Katha- Comic Books From Childhood #AtoZChallenge


Katha- in Hindi this means story. In a country as ancient as India, stories and folklore are abundant.  From mythology, to the great epics, to simple moral stories, these stories have generally been passed down from generation to generation by mouth. Grandparents almost always have a tale up their sleeve that would brighten up the eyes of the curious child. And then came along Amar Chitra Katha. Amar Chitra Katha is one of India’s largest selling comic book series was founded in 1967. It brought out stories of great Indian epics, mythology, history, folklore, and fables in a comic book format.


I grew up in a time when smart phones were not heard of. Television too was limited to a channel or two. The only source of entertainment was to read comics. Many a childhood days was spent reading comics stretched out on my favorite couch at home. I still remember my father getting me these comics every time he used to be back from a long business trip. Over the years I had accumulated a considerable number of titles. And to make it easy to organize and sort them, mom had them bound into thicker volumes.

I still pick them up for my children. Of course the prices have increased from a humble Rs. 7 during my childhood to Rs. 50, but I still read them and enjoy it. The Valmiki Ramayana being my favorite title.  Despite the years having slipped away, Amar Chitra Katha takes me back to the ageless time of my childhood years.

This is a part of my journey exploring 26 lesser known shades of a country called India, with the #AtoZChallenge 2016!!!

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  1. As you said, even I love to pick up amar chitra katha comics. I am mostly the first to read it on the way home. I had bought, borrowed and read almost all the ones available at the time when I was in school in the 80s.

  2. AMar Chitra Katha made train journeys special for my children who were only allowed to read them while travelling. This post brings back memories of those happy days

  3. Nostalgic post 🙂 I too was an avid reader of these comics and had a huge collection. Loved the artwork in these comics, still remember a book on Shakuntala and how beautiful she looked in the comic.

  4. Oh man! Amar Chitra Katha! Fond memories of those books! My grandfather had the whole collection neatly organized and bound in hard covers! I used to handle books with care, so he let me read his precious collection, of course, one at a time! But only a few people in the entire family were even allowed to touch those books! So I felt…. special!
    – Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com

  5. O yes, I remember. And it used to be so much fun! I loved Chacha Chaudary, it was my all time favorite!
    Loved the way you flashed back some memories 🙂


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