Today is the birthday of Mr.Anant Pai aka ‘Uncle Pai’. He is credited with the creation of many Indian comics, most famous being Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle comics. Many generations have grown up reading these wonderful comics.The most interesting sections for me were the science section,Suppandi, Shikari Shambhu, Ramu and Shamu, It happened to me, Anu Club etc etc. The comics related to us and made us realize the beauty of simple but high morals in life. The comics ran parallel to the sanskars (moral education) which was showered on us when we were kids. Hence we liked the comics very much. We were able to connect with the simple graphics and words used to unlock a simple yet rich story.
The comics published by Amar Chitra Katha carried stories from our rich history bringing to life their lives and adventures. The prime idea of Amar Chitra Katha was to enlighten the society on our rich heritage of knowledge and history.
The comics of Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha unknowingly helped to shape the mindset and actions of many generations across the length and breadth of this great country. The ideas and ideals which formed the essence of the story , knowingly or unknowingly, have helped us in structuring our decisions and opinions about events that influence our lives, our country and the world.
Not to forget the contribution of Chandamama comics which are printed in various regional languages and their contribution to the Indian Society has been immense. Chandamama, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha complimented each other superbly. Though Chandamama is an independent publication and has nothing to do with Mr.Anant Pai it is a great publication in its own right.
Most importantly it taught us the value of ‘Reading’- An art which shapes a person’s intellect and helps him to interact with many individuals and their ideas around the world.
The most important aspect that we can learn from Mr.Anant Pai (Uncle Pai) is the importance of being sincere to our high morals, ideas, values, rich tradition and knowledge which was handed down to us by our forefathers . They are the foundations on which great personalities can build their eternal glories. Without them a person may be able to achieve glory but will never be able to confirm the longevity of it.
The contribution of Mr.Anant Pai (Uncle Pai) is immense to our society. All those who read this blog and have related to the idea proposed should atleast, on acquiring success, remember in their hearts the gentle act of this great soul who have helped them reach there.