Nimble and surefooted, that is Shekar’s mind. His creative zeal does not blind him to his social responsibilities. He can pick humour out of almost nothing and yet skirt controversies. His lines give life to an idea and there is a painstaking attention to detail. Call it his training or an idiosyncrasy, Shekar pays attention to the minutest of details like the footwear of the character. Most essays of Shekar don't need a caption. The caption is often only a corroboration of the statement that the cartoon has made.
Universal in his message Shekar sincerely addresses the issue and uses easily understood symbolism for greater impact. For instance talking about Pakistan elections where Asif Ali Zardari won, Shekar uses a garland on Benazir’s portrait that extends to Zardari, making his point that Zardari won on a vote for Benazir Bhutto. In a powerful statement against gender discrimination a boy child in a womb tells a girl-child in another womb that he would celebrate children’s day after he is born, the girl replies: I am doubtful whether I would be allowed to be born. The reader does not have to read the caption to see the lament of the girl child, she is a starved out puny creature in stark contrast to the bonny boy baby.
In all the essays Shekar makes it clear that his heart beats for the underdogs -- the have nots. There is a smile on the face of the poor in contrast with the worry-creased faces of the haves who even while partying cannot be happy
- G.SRINIVASA SUBRAHMANYAM (Book editor)