Life offers you more drama than any fiction can.
Sanjay, barely out of school, was supervising a screen-printing unit his cousin owned. He had had no formal training in any kind of art. However, his keen interest remained in reading, drawing, painting, creating toys and in sociopolitical issues. As luck would have it, he encountered a newspaper owner. Looking at Sanjay’s drawings, the newspaper owner offered Sanjay the role of a cartoonist for the newspaper that was to launch a week later.
A little apprehensive, albeit excited and curious, Sanjay worked for the week to develop a cartoon style for the newspaper. He brushed up his knowledge of politics and society in India at large. On the eighth day, the newspaper came out, the cartoon pinched the people and quickly became a favorite. The cartoon column Tazurba was set, Sanjay’s satire and illustration style started to mature and was delivered to people daily. The central character of the column was Tazurba, an educated bagger, top naked, wearing torn pyjamas, who made sharp comments about contemporary socio-political situations with the passersby. Bursting with sarcasm, humor and ideas, Sanjay soon started his handwritten weekly satirical editorial Gutargun.
Unique to this situation, the inherent need to quickly gather knowledge daily and to think on his feet made Sanjay a quick thinker, good planner, and a diligent worker. Over time, his cartoons were delivered to people in three daily newspapers. He had a successful three years of political cartoons with the newspapers, yet life was to take another turn.