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Memories……..

January 14, 2009

that make me smile now…….…memories that make me nostalgic….…memories of a beautiful childhood ,a time when the world was a place made safe for us by our parents,when Dad was our own version of ‘Superman’,the one who was so strong and infallible and tender all at once… and Mom was the one who gave us a well deserved whack that led to tears and the one we went to help dry those very same tears….…the one who cosseted,pampered and made us feel like the world was for the taking…….

Of the innate honesty that each child is blessed with….
Witness the little 4 year old who asks in a loud voice……
‘’Why does that Uncle have a beard?’’
’’Where are Uncle and Aunty’s children’’?(all in front of the ‘said’ uncle and aunty of course who are blushing like crazy….:D)
The child unlike an adult doesn’t know that Uncle is/could be/couldn’t be a Muslim or a Sikh and it’s not politically correct to ask such questions…….he/she just sees something and asks an honest question…..
That Uncles and Aunties are not magically blessed with children when they marry……:)
So, isn’t it us…the so-called grown ups, who probe for identities,affiliations,political leanings and for grounds that are common before we allow a relationship ,a friendship to develop???
Have we made mountains out of molehills….????

Or ‘Once upon a time’..:D ..as a relative told a five year old to ‘keep an eye’ on the maid..….because she was working in the kitchen alone..…’’beta dekhna kuchch chura na le’’..(See..that she doesn’t steal something…)
Of the five year old who promptly went to the kitchen and hollered from there…….
’Didi kuch nahi chura rahi hai.’’(No!She is not stealing anything!)(Thank god the maid didn’t understand Hindi…..My parents gave the ‘relative’ the dressing down of a lifetime..)

How and why is it that we teach our children how to lie?
Or more importantly WHEN is it that we teach them how to lie?Do they learn by example?Do we even know?
About doubts and mistrust,lies and a pattern that will last a lifetime..?

When they are already born with that most magical quality, the one which we struggle all our life to achieve? ‘Honesty’…….

Childhood was also about living the years of B&W t.v and later a Colour t.v ,colour that came with the ‘Asian Games’ and ‘Appu’the lovable mascot.…

Of the magical land that was there….beautiful rides,cuddly toys to be won,little trains that seemed to belong to fairy land,haunted houses that scared one to death…:D…
Of Doordarshan and’’Satyam Shivam Sundaram
Of ‘subah ka prasaran’ (Morning telecast)and ‘dopahar ka prasaran’(afternoon telecast)and ‘Rukawat ke liye khed hai’(sorry for the interruption)…and ‘Ab aagya dijiye’:)
Of rainbow coloured lines (and a screeching sound:D) that appeared onscreen when there was no ‘Prasaran’..:)
Of ‘Mowgli’ and ‘Jungle Book’ and ‘Chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai’…..
Of lyrics by Gulzar that spoke straight to a little heart…..Did anyone understand a child’s mind better?:)
Of ‘He-Man and the Masters of the Universe’(the title song still echoes in my ears as I write this..:) ) and ‘Superman’ in the most grainy cartoon imaginable
And ‘Spiderman of course..:)
( Spiderman
Spiderman, Spiderman,
Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies
Look Out!
Here comes the Spiderman):D

Of ‘Tarang’ the NCERT Educational’ Only for summer holidays’Programme
Of ‘Ducktales’ and ‘Talespin’…’Ballu and ‘Uncle Scrooge..and Huey,Duey and Louie…:D
Of ‘Stone Boy’ ,of ‘Swami’ and ‘ Malgudi Days’.
How desperately one sided with Swami and willed him to get out of scoldings that he sometimes deserved…
Of ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’and the AWESOME title Track….Where else would one learn more about India?
Of ‘Buniyaad’ and ‘Hum Log’
Of Ashok Kumar,the grand old patriarch and his ‘Hamni ke’

Udaan‘ that made one believe in woman power….we all carried a bit of ‘Kalyani Singh’ in our hearts…

Of ‘Rajni’ who didn’t just fight for her rights.Didn’t she fight for ours too?

‘Kashish’ that was all about silent love…brooding love….
‘Farmaan’ that made one fall in love with the ‘Nawaab Sahib’ played by Kanwaljeet…:)(better and more believable than any M&B)

Sunday meant ‘Rangoli ‘ and unlimited cartoon time…….
And most of all ,Mahabharat on lazy Sunday mornings ,’naashta’ prepared and done with… or sometimes eaten in front of the T.V…..interspersed with mom and dad’s explanation of the story ….
Who doesn’t remember the title track of this one?..:)
‘MAHABHARAT….
ath sri mahabharat katha
katha hai purusharth ki yeh
swarth ki parmarth ki
saarthi jiske bane
sri krishnabharat parth ki
shabd dighoshit hua …
beautifully sung…:)

Who can forget ‘Main samay hoon’and the deep baritone of Harish Bhimani?

(Makes one want to inflict some bodily harm to ‘Kekta’ Kapoor doesn’t it?Kahaani Hamaare Mahabharat ki’?????Tumhaare maybe …but definitely not ours….)

And Lord Krishna played so beautifully by Nitish Bharadwaj who literally seemed to be an ‘avataar’all on his own ,never mind that this was just a serial..:)
The quiet, calm voice ,the dusky complexion,the element of seriousness and the one of mischief,the cunningness,the ‘Upadesh‘…..the twinkle in the eyes,friend,lover,guide,parent,brother,and God…
Wasn’t that how one had always pictured one’s God to be?:)

Of ‘Fauji’ and ”I say chaps’’ said by one of the characters at every chance he got. Shahrukh was far more enjoyable then .Is it pre-destined that as one grows bigger in name,it is one’s fate to lose that very ‘raw ‘ quality that propelled one towards the path of fame in the first place?

How ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ was the coolest thing since Sherlock Holmes..maybe even more..?:D
Of the charm of ‘Chitrahaar ‘ ,and of ‘Alif Laila’and ‘Ramayana’….never mind if they were sitting in some dingy little studio with tin helmets and plastic swords…..:D
Of ‘Potli Baba Ki’ and ‘Mulla Nasiruddin’……..didn’t you imagine Mulla Nasiruddin to be JUST like that…..??:)
Of ‘Tenali Raman’ and Vikram-Betaal’
Of ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’ and ‘Nukkad’…….do they make it that great anymore???
When ‘Dekh Bhai Dekh’ was comedy defined…
Of that masterpiece called’Gul Gulshan Gulfam’ that allowed one a peek into Kashmir?
Of ‘Devaki Bhojai’ and ‘Wagle ki Duniya’?Wasn’t that our life being portrayed in ‘Wagle ki duniya’?
Of ‘Kakka ji kahin’…..and others…

Of ‘Mitti Ke Rang’ and ‘Neev’….where would one find better ,more varied and more vibrant colours of life????
Of ‘Tamas‘and a genius called Bhisham Sahani and the one known as Govind Nihalani….
Of the pain of partition and a generation whose wounds were still fresh….
Of how fortunate one was to have parents who didn’t go through it and yet conveyed the empathy to you…..

Of movies that were a luxury …..
Of World Cinema that arrived at one’s doorsteps once a week….
Of English Cinema that made one conversant with that ‘global’ language….the language of the ‘world’..
But most of all Regional Cinema….the beauty of Malayalam ,Tamil,Gujarati,Assamese,Bengali,Oriya..you name it…
The world inhabited by masters of the craft …all understandable with sub-titles….
I can’t even remember the number of masterpieces that one had the privilege of watching…

Of a time where Social Messages and ‘Janhit Mein Jaari’ meant something….
When ‘Ek Chidiya,Anek Chidiya’ spoke to the little hearts and minds of a message that was far,far greater than they could imagine and one that got ingrained in their psyche…..
When ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara ‘,‘Baje Sargam’ and the ‘Spread the Light of Freedom’were meant to cement newly formed ties of a multi -state ,multi -hued,multi-cultural nation that was still an infant…..
Of a time when an industry and its people could join hands in moments of strife and sing ‘Pyaar ki Ganga bahe , Desh mein Ekta rahe’…….
When ‘Tryst with Destiny’ was engraved on our hearts word for word…
When ‘Surbhi’ was our window to an India that even we couldn’t fathom and also our doorway to the world….
Of a time when ‘Guiness Book Of World Records’ seemed unbelievable…..were there human beings…mere mortals who could actually do all this?

One could see the serials but only after mom and dad had ‘checked’them out.
Deemed it fit for their kids.(Though in today’s media-savvy times and kids who can tell you a thing or two about the birds and the bees, one wonders what the fuss was all about…:D)
This has turned into a trip down memory lane and about Doordarshan…when all one wanted to do was relive some moments…:)

But as one writes this, questions linger in the mind…
Why is it that Doordarshan that produced ‘masterpieces then and was a genius storehouse seems adrift now?

How is it that a nation that grew up with these gems…that saw its own life being reflected on screen end up here…with THIS????
Why is it that we can settle for the ‘K’ brigade when we know better,when we have SEEN better?
Does it say something about us as a society,as a nation that TRP’s for these very channels/serials/news channels that we love to scoff at, are the highest??
Do the TRP’s magically rise by themselves???
Why are our children so bereft of identity ….is it because even we are running away from all things ‘Indian’?
Is this a rant?A pining away for a time when things seemed to be golden and people more honest?

No,this is simply a yearning for a time when India watched TOGETHER as a whole,as a NATION…there was no ‘cable’…
What you saw in the comfort of your home was also seen by the villager although he saw it with his whole village on just one t.v…
There was no ‘elite’ news or breaking news of-what-Salman-ate-today variety and certainly no ‘ELITE ONLY’attacks…

Yes,one is aware that the Fourth Estate has been strengthened as never before in today’s India…
It is our watchdog and it has no muzzle now and that’s a boon if democracy is to last…
But do we have to bear the inane topics that crop up in the name of ‘news’?

If India was ever wounded,then she bled as one …unlike today…when we seem concerned only selectively…… as parts of a broken whole… as one with separate identities…

What have we come to?
That’s the only question…

Here’s a link to a blog that’s all about nostalgia….
and this one too…

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Ajit permalink
    January 14, 2009 2:26 pm

    What have we come to…..

    Ans: Progress….. 🙂

    yeah, I remember still vividly remember most of the stuff you mentioned…..especially my fav hero… “HE MAN” 🙂

    “One could see the serials but only after mom and dad had ‘checked ‘them out.”

    I hated that when it happened 🙂

    great post……. nostalgic…..

  2. mesoliloquy permalink
    January 14, 2009 5:03 pm

    I miss Neev and Kashish. Two of my fav. shows.

    I also remember Stone Boy but don’t remember much about the show now. It seems Karan Johar acted in it.

    Aah! nostalgia.

  3. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    January 14, 2009 7:09 pm

    Abhilasha, I had told you that you will get the “best seat in class”. Every post of yours brings you closer to it…

    You took me, and everyone else who has read this post on a nostalgic trip, a walk back to the days of authentic simplicity and even innocence. And then, you brought us back to the reality of today in which much of that as been lost…

    What have we come to?…that is a question which begs an answer. Perhaps you will dwell on it later and get people thinking…

  4. Indyeah permalink
    January 14, 2009 7:18 pm

    Ah!yes, Progress…..:)yes,definitely worth all the hard work…

    I was getting nostalgic about those days but was left wondering about the divide in society today….

    Yes,parents had to check out EVERYTHING for their peace of mind..:D
    and
    Thanks ….:)

  5. Indyeah permalink
    January 14, 2009 7:30 pm

    Mesoliloquy:-Yes ,Neev was a favourite of mine too….and Kashish wth Sudesh Berry and that beautiful woman (whose name I don’t remember):)made all the hearts sigh didn’t they?
    and Karan Johar acted in Stone Boy?Don’t tell me..:D..really?lol!can’t even imagine…:)
    nostalgia was the aim here and a few fond memories….so thanks…:)

    Vinod Sir:-Thank you so much !:)Every time your appreciation strikes anew and the encouragement helps go one step further…

    Yes,this was not one of those yearning for days gone by but simply a bewilderment at what happened?where did we go wrong?
    And trust you to see that 🙂
    Thank you..again…yes, the question bears pondering and a tag on this topic for you in a few days will, I think help everyone understand the question and its answer even better…:)
    Would also request you to write on the same Sir with or without the tag….
    For, if anyone can elaborate and drive home the point ..it’s you…

  6. Indyeah permalink
    January 14, 2009 7:33 pm

    this was for you…

    Ajit:-Ah!yes, Progress…..:)yes,definitely worth all the hard work…

    I was getting nostalgic about those days but was left wondering about the divide in society today….

    Yes,parents had to check out EVERYTHING for their peace of mind..:D
    and
    Thanks ….:)

  7. That Subtle Something... permalink
    January 14, 2009 9:34 pm

    Your post took me to my childhood days… 🙂 Can never forget the ‘Mahabharat’ mornings.

  8. Indyeah permalink
    January 14, 2009 11:38 pm

    That Subtle Something:-and that was the intention…hope you enjoyed the memories…:)…’Mahabharat’ the common thread……..:)

  9. indyana permalink
    January 15, 2009 3:32 am

    Oh god! I ill have to brace myself before I read this post! Some references to the past brought back memories of an innocent time,now lost in space ,I think! Thanks for bringing back memories!!!Fauji, doordarshan and every single thing that you mentioned!

  10. Smitha permalink
    January 15, 2009 4:49 am

    You brought back so many memories!!! Those were the days 🙂 I remember waiting for Chitrahaar on Wednesdays and Fridays 🙂 There were such magical days! I am sure if I say this, when my daughter is a little older- she is going to laugh at my face – but seriously – you are right when you ask how have we reached where we have today? Great Post!
    Great post.

  11. Indyeah permalink
    January 15, 2009 6:47 am

    Indyana:-We all grew up on these na?Everyone’s getting all nostalgic …:)I miss these serials/ads/tunes/ sooo much……take as many deep breaths as you want…:)and brace yourself…:)

    Smitha:-me too!!! chitrahaar used to be the special treat..:)and you think your daughter will laugh?My students barely 15-16 already do…:)the brats..:)…but its a different generation…to each his/her own I guess..(If nothing works we’ll make the children see re-runs of ekta kapoor and K serials…..lol!see if they laugh at our choices and serials then….;) )..I only pray that we don’t say these oft-repeated line of our parents and grandparents ”Hamaare Zamaane mein toh aisa hota tha”……
    remember?I used to detest it……:D

  12. Usha Pisharody permalink
    January 23, 2009 8:18 pm

    What have we come to?

    Good question! And they say good questions have not answers 🙂

    Loved the trip down Doordarshan lane.. watched all of those, and most especially the He Man, the Ramamyana, and Mahabharata, with my elder son, then about 3 or 4… and he was so taken up with them [still is, lol!!!!] he had to bought a huge plastic sword, a mace, and a bow and arrow that would have put all of those contraptions in the serials to shame…

    We still have those moments at home, when he comes on leave when we hark back to those times… When he draws that sword from out of his back, upward above his shoulder, proclaiming in that earth shattering voice.. I HAVE THE PAAAAWWWWEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.. LOL!

    Surabhi, Rangoli, Bharat Ek Khoj, Udaan, Fauji… *sigh* I miss them still…

    As you say, I do wonder too, what happened down the road to getting modern? The sad fate of the buniyaad laid well, perhaps, but not the bricks that went into building on it??

  13. Indyeah permalink
    January 24, 2009 9:03 am

    ”We still have those moments at home, when he comes on leave when we hark back to those times… When he draws that sword from out of his back, upward above his shoulder, proclaiming in that earth shattering voice.. I HAVE THE PAAAAWWWWEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.. LOL”
    We have these moments too…lol!!
    all the time….specially when we want to irritate ma..:D
    with all the noise …

    ”As you say, I do wonder too, what happened down the road to getting modern? The sad fate of the buniyaad laid well, perhaps, but not the bricks that went into building on it??”

    What an awesomely beautiful way to put it!!!!Seriously!!wah!I say once again for that insightful comment….:)
    the buniyaad laid well…but not the bricks that made the building??wah!seriously!!

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