10 Comics Every 90s Kid Will Remember Fondly

Somewhere in a dusty and dark corner of my house still lies a stack of sepia-tined comics that I have read and re-read thousand times in my childhood. I read them to escape studies and homework, read them when I was bored or just because a challenge with a friend who will read first. Comics were the great and quick gateway that took us to the unknown world.

I speak for all of us when I say that when we all were young, we couldn’t go a day without reading our favorite comics. Archies, Pinky, Billu and of course Chacha Chaudhary were as much part of our life as our bedroom. So much we were in love and obsessed with them that we hid them inside our textbooks, blankets to read them undercover. Now, in a time where comics are dying breed, let’s remember some of our favorites from our childhood.

  1. Panchatantra 

Panchatantra was a series of interesting short stories which ended with a moral. Learning lessons was never this fun. From Brahmin and the Goat to Jackal And The War Drum, each story made us a little bit wiser.

  1. Chacha Chaudhary

Published way back in 1971, Chacha Chaudhary, Sabu and Pinky have been our chuddy buddies ever since we learnt to read. The computer se bhi tez Chacha amazed us with his quick wit and intelligence.     Walking with the red turban and the wooden stick, the ever-so-polite Chacha Chaudhary has been both a great companion and inspiration for us.

3. Champak

Remember eagerly waiting for our monthly subscription of Champak? Apart from all the stories, we would try to spot as many differences as possible in the two pictures in Spot The Difference. The interesting facts column was another personal favourite. For all Champak lovers, you can read it online here.

4. Archie

Despite being US-based, Archie Comics were just as adored in our country as in America. The young Archie was no less than a superhero for us. We especially loved watching his shenanigans with Betty and Veronica.

5. Nagraj 

This ageless venomous superhero gave quite a number of thrills to us as kids.  Those blue eyes, dark hair and the well-built green body was too awesome to ignore.

6. Chandamama

Chandamama almost replaced our grandparents with its unique style of storytelling. The bed-time stories often had a moral for us at the end of the story. The captivating style of narrative was impressive and very catchy for our young impressionable minds.

7. Akbar Birbal

It was always fun to read Akbar and Birbal’s adventures. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Birbal outsmart the court men and ministers. He taught us the most important life lesson: to seek answers in the ordinary. A true inspiration, him!

8. Phantom

Phantom was another of our favourite comic superhero. The purple masked costume and the bewitching story line was too good to be ignored.

9. Tinkle 

Remember Supandi, Shikari Shambu, Kalia The Crow and Pyarelal? Tinkle Comics were no less than a treasure for kids with quizzes, stories and puzzles galore. Supandi and his friends were a classic and are still a top favourite!

10. Amar Chitra Katha

Amar Chitra Katha brought stories of Krishna and Jesus Christ to us in a way that we could easily relate to. The publishers are one of the few which have gone on to bring amazing content even to this day.

But the list never ends here: Superman, Nandan, Billu, Pinky, Batman and many more we never, ever ran out of comics in house or rental shop.

So, time to open the time machine trunk back to childhood guy!! What say??

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai is a multifaceted novel which weaves the motifs of family, class and experience of living the life of an outsider into a beautiful storyline. The book is primarily set in Kalimpong, a small town situated at the foothills of Himalayas in the mid 1980’s during the tension in Nepal for the establishment of a separate Gorkha State. Though, like many of its characters, the book connects two lands- one of the main storylines is that of Biju who has emigrated from Kalimpong and is living in NYC. The counter to Biju’s story of struggle as an immigrant in NYC is that of the Judge, the Judge’s grand-daughter Sai and Biju’s father, “Cook” all living in an isolated house in Kalimpong.

There an unrest breaks in Kalimpong over the establishment of a new Gorkha state, Judge, Cook and little Sai are all forced to face the toppling of a hierarchy that has defined their lives, for worse or better. Kiran Desai skillfully narrates each of their life in stories, albeit in bits and pieces all through the book, and connects them to each other bit by bit. In the meantime, away from the Kalimpong, Biju who is living in a different kind of disarray by waiting tables and eking out his existence as an illegal immigrant in NYC. There are various themes and internal emotions in the book but the immigrant’s sense of displacement is the one which dealt with special care and attention which really resonated me.

A careful observer of human behavior, with an eye for revealing details like her mother, Kiran Desai brings her story and characters to life, illuminating her themes without making any moral judgment about the characters- creating neither Saints nor Satan, just normal human being leading the lives as best as they can, using the meager available resources. Her characters, like people from diverse background, behave cruelly toward people they love, rediscover what is significant to them, who makes sacrifices for their children, discard old traditional ways of life and values, suffers at the hand of faceless government officials, and learn, and grow, and make decisions,  sometimes hasty or ill-considered, about their lives.  Dealing with all levels of society and diverse culture, Desai show’s life with humor and brutality, its quirkiness and harshness, and its tantalizing emotions and passionate commitments in a book that is both stunning and sensible.

Rating: 4.5/5