Superb stuff for those who grew up during the 70-90s in middle class India,
Here are some things that you can identify with……
1. Though you may not publicly own to this,
at the age of 12-17 years,
you were very proud of your first “Bellbottom” or your first “Maxi” .
2. Phantom & Mandrake were your only true heroes.
The brainy ones read “Competition Success Review”.
“Camlin” geometry box &
Natraj/Flora pencil were your prized possessions.
4. The only “Holidays” you took were to go to your
‘grandparents’ or your
5. Ice-cream meant only –
either an orange stick,
a vanilla stick –
or a Choco Bar
if you were better off than most.
6. You gave your neighbour’s phone number to others with a
‘PP’ written against it
because you had booked yours only
7 years ago and were still waiting for your number to come.
7. Your parents were proud owners of HMT watches.
You “earned” yours after SSC exams.
8. You have been to “Jumbo Circus”;
have held your breath while the pretty young thing in the glittery skirt did acrobatics,
quite enjoyed the elephants hitting football,
the motorcyclist vrooming in the
“Maut – ka – Gola”
and it was politically okay to laugh your guts out at dwarfs hitting each others bottoms!
9.. You have at least once heard
“Hawa Mahal” and
on the radio.
10. If you had a TV,
it was normal to expect the neighbourhood to gather around to wait & watch the Chitrahaar on fridays or the Sunday movie.
If you didn’t have a TV,
you just went to a house that did.
It mattered little if you knew the owners or not.
11. Sometimes the owners of these TVs got very creative and got a
bi or even a tri-coloured anti-glare screen which they attached with two side clips onto their Weston TVs.
That confused the hell out of you!
12. Black & White TVs weren’t so bad after all because cricket was played in whites.
13. You thought your Dad rocked because you got your own
(the family’s; not your own own!)
colour TV when the Asian Games started.
Everyone else got the same idea as well and ever since,
no one came over to your house and you didn’t go to anyone else’s to watch TV.
14. You dreaded the death of any political leader because of the mourning they would announce on the TV.
After all how much
” Shashtriya Sangeet ”
can a kid take?
15. You knew that
” Indira Gandhi ”
was somebody really powerful and terribly important.
And that’s all you needed to know.
16. The only “Gadgets” in the house were
the Fridge and possibly a mixer.
17. Movies meant Rajesh Khanna or Amitabh Bachchan.
Before the start of the movie you always had to watch the obligatory “Newsreel”.
18. You thought you were so rocking because you knew almost all the songs of
Abba and Boney M.
19. You go crazy when you heard
“ Aap Jaisa Koi Meri Jindagi Mein Aaye ”
by Nazia Hassan .
20. Photograph taking was a big thing.
You were lucky if your family owned a camera.
A reel of 36 exposures was valuable hence it justified the half hour preparation &
“setting” & the
“posing” for each picture.
Therefore, you. have at least one family picture where everyone is holding their breath and standing in attention!
Cheers to good old friends & times.💐
Let us Share with children for they won’t understand the half of it.!!
Even if its repeat,
worth reading .
These were the days my friends & they will never come back again …