Every country had its favorite set of children magazines until the internet took over the world by storm and lured kids into staring at flashing screens all day long. In India some of the most popular comics for kids growing up in the 80s/90s were Amar Chitra Katha, Chandamama, Champak, Chacha Chaudhary, Pinky and Tinkle. However, Chandamama is the oldest of the lot and was first published in 1947, the year India attained independence.
Chandamama is a magazine that would have multiple generations nostalgic, right from my grandfather who was born in the 40s, to folks my age. My grandfather grew up reading Chandamama and would often buy us a copy when we were growing up too. I recently found an old copy from 1978 and started reading it immediately. It was inevitable that I turn it into a story-telling episode and share the joy of reading ‘Vikram & The Vampire’. So listen in to the latest episode of Abstract AF to hear a short-story from the 70s.