The genius cartoonist of India’s living and political history, who brought millions of readers the gift of a chuckle every day.
Take a look at some of his best work with quotes from the ‘common man’ himself.
1. “Each morning I grumble, I plan to resign as I drag myself to office. By the time, I come home I like my work!”
2. “Every one of my drawings is my favourite.”
3. “Change? Does the colour of the sky change ever? My symbol will never change.”
4. “Frankly, our politics is so sad that if I had not been a cartoonist, I would have committed suicide.”
5. “Every single tree spelt adventure. I would scramble right to their top and watch the world from the heights.”
6. “I am grateful to our politicians. They have not taken care of the country, but me.”
7. “I do not remember wanting to do anything else except draw.”
8. “I have not forgotten that you can see the world through pieces of coloured glass.”
9. “I think anarchy would have suited us better.”
10. “It is impossible to say how to become a cartoonist; you have to be born with the gift, just as you cannot tell someone how to sing.”
11. “I think everybody enjoys it when our mighty politicians are exposed in a comical and often ludicrous light.”
12. “A cartoonist enjoys not a great man, but a ridiculous man.”
13. “Cartooning is the art of insult and ridicule.”
14. “Each morning I grumble, I plan to resign as i frag myself to office. By the time I come home, I like my work.”
15. “Generally, people take everything for granted. They hardly see anything around them.”
16. “My common man is omnipresent. He’s been silent all these 50 years. He simply listens.”
17. “Nothing like India for cartooning and drawing!”
18. “To a child, the reality seems much more fabulous than fantasy.”
19. “Britishers who came to India missed Indian humour since they couldn’t understand our sense of domestic humour. They thought Indians have no sense of humour!”
20. “Crows are so good looking, so intelligent. Where will I find characters like that in politics?”
21. “This un-common man will always be remembered.”
So long, Mr. Laxman. Farewell.