence among ideologues of the Arya Samaj and other such groups, where there was both an erasure and a representational heightening of Dalit female desire. However, they also provide one with avenues to recover in part Dalit women's aspirations in this period.
The visual images in Laxman's cartoons have a story to tell; the graphic details contain hordes of meaning to be conveyed to the people. These constitute the underlying narrative in an image created by visual signs and symbols. Laxman's visual narratives dare not cross the threshold set for graphic portrayal. They don't seem to theorise or predict a wayout of the impass. They just leave the reality unmasked before the people without instructing them to choose any path for the resolution of the problems.
Likewise, in Laxman's cartoons the over- arching story which governs the image is embellished with the moulding of expressions visible on the face of the Common Man. The expressions like silent bewilderment, passive resignation, mute acceptance of life's predicament, ironic irreverence to the humdrum of life and others, sometimes arouse humour to provide a moment of reconciliation while at the other occasions they articulate the Common man's subconscious revolt against the system. Laxman often uses commonly comprehended metaphors and symbols to relate a story against the contemporary political setting. Laxman's famous 'rushing to the well' cartoon is remarkable for the use of commonly and instantly understood signs. Rushing to the well of the House to protest is of course a quintessentially Indian parliamentary phenomenon. The image drawn with simple brushstrokes in the shown figure very aptly presents the common 'rush to well' sign. The text line, 'He came and immediately rushed to the well of that house! Must be an Opposition MP!... accomplishes the language (Very Best 32).
This book is a collection of essays which are written and compiled by RK Narayan. He picked up the essays on different topics like caste system, love, bridegrooms, mathematics, coffee and many more. The best part of the book is that all these essays are written in the time span of thirty years.
Amazing collection of all the Rk narayan books list in one article. Recently i saw his malgudi days tv serial and its mesmerizing . Rk narayan is truly a legend. Rk narayan books list is a must read for all the people who get to know the feeling of ancient india. 1e1e36bf2d