Tinkle's Shikari Shambu Turns 38

By: Issuewire
Shikari Shambu

The iconic hero from the legendary comic magazine will turn one year older on 3 June, 2021

Mumbai, Maharashtra Jun 1, 2021 (Issuewire.com) - India's most famous fictional forest ranger, Shikari Shambu, turns a year older on 3 June 2021. As part of the celebrations, the Tinkle team is organising a variety of fun online activities for kids across the country (and the world) to take part in. Over his birthday week, the team will be premiering a brand new series of animated micro-shorts on their YouTube channel (Suppandi & Friends), that will trace Shambu's newest avatar as a wildlife photographer. There will also be a brand new mini Shambu collection coming out, chronicling the bumbling yet fortunate forest ranger's adventures across the globe. Over the course of the week, members of the Tinkle team will be conducting online workshops and storytelling sessions centred around Tinkle's iconic hero. The festivities will culminate in a grand dinosaur-themed virtual birthday bash which will have Shambu and his wife Shanti in attendance! There will be fun games, art and storytelling sessions, quiz contests, and a lot more. Do stick around to help Shambu blow out the candles on his virtual cake as well!


By profession, Shambu is a conservationist and a wildlife expert. Given his profession, he also dabbles in wildlife photography. Whether it is for rescuing a wild animal or catching a dangerous poacher, he is everybody's go-to guy. The catch is Shambu is no brave heart. He is secretly petrified of animals and has no love for adventure. All he seeks is a good, fluffy pillow to sleep on and enough food to satisfy his enormous appetite. Thankfully, he is also the luckiest person alive, always managing to escape trouble through sheer good fortune!

Shambu was created by Luis Fernandes and Vasant Halbe in 1983 as Tinkle's answer to Target Magazine's Detective Moochwala, drawn by Ajit Ninan. The story, 'The Legend of Shikari  Shambu' that appeared in Tinkle Magazine #573, talks about the first time Shambu caught a tiger, completely by accident of course, after which he was christened 'Shikari' by onlookers. Over the years, Shambu has given up his gun and has switched to something a little more family-friendly to shoot animals with i.e. a camera! For the past two years, Shambu has been on a world tour of sorts, visiting various countries and helping out the locals with their wildlife problems. Shambu's stories are currently scripted by various members of the Tinkle editorial team and are illustrated by Group Art Director Savio Mascarenhas. In fact, Mr. Mascarenhas has been illustrating Shambu's adventures for more than twenty years now!


Tinkle has been India's formative children's magazine for the last 41 years. That's nearly four generations of children we have been reaching out to regularly for almost four decades. Tinkle's unique brand of 'learning meets fun' is the reason behind its strong and loyal following among readers of all ages in India, especially children.

Every week, the dedicated editorial team at Tinkle put together digital magazines that compile comic stories, fact sheets, and features on a variety of topics from sports to craft to science that inspires and informs young minds. Tinkle provides an all-around experience that encourages reading, improves language skills and general knowledge, and sparks curiosity within the reader. Children love Tinkle's classic characters- Suppandi, the hilarious simpleton; Shikari Shambu, with his adventures in the jungle; and Tantri the evil Mantri, among many others. Over the years, Tinkle has added a bunch of newer characters to its roster as well, such as the Defective Detectives - a pair of Mumbai preteens who are the biggest conspiracy theorists around, WingStar - a 13-year-old superhero from the North East, and the students of NOIS, a quaint boarding school in the Nilgiris with a cast of eclectic characters and mysteries all around! These characters have now firmly entrenched themselves in India's pop cultural landscape with many celebrity fans as well.


For more information, contact:

Preeti Vyas, President & CEO, Amar Chitra Katha Pvt Ltd (

Savio Mascarenhas, Group Art Director, Amar Chitra Katha Pvt. Ltd. (savio.mascarenhas@ack-media.com)

Kuriakose Vaisian, Editor-in-Chief, Tinkle (kuriakose.s@ack-media.com)

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