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Thursday, July 26, 2007

I remember....

I remember those days.........

When Wednesday and Friday evenings were spent watching Chitrahaar in Black and White..

When the use of a remote control (the size of a brick) was only to increase/decrease the volume or to turn the TV on/off..

When Saturday nights were reserved for movie rentals from the one and only rental store in the area...

When relatives used to gather every Saturday evening to watch that one special movie...

When the remote control connected to the VCR through a long wire...

When I used to listen to Binaca Geet Maala (later known as Cibaca Geet Mala) hosted by Amin Sayani religiously every Tuesday night on Vividh Bharti...

When the people in my apartment complex gathered at my place to see the new color TV...the only one that they had ever seen...

When DD-2 released, people were ecstatic that they could not watch a second channel.

When cable TV released, it had all but 5 channels.

When going to the airport or the railway station meant I would get to drink Thums Up...

When we did not have a cassette player in our car and used to carry a portable one with me everytime I travelled in it...

When having a cordless phone was not only a big deal but was also the size of a vanity case with the shrillest sound possible...

When letting my hair loose was a privilege...

When I saw QSQT for the third time and told my mom that I was in love with Aamir Khan and I was allowed to buy a poster of him...

When cellphones were the size of a cordless phone and each minute used to cost 16 rupees...

When I asked the store keeper if he could copy a CD for me just like an audio cassette and he laughed at me and said that it was not possible...

When I used to play solitaire on the black and white monitor of my computer...

When opening an internet site like hotmail would take ten minutes...

When the family used to make special plans to go eat pizza at the only restaurant in town that served pizza with mozzarella cheese...

When Maggi used to cost only 5 rupees and was known to be sold in Prawn, Sweet and Sour, Capsica, Masala, and Chicken flavors....

When I was allowed to have Maggi only on Thursdays and I used to count down the days to Thursday....

When Frooti was available only in Mumbai and we used to request people to buy us a crate when they visited the city...

When the milkman used to bring milk to our place in a big container and sell it to us according the quantity we needed as opposed to today's poly packs...

When people used to ask relatives to buy them jeans from abroad because they were not sold in India...

When being seen talking to a boy would mean that you are going out with him...

When I was young and innocent..ignorant of the responsibilities that adulthood brings with it...when my life was about smiling, laughing, dancing, and singing...and not about careers, education, bills, money, cars...

I remember those days...the days of my childhood...which remain only a memory.

Thanks and hold on to your memories..

10 Words of Wisdom:

Sulz said...

so true !
gone are those days when tuesday 7:30 pm meant johhy suko and his giant robot, sunday 10:30 am was he-man ... gone are those days when me kids sat on the back seat of the car facing the back view.
so correct!

Mugdha said...

This blog made me soo nostalgic - in a good way. Those were simpler times!! I feel blessed to have grown up in those times and will always cherish my childhood memories.
How I stuck to my daily routine as a kid, so I wud finish my homework by 6 so I cud go out n play with my friends...how my sister n I wud wait for the exams to get over so we cud rent a video cassette n watch the latest hindi movie...how my sis n I would get excited about going to NIRULA's (one of oldest pizza places in Delhi)!!!

Ujwal said...

was blog hopping and after reading thru...cudnt resist commenting....took me back to so many such memories of my own...:)

Venkat Narayan said...

thats an awesome write up. but i would say cherish this moment, cos u are gonna look back to this day ten years from now

Sandeep said...

Hey dear

U missed the kesar keri..and those short summer vacations....and yeah...sleeping on the terrace for those short summer vacations..

tunnabhai said...

Wow...every line, every thought of your blog strikes a chord in my head!...
I miss the "Ek chidiya, anek chidiya" adds, the the cartoons on DD or Cartoon network, the hide n seek or pakda pakdi i played as a kid!...
Sometimes wish there was a time machine so that I cud relive those moments again!

Neeraj said...

Awesome ... infact me and my flatmate often discuss this topic as to how the kids of today are missing out on all the awesome stuff we had unto to us as kids.. 10:30 Sunday Cartoons.. Kabhi Duck Tales to kabhi baloo ke liye hafte bhar wait karna was truly something that out future generations will never understand... nice recollections.. I almost had a trip to my childhood thanku!!

Manasi Trivedi said...

I loooooooove those memories. Well written...could smell india through your words.

nik said...

"When the remote control connected to the VCR through a long wire..." .. now that is certainly a long time ago ... i for sure wasn't born then ... but either ways .. good nostalgic post!!

cruiser said...

thought money money was next

rip off at its best :D