Seven Mags I loved When I was kid

1. Chandamama – We were waiting more eagerly to get this magazine from newspaper wala then our results. Beautiful stories of Kings, stories from ancient epics with written with clear motive of promoting values and culture in children made this magazine immensely popular among kids.

Recently, Chandamama’s last 60 years issues have been digitized, so those who want to gift their children a good read, devoid of gory action and violent fantasy, this is a great option.

2. Champak – Loved it. Cheekku (the rabbit), Meeku (the mice) and their adventures were superb, since 1968 this magazine has established itself as the number one Children’s Magazine of India. A part of Delhi Press Group, they followed their group policy of not promoting any superstitious or bhoot-prate stories, but clean healthy entertainment for kids. Even today, I get my hands on any issue of Champak, I make sure to find Cheeku’s column and read it.

3.Lotpot – Full of laughter and great comic strips. The stories were invariably successful in bringing laughter and making you go ‘lotpot’ . No advertisement and reading material from cover to cover at price of Rs. 2 (At present it is being sold at Rs.5). Though the paper was not great but stories were. Motu, Patlu and Ghasita’s always used to find themselves in trouble in whatever they did. Though Ghasita was not the main hero of the Motu Patlu strip but his hair style and Haryanwai accent made him my favorite character.

4. Nandan – Unlike many children’s magazine of that time, this one has backing of a one of the leading media house of country Hindustan Times Group and has some of the biggest name as its contributor. Edited by Jayprakash Bharti (one of the biggest name in Children’s literature), it had/has strong focus on indian mythology and presented stories from Puranas and Upnishads. It was more structured and well presented compared to its competitors in 80’s, there you had Crosswords, Find the Difference (Kaun Kitna Buddhiman), a very popular Tenaliraman. The Pari Katha Visheshank was its eagerly waited special issue by its readers. Vishwa Prasidha Kahania provided its reader the best of childrens literature from world over translated in hindi.

At the moment, it has gone numerous changes and is being edited by Mrinal Pandey, I just recently checked one issue from my brother, and found that the new avataar is no longer as fascinating. Earlier Nandan used to be full of stories and stories only. Now, they have started putting articles (probably following other mags), interviews and other pieces but somehow it doesnt reminds one of the old Nandan we were fond of.

5. Madhu Muskan– If anyone of you have read it, you would vividly remember, Daddy jee, Chustram Sushtram.. Great comic and great mag. I dont know whether it is being published today or not but it was really one mags I wanted to read again and again. I even had a collection of around 5-6 years of Madhu Mushkaan, but some of dear friends loyal to borrowed reading, betrayed me.

6. Suman Saurabh – Aimed at teens and probably only magazine in Hindi in late 80s and in 90s which went beyond storytelling and provided useful articles. Again from the stable of Delhi Press Group, I loved its Jasoosi Katha Visheshank (Detective Stroy Specials) and Vigyan Katha Visheshank (Sci-fi Specials). It is still going strong.

7. Balhansh – Though this was quite new compared to Champak, Chandamama and Nandan, but it can be categorized as more balanced reading experience for kids. Published by Rajasthan Government, it kept the allround growth of its reader in mind. While Kavi Aahat made people go hither and thither fearing his poems, Havaldaar Tholaram was no less then a mixture of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond with grey matters borrowed from the likes of Kaanti Shah and Raakhi Sawant, taking care of goons and evildoers as well as problems of common man. It has some great informative articles which were not very common at that time in children’s magazine as most of the mags provided only stories and comic strips, the focus was not there on interesting or informative articles.

Now let me know, which were your favorites …..

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17 thoughts on “Seven Mags I loved When I was kid

  1. hm, good even I was crazy about child mags, till 6th std.. but then comics came and it was naagraj, dhruv, bhokaal, ram-rahim all around.
    nice that u still remember and tried to write about them.
    BTY, i am still confused that you read only these in childhood.. i can understand, money was not enuf for MAxim at that time.. par there were many!!!

  2. @Akhand .. dear Maxim was introduced in those days..
    @Nitin .. You are right. Either it was Rajasthan Patrika or some similar kind of organisation.. Rajasthan State Publication Division.. what i remember that it was funded by some Govt. Body..

  3. Wah mitra purani yaaden taaza kar di, I liked suman saurabh and Chandamama more. I think their was a magzine called Nanhe samrat too..

  4. @ Alok.. right.. and the Junior James Bond and his Chachu.. were fantastic.. not to mention the Murkhistan (with its Statutory Warning.. akal ka istemaal karna kanoon jurm hai..), Nanhe Samrat is being published today as well (its part of the same group which publishes Cricket Samrat, the world’s largest selling cricket magazine..)

  5. Hi buddies…Champak Nandan Balhans Paraag Baal-Bharti Chanda-Mama Suman-Saurav Vigyan-Pragati Aavishkar Guriya Nanhe-Samrat…I have preserved these as my golden treasure…to gift to my kids when they grow up…(alas ! I m still unmarried !!)…remember Samudri Daku/Lutere by John O Hind in Suman Suarav ?…and Dekho Hans Na Dena & Cheeku in Champak ?…and Bruce Lee visheshank in Paraag ?…and Kapeesh in Bal-Bharti ?…and Vetaal Pachisi in Chanda-Mama ?…the list is endless…wont ever forget these…anyone out there wants to share these nostalgic names, plz write to me at amrish2177@rediffmail.com…thanx !

  6. A favourite of mine that no one has mentioned was the Paraag magazine. I would still love to get hold of the old issues.

  7. i am father of 9 year old daughter. i insist my child to read champak nandan balbharti but she hates to read these mags. i think kids channel are to be blamed. i have grown up reading these mags. present generation kids are missing a lot by not reading these mags.i become nostalgic about my kids days , whenever i find time to read these mags.

  8. Kavi aahat is also my favorite.but i also love comics like hawaldar bahadur and bankelal when i was in 6th and 7th.That was so hilarious…specially bakelal ka aata bata part is still on my lips…

  9. I just used to loooove the mind-boggling poems of kavi aahat in balhans.( if i could understand anythin’ coz i was in 3rd or 4th class… Ha ha ha nd it generally used to bounce from top).
    But i really miss it now. Could any1 tell me if i can access those now from any website or sumthin?

  10. Really good article about children mags..
    brought me memories of my own childhood craze for all these mags
    havent read madhu mushkan though…
    balhans was my fav… they used to have something called the chitrakatah visheshank which had only comic strips… often the comic strip version of famous epics like nal damayanti etc
    nd Kavi Aahat was the most hilarious thing i ever read…. still remember his this poem
    “chane k jhaad pe chadh kar saloni bhains kuch yun boli,
    sakhi is baras jhuli isi daal pe dalenge”

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