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Why I still remember Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu with fondness

Chacha Chaudhary (Image Source)

Chacha Chaudhary is a neighbourhood uncle who is wise and kind.

Sabu is an alien from Jupiter - the first alien I ever knew. Long before E.T., and many other books and movies on aliens (some good, most bad), Sabu as Chacha Chaudhary's companion was lovingly and innocently accepted.

Chacha Chaudhary's brain works faster than a computer. Computers have been becoming unbelievably faster over the years, and I believe Chacha Chaudhary's mind still works faster than a computer. Go figure...

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The alien is over-sized, brawny sidekick of Chacha Chaudhary, who comes in when physical force is needed to fight the evil. But despite the height gradient between Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu, he always seemed to be normal, just a 'little' taller.

Just as Chacha Chaudhary's brain is compared to a Computer, thanks to Sabu's brawn, 'Whenever Sabu gets angry, a volcano erupts in Jupiter'.

Cartoonist Pran (Pran Kumar Sharma) has been given the title of 'Walt Disney of India' in The World Encyclopedia of Comics.
That's great... but I knew and loved Cartoonist Pran's characters before I knew of Walt Disney.

RIP Pran ji (August 15, 1938 - August 6, 2014)


  1. I read Chach Chaudhury, Srimatiji, Pinki and billu, I am a voracious reader and these were my first reads.Shri Pran Kumar Sharma you will live as long as comics live.

    1. I agree with you completely. I haven't read one of these comics in years, but will surely be reading them again soon...

  2. Oh RIP Pran ji...I learnt to keep up my reading skills with those comic books...Parents did not have to worry about the language, content and was entertaining for any age ....such "WAS" life

    1. So true, Vidhya... it was easier to be innocent as a child and such books helped...

  3. Oh I did remember reading about Chacha Choudhary and Pran in the newspaper today. It was a brilliant comic and I didnt know that he was called the Walt Disney of India. That is pretty cool :)

    1. Walt Disney of India... I wish today's kids enjoyed his simple, yet meaningful stories, but there are so many distractions, so many options :(

  4. Reminiscences. Didn't know he was called Walt Disney of India, and I knew Chacha before Walt Disney.

    1. Me too. That is why when I read about Cartoonist Pran's death, I had to write about Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu - my childhood favourites :)

  5. Love his creations.
    Great tribute, Nimi.

  6. 'Chaha Chowdhary's mind works faster than a computer', written as a footnote with an asterisk. I have never forgotten this sentence. I still remember so many stories. My sister and i were completely hooked on, addicted! Thanks for the walk through memory lane.

    1. Thanks a lot. I personally had to take this walk down the memory lane after reading Cartoonist Pran had passed away... But his stories live on...

  7. Loved him and his creations... the stuff my childhood was made of ..RIP

    1. Same here, Kokila. Another thing we have in common :)


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