Jour­neys in a Jiffy

India Today - - INSIDE - By Kavyanjali Kaushik

SIM­PLY CHEN­NAI gives you a list of short get­aways close to home that never go out of style.

She was just in school when her car­toons started ap­pear­ing in na­tional dailies like The In­dian Ex­press and The States­man. It’s no won­der then that im­me­di­ately af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Lady Shri Ram Col­lege, Delhi Univer­sity in 1994, Tina Ra­jan de­cided to launch her own com­pany, which to­day dab­bles in var­i­ous cre­ative forms, in­clud­ing car­toons, car­i­ca­tures, graphic de­signs and book cov­ers. “The idea of set­ting up my own com­pany came to me when I put up an ex­hi­bi­tion at my col­lege by the name Ti­na­toons,” says Ra­jan. “My work was ap­pre­ci­ated, and I de­cided to con­tinue work­ing un­der that name. It’s been 20 years since”. It’s hard to think of other women car­toon­ists like Ra­jan, who have will­ingly thrown them­selves I have con­sciously tried to neu­tralise the gen­der bias by let­ting my work speak for it­self. into such an in­her­ently male-dom­i­nated pro­fes­sion and not only suc­ceeded in it, but de­manded im­pro­vi­sa­tions. “There is a sex­ist at­ti­tude in this pro­fes­sion, and I have con­sciously tried to neu­tralise the gen­der bias by let­ting my work speak for it­self. Don’t let the thought of you be­ing a woman hold you back from do­ing some­thing you love. As long as you main­tain that neu­tral­ity in your mind, you will find suc­cess,” says Ra­jan. She con­sid­ers her doo­dles in the book How Cheeka Be­came a Star and Other Dog Sto­ries to be her best work. She ad­mits there are very few women who are ready to take a risk and jump into a pro­fes­sion that of­fers al­most no fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity in the be­gin­ning. “It is a lit­tle grad­ual, but my fam­ily al­ways sup­ported me,” she con­cludes.

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