Daily Archives: September 11, 2014

The 5 Greatest Cartoonists of India – Mario, Laxman, Ninan, Tailang, and Abu.

While we may look down upon lists as an odd way to acknowledge greatness, we all have our favorites in everything – this is why we talk about being someone’s number 1 fan (refer: Kapil’s Shows where everyone wants to … Continue reading

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The 5 Greatest Cartoonists of India (Part 5): Abu Abraham

Abu Abraham (11/6/1924 – 1/12/2002) I’ll be truthful and tell you that for a long time, I hadn’t heard of him, but then if an Indian cartoonist stays abroad half his professional life and his Indian stint expires before you are … Continue reading

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The 5 Greatest Cartoonists of India (Part 4): Sudhir Tailang

Sudhir Tailang: Sudhir Tailang, a Padma Shri awardee (he got it in 2004,) is what I would call a visual thinker. Tailang currently works with Asian Age, but similar to Mario Miranda, he started his career with The Illustrated Weekly of … Continue reading

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The 5 Greatest Cartoonists of India (Part 3): Ajit Ninan

Ajit Ninan: Ajit Ninan works with the TOI. When I open the TOI in the morning, one of the things that I actively seek out, are his cartoons. His line-work and his understanding of perspectives is excellent. Ninan hails from … Continue reading

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The 5 Greatest Cartoonists of India (Part 2): R. K. Laxman

R.K. Laxman Anyone who has grown up in a household that subscribes to The Times of India, cannot forget R. K. Laxman, the man behind the common man (on whom the “Laxman ki Duniya” comedy show was based.) Laxman started … Continue reading

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The 5 Greatest Cartoonists of India (Part 1): Mario Miranda.

Mario Miranda (2/5/1926 – 11/12/2011) I remember Mario’s works from The Illustrated Weekly of India, a magazine that I am afraid no longer exists. Until the 1750s Mario’s ancestors were Hindu Brahmins, but then they converted to Christianity, and Mario … Continue reading

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