Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thank god for comic strips!

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Paramahansa Yogananda has been quoted as saying, to paraphrase the renowned Indian yogi, the worst thing that we can do as soon as we wake up in the morning is read the newspaper for nothing is more depressing than the front page. My advice: sip your cup of tea, or coffee, and turn to the comics page, or what's left of it, at least in Indian newspapers. The size and typeface of the strips is so small now that you require a magnifying glass to read them, leave alone enjoy them. 

Nonetheless, start your day with a smile, if not laughter, for modern comic strips are seldom funny. They are no patch on old comic strips like Agatha Crumm, Hagar the Horrible, Fred Basset, Andy Capp, Blondie, Peanuts, Mutt & Jeff, B.C., Dennis the Menace, and Beetle Bailey.

I have been reading comic strips out of newspapers since childhood. Now I mostly read them online. In between, I glance at the headlines, which is enough to suck the joy out of your beautiful morning and the rest of your day.

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