There are so many things you can never forget about your childhood. But if you live in India, those so many things multiply into a number that can be mind-boggling to someone who’s watching our lives from the outside.
As children, we look at that neighbor bhaiya going off to college and dream that one day, we shall also strut our way off. And then that dream where we would be sitting on a chair behind a desk and working hard, while peons and clients came and went. Those dreams of growing up never seemed to cease and now that we are grown up, those dreams of childhood never seem to cease.
So to assuage the pain of the realization that we cannot, come what may, go back to those days, let’s take a look at what made our childhood in India so awesome!
The picture of that chubby kid on the cover still looks adorably at us at any general stores. Dipping those glucose biscuits in water and swallowing them soft was heaven in itself.
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Be it drawing circles or squares, the game of hopscotch was a squeal-fest for everyone involved.
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- Bournvita Quiz Contest:
Something that we looked forward to every Sunday. This was a world apart, a mine of knowledge, TV shows not being worthy of containing this one. Derek O’Brien’s quizzing skills were top notch and the information we gleaned from this show was astronomical.
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- Coffy Bite:
This little toffee was my personal favorite. That is because it was soft and chewable. It was probably my first encounter with chocolate and the love is still going strong.
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Cartoons back then were interesting and gave a message unlike today’s cartoons which are just blobs of moving colors. Captain Planet, Scooby Doo, Dexter’s Laboratory, DuckTales, Talespin, Disney Hour, The Powerpuff Girls, The Flintstones, The Jetsons and of course, the giant among cartoons: Tom & Jerry.
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The man whose brain works faster than a computer: Chacha Chaudhary, Sabu, Pinki, Tantri the Mantri, Kaalia the Crow, Shikari Shambu, Suppandi, Uncle Anu and so many others! My childhood was wrought with instances where I went to the library, reached up to peer over the counter at the librarian (who, by the way is still there, now running just a stationery shop) and ask him, “Uncle, do you have Tinkle?” Ah. Memories, memories.
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- TV Shows:
Unlike today, when the list of TV Shows on our hard disk encompasses murder and betrayal, all we saw in our childhood here were Dekh Bhai Dekh, Ramayana, Rangoli, Tu Tu Main Main and Small Wonder. I admit I was surprised when I saw a bunch of foreign looking people talk in Hindi when I first saw Small Wonder. The Hindi remake of it (Karishma Kaa Karishma) was nowhere near as entertaining as the original was.
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- Nataraj Pencils and Geometry boxes:
Admit it. Owning one of these boxes was a dream come true. And you almost showed it off until you realized that everyone around you had one of these. So the first thing you did after this realization was scratch your name onto the bottom of the box or stick a label and write your name on it. Talk about possessiveness.
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- News on Doordarshan:
English, Hindi and the news for the deaf and dumb. This was one of the most boring segments for us as kids, but the poise with which the newsreaders read the news was commendable. Now, we have migrated to channels like Times Now where anchors don’t let people talk and rip them apart if they do.
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- Audio Cassettes:
There are hundreds of them stacked up in cartons in the attics of numerous people across the country. You can remember the order of the songs in a movie even now because of course, there was no ‘Shuffle’ back then.
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There are millions of memories more than these that have now come to mind. And it probably would take so many more blog posts to cover all the memories.
So until next time, keep remembering and keep smiling!