What’s Special? Explore the wonders and thrills of space as we celebrate World Space Week in this colourful issue of Tinkle! · Ms. Tooti the hamster is missing! And Ravi and Rahul are certain an alien is behind it! Get to the bottom of the mystery in Defective Detectives: Rodent Rescue. · A gigantic spaceship lands right in the middle of a strawberry farm in Mahabaleshwar! Where is it from and who’s inside it? Find out in Thrillers: The Berry Bandits. · Meanwhile, Sam has to set the record straight when the Defective Detectives try to convince her that there are UFOs everywhere in Know-It-All: UFOs Unmasked. · And YOU get to decide the Tinkle Toons’ next adventure! Vote for a new WingStar villain in the Tinkle IdeaStar Contest Voting. Also Starring: Suppandi who has trouble following Doctor’s Orders. Meanwhile, Gurdeep challenges his grandparents to a game, much to their enthusiasm in Bridge the Gap. A polar bear takes shelter in a bakery one night, only to be troubled by a very mischievous spirit in Polar Opposites. And WingStar faces off against one of her toughest enemies in Battle Lines.
Tinkle started as a fortnightly children’s comics magazine, in 1980. Under the guidance of editor-founder, Anant Pai, the brand evolved the tagline ‘Where learning meets fun’. It was one of the first few children’s comics magazines with Indian content at that time. Till then children were reading syndicated foreign comics, – Archies, Phantom, Mandrake – translated into Indian languages. In Tinkle, children could read folktales from all over the world as well as stories revolving around the Tinkletoons. Many of these characters have evolved into icons such as Suppandi, Shikari Shambu, Tantri the Mantri, Kalia the Crow, etc. Over the years, newer characters have stepped into the Tinkle pages. These include the Defective Detectives, Butterfingers, Sea Diaries, etc. Apart from comics, the magazine also engages readers with several educative non-fiction pages including puzzles, do-it-yourself crafts, solve-it-yourself mysteries, knowledge features on a wide range of subjects and contests. Though intended as a magazine for children between the ages of 8 and 14, Tinkle’s reach goes far beyond. Families eagerly look forward to the magazine, every month, across the length and breadth of the country. It is probably not just the entertainment but the unexpected insights that the magazine gives their children that families value. Owing to Uncle Pai’s efforts, Tinkle is also welcomed by educators and school principals and thus holds a position as a recommended magazine for wholesome edutainment.