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It’s not an unknown fact the Indian comic industry has been there since a long time. In fact, India has a varied number of storytellers and there’s plethora of creative minds who have kept us all engaged with their witty, inspirational stories. We all have been introduced to comics at some point in our life and have been fond of them since those encounters.
Can you tell us about your background? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and cool career?
‘Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life’ this quote suits best for the young, enigmatic Tinkle editor, Rajani Thindiath. Since she was a kid, Rajani always knew what she didn’t want to do. Having just that one thing in mind and not much of a direction, Rajani studied various courses starting with Bachelors in Arts (Psychology), animation from MET and finally pursued a course in Journalism.
What did you do after graduation?
Working at Navneet Publications as a writer also gave Rajani a chance to dabble and work on the Sandy Bandy comic strip. And finally she realised that her passion for writing was more inclined towards comic as she got the freedom to come up with original stories and landed in Tinkle as an Assistant Editor in 2007. Rajani recollects, “I can never forget the day I joined Tinkle for it was not just my joining date but Uncle Pai’s birthday. It’s a memorable day which will be cherished forever.”
Rajani says, “Having studied psychology in the past, it helped me to understand a child’s mind and perceive different ways to deal with them. Even the smallest of things created a huge impact on their minds, and that’s one thing I have always kept in mind as they are our readers. Animation has also helped me in a big way as certain aspects like storyboarding, key frames, panel visualisation and camera angles are similar in comic strips too.”
Can you tell us about your work?
Being an assistant editor, Rajani had the opportunity to write many stories and has contributed in the Defective Detectives story. After four years, being promoted as an editor, she played around the storyline of the existing characters keeping in mind that their characteristics remained intact and readers could still connect with their favourite cartoons.
She also introduced the Super Weirdos comic strip and A.L.I.E.N.S (seen in holiday special issue). Last year Tinkle also started with Tinkle Awards wherein readers could choose their favourite stories and characters.
How has the experience been?
Rajani’s biggest supporters have been her team and parents. Whenever she faced any difficulty, the team used to brainstorm and think of how to overcome it. She says, “I have a really good and supportive team. And when I became the editor at Tinkle, my parents were pleasantly surprised. Though I have skipped many fields, they have supported me throughout my journey.”
For Rajani, working for Tinkle is her biggest accomplishment. Rajani too encourages the aspiring girls saying, “You need to have a lot of passion coupled with persistence to achieve your dream. Always keep your dream alive and one day you will achieve it.”