Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sweet Memories

When Gulli-Danda & Kanche (marbles) were more popular than cricket.
When we always had friends to play aais-paais (I Spy), chhepan-chhepai
& pitthoo anytime ...

When we desperately waited for 'Yeh Jo Hai
Jindagi' (Doordarshan serial)
When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal,
Dada Daadi Ki Kahaniyaanwere so fulfilling.
When there was just one Tv in every five houses and...

When we were going to bed by 9.00pm sharp except for the
'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 50 paisa meant at least 10 toffees ...
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 ...

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

The list can be endless ...On the serious note I would like
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 we were enjoying our present more than worrying about our future ..
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 ...

When journeys also were 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 super fast's second ac with its curtained, closed and dark windows ... I really miss them(From the bottom of my heart).. don't u?

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