Filled with all R. K. Laxman's usual vividness and wit in capturing mood and moment, this is the fifth volume of his cartoon series. It is a rich source of delight, featuring, as always, the innocuous Common Man in his role of silent observer. Readers often wonder how he came into existence. Mr. Laxman explains, "It is a big problem for the cartoonist to portray the masses every time the occasion demands. From drawing hundreds of figures I was reduced to a small gathering, which further dwindled to a small group and finally my Common Man walked into my cartoons and he has stayed on ever since."