An engineer by qualification but a cartoonist by birth.
I used to make cartoons and took them to publications like Manorama and Manorajayam (now defunct) weeklies in my home town Kottayam, Kerala during my vacation after 10th standard.
It was in 1973 Manorajayam published a few cartoons and it was all silent strip cartoons. No remuneration was forthcoming and demanded. It was their kindness ( Mr Edamaruku and Mr K S Rajan) that it were atleast published.
In 1976 January my first cartoon in Manorama weekly appeared and I was paid a Rs 10/- and that ten rupees is my first ever earning from the cartoon profession. And, you know, I became a cartoonist among my friends and locality.