Adieu Mario Miranda !

Mario Miranda

Mario Miranda

MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           DECEMBER 13 , 2011           01.10A.M.

This Sunday on December 11 , 2011 , I woke up in the morning and again came face to face with a sad reality . Through twitter I came to know about the sad demise of Mario Miranda .

Since my adolescent years I love cartoons . When I went to Allahabad for higher studies , I came to know about ” Shankar’s Weekly ” , the most renowned magazine of cartoons . There was a library in the compound of Government Inter College , Allahabad . It was just in front of my hostel . I used to spent my evenings there as I had no interest in sports or any other activities . There I used to devour the latest issue of ” Shankar’s Weekly ” . I remember the day when ” Shankar’s Weekly ” was published for the last time . That was one of the saddest day of my life .

Later on when I started subscribing The Times of India , I came to know about legendary R. K. Laxman . I became a huge fan of R. K. Laxman and every morning I used to discuss about his cartoons with my friends . Going through the cartoons of R. K. Laxman first was a ritual , which I followed every morning . Even most important news had to wait .

During my Allahabad University days , I started subscribing ” The Illustrated Weekly of India ” and thus came to know about Mario Miranda . Legendary Khushwant Singh was the editor of ” The Illustrated Weekly of India ” and his sketch , which has now become immortal , was created by Mario Miranda . Khushwant Singh sitting in a bulb along with some photos of ladies and a bottle of liquor and of course with pen and paper is still fresh in my memory and every man and woman of my generation remembers that sketch . Existence of Khushwant Singh is synonymous with this sketch of Mario Miranda.

I am a huge fan of R. K. Laxman and his creation , the Common Man .In fact the Common Man Of Laxman is part of my being . But ” The Illustrated Weekly of India ” was my passion and Khushwant Singh and Mario Miranda represented that . So they became part of my intellectual being .

The Common Man as drawn by Laxman

Common Man of R. K. Laxman

In my humble opinion , R. K. Laxaman is Lata Mangeshkar among cartoonists and Mario is Asha Bhosle . To say that Mario was merely a cartoonist is denigrating his genius . He was a cartoonist , an illustrator , an artiste and a painter with his lines . His mural at Cafe Mondegar at Colaba , Mumbai is the telling testimony of his versatility .

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Mario's Mural at Cafe Mondegar

Padma Shri and then Padma Bhushan Mario Miranda was born in Daman . He later moved to Goa and died there in his ancestral village Loutolim at the age of 85 . He worked for Times of India ‘s various publications and specially for ” The Illustrated Weekly of India ” under Khushwant Singh .

His characters Miss Limboopani , Bundaldas and Napolean are immortal and no fun-loving person of my generation will forget them ever . These characters , along with R. K. Laxman’s Common Man , have become an intrinsic part of my life .

Mario Miranda was an unofficial ambassador of Goa . His works about Karnataka , Paris and Germany are world-famous . ” Goa With Love ” , ” Germany in Wintertime ” , and ” Impressions of Paris ” are there to enthrall his fans and keep his memory alive even though his mortal body has left us .

Farewell Sire ! You will be sorely missed . With your demise a very important part of my life is lost forever .







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