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Sunday, March 11, 2012



                  The 1970's Reloaded.....This will make sense only to

Indians above 40 approx and having visited or lived in INDIA

                  1. Though you may not publicly own up to this, at
the age of 12-17 years,you were very proud of your first "Bell bottom"
or your first "Maxi"or your first Apache jeans.

                  2. Phantom & Mandrake were your only true heroes.
The brainy ones read"Competition Success Review". (Absolutely true!)

            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 – or a 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 going.

                  8. The glass windows in the back seats used to get
stuck at the two-thirds down level and used to irk you greatly! 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 the elephants hitting football, the
motorcyclist vrooming in the "Maut ka Gola" and it was politically
okay to laugh your guts out at dwarfs hitting each other's bottoms!

                  12. You at least 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 "Shastriya Sangeet" can a kid take? Salma Sultana also didn't
smile during the mourning.

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

                  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 cover and sometimes even with ingenious, custom-fit plastic

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

                  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

                  26. During Diwali celebaration it was family clothes
tailored from our favourite tailor down the road.

                  27. We walked to school or took a bus..the ones who
got dropped by car were always RICH ones.

                  28. Our outdoor games were gully danda, marbles,
stick in the mud , langdi, chupa chupi ( my favourite) ....

                  29. Going out to eat in a restaurant was an occasion
may be once /twice in a year.

                  30. Mostly we managed with one pair of shoes for the
whole year at school, our elder brother/sisters clothes , books were
passed to us for school...

                  31. " Duckback" raincoats were premium what we could
get starting the school in rainy season every year...

                  Did you hear anyone say, OLD IS GOLD?  ( Yaade Hari Ho Gayee)

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