Those who know me know my real love is for children's literature. This week I would like to record a birthday and a death:
1) Tulika turned 15. I have been a big fan of their many impressive achievements and ambitious vision for a long time now, and wish them bigger successes in the years to come.
2) Uncle Pai left the building. Back when our generation first started reading Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha, they were not the cool comics. We read them because they were fun and were allowed to read them because of their impeccable grammar and spelling and tasteful content. Our parents had read some ACKs in their own time too. It was when we grew up and developed into consumers in our own right that we gave these comics -- probably Anant Pai's most enduring legacy to us -- the cult status we felt was their due.
Thank you for that, Uncle Pai, and for all the happy hours I've spent with my collection. You will be happy to know that my son's bookshelf holds some Tinkles and ACKs too and will hold more.