May 15, 2010

dil toh bachcha hai ji...

It has taken me over a month now to get over the fact that I am a year older all over again!!! I am one step closer to stepping out of my 20's and it is a somewhat weird feeling.

I am not of the vain variety who dreads growing old. I do not hear an 'aunty... aunty... aunty' echo when younger ones call me 'aunty'! I do not freak out when I see that odd silver strand on my head. Well, atleast I do not yell loud enough to let the neighbours know :)

Aging, according to many other like minded people, is a state of mind. And thankfully for me, I have managed to keep the child in me alive and kicking! There's a thin line between holding on to the kid in you and being kiddish and immature. I am guessing I haven't crossed the line. Maybe the grown-ups around me can answer that. :)

I was reminded today of all the fun things I did as a kid. Took this chance to list out some of them.

I miss everything about school. From classes to special classes, homework to handiwork, black shoes to white sneakers, uniforms to 'colour dress' days, Open Days to Annual Prize Distributions, Class I to Class X... I miss it all. I still remember how we had this freeze bell rule at school. Whenever it was time for class after a break, we would hear 2 bells. The first bell was called the freeze bell. It was like a game of statue. You stand still and do not move for a good 30 seconds or so. On hearing the second bell we were to line up and get to class. Funny and peculiar it may sound, but we did it day in and day out. So much that I miss it till date. Loads of memories from school time are flooding my mind now. I think I will save them all for another post.

Summer Vacations
You call it jealousy or you call it reminiscing old memories but I simply cannot stop envying all the school kids in my apartment. Their summer vacations are on... and they are in the best of spirits. This part of the year used to be the best in all my years at school. I loved making that day long train journey from Bombay to Madras for a 2 month vacation with my grandparents. I miss all those long warm summers that I spent with them and everything they did to make my vacation even more special. Love you thatha and paati!!!

Satellite transmission and DTH services have taken the television by storm. Channels have run into triple digit figures. Reality shows are the order of the day with melodramatic serials not far behind. Kareena Kapoor can throw a tantrum about missing her favourite saas-bahu serial, only to see Saif recording it for her to watch later!!! Cut back to a few years ago (few is not an understatement... the kid in me adds :D). Doordarshan was our only source of entertainment on television. DD-I and DD-II were more than enough to keep us entertained. I miss all the TV shows I watched on Doordarshan as well as the movies that were telecast over the weekend. Nukkad, Wagle ki Duniya, Mungerilal ke Haseen Sapne, Jungle Book, Circus, Fauji, Byomkesh Bakshi, Tehkikaat, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Superhit Muqabla, Chitrahaar, Daawat, Udaan Surabhi, ... Oh I miss them all!!!

The Parent's Rule Book at our house clearly stated that we needed to get to bed by 9.30pm. That ensured we caught up on all the sleep our body needed. Over the years I have been wishing my family a good night's sleep later and later on the clock. I cannot remember when was the last time I went to sleep as early as 9.30pm. It is well past midnight by the time I retire for the day. Crazy lifestyles need a little order too. I have decided to consciously work on this. Early to bed and early to rise (the bigger challenge!!!) will surely make me healthy, wealthy and wise... on second thoughts let us make that - healthy, wealthy and wiser :)

Fancy Dress Competitions
I miss the many fancy dress shows I participated in. My mum looked forward to these more than me :). I remember getting dressed up as Baby Krishna once and as a Hawaian girl on another occasion. I won prizes for both :). We had these annual functions in our residential complex for Diwali and New Year's Eve. The whole process of deciding on what we're going to dress up as, preparing for it and going up on stage and enacting it out was a wonderful experience. I also participated in some group dances for some of these functions but somehow the Fancy Dress Competitions linger on in my mind. I will look up some of the pictures and hope to P.S. them to this post.

Kid Books
Tintin, Asterix and Obelix, Noddy, Chacha Chowdhary, Target, Tinkle, Champak, the complete Enid Blyton series, Secret Seven, Famous Five, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys - I am sure all or most of these feature on your list of favourite childhood books. I used to eat, drink, walk, talk, yawn, sleep and breathe books. Somehow, over the years I have not been able to devote as much time to books. I still love reading all of these books. I actually enjoy it even more when I read them now. I remember bringing down the library shelves in our clubhouse to find the best of books. Since I could get only one of them issued per week I would hide my personal selection behind some books that were rarely ever touched by the others. This would ensure they remained there for the rest of the week :). The best part would be the glances others shot at me when they saw me climb up a chair to reach the top-most shelf. The glance would be followed by a feeling of awe and shame put together when they noticed that the top-most shelf stocked books as heavy as micro or macro economics, physics or nuclear research. They thought they needed to learn a few things from this whiz-kid called ME :)

Fun Games
There used to be a host of games we kids would play every evening. Played a lot of interesting outdoor games like Catch 'n Cook, Blind Man's Buff, Kho-kho, Lagori, hopscotch (Googled this out... we used to call it 'Tippar' or 'Tipri' :D), Kitty Kitty Coming, Chor Police, Saakhli, Langdi, Hide 'n Seek, GoooooooollllllddddddSssssppppppott (that's how we used to yell it out :D) and many more. It has been years and years since I have even made a mention of these games. I have not seen kids playing all of these in the last so many years. Let your kids be kids and let them come up with silly yet interesting games like these and give it a name of their choice. Urge them to use their PC games and TV videogames as stress busters when they are much older.

Wow!!! This post has been such a refresher. It took me back down memory lane and brought back many pleasant memories... each with a smile on my face. There sure are a lot of other things that may come to my mind. Will share those on my blog space later.

My take on growing up would be - Grow up as you are doing anyways but remain a child at heart always. I love to pamper the kid in me. I try as much to do everything I loved doing as a kid. This post has only helped me strengthen my stand. The kid in me is happy! The kid in me is jumping with joy! The kid in me is waiting for more! The kid in me is nudging me to hum along... 'dil toh bachcha hai ji' :)


Anonymous,  May 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

yo P,
i remember some of those vacation things. but was a bit different for us guys...waking up at 6 for early morning football on the tennis court; jogging to ferry warph, monopoly in ashishs house at noons when it was hot outside...stuff!! ure post brought back all that.

- The Virgin Author! May 17, 2010 at 7:53 AM  

Life moves on. We let go of something to experience something else! Life moves on!



wils May 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

Kid in me waked up.
Motivating post indeed. Gone to my childhood age and think i wanna grow up once again...
Keep Writing

Wils 4 Life

priya May 18, 2010 at 6:31 PM  

thanks for coming along and leaving your comment here. good to read all that you guys did during the summer hols... and am happy my post brought back all those memories :)

priya May 18, 2010 at 6:32 PM  


thanks for the comment. felt good to see that my post took you back to your childhood :)

priya May 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

@virgin author

thanks for your comment. that's a valid point you have.

Prasita May 24, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

I must say u have brought back all those memories :)

to add to the list of you remember "Tipi tipi top top..what colour do u want"...

we would have so much fun running around nd playing pakda pakdi..
most of the times on of my knee would be scraped...nd ma would say that helps me distinguish the left from the right ;)

Kevin May 26, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

Cool.... this post definitely brings back memories. You sure did pick some stuff that would trigger memories for most ... school, vacations, kid books, games. Another real popular game would be Dabba I spy OR is Dabba ice-spice.

btw, your IndiRank is not doing bad at all.... nice going.

priya May 26, 2010 at 8:54 PM  


thanks for the comment.

i remember that color color game... and that even reminds me of this game called 'name, place, animal, thing' and then a funny little game called sunday monday... where we would jump up and down 7 stairs!!! OMG!!! It's all coming back in flashes!

That was cute... about how your mom identified your knees :)

I just wish we can all retain our childhood memories... and add some real innocent spice to our otherwise mundane lives!!!

priya May 26, 2010 at 8:56 PM  


thanks for the comment. am happy about the blog rank too :) yet to figure out completely about how it works.

i remember ice-spice too... played it a lot. i wonder if kids these days play such games at all... make sure shayanne gets a fair share of these games too :) am sure she'll like it.

Anoop Morab June 10, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

This post is truly refreshing! :)

jignesh December 7, 2010 at 3:06 PM  

I loved ur title line
Dil toh Bachacha hai ji nice post really loved reading it.

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