R K Laxman's family recalls bond with cartoonist ThackerayNovember 17, 2012 20:17
PTI reports: Even though they worked together at the Free Press Journal newspaper way back in 1947 as political cartoonists, the bond between Bal Thackeray and R K Laxman remained intact thorough decades.
The last gesture the Shiv Sena supremo made to his cartoonist friend was sending a bouquet to Laxman at his Pune home when the latter turned 91 on October 24, Usha, Laxman's daughter-in-law, told PTI.
"Their emotional attachment had become more intense in the last few years after RK suffered a stroke. Balasaheb visited him at Breach Candy hospital to boost his spirit, saying the mind should triumph over body," she recalled.
In a rare visit outside Mumbai earlier this year, Thackeray visited the ailing Laxman at his Pune home and spent almost an hour with him. He even recommended a homoeopath to treat his (Laxman's) ailment and presented a silver image of Saibaba", Usha said, adding the family deeply grieved the demise of someone who was close to them.