Cartoonist Pankaj Thapa captures the pithiness of the Northeast psyche with his hilarious cartoons. Even as Sikkim endures its worst nightmare, he finds time to etch a laugh line.
It is no secret that Sikkim's connectivity with the rest of India depends heavily on one highway, and that thanks to the efforts of the Border Roads Organisation and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. The region's isolation became embarrassingly obvious when it took relief teams up to 72 hours to penetrate disaster-hit areas. Thapa's tongue-in-cheek reference to National Highway 31 and the price of potatoes drives the point hard.
Bollywood is an enduring theme, even in farflung Sikkim where water woes plague the lives of the locals.
Pankaj Thapa is a cartoonist who often publishes in the Sikkim Express, a local daily. These cartoons are from the section 'Quick Quips' in Sikkim Express. Pankaj also teaches English at the undergraduate level in Gangtok.