My first publication in Tinkle

Ever since I started reading Tinkle magazine for kids, I had a dream to see my short story published in it. This was years back when I was in school. I used to send my stories to Tinkle hoping to see one of them published, but I would get a rejection letter soon from its editor Anant Pai, who was fondly known as Uncle Pai.

Soon, I had a collection of rejection letters. My father saw those letters one day and advised me to stop writing stories and to focus on studies instead.

However, I continued writing and sending my stories. I never gave up for two reasons. One: I wanted to see my story in this magazine. Two: All those rejection letters had inspiration stories from Anant Pai, not to give up!

Finally, my story was selected for publication in 1990. It was the same year my dear father had passed away due to heart attack. Maybe, he went and requested God to do the needful, on the lighter side.

You can just imagine my happiness to just hold the book with my story published in it.

Cover Page

I still have preserved a hard copy of this book. The above is the cover page. Now, you too could read the comic book story “Naming the Baby”

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

It has been many years since it got published. Then I even got my second story published, which I would share with you soon.

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9 thoughts on “My first publication in Tinkle

  1. That was a great dream come true… I loved reading tinkle in my childhood days. I don’t know if tinkle is still there in circulation, i guess it just be … I had a kind of mini library when I was a kid of all those children books šŸ˜Š. But most of them in regional language.. this post just made nostalgic !!! Thank you !!

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    1. Thank you, Maya. I think Tinkle is still there as I had seen it book shops sometime back. Even my childhood magazines like Gokulam and Champak are still there. They make me feel nostalgic, and remind me my childhood days.

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  2. Welcome, Maya. I had seen it sometime back in some book shop. It is still there, I think. It should be there. I have seen Gokulam and Champak too. The other two childhood books. I’m not sure nowadays kids have interest in them or not? We were lucky to have our own library of books.

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    1. Yes, Ravi. Ananth Pai who started it is a legend, for he brought our mythological stories to young children with Amar Chitra Katha. Yes, we know him for Tinkle as well. I got my story published with his motivation. He inspired many kids like me then. God bless his soul.

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