Now take home the best stories from all these years of Tinkle in a handy Tinkle Digest. Giggle at the misadventures of our lovable fool Suppandi. Follow Shambu’s escapades as he outruns lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Uncover Tantri’s disastrous attempts to send Hooja packing and grab the throne of Hujli. Enjoy Kalia disrupting Chamataka’s wicked plans. All served alongside delightful folktales, thrillers, mysteries, educational features, and more!
Who is Suppandi?
Suppandi is the most popular Tinkle Toon. Suppandi has been creating trouble and evoking laughter since January 1983, issue Tinkle 27. He’s a total goof and will make you laugh with his silly antics. Suppandi has had multiple jobs however none of them have lasted very long. He takes instructions from his employers, applies his own literal logic to them and causes total mayhem. The character of Suppandi is based on a Tamil folklore character, Chappandi. Ram Waeerkar, the legendary Tinkle artist gave form to Suppandi. Currently, his daughter, Archana Amberkar, illustrates the strip.
Who is Shikari Shambu?
Shikari Shambu is everything he doesn’t appear to be. Just like his name. Although known as Shikari, he is no hunter. He is a conservationist and a wildlife expert. People turn to him in times of crises. Whether it is about rescuing a wild animal or catching a dangerous criminal, this forest ranger is everybody’s go-to guy. But, lo and behold, Shambu is no brave heart. He is secretly petrified of animals and has no love for adventure. All he seeks is a good, fluffy pillow to sleep on and a day that ends with a satisfied tummy. But trouble always finds its way to Shambu and luck finds him a way out. And the combination of the two creates a hilarious mad-venture! Created by former Tinkle editor, Luis Fernandes, artist V.B. Halbe brought this classic Toon to life. Currently, Tinkle’s Art Director, Savio Mascarenhas, illustrates the series.
Who is Tantri the Mantri?
Tantri is the minister who protects the King of Hujli from danger and acts of treason—he is also the man behind them! That’s right. Tantri the Mantri wants to become the King of Hujli, by hook or crook. Alas! All his plans to dethrone Hooja backfire on him in the most comical and bizarre ways. But this mantri is relentless and will try any trick, no matter how ludicrous, to get his hands on the crown.
Did you know?
The first Tinkle Digest was published in January 1992 and contained stories hand-picked by Tinkle’s founder-editor Uncle Pai himself!
Continuously published since 1980, Tinkle is one of the oldest and most cherished children’s comics magazines in India. It boasts of a large fan following and beloved characters that include such household names as Suppandi, Shikari Shambu and Tantri the Mantri.