Thursday, February 24, 2011

Goodbye, Uncle Pai

The blogworld will overflow with reminisces, and goodbyes to Uncle Pai, who died yesterday - let me add my little drop.

Uncle Pai's Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle were my growing-up buddies. If, today, I know more about Indian mythology and more folk tales than my peers, I have ACK to thank. For years, I waited excitedly for every new issue of Tinkle, and devoured it end to end. They were all my friends, and Uncle Pai was a special friend.

I once sent a story idea to Tinkle, and I received a handwritten rejection letter from Uncle Pai. On one side of a yellow postcard (anybody remembers those any more?) He wrote that they couldn't accept my story idea, but to try again. Just like a boatman would row, row, row, to get to the bank, try, try and try again to succeed, he said. I hope I have that postcard somewhere.

Thank you, Uncle Pai, for all that joy I had growing up. I owe much to you.


sandhya said...

Yes, RIP Uncle Pai. Goodbye!

Anonymous said...

Any interest that I have in history,folktales & mythology was purely due to Amar Chitra Katha. Used to devour the ACK comics over & over then & even now. The stories, the dialogues, the wonderful illustrations....just perfect

Thanks Uncle Pai for enlightening generations of children


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