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Rediscovering Amar Chitra Katha, for my daughter…

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I had not thought about them for the last 15 plus years.  Why?  Well, I have been in the US for 11 years.  Visits to India have been infrequent and short – not enough time to soak up a lot of Indian anything. By adapting to the American way, I have lost a little bit of Indian in me and slowly morphed into “The Indian American”.

So you ask, why now?  Well, I have a little daughter.  She looks Indian but so much of what we do today is not.  We babble in English, watch Disney TV and pizza tastes better than dal-chaaval.   That’s not how I grew up.  Most certainly not.  I want my little girl to have some flavor of how I spent my Indian summers.

We are talking about the pre-teen years, and here’s what I remember.   The last day of final exams meant no more studying, no more homework, no more waking up early to go to school.  Summer vacations had arrived and with it …mangoes and masala movies.  When the afternoons got really hot, I read all the Amar Chitra Katha comics I could get, courtesy – my older brother (let’s just say I got to share in the of enjoyment of his allowance money).

Fast forward to present day….

Masala movies -check.  They have been here for a long time
Mangoes (the King kind) -check.  They started showing up in 2009
Amar Chitra Katha – finally …..check

This summer I am hoping to start a new tradition.  I will be reading the Panchatantra & Jataka series to my not yet 2 year old daughter.  I’ll leave the history and epic series for when she gets older.  I know we are Indian, but no pressure.  She is still young 🙂

– A father’s perspective by Jay

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Written by Redpatang

April 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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