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Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman (Oct 24, 1921 – Jan 26, 2015) better known as RK Laxman, was a cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He was best known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon strip You Said It in The Times of India, which started in 1951. His first full-time job was as a political cartoonist for the The Free Press Journal in Mumbai. Later, he joined The Times of India.
His father was a headmaster and Laxman was the youngest of six sons (his older brother was the famous novelist RK Narayan). He illustrated RK Narayan’s stories in The Hindu. Laxman also created a popular mascot called Gattu for the Asian Paints group in 1954. He also wrote a few novels, the first one of which was titled The Hotel Riviera.