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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Telling it like it is... with cartoons

With a few deft strokes of his (computer) brush and pen, DNA cartoonist Manjul (he uses only one name) has captured the spirit and the angst of the current "people's movement" in a series of cartoons published in the paper this week:





In an interview published in DNA last year, when he had come to Bangalore to receive the Maya Kamath Memorial Award, Manjul had revealed that he began his first experiments with political sketches when he was only 16. His early cartoons were published by a local newspaper in his home state, Uttar Pradesh. Looking back, Manjul says that he found cartoons an appropriate medium for the expression of his own unique political commentary.

Manjul also talks about how he gets the ideas for his cartoons:

“The day begins with poring over newspapers. Through the day, there is much twisting and turning of matters in the head, as one settles on what the subject of one’s cartoon will be. Once I’ve settled on how to present it, though, the drawing is easy,” says Manjul, recalling the words of Abu Abraham: “A cartoonist is a liar who always speaks the truth.”

To read the full interview, go to "Manjul says it all between crooked lines".