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Dr.T.N.Jambunathan

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[FONT=&quot]Seventy's Middle Class India - Elderly will remember olden days [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]& Youngsters will Laugh
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[FONT=&quot]

For those who grew up during the 70s in middle class India, here are some[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] things that you can identify with – atleast I do! [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]
Some never had a thing and went house to house to enjoy them.

1. Though you may not publicly own to this, at the age of 12-17 years,you were very[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] proud of your first "Bellbottom" or your first "Maxi"or your first Apache jeans.

2. Phantom & Mandrake were your only true heroes. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] The brainy ones read "Competition Success Review".

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 – ora Choco Bar if you [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] were better off than most.

6. You gave your neighbour’s phone number to others with a ‘c/o’ written against it [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] because you had booked yours only 7 years ago and were still waiting for your [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] number to come.

7. Your first family car (and the only one) was a Fiat or an Ambassador. This often had [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] 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 [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] and used to irk the shit out of you! The window went down only if your puny arm could [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] manage the tacky rotary handle to pull it down. Locking the door was easy. You just [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] whacked the other tacky, non-rotary handle downwards.

9. Your mom had stitched the weirdest lace curtains for all the windows of the car. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] They were tied in the middle and if your dad was the comfort-oriented kinds, you [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 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[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] thing in the glittery skirt did acrobatics, quite enjoyed the elephants hitting football,[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] the motorcyclist vrooming in the "Mautka Gola" and it was politically okay to laugh[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] your guts out at dwarfs hitting each others bottoms!

12. You have atleast once heard "Hawa Mahal" on the radio.

13. If you had a TV, it was normal to expect the neighborhood to gather around to [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] watch the Chitrahaar or the Sunday movie. If you didn't have a TV, you just went to [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 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 [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] tri-coloured anti-glare screen which they attached with two side clips onto their [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] 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 [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] own own!) colour TV when the Asian Games started.Everyone else got the same [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] idea as well and ever since, no one came over to your house and you didn't go[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] to anyone else's.

17. You dreaded the death of any political leader because of the mourning they would[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] announce on the TV. After all how much "Shashtriya Sangeet" can a kid take? Salma [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Sultana also didn't smile during the mourning.

18. You knew that "Indira Gandhi" was somebody really powerful and terribly important. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] And that's all you needed to know.

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 covers and sometimes even [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] with ingenious, custom-fit plastic covers.

21. Movies meant Rajesh Khanna or Amitabh Bachchan. Before the start of the movie [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] you always had to watch the obligatory "Newsreel".

22. You thought you were so rocking because you knew almost all the songs of Abba [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] and Boney M.

23. Your hormones went crazy when you heard "Disco Deewane" by Naziya Hassan [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] & Zoheb Hassan.

24. School teachers, your parents and even your neighbours could whack you and it [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] was all okay.

25. Photograph taking was a big thing. You were lucky if your family owned a camera.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] A reel of 36 exposures was valuable hence it justified the half hour preparation &[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] "setting" & the "posing" for each picture. Therefore, you have atleast one family [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] picture where everyone is holding their breath and standing at attention!

And we were really happy then....see what the new technology has brought you to[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]...no peace of mind, only pressure and stress..


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