One of the many things that dominated my childhood, among Tintin and Tin Goyenda, is the iconic character Chacha Chaudhary in the same-name comic book. The man, supposedly cleverer than a computer, not that I knew how clever a computer was at that time, had been with me for a long, long time. The creator of this iconic character along with Sabu, Billu, and Pinki has passed away.
Named ‘Pran’, the veteran cartoonist reportedly suffered from cancer for a long time. He’s one of India’s best known cartoonist who received a lifetime achievement award in 2001.
The iconic Chcha Chaudhary comic book was translated into about ten languages including Bangla and English thus giving it an international recognition. I can still almost sense how thrilled I used to feel when I was a kid reading all the adventurous, funny, and bravery stories of Chacha Chaudhary.
Up until now I didn’t know that Pran was the guy who made Chacha Chaudhary although the name was printed on the cover of every Chacha Chaudhary comic book. I went to Twitter this morning and noticed Chacha Chaudhary is a trending topic worldwide. So I went ahead to figure out what happened and I found out the creator of these characters was no longer among us (not that I knew he was still living in the first place, though).
RIP Pran. And thank you for making our childhood wonderful.