S is for Suppandi. What or who is Suppandi, you may ask? Suppandi is ‘the lovable goof with a literal mind’ who is among the most popular (and a favorite) comic characters in India. Suppandi first appeared in a January 1983 edition of Tinkle magazine (a popular Indian children’s mazagine, see A for Amar Chitra Katha), and for over 30 years now, he has regaled kids and adults alike with his buffoonery.Suppandi came into being based on an idea from P. Varadarajan from Trichy, and brought into comic life by illustrator Ram Waeerkar.
What are the new goofs Suppandi has been upto? was a question in our minds for my brother and I as we opened our edition of Tinkle magazine, which my parents subscribed to for us (a big thanks to them for never saying no to books anytime, of any sort for us). And now, my hubby and I recall and relate and regale our kids with stories of Suppandi (even make some up!); in addition, the kids enjoy reading Suppandi’s antics as well in the comics we bring back from India on our visits there, and at home back in India where now my brother subscribes to the magazine for my niece! History does repeat – so sweetly in this case….
And he is online as well!!
Recently, (or not so recently), Suppandi got a magazine all his own (in addition to being part of the Tinkle comics) called Suppandi 48 – initially started with children of all ages in mind, this is now geared towards teens and the comics are Manga style with Suppandi’s character maintaining his core spirit of goofiness and literal mindedness, while making some changes to suit today’s teens. I have to yet peek into Suppandi 48 and will do so soon,
Q to the reader: Have you read Suppandi? What about Suppandi 48? What are your favorite memories of Suppandi? And for those of you who have not, who is your favorite bungler?
What is your favorite Scrabble word/memory?
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