September 16, 2005

I miss the time…..

When gulli-danda and kanche (marbles) were more popular than cricket… When we always had friends to play aais-paais (I Spy), chhoppan-chhuppai and pitthoo anytime …

When we desperately waited for 'Yeh Jo Hai Jindagi'... When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, dada daadi ki kahaniyaan were so fulfilling..

When there was just one TV in every five households

When bisleris were not sold in the trains and we were worrying if papas will get back into the train in time or not when they were getting down at stations to fill up the water bottle… When we were going to bed by 9.00pm sharp except for the 'Yeh Jo Hai Jindagi' day…

When Holis, Diwalis and Eids meant mostly hand-made pakwaans and sweets and moms seeking our help while preparing them When Maths teachers were not worried of our mummys and papas while slapping/beating us…

When we were exchanging comics and stamps and chacha-chaudaris and billus were our heroes…When we were in nanihaals every summer and loved flying kites and plucking and eating unripe mangoes and leechis …

When one movie every Sunday evening on television was more than asked for and 'ek do teen chaar' and 'Rajni' inspired us… When left over pages of the last years' notebooks were used for rough work or even fair work in new class…

When 'chelpark' and 'natraaj' were encouraged against 'reynolds and family'...

When the first rain meant getting drenched and playing in water and mud and making 'kaagaj ki kishtis'... When there were no phones to tell friends that we will be at their homes at six in the evening…

When our parents always had 15 paise blue colored 'antardesis' and 5 paise 'machli' wale stamps at home…

When we remembered tens of jokes and were not finding 'ice-cream and papa' type jokes foolish enough to stop us from laughing…

When we were not seeing patakhes on Diwalis and gulaals on Holis as air and noise polluting or allergic agents…

The list can be endless...On the serious note I would like to summarise with...

When we were using our hearts more than our brains, even for scientifically brainy activities like 'thinking' and deciding'..

When we were crying and laughing more often, more openly and more sincerily…

When we were enjoying our present more than worrying about our future…

When being emotional was not synonymous to being weak…

When sharing worries and happinesses didnt mean getting vulnerable to the listener…

When journeys were also important and not just the destinations…When life was a passenger's sleeper giving enough time and opportunity to enjoy the sceneries from its open and transparent glass windows instead of some superfast's second ac with its curtained, closed and dark windows ..

When blacks and whites were the favourite colors instead of greys…


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  1. SDK

    That is so true…
    unripe mangoes, sunday tv movie…seems to have happened just yesterday….

    -Smitha

    08 Nov 2006, 04:40


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