Saddened and shocked beyond belief at the sudden demise of Uncle Pai, Anant Pai to the uninitiated.
Anant Pai made Indian comics a treasure to cherish for a whole generation of kids. Tinkle comics and Amar Chitra Katha and Anant Pai, each could not have been the same without the other. Suppandi, Kalia the crow, Doob Doob, Mythology, Karna, Krishna, Mahabharatha, and SHIKARI SHAMBU. Childhood would not have been as memorable without these lovable characters for company.
The biggest reason for flying to Delhi to cover Comic Con 2011 at Dilli Haat on Feb 19 & 20 was Uncle Pai. I remember standing at Dilli Haat in the convention area along with a growing group of comiconers waiting eagerly to catch a glimpse of Uncle Pai and hearing what he has to say about the popularity of comics in India,and a new generation of comic book publishers including Vimanika and Campfire that are carrying on the proud tradition he started.
Alas, we waited and waited. Only to have the team from ACK and Tinkle tell us that Uncle Pai would not be addressing the convention as he had fallen sick. Who would have known that only a few days later the beloved Uncle Pai would pass away after a massive heart attack.
God bless you Uncle Pai. May your soul rest in peace.
Thank you for making my childhood special and continuing to give my childhood back whenever I grab a Tinkle…………….
I will miss you……..