On 24th of October, Google did a doodle as a tribute to the legendary Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman, on what would have been his 94th birthday. He began his famous daily comic strip “You Said It” in The Times of India in 1951.
“Laxman was best known for his Common Man character, who he drew into his cartoons as a witness to the kinds of hypocrisies and societal inequalities Laxman wanted to silently expose,” Google said in a statement.
This article includes some of his funniest and wittiest works.
Through this cartoon, R.K. Laxman depicts the position of a common man before and after the elections. What’s interesting is that the cartoon was published in the 70s but the situation portrayed persists even today.
- HIT AND RUN
This one was published immediately after the infamous Salman Khan’s hit and run incident.
- PETROL PRICES
This one was an animated lament about the rising fuel prices.
- MAN VS MOON
TOI published this after U.S. astronauts landed on the moon in 1969. He portrayed the Common Man being presented to NASA as the perfect candidate for life on moon.
- WEATHER FORECAST
Laxman comments on the frequently inaccurate predictions of the IMD.
- HORN OK PLEASE
This one shows the rise in the number of cars on the road and the worsening traffic conditions.
- WATER-WATER EVERYWHERE, NOT A DROP TO DRINK
Well, the photo speaks for itself.
- DISASTER MANAGEMENT
An acerbic portrayal of NRIs.
- MOTHER NATURE
R.K. Laxman’s way of commenting on the worsening environmental conditions and the stance of the government.
It is rightly said, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and the works of R.K. are the perfect archetype.