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‘Common Man' would have had much to say: Laxman

Staff Correspondent



THE LEGEND: R.K. Laxman and his wife Kamala Laxman at a press conference in Pune on Monday.

Pune: R. K. Laxman, India's favourite cartoonist who with his powerful strokes pointed out the many Indian idiosyncrasies, feels that the ‘Common Man' would have had a lot to say in today's scam-ridden India.

“He would have loved to sketch and tell so many stories, he would have had so many characters to paint now,” Ms Kamala Laxman said, communicating the cartoonists' thoughts in a media interaction.

“During the Commonwealth Games (CWG), everyone was writing about it. Only he was nowhere in the picture unfortunately,” Ms Laxman stated, only with a hint of sadness. “He is fed up of all the news of scams and corruption. We are waiting for better news,” she told the reporters.

Mr and Ms Laxman were talking to media persons for the first time publicly after Mr Laxman suffered a stroke in June,2010. “Since then, life has only been about therapies,” Ms Laxman said. Mr Laxman is slowly regaining his hand movements, and sketches a bit now and then, she informed. Mr Laxman is undergoing physiotherapy and speech therapy at his residence in Pune.

“Though he still cannot talk a lot, he manages to communicate with me and the family members. He tells me everything. We have a special way of conversation,” Ms Laxman said. Mr Laxman's day is now divided into therapies, reading papers, drawing and going for drives with Ms Laxman, who is always by his side.

Mr Laxman also unveiled a CD of his interview taken by the Saraswati Library in 1996, encapsulating his body of work, entitled "the Uncommon Common Man.". “He liked the CD a lot, and hopes that he can talk like he used to very soon.”

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