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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Memories of late 70's or early 80's, but these still hold good...

Memories of late 70's or early 80's, but these still hold good...

Youngsters then love to remember but Youngsters now will laugh..

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"or your first Apache jeans.

2. Phantom & Mandrake were your only true

heroes. The brainy ones read"Competition Success Review".

3. Your "Camlin" geometry box & Natraj/Flora pencil was your prized possession.

4. The only "Holidays" you took were to go to your grandparents' or
your cousins' houses.

5. Ice-cream meant only - either an orange stick, a vanilla stick –
ora Choco Bar if you were better off than most.

6. You gave your neighbour’s phone number to others with a ‘c/o’
written against it because you had booked yours only 7 years ago and
were still waiting for your number to come.

7. Your first family car (and the only one) was a Fiat or an
Ambassador. This often had to be pushed by the entire family to get

8. The glass windows in the back seats used to get stuck at the
two-thirds down level and used to irk the shit out of you! The window
went down only if your puny arm could manage the tacky rotary handle
to pull it down. Locking the door was easy. You just whacked the other
tacky, non-rotary handle downwards.

9. Your mom had stitched the weirdest lace curtains for all the
windows of the car. They were tied in the middle and if your dad was
the comfort-oriented kinds, you had a magnificent small fan upfront.

10. Your parents were proud owners of HMT watches. You "earned" yours
after SSC exams.

11. You have been to "Jumbo Circus"; have held your breath while the
pretty young thing in the glittery skirt did acrobatics, quite enjoyed

elephants hitting football, the motorcyclist vrooming in the "Mautka
Gola" and it was politically okay to laugh your guts out at

dwarfs hitting each others bottoms!

12. You have atleast once heard "Hawa Mahal" on the radio.

13. If you had a TV, it was normal to expect the neighborhood to
gather around to watch the Chitrahaar 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.

14. 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!

15. Black & White TVs weren't so bad after all because cricket was
played in whites.

16. 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.

17. 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? Salma Sultana also didn't smile during the

18. You knew that "Indira Gandhi" was somebody really powerful and
terribly important. And that's all you needed to know.

19. The only "Gadgets" in the house were the TV, the Fridge and
possibly a mixer.

20. All the gadgets had to be duly covered with a crochet covers and
sometimes even with ingenious, custom-fit plastic covers.

21. Movies meant Rajesh Khanna or Amitabh Bachchan. Before the start
of the movie you always had to watch the obligatory "Newsreel".

22. You thought you were so rocking because you knew almost all the
songs of Abba and Boney M.

23. Your hormones went crazy when you heard "Disco Deewane" by Naziya
Hassan & Zoheb Hassan.

24. School teachers, your parents and even your neighbours could whack
you and it was all okay.

25. 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 atleast one family picture where everyone is
holding their breath and standing at attention!

And we were really happy then....see what the new technology has
brought you peace of mind, only pressure and stress..


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