When we always had friends to play aais-paais (I Spy), chhepan-chhepai
& pitthoo anytime ...
Jindagi' (Doordarshan serial)
When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal,
Dada Daadi Ki Kahaniyaanwere so fulfilling.
When there was just one Tv in every five houses and...
'Yeh Jo Hai Jindagi' day ..When Holis & Diwalis meant mostly
hand-made pakwaans and sweets and moms seeking
our help while preparing them ...When Maths teachers were
not worried of our Mummies and papas while slapping/beating us ..
When we were exchanging comics and stamps and
Chacha-Chaudaris & Billus were our heroes ..
When we were in Nanihaals every summer and loved
flying kites and plucking and
eating unripe mangoes and leechies ..
When one movie every Sunday evening on television was more
than asked for and 'ek do teen chaar' and 'Rajani' inspired us ..
When left over pages of the last years notebooks were used for rough
work or even fair work ...When 'Chelpark' and 'Natraaj' were
encouraged against 'Reynolds & family' ...
papa' type jokes foolish enough to stop us from laughing ...
Holis as air and noise polluting or allergic agents ...
to summarize 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 sincerely ..
When being emotional was not synonymous to being weak ...
When sharing worries and happiness didn't mean getting
vulnerable to the listener .. When blacks and whites were
the favorite colors instead of greys ...