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1 R.K. Laxman
An Uncommon Man
Times Group Books; New Delhi, India; 2015; 9789384038670; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
RK Laxman was born and educated in Mysore but lived the better part of his life in Mumbai as the cartoonist of The Times of India. For half a century, his ‘Common Man’, that silent but eloquent sum of all that is India, faithfully kept his early morning date with readers. On the rare occasion that Laxman either forgot to include him in the ‘You Said It’ cartoon or allowed him a day’s casual leave, letters would flood the Times office, demanding an explanation for the lapse. The cartoonist soon had to accept, with a dry paternal pride, that ‘this fellow’ had taken on a life of his own, and that his legion protectors had a very decided idea on what he should wear and how he should travel — the aeroplane was frowned on as decadent. The reader-cartoonist bond over these tumultuous decades can be compared to the rock-steady, if demanding, marriage that the ‘Common Man’ has with his talkative wife, who Laxman once complained, thinks nothing of briefing the American President on foreign policy while her husband stands by with the look of one who had to quote PG Wodehouse, “swallowed an east wind”. Although representative of his long career, selecting these cartoons from his vast trove was, to put it mildly, an exercise in separating the wheat from the wheat. RK Laxman left for his heavenly abode on 26 January, 2015, at Pune.Printed Pages: 154. 104990

Price: 8.80 USD
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2 R.K. Laxman
The Distorted Mirror
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2004; 0143031333 / 9780143031338; First Edition; Paperback; New; New; 
R.K. Laxman, cartoonist par excellence, is also one of the country’s most entertaining writers. The Distorted Mirror brings together some of his best short stories, essays and travelogues. The collection begins with ‘An Accident’, a most unusual mystery story where the murder weapon is a newspaper. In other stories, we are introduced to Gopal, a schoolboy in an ordinary small town that is transformed one day when the Viceroy visits; Shantha, a little girl who makes an interesting discovery in the midst of a wedding; and Bhasker, a writer who is suddenly confronted by his past. Each story is marked by Laxman’s ability to delineate a character or a moment with a few deft strokes and imbued with his trademark wit. No less fascinating are the travelogues about the United States, Australia, the Andamans, Darjeeling, Mauritius and Kathmandu which are brought to life by Laxman’s vivid descriptions and his inimitable way of looking at the world around him. The collection is rounded off with a few rare and delightful anecdotes about Laxman’s cartooning career, a subject on which he is usually reticent. Accompanied by Laxman’s illustrations, the pieces in The Distorted Mirror will amuse and entertain every fan of R.K. Laxman’s. Printed Pages: 176. 002768

Price: 4.95 USD
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3 R.K. Laxman
The Messenger
Penguin Books; Harmondsworth, Middlesex, UK; 1993; 0140236732 / 9780140236736; First Edition; Paperback; Fair; 
Printed Pages: 168. Minor shelf wear. Slight yellowing of pages. 012469

Price: 3.50 USD
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