Overview for A Vote For Laughter
After the phenomenal success of A Dose of Laughter, a collection of R.K. Laxmanâ€™s cartoons and jokes about the medical profession, comes the second book in the series, which takes a humorous look at the colourful personalities, peculiar codes of conduct and bombastic rhetoric that characterize the inimitable world of politics. A Vote for Laughter contains a hundred of R.K. Laxmanâ€™s classic Common Man cartoons that have to do with â€˜politicalâ€™ subjectsâ€”from party meetings, election campaigns and VVIP movements to cabinet reshuffles, horse trading and foreign tours, not to forget the activity that for Laxman defines the Indian politician: the impulse to rush to the well of the House. These are accompanied by a hundred of the funniest jokes about politics and politicians, collected from all over the world. A Vote for Laughter is an exhilarating collection that will entertain everyone who enjoys seeing the farcical streak in our contemporary politics, even as we take pride in being the worldâ€™s largest democracy.
R.K. Laxman (Author)
Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman was born and educated in Mysore. Soon after he graduated from the University of Mysore, he began cartooning for the Free Press Journal, a newspaper in Bombay. Six months later he joined the Times of India as staff cartoonist, a newspaper he has been with for over fifty years. He has written and published numerous short stories, essays and travel articles, some of which are collected here. He has also written three works of fiction, The Hotel Riviera, The Messenger and Servants of India, all published by Penguin Books. Penguin has also published several collections of Laxmanâ€™s cartoons in the series The Best of Laxman and Laugh with Laxman. The Tunnel of Time, Laxmanâ€™s autobiography, is available from Penguin as well. R.K. Laxman was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. The University of Marathwada conferred an honorary Doctor of Literature degree on him. He has won many awards for his cartoons, including Asiaâ€™s top journalism award, the Ramon Magsaysay Award, in 1984.