Important matters of deliberation and discussion when I grew up in the 80s. What we used to call thalapora karyangal literally translated into head-breaking stuff.
50 paise pocket money everyday. 20p for the bus. What to do with the remaining 30?
Yesudas or SPB. Who was better?
Rajnikant or Kamal Haasan. My hair was pulled on this account many times by my brother and cousins.
TV comes in 1984. Watching everything from 6pm including Krishi Darshan.
Wondering how to sleep through the Philips Powerhouse bellowing Suprabhatam at 5am.
What would be the best song on Cibaca Geetmala every Wednesday?
Perfecting a bored expression whenever Appa talked of getting a bag of rice for Rs. 5 in his days…
P.G. Wodehouse or Frederick Forsyth?
Being initiated into the patriotic Lata Mangeshkar’s Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon..
And the paani did stream down the eyes…
The only serial watched during SSLC exams was Fauji. After much pleading with self.
Pattu pavadais and dawani… Or salwar kameez.
Which pandhi (to have lunch) to sit for during sasthapreethi…
How to feign a stomach-ache when there was something you disliked on the table…You were not supposed to refuse food so went hungry.
Making the vishu kaineetam (elders gave children money during the Vishu festival) last six months.
One pack of Maggi shared by two.
How to dodge the maama whose pastime was to start every conversation with, ‘In 1961 when India and China….’ and would invariably discuss The Hindu’s edit.
And the clincher? All boys were brothers 🙂
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