HIS book could turn a lay man into an art lover. The writing is crisp, meaningful and lucid and is uncluttered with critical jargon. The personality of Ram Kumar comes out vividly . The subterranean stream of his creativity and its subtly changing course as he gets on in years is transparent. And yet the converse is equally true. Ram Kumar indeed hides himself in his paintings, as Sham Lal tells us. His presence there is "so shy and unobtrusive as to come very near to an absence"