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