Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman influenced generations of Indian cartoonists. His mascot, The Common Man, came to represent the Aam Aadmi of India, and his daily cartoon strip, You Said It, was breakfast reading for millions of Indians every day.
Born October 24, 1921 in Mysuru (then Mysore), Laxman began his career by illustrating the works of his famous elder brother, R K Narayan, in The Hindu. He joined The Free Press Journal, the finishing school for a generation of journalists, where he cut his teeth as a political cartoonist. His colleague at FPJ was another cartoonist, Bal Thackeray, who went on to build a political career. Laxman then began a long career with The Times of India, where his character The Common Man, joined millions of readers in reflecting on the problems of the day in a style so inimitable that it became legendary and addictive.
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