His name, he said, was Abhyudaya and he wanted to know how he could get published as a cartoonist. These were his exact words - I am a cartoonist and I doodle mostly on current affairs and sometimes on modern day relationships etc. My toon blog address is http://abhyudayatoons.blogspot.in/.I was wondering whether I could have some tips about getting published in India.
On further investigation I realised his cartoons were lovely. I'd always pictured cartoons exactly like his accompanying my reading of "Bhabuti Naaie, Bhabuti, the Barber". So I emailed him. Several emails later we were on to our joint project. This is the end result. The story is Rajasthani folklore - Babhuti discovers the king has only ONE ear.
That's not all. Here's what he wrote in one of his emails to me after the project was complete. Thank you so much Khoty, that is all the encouragement I needed. So happy and looking forward to the weekend. It's about that one push that makes you go running after your dreams. One approval that lets you shift gears. You'd be proud to know that I just received an email from a new Mumbai based magazine portal, "Mumbaimag" to work as a cartoonist for them. I had applied there only after drawing for you.
Well Abhy, like I said to you, all I did was recognise, appreciate and use your talent for my story. You already had your wonderful art. Still, I can't help feeling happy it all turned out the way it did. And congratulations on your new job.
The link again - BABHUTI NAAIE, BABHUTI, THE BARBER