Thank You, Uncle Pai

The creator of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinke, ‘Uncle’ Anant Pai, passed away last week.

My earliest memories of my childhood include going out with my parents to buy ACK every fortnight. I had every comic that was published, and still have most of them. ACK was how many of my generation learnt about Indian history, culture and mythology. Tinkle came when I was much older, and so never stuck the same chord that ACK had. Now, Supandi’s antics delight another generation – 6-year-old Abhishek.

When I launched IndiaWorld in March 1995, we had a special section for a few ACK comics. That was the time I met Uncle Pai, and he most graciously agreed to let us put the comics on the website. I met him many more times after that, and was always touched by his enthusiasm and humility. His was a life well-lived.

Thank You, Uncle Pai.