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The August 17 issue of the Los Angeles Times has a wonderfully written piece by Henry Chu on R K Laxman, India’s celebrated cartoonist. The introduction (what in journalese is called an “intro”) is a model for communication students.

R K Laxman at his desk in Pune. Photo by Vilas Avachat for the Times.

R K Laxman at his desk in Pune. Photo by Vilas Avachat for the Times.

His career has outlasted more than a dozen governments. The Mr. Magoo-like face of his most beloved character has been immortalized on a postage stamp and adopted as the official symbol of one of India’s low-cost airlines. Many of his fans have started their day with him for longer than they have with their husbands or wives.

R.K. Laxman is India’s premier newspaper cartoonist, a celebrated satirist and keen political and social observer who has been drawing his trademark panels for the Times of India for 60 years, many of them featuring the permanently bemused Common Man, his most famous creation and a national icon.

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