Veteran cartoonist R K Laxman celebrated his 92nd birthday in the city yesterday. Among the well-wishers who queued outside his residence to wish the ‘Common Man’ were those from the fields of politics and education, among others.
While Laxman’s birthday celebration was a low-key affair, it became a memorable one as his well-wishers shared their experiences with the Padma Vibhushan awardee.
Commenting on their bond, Laxman’s wife Kamala said, “Our relationship has changed with time. Ever since he entered his nineties, I have to look after him like a small baby. It’s normal for us when he calls me amma (chuckles).
I have enjoyed my journey with him a lot and hope to continue it till the time we can.” Laxman’s friend and former state information commissioner Vijay Kuvalekar was all praises for the artist.
Reminiscing the old days when the two travelled extensively throughout the country, Kuvalekar said, “As far as my memory goes, Laxman has always been a simple man who likes to spend time with commoners. He values them and treats them as equal.
I remember an incident from the past wherein the organisers of his event had checked him into a five-star hotel, while his driver was stationed elsewhere. When he couldn’t find his driver, he asked about his whereabouts.
When they told him that the driver’s arrangements had been done somewhere else, he promptly asked the organisers to have the driver stay with him. He even offered to pay for the driver’s stay.”