Thursday, June 30, 2011

India will soon beat China in growth!



















India will beat China in growth rate soon, says Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor in the finance ministry!
Sify cartoon

PM says he's not a lame duck!


















Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declares that he's not a lame duck. And also hints that he's ready to pave the way for Rahul Gandhi!
Midday cartoon

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

JDey case solved, motive unknown!

















There were too many unanswered questions after Mumbai Police declared that JDey case has been cracked. The hired killers have been caught and paraded, but the motive still remains a mystery! Will we ever get to know it?
Midday cartoon

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Maya's delhi dream almost fulfilled!

















Looks like Uttar Pradesh has displaced Delhi as India's rape capital!
Midday cartoon

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dhoni vs Harper!



















Why is Dhoni angry with umpire Daryl Harper?
Sify cartoon

How much does Daryl Harper get paid?



















BCCI says DRS is financially not viable as it costs $60,000 per day!
Cricinfo cartoon

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Spy hard!






















Kopykatman, Sunday Midday comics

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Is Lalit Modi back?



















BCCI stops Indian cricketers from participating in Sri Lankan Premier League. The rumour is that Lalit Modi is back in cricket through Sri Lankan League.
Sify cartoon

Political suicide!

















With UP elections approaching, Mayawati seems to be insisting on committing political suicide!
Midday cartoon

Friday, June 24, 2011

Why Dhoni doesn't like DRS?



















BCCI is strongly opposed to the use of DRS in Test matches, citing different reasons.
Here's one more reason to oppose DRS. Cricinfo cartoon

Life after 32 years...























Cartoons done for Midday 32nd anniversary issue. The theme was fast forward, life after 32 years.
The sections were FOOD, EDUCATION, SPORTS, TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT.

Toothless!

















The govt seems to be adamant about making the Jan Lokpal Bill toothless, by removing all the stringent clauses.
Midday cartoon

Why Pranabda can never be bugged...



















Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's office has been bugged according to media reports, which the govt flatly denies. I also believe Pranabda can never be bugged. Why?
Here's the reason in this Sify cartoon

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What happens when Sreesanth wears the jewellery he endorses...



















What happens when a cricketer wears the jewllery he endorses?
Find out in this cricinfo series

Finally Congressmen(and the WOMAN) accept the Lokpal bill...

















Anna Hazare finally cracks Lokpal puzzle and discovers an idea to make the bill acceptable to the Congressmen(and the WOMAN).
Midday cartoon

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Serious security breach at Pranabda's office?

















Both No.1 and No.2 personalities in the UPA govt aren't seem to be safe. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee complained to PM Singh that his office has been bugged, asking for a secret enquiry.
Midday cartoon

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Are women safe in Uttar Pradesh?

















What is really happening in Uttar Pradesh? Why there's a sudden spurt in rape cases in UP, as the state approaches the election? It's a mystery.
Suddenly there's a debate over the safety of dalit women in UP, which is ironically ruled by a dalit woman!
Midday cartoon

Monday, June 20, 2011

PCB will soon beat BCCI!



















PCB wants to be richer than BCCI!
Cricinfo cartoon

Smart killers!

















While Mumbai Police are struggling to solve JDey murder case, Maharashtra Home minister RR Patil makes their job more difficult, with his statement that, these days criminals are getting smarter and leave no clue behind!
Midday cartoon

Sunday, June 19, 2011

READY, steady GO!






















Kopykatman, Sunday Midday comics

Saturday, June 18, 2011

China's swallow India mission...

















Here's a bizarre look at how far China can go in their mission to swallow India.
Midday cartoon

Friday, June 17, 2011

Team India vs UDRS!



















India's strong resistance to UDRS has baffled the world of cricket. India objected to the use of UDRS during the upcoming England visit, which prompted England spinner Graeme Swann to make some funny comments Team India's attitude towards technology.

Here's my cartoon-take on the issue
Cricinfo cartoon

Whose bill is it anyway?

















Jan Lokpal Bill hits a major roadblock again with the representatives from the civil society and from the govt having serious differences. Govt suggests drafting two versions of the bill and sending to the cabinet for approval!
Midday cartoon

Thursday, June 16, 2011

China to gulp down Brahmaputra!

















The reports suggest that China is building a dam to divert Brahmaputra river, which will eventually mean less water to India. But the govt of India isn't alarmed yet!
Midday cartoon

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Why is Bhajji angry with Andy Roberts?



















Fast bowling legend Andy Roberts is angry with the fast bowlers of this generation for not bowling fast enough. He thinks Munaf Patel, who broke into the cricketing scene with a tag of 'India's fastest bowler', now spins the ball!
Then why is Harbhajan Singh angry with Andy Roberts' comment? Find out in this Cricinfo cartoon

Urgency to give clean chit to Police in JDey murder case...

















So many days after journalist Jdey's murder, Mumbai Police is still groping in the dark to solve the case. More appalling than the slow progress of the investigation, is the urgency to brush aside police-underworld link and to give clean chit to the Police officer who allegedly threatened Midday's journalists.
Midday cartoon

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Govt says Jan Lokpal Bill will subvert democracy.

















After dealing with Baba Ramdev's fast, UPA govt is going for a full-fledged war against Anna Hazare-led Jan Lokpal committee, maligning them, linking them with RSS and attacking them by calling the Jan Lokpal Bill an undemocratic process. Will the govt succeed in shutting the JLB out?
Midday cartoon

Monday, June 13, 2011

Suresh Raina to lead the third string team.



















Suresh Raina wants to test the bench strength, now that the ODI series has been won.
Cricinfo cartoon

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Baba Ramdev and black mani!






















Kopykatman solves Baba Ramdev's black mani problem.
Kopykatman, Sunday Midday comics

RIP Mumbai Police!






















For me Jdey’s name was always associated with his columns in Indian Express about Mumbai’s underworld gangs. When he joined Midday few years back, he sat next to me (as I always sat with the newsdesk)  At the desk he looked as if he’s trying to hide his height and stature. Unassuming, reserved and totally focused on the monitor. When I introduced myself to him I told him you’re a celebrity journalist. He laughed and said he’s as good as his last story. Gradually we became good friends having dinner at the office canteen regularly. I never dared to disturb him at work, such was his focus on his monitor.
His mysterious manner of talking on the phone fascinated me. He would call people bhai, boss, chief etc. One of my crime reporter friends joked that now that I’m his neighbor, even my phone would be tapped. Later Jdey told me that he’s under observation from both cops and criminals with his phone being tapped. So, he tries to mislead them by talking to people in different names, sometimes calling even female friends as bhai! He was a mystery, which suited his investigative reporting.
At Midday, graphics people work with crime reporters,  the most, doing a story board, managing a visual/graphic and sketching criminals. So, I had a great opportunity to work with Jdey and know him as much as he wanted me to know. If I ever had any silly doubt  while working like, about the number of stars on policeman’s uniform I would either trouble Jdey or Vinod Kumar Menon.
When he was working on his first book, he wanted me to do illustrations for the book. So, he took me with him to meet the publisher. Though, illustrations never went in the book because of cost constraints,  on the way back he took me to meet the family of one of the oldest underworld kings of Mumbai at Byculla. The family treated him as if he’s a part of their family, sharing their grievances. He told me how politicians create underworld dons according to their convenience and crush them in cold-blooded encounters. He was angry and vivid. Those stories seemed straight out of Ram Gopal Varma’s movies.
Jdey was more like a cop, more like a spy who could go any length to get that little extra detail for a story. He had tones of info and photos about the darker side of Mumbai. He had a huge network of khabris, whom he’d feed regularly. He’d talk about his khabris proudly. He’d passionately share his experience of dealing with  the underworld and police, with us along with his home-made dabba. Though some stories he narrated would seem unbelievable to us, there was no denying about his hardcore crime journalism experience.
I thought he always lived his life dangerously, never caring about the consequences. He knew he was under constant observation. He wanted to hide from the public gaze. When I asked him why his picture in the paper has a cap covering his face, he said he wants to remain a stranger, which would help his profession. He said he wants to roam freely in the gullies of Bhendi Bazar or Behrampada without being recognized. He made many people angry. I remember I had done a funny illustration about Dawood Ibrahim’s sister in Mumbai for Jdey’s story. Next day Jdey told me people in Dongri are angry both with the illustration and the story. I then realized the danger involved in crime-reporting, who’d go deep into the comfort zone of hardcore criminals. But after a couple of days he’d still roam those bylanes meeting khabris and looking for stories.
It’s so ironic that his massive informer network couldn’t tip him about the danger to his life yesterday.
Jdey will live in the lives of all those crime journalists who work passionately without fear. This will alarm them but I’m sure it won’t deter them.

RIP Dey!
Goodbye Chief!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

US betrays India to bury 26/11 trial!

















America's hypocrisy was evident again when India was betrayed again in the 26/11 Chicago trial. While Rana was let off by the court, Headley struck a deal with US not to be extradited to India.
Midday cartoon

Friday, June 10, 2011

First step towards bringing back Sri Lanka's golden era!



















Is Sri Lankan cricket board going PCB way?
The turn of events related to Jayasuriya's return is real bizarre. First Sanath showed his intention to play ODIs again, then he made into the Lankan ODI side slated to play England. And now Sanath says he just wants to play the first ODI and then retire! What is happening???
Cricinfo cartoon

RIP Husainsaab!

















The barefoot Picasso, MF Husain's demise brought up the unnecessary debate over his nude paintings again.
You may love him or you may hate him, but you cannot deny him the credit for giving Indian art a great respect and value, abroad.
RIP Husainsaab!

Midday cartoon

Thursday, June 9, 2011

What happens when a cricketer drinks too much of the cola he endorses?



















What happens when a cricketer drinks too much of the cola he endorses?
Find out here

Sushma ke tumke...

















Sushma ke tumke at Rajghat and govt's lathi charge on the sleeping crowd must have forced Bapu think about migrating back to South Africa!
Midday cartoon

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fast not allowed!

















Anna Hazare was denied permission by the Delhi Police to hold one-day fast in support of Baba Ramdev.
Midday cartoon

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Behind every woman's dress...

















Congress ridicules Baba Ramdev for hiding in women's dress to escape from the police, while Ramdev says he's not ashamed for his action.
Midday cartoon

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bhajji is Team India's mantri...



















Harbhajan Singh says he's a mantri in the Indian team.
Sify cartoon

Lathi Yoga!

















The govt resorts to lathi-yoga to brutally crush yoga-guru Baba Ramdev's fast.
Midday cartoon

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sher in the city!


















Sher enters Hema Malini's den!
Kopykatman, Sunday Midday comics

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Double trouble for MMS!

















Before PM Manmohan Singh could succeed in pacifying Anna Hazare, another crusader Baba Ramdev threatens to go on an indefinite fast, to bring in policy changes to ward off corruption.
How will MMS deal with this double-trouble?
Midday cartoon

Friday, June 3, 2011

Maran in 2G tangle!

















Dayanidhi Maran is a new angle in the 2G tangle!
Midday cartoon

Thursday, June 2, 2011

UPAasana!

















UPA extended VIP red carpet welcome to Baba Ramdev!
Midday cartoon

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dysfunctional PM!

















The Govt doesn't want to make the post of PM, dysfunctional!
Midday cartoon
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