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Have you seen the first page ofThe Hindu?Or are you among those who turn to the Sports page first? On Page one is a tinted column titled Digest that runs down the page. This column gives small, but interesting, items. Then there are heads which tell you what news item you will find in the inside pages and the supplements that are offered with the day's paper. Below that, is the space reserved for the cartoon of the day.

Normally, a cartoon means fun and cartoon characters like Garfield, Mickey Mouse or Supandi in magazines like Tinkle are humorous characters. But a cartoon that appears in a newspaper is distinctly different. Why is this so? These are political cartoons and the message is often sharp and cutting. A cartoon can convey the message more effectively than a thousand word essay. One can, at a glance , get the idea.

The Hindu cartoons are done by Keshav and Surendra. Keshav does the Page one pocket cartoon titled All in the Game. According to him a cartoonist is not merely a humorous person. He or she is also very angry with the state of things - be it political or anything else. Here are samples of their cartoons. Study these and other cartoons that have appeared in the paper and see if you can understand the message conveyed.

Do you think this is as effective a means of communication as say, writing a thousand word essay? Why?

Would you like to try your hand at cartoons - lampooning our political situation and our politicians?

You could form a group and try to make a caricature of something/someone in your school/home or colony. You could get into trouble, so take care.

Compiled by NIMI KURIAN

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All you young readers will be well up on the drama played out by Veerappan. Most papers have carried reports of it. The Hindu too has carried many stories and pictures. Here are some file pictures of the kidnapping of Rajkumar. Study them carefully. Pictures also tell stories and these are descriptive.

All pictures have credits, which tell you who took the photograph. In this case The Hindu photographers have not been able to get into the forest. So who took these pictures? What is the credit?.

Looking at the pictures of Veerappan will you be able to do a caricature/cartoon of the man?

Which of these pictures best tells the drama and fear?

Write captions for these pictures.

Is there a humorous angle to this?

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