(Last Updated on : 15/12/2011)
Tinkle is a very popular Indian comics magazine
that was initially published and distributed by India Book House on a monthly basis. The publishing brand was obtained by ACK Media in the year 2007. The comics magazine contains various illustrated stories of various genres, quizzes, puzzles and contests. There are many other features included in Tinkle that are aimed at entertaining the children, as well as adults that also comprise its readership. The first issue of Tinkle was published in the year 1980. It is published mainly in English and syndicated in regional Indian languages such as Malayalam
. Anant Pai is the founding editor of Tinkle magazine and has also released the renowned Amar Chitra Katha
series. He is also popularly known as Uncle Pai.
The initial issue of Tinkle was published in April 1980 and since then around 500 issues have been released. Tinkle constitutes of short comics and illustrated stories along with columns of interest for young and school children. The comics magazine has become very popular in the country since the last two decades. Regular characters like Shikari Shambu and Suppandi that are featured in the magazine are rather popular amongst Indian Comics readers. Tinkle provides a hearty combination of education and entertainment. Tinkle has also launched their official website that contains many stories, illustrations, games and puzzles.
Publications of Tinkle
Tinkle publishes various stories in series format in their comics magazine.
Suppandi is the most popular character in the entire magazine. He is a village simpleton and a servant with good intentions. But he often misunderstands the orders of his masters and creates chaos with humourous consequences.
Kalia the Crow
Kalia the Crow is another popular series in the magazine. Kalia is a clever crow who saves his friends from a crocodile named Doob-doob and a jackal named Chamataka.
Tantri the Mantri
Tantri is the devious Minister in the court of king Hooja. He wants to dethrone the King and become the ruler himself. Every story shows Tantri planning a detailed scheme which finally backfires.
Shambu is a Hunter or Shikari, who appears very powerful and brave to everyone. But in reality Shikari Shambu humble relaxed and lazy person. He usually runs away from any signs of trouble.
Pyarelal is a very gentle and kind-hearted farmer who lives with his wife Lajo and the couple has many adventures.
Ajay The Detective
The series revolves around the adventures of Ajay who is a young and smart detective in the town. He is often helped by Inspector Sharma to catch the criminals.
The series is about Amar, also known as Butterfingers for his habit of dropping things. He is clumsy and accident-prone.
The Defective Detectives
Rahul and Ravi are the Defective Detectives who attempt to solve different mysteries. They use different codenames in different missions to conceal their identities.
Janoo and Wooly Woo
Janoo, a brave witch who lives along with her friend a coward dragon named Wooly who can puff flames from his nostrils. Other characters in the series are King Arctic Snow, Empress Deer etc.
The character is inspired from the Turkish Mullah Nasreddin. He is a person with a smart and intelligent mind which he utilses to outsmart others.
Kapish is a clever and helpful monkey who lives in Kadu jungle with his friends Bundila the elephant, Baboocha the bear and others. Peelu the tiger and Sigal the jackal are his enemies.
Ramu and Shamu
Ramu and Shamu are 2 innocent identical twins who have positive and negative experiences in life.
Other than these there were other stories that came out as series in the earlier issues. The most popular of them are The Dumbbells, Mopes and Purr, Little Shambu series, Junior Tantri, Chhotu and Lambu, Chaman Charlie, Little Suppandi etc.