How did you discover your passion for cartooning?
SG: I was extraordinarily passionate about drawing, sketching and cartooning as a child, and often won prizes in competitions. Due to the lack of awareness however, I never thought of considering any of these as a career, and they remained hobbies. In 1984 I was in the 12th standard, and the education system in Punjab was disturbed due to terrorism and instability. During a break I visited Delhi for several days and a family friend took me to visit the design studio of a senior artist to let me get an idea of what a career in design entailed. After the 12th I opted to pursue BSc in Patiala, where I came in touch with local media who used to publish updates of my achievements in extracurricular activities. Without knowing much about the technicalities of art, I started CARTOONIST contributing occasionally to them as a freelancer. I used to make caricatures of our college professors and by the time I graduated in 1986, I was a big name in a small city!
That was the turning point of my life - I realized that I was not made for science, and taking a bold decision I tried to get admission into College of Art, New Delhi. As a science graduate, technically I was not qualified to take admission but fortunately my portfolio of achievements made the management treat me as a special case. As a design student in the capital, I got time to sketch and continued freelancing with various media houses. By the time I got my BFA degree, I was an established name in the field of cartooning, and was contributing routine cartoons to various media houses in different states.