Best Indian comic books for children?

Tiger Comics, a new comic books company, brings to life real & inspirational Indian stories through wonderful storytelling and colourful sketches. I grew up reading Indrajal comics, Anant Pai’s stories, Chacha Chaudhary, Akbar/Birbal tales, Shikari Shambu and Tenali Raman. It takes me back to my growing-up years. Could Tiger Comics soon evolve as one of the best Indian comic books?

I just finished reading another issue of a new comic book that I subscribed to recently, depicting the life and times of a little-known warrior, Kuvar Lakshama, who lived in 11th century Karnataka. And I must say, I am impressed. Impressed with the quality of illustrations, the research that has gone in, and the simplicity with which the story has been brought to life through lovely words and beautiful sketches.

There is something else that is special about this comic book series – it is the brainchild of one of my school mates, Preethilatha Nair, who I still remember as a very pleasant, always-smiling, soft-spoken teenager.

The comic books company she has created is called Tiger Comics. For a price of just Rs. 1200, you can get 12 wonderful comic books hand-delivered to you; books that feature stories acquainting you with India’s magnificent past and letting you experience the life and times of a bygone era through them.

Ask any kid who grew up in the ’80s and 90’s and they will tell you that most of their knowledge of Indian history, mythology and world classics were acquired through the famed ‘Amar Chitrakatha’ comics.

Tiger comics seems to be on a path to re-create that magic. Right now, though, they are just starting their journey. When I spoke to Preethi a few weeks ago, she said she has grand plans to expand their reach. They are yet to go digital, but I hope they will be able to do this soon so that such quality publications can get into the hands of more people quicker.

If you are a comic book freak like me, please check out Tiger comics. Meanwhile, the child in me is waiting for my postman to deliver a physical copy of the May issue so that I can gobble it down in a few minutes.

Note: The title image I chose for this article depicts the huge iron gates of Shaniwar wada fort in Pune. The spikes on the gate are to discourage war elephants from charging the gates.

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