I first met Cartoonist Bala this evening at the waiting lounge of ‘Pudhiya Thalaimurai’ TV station. Both of us were panelists for a debate show on Net Censorship. We landed early for the shoot and thus had time to catch up.
I occasionally flip through Kumudam magazines which my Mom gets and always liked the cartoons.
While we were chatting, I whipped out my business card and asked Bala to draw something…anything. He thought for a while, saw my mustache and said he’d draw me. He whipped out the drawing you are seeing in a couple of minutes.
He is such a soft spoken guy but looks can be deceptive. Not only is he talented in drawing, he also has a knack for vociferously debating and driving home his point of view. I saw that at the panel discussion.