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Last week, I was buying a copy of Walter Crocker's 'Nehru: A Contemporary's Estimate' from a Railway Station Book Stall but then also ended up buying a thing called - 'Phir Aya Naagdant'.

With a cover like that who could resist. (It was the wings!)  As a further inducement, for the back cover, it had this Year 2008 ad for 'Sharan Kaand' from Raj Comic's  Nagayaan Series for Nagraaj and Super Commando Dhruv.
Obviously inspired by the Ramayana. Powerless (but, bullet dodger and intelligent) Dhruv gets to play Laxman but interestingly enough, in this image Nagraaj, with a snake and a trident from future, strikes a Shiva in Ram's Khadau. And the monkey lords look straight out of Planet of Apes.


  1. Dear Vinayak ji
    Good and crispy Post . Behind the comic drawings lies hidden the soul of a generally poor and under paid painter or artist. My son read comics voraciously and while going to Delhi or Mumbai or any other place he would see to it that i bought three four comic books one after the other during our wait for the train to leave . I would carry the stuff with me and would go through the funny stories. Pran by name was the artist who would do pictorial illustrations for CHACHA CHOWDHARY series . Later i checked up to find who PRAN actually was.A wonderful artist who could not come out of the comics world . Pran did some excellent water colour paintings on Kashmir . One being Badam Wari ( Almond Garden near hari Parbat )

  2. Pran and his Chacha Chodhary (and others from the family) spelled simple humor. But them Indians increasingly started talking with a touch of ever increasingly complex wit. He now runs a media institute. I had no idea about his Kashmir painting. Must have been interesting. Thanks for sharing, Autarji!


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