Things that remind me of my childhood- India in the 80's and 90's
Capturing the quirky and colorful set of cultural influences that surrounded our childhood.
A bottle of Rooh Afza is a bottle of concentrated goodness. Filled with water lily and rose extracts, raisins, fruits and a whole lot of other exotic goodies. It’s best had with cold milk and one ice cube. This was often served to kids during birthday parties.
Holi. the festival of color. This s a great video by Variable. "The world is fascinating. People and cultures inspire us. Sadly, the fast paced lifestyles of our generation result in many not taking the necessary step back to soak in the existing world around us. Our goal with this film is to help viewers further appreciate and take notice of the beauty in life & culture that lies within our world..." Cant wait to show baby S Holi in India!
Vishu! Vikram and I would be woken up by nani at 4am , our living room would be decorated like this picture and had a huge mirror in the middle. With confusion and slight irritation , Vikram and I would be asked to then spit in nani's hand , make a wish into the mirror for the new year , wish the family and go back to bed. We were always amused and actually loved this little ritual we had at the Bhaskaran household. Thanks to Nani!
TYPEWRITERS: Even in the 80s they seemed anachronistic. But we had one lying around, collecting dust. The sound of the keys is something we all know well from waiting in line at government offices and banks indefinitely.
MILLIPEDES: This may have been just my weirdo school, but we used to catch millipedes, store them in our crazy mechanical pencil boxes, then dig tracks in the sand for them to race, and then race them - using sticks and paper to keep them on track towards the finish line. We also did this with little frogs, but they got squashed in the pencil boxes sometimes.
ELOCUTION COMPETITION: Indian parents love making their children participate in elocution competitions. Some poor kid like the one pictured typically memorizes a poem/chapter from an English author they have no connection with and gets up in front of everyone to recite random poem/chapter verbatim.