August 27, 1986 |
Every day for the last several years, cartoonist Enver Ahmed has received at least 20 telephone calls intended for the Punjab National Bank, which has a number that is not even remotely similar to his. People in New Delhi are accustomed to this sort of thing, but the experience has made Ahmed one of the Indian telephone system's bitterest critics.
August 17, 2008 |
His career has outlasted more than a dozen governments. The Mr. Magoo-like face of his most beloved character has been immortalized on a postage stamp and adopted as the official symbol of one of India's low-cost airlines. Many of his fans have started their day with him for longer than they have with their husbands or wives. R.K. Laxman is India's premier newspaper cartoonist, a celebrated satirist and keen political and social observer who has been drawing his trademark panels for the Times of India for 60 years, many of them featuring the permanently bemused Common Man, his most famous creation and a national icon.