All of us have fond memories from our childhood and love revisiting them time and again. Here are mine. I’m sure every 80’s kid, especially those growing up in Delhi, would relate to –
1. Eating out meant going to Nirulas and ordering a capsicum, onion pizza or big boy burger and Hot Chocolate Fudge (wait- HCF…we were cool then!) long before American fast food chains took over.
2. Vacations meant road or train travel to our relatives’ houses, mainly grandparents. Any road trip from Delhi in that direction, called for a compulsory stop at Murthal dhabbas. Holidays in the hills up north was considered a “Luxury” vacation.
3. Summer weekends nights meant family picnics at India gate with home cooked potluck dinner and ice cream from the vendors stationed there.
4. At least one of our relatives lived in US or UK or Canada (“phoren” or “in abroad”) and brought back chocolates and goodies that were not available in India at that time. Hence, we were always extra nice to those relatives.
5. We have actually visited all the forts and historical monuments in our childhood days and know their history. We didn’t depend on Google to tell us that!
6. Appu ghar was our very own Disney land and its water park our pride.
7. We looked forward to winters which brought with it a variety of seasonal food like gajar ka halwa, makki di roti and sarsaon ka saag and endless rounds of hot chai.
8. Republic day holiday called for a family tradition of picnic in the day time and playing badminton, Frisbee and cricket with the relatives. Independence Day meant flying colorful kites and competing with other kites in the sky.
9. We got our first PC at home only when we were in high school and our cell phone resembled a cordless. Post-paid SIMs were unheard of.
10. Ansals plaza, with its popular Shopper’s stop store, was our first indoor shopping / mall experience.
11. Lord Krishna to many of us looks like Nitish Bharadwaj who played him on screen in Mahabharat by B R Chopra on Doordarshan.
12. Dilwale dulhania Le Jaayenge (DDLJ) and Hum aapke hain kaun (HAHK) were cult movies and every girl wanted to date a guy like Raj and have a wedding like the one in HAHK.
13. Gurgaon seemed really far away and was known for its malls, liquor stores and new office buildings. We assumed anyone working in Gurgaon, worked in a call centre.
14. Alisha Chinoy crooning ‘Made in India’ with beefy Milind Soman was revolutionary new age music.
15. Orkut was our first exposure to social media. The testimonials posted there were the test of friendship.
Feel free to add to this list. I would love to hear from you!
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