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An ABCD trying to learn the ABCs of life

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A monthly comic book of humorous stories, some of which are reader-submitted. Many of the stories are stand-alone tales, while others feature one of several popular characters. Characters such as Suppandi and Kalia the Crow teach children the value of education, as well as the Indian notion that "you're either born clever, or you're born dumb."

For ABCDs on quadrennial visits to India, a chance to stack up on the latest issues of Tinkle was one of the highlights of their visit. It was also one of the few times an adult bought something for them without their parents' protestations.

Following the price of Tinkle over the years is an excellent way to see inflation trends in India. When the magazine launched in December 1980, an issue was 2.50 Rupees at the newsstand. As of June 2011, the price was 30 Rupees, a 12x increase over 30.5 years.

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"Uncle, can you give me a ride on your scooter to buy the latest Tinkle?"
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American born confused Desi - someone born in the U.S but with parents from South Asia. Trapped between two worlds - neither FOBish enough for their parents nor Americanized enough for their classmates. Spends a lot of time hiding their true nature by allowing mispronunciations of their name, never inviting friends over, not talking about what they had for dinner, pretending they don't speak "Indian," talking smack about other Indians, trying to come off like a slacker, lusting after white women, etc.

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Man, if I weren't such an ABCD I'd be captain of the football team AND head cheerleader.
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All India

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People, WALTO

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FOB, desi, chooth

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BCF, ABCDEFGHIJ, H1B, US return
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Calcutta Technical Institute - where Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons completed his undergraduate degree.

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Apu: "I came here shortly after my graduation from CalTech - Calcutta Technical Institute. As the top student in my graduating class of 7 million, I was accepted for graduate study in the United States."
Added 2011-06-28 by witiligo

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English

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Universal

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IIT, Apu

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IIT-JEE, AIEEE, CET......