When work becomes a children’s story
Strolling through the March edition of Tinkle, a friend’s kid saw a story about skateboarding. Tejas, the mother, clicked pictures of the strip and posted it on Facebook tagging Janwaar Castle.
Tinkle is one of the most popular children’s magazine very dear to all 90’s kids. It is readily available at all train station book stalls and serves as the best travel companion for kids. For us (me and my two sisters), it was a memory of our journey to our mother’s home in Agra. Every time we sat in the train, we had a Tinkle or a Champak or both.
This edition was special. It published a story about Janwaar Castle in their own Tinkle style – a bored kid – set out to explore something new – trouble at some point – and a surprise in the end! For a kid unknown to what’s happening in Janwaar, they might have thought it to be fiction. But for me its was an unbelievable feeling! I had never thought my work and my childhood getting connected in such a fine way!
And the best thing is how it happened – Tinkle never contacted us before making this story. It was a very nice surprise when Tejas posted the skateboarding comic strips on Janwaar Castle page.
Reading it was as if I was back on the 7 o’clock early morning train to Agra, opening a fresh edition of Tinkle and surprise – a story about Janwaar Castle!
In Jan, another story was published in “Highlight Champs”, a sister magazine of Champak – “The tigers of Janwaar”