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Brushing Up the Years: A Cartoonist's History of India 1947-2004

Authors (s): R.K. Laxman (Author)
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780670057993
Pages: x+294p., Figures; 19cm.
Pub. date: 01.01.2005, 1st ed.
Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd.
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB27880
List price: US $ 54,00
Bagchee price: US $ 48,60
You save: (10.00%)
Member price: US $ 43,74 info

Overview for Brushing Up the Years: A Cartoonist's History of India 1947-2004

From 1947, throughout the entire history of independent India, R.K. Laxman's cartoons have appeared regularly in The Times of India, commenting on every possible aspect of India’s social and political life. Some years ago, Time magazine called R.K. Laxman 'the country's sharpest cartoonist and political satirist'. For many Indians, however, Laxman is much more. His daily cartoons, with their whimsical, idiosyncratic and downright hilarious depictions of Indian-ness, have become something of a national habit - a way for millions of readers to tackle the perplexing and often frustrating headlines in the morning newspaper. Laxman's Common Man cartoons (where the Common Man, like the quintessential Indian, observes everything that goes on around him - from political wranglings to household squabbles - but never utters a word) are sharp and pointed observations on the rampant corruption, social injustice, financial fiascos and political byplays that have plagued the nation since its inception. His political cartoons, on the other hand, are marvellous caricatures of the personalities and policies of our larger-than-life leaders. Laxman's cartoons represent a uniquely Indian take on life, informed, humorous, philosophical and, above all, mischievous. These, perhaps, are the qualities that have made him India's best-loved cartoonist. Brushing Up the Years: A Cartoonist's History of India 1947 - 2004 is a selection of the very best of Laxman's cartoons, drawn over a career spanning six decades. From India's first general elections to Nehru's Five-Year Plans, from the wars with China and Pakistan to the reign of Indira Gandhi and the Emergency, from Rajiv Gandhi's government, the rise of regional politics and the fall of the Babri Masjid to economic liberalization, the rule of the BJP and the Congress's return to power, these cartoons trace a history of modern India, a history that is perceptive, provocative and humorous. Brushing Up the Years is a unique book that reveals what modern India is all about. It is a collector's item that every Indian will want to possess.
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  • Great Collection of Cartoons

    (More than year ago) By, G S Krishnan

    The collection of cartoons, each specifically handpicked by Laxman himself is too good. It contains some of the rare political cartoons that Laxman has ceased to draw these days. Being a fan of his - i love to posses a copy of it. I was looking for such a book for long. Thanks Dear Laxman for all those nice collections!!!