Our childhood was fascinating because of books! Right from Chacha Chaudhary to Archie and from Panchtantra to Enid Blyton, we enjoyed reading about facts as well as fantasies.
One magazine that we, perhaps, enjoyed reading was Champak. From the short stories to the simple games, we loved everything about this magazine. There are few things which were quite amazing about Champak. So, here they are. Be prepared for a bout of nostalgia!
1. It is a fortnightly and not a monthly magazine.
Unlike most other magazines, Champak caters to the curiosities of the young (as well as adult) twice a month and not just once. Now that’s something we can call a ‘double dhamaka’!
2. It is available in eight languages (and not just in Hindi).
For those who do not want to read the magazine in Hindi or do not understand Hindi that much, this magazine, which is liked by kids and adults alike, can be read in seven other languages besides Hindi. These include English, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada and Malayalam.
3. The magazine is named after a flower of the same name.
Many of us are perhaps under the impression that the magazine is named after a person. However, the fact is that it is named after a tropical flower of the same name (in Hindi language) the botanical name of which is Magnolia Champaca.
4. Champak organizes story writing contests for kids.
Since 2008, Champak has been organizing story writing contests for children under 12 years of age. This event is judged by well-known novelists Chhaya Singh and Vinay Kumar. This competition is called ‘Champak Creative Child Contest’.
5. Champak’s short stories are now available on YouTube as short videos.
Many of the short stories which are published in Champak are also available in form of videos on YouTube. These stories can also be read on their website.
6. Chandamama and Tinkle are two of its strongest competitors.
During the time when Champak started its publication (1969), its only competitor was Chandamama. However, another player Tinkle entered the market in 1980. However, despite this, Champak remains one of the favourite magazines of children in India even today.
7. It has a multimedia edition which comes with a free CD.
Besides the magazine version, Champak is also available in multimedia edition. The best part about this is that it comes with a free Champak Jogo Disk which contains games and activities for children to learn. It also has wallpapers, screen savers, animation, coloring, click & paint, and much more to make a child’s day!
8. Games, stories, jokes, facts-Champak has it all.
The magazine as well as the CD has more than just stories. It has all the content to keep a child engaged in a healthy way while ensuring the child’s development as well as entertainment. Jokes, facts, tips-everything to make a child happy and smart!
9. You can send in answers through SMS and mail, too.
The entries for the competition (as well as the jokes, facts and tips) can be sent to Champak via other ways than the snail mail (post), too! There is also the option of sending answers to the quizzes and sharing stories via sms or email as Champak now has an e-mail address and a website, too! Champak has indeed digitized itself with the changing times.
10. Clean and child-friendly content in all matters from advertisement to tips and references.
Parents can be carefree about their children reading Champak because all the content in it is child-friendly and clean. The plus side is that it even gives tips and references on other similar books and purchases that can be made for the growing minds.
11. It is still available at a reasonable price.
In these times when the smallest forms of entertainment are overpriced and raising kids has become a costly affair, Champak brings in a little respite. A single piece of the magazine comes at a meager price of Rs.25. Compared to the price of a video game or a tablet, that’s nothing.
Thankfully at least one thing from our childhood is just the way it should be — childlike and pure. Some things as they say should remain intact even with changing times!
*as published on TopYaps