This is my cartoon character, SUKI’s page. She began life in the SUNDAY OBSERVER, in Bombay, in 1982, edited by the late, great Vinod Mehta.
Initially, she appeared in black and white, then later in color as the newspaper upgraded itself. The strip was called DOUBLE TALK. It continued for four years. In 1985 I shifted to New Delhi. The strip gradually faded away in 1986.
At the end of 1992 Vinod Mehta took over The Pioneer as editor and Suki re-appeared in its pages as a black-and-white single-panel daily, called simply SUKI. Six days a week, she appeared at the top of a stack of single-panel strips, right above Charlie Brown. She continued in place for five years, but her star began to fade the moment that Mehta left the newspaper. She finally retired in mid-1997.
The invitation to revive her, nineteen years later, in Chennai’s Business Line was made by warm and wonderful Sandhya Rao, once my editor at Tulika Books. The decision to accept her was made by Mukund Padmanabhan, then editor of Business Line, now of The Hindu. I really never expected to see her in print again, so I was and am amazed, delighted and very deeply grateful to both of them. Suki returned to life in February 2016.
I hope to update these pages once a week. However, this is the third week of May and I’ve only JUST set up this page. So. It may take a short while for Good Intentions to catch up with Harsh Reality.
February 06, 2017, New Delhi
Well, it’s taken a little under a year for me to follow through with my plan to upload all of the new Suki – now called SUKIYAKI – strips to this site. I will add dates to each of the strips. I have presented them in descending order, with the most recent appearing first.
February 07, 2017, New Delhi
I’ve added dates. I may eventually add brief captions identifying the news events that some of them were built around.