Every word in this article makes me wonder, Life was so beautiful when we were kids, and its changed so much today...
'Good old days'
When gulli-danda and kanche (marbles) were more popular than cricket ...
When we always had friends to play aais-paais (I Spy),chhepan- chhepai and pitthoo anytime
When we desperately waited for 'yeh jo hai jindagi' ..
When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, dada daadi ki kahaniyaan were so
When there was just one tv in every five houses and
When bisleris were not sold in the trains and we were worrying if papas will get back into the train in time or not when they were getting down at stations to fill up the water bottle ..
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 mummys and papas while
slapping/beating us ..
When we were exchanging comics and stamps and chacha-chaudaris and
billus were our heroes ...
When we were in nanihaals every summer and loved flying kites and
plucking and eating unripe mangoes and leechis ..
When one movie every Sunday evening on television was more than asked
for and 'ek do teen chaar' and 'Rajni' 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 and
When the first rain meant getting drenched and playing in water and mud and making 'kaagaj ki kishtis' ...
When there were no phones to tell friends that we will be at their
homes at six in the evening .
When our parents always had 15 paise blue colored 'antardesis' and 5 paise machli wale stamps at home
When we remembered tens of jokes and were not finding 'ice-cream and
papa' type jokes foolish enough to stop us from laughing ..
When we were not seeing patakhes on Diwalis and gulaals on Holis as air
and noise polluting or allergic agents ...
the list can be endless ..
on the serious note I would like to summarise 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
When we were enjoying our present more than worrying about our future ..
When being emotional was not synonymous to being weak
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 superfast's second ac with its curtained, closed and dark
I Really Miss them!!