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Book Review: A Dose of Laughter, by RK Laxman

About the author:
Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Iyer Laxman is an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He is best known for his creation “The Common Man”, for his daily cartoon strip, “You Said It” in The Times of India, which started in 1951.

My thoughts on the book:
When a heavy on the mind book comes along, you can’t usually finish that read in one stretch. When you start to feel that heaviness, a break becomes essential. If you’re an avid reader, that break probably might involve reading a fast read, maybe a humorous one. This book falls under that category.

RK Laxman is known for his common man cartoon, the frazzled guy with a little moustache who stays silent even though he sees the atrocity around him. This book however is a mixture of both jokes as well as cartoons, and the common man does make an appearance in some of them. One of the cartoons in this book shows the mom beginning to worry that her baby isn’t being normal after seeing her baby reading a Shakespeare novel. It made me wonder, aren’t there some moms who start to celebrate seeing their kid take up a book so early. I’m thankful that moms these days are mostly sensible and give equal importance to reading and playing as well.

This book really lives up to the title. It gifts the reader with loads of laughs. Some cartoons are particularly memorable. There’s one where the guy has fainted, and the other person explains to the doctor that he fainted whilst bravely telling of changes he’s going to do to his life. That felt so familiar. How often do we think of changing and then fear the change and withdraw?

Other than cartoons, this book has a lot of jokes. It alternates actually. Odd numbered pages are cartoons, and even numbered pages are jokes. Together, they make a good pairing. A refreshing read to get your mind clear.

Rated a 9/10
Rated a 9/10

Book details:
Title: A Dose of Laughter
Author: RK Laxman
ISBN: 9780143028932
Genre: Cartoons & Humor
Publishers: Penguin Books India
Price: INR. 200


The book was borrowed for reading from the local library. This is not a paid review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Shared with Indian Quills at Tales Pensieve.

(April 4th, 2013)


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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