Well .. before you guys judge me too harshly, I want to come clean: this is not a jealous response to the facebook group about growing up in the 90s, I am not an envious person. But I am committed to truth and can not have so many of my younger fellow dupable countrymen and even more dupable women led into a false belief: that they had it better than us. This is a genuine attempt to convince all of you who grew up in the 90s that we did have it better .. errr .. joking.
Honestly, there is very little that separates the individuals who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s; the more rapid and detrimental socio-cultural shifts are a phenomenon of the late 90s. Taking the list from the facebook group I will try and compare and contrast.
In the 90s
Evenings on STN/NTM were the highlight of your day.
• Guys only ever played cricket and football, depending on what world cup was going on at the time.
• You played Dark Room, Tilo-Express, Oonch Neech, Chor-Sipahi and Chupan Chupai.
• You idolized Imran Khan even though he was retired when you were 2 or 3, and wiped your face with your Pepsi bottle or Frost juice because he did it in that ad.
• Wasim Akram’s “mein cigarette nahi peeta” ad made half ur generation vow to never smoke (the other half just missed out on good stuff).
In the 80s
Yes, this is quite true. But because we were older we preferred the fall guy, flash, manimal etc;
We grew up on tanhaiyaan ..!!Andera ujala!!
Earlier for us the highlight of the day was the 15 minute showing o hackle and jackle I think .. or on Sundays the program on bollywood movie songs.
Again, we would occasionally watch these programs but because we were much older we would be doing other stuff .. like walking around the neighborhood.
Ummm .. in school we always played cricket .. no football even .. we were just interested in cricket.And the girls would play hop scotch.
Yupps all of these .. and cell chupana .. and koona koonaYupp Puggan pugai was the decider ..
I also remember whenever we used to play team sports and had to make teams we would make pairs and then say daak daak .. koi lay miandad, koi lay imran khan .. and nobody wanted to be Miandad ..
Not these but in our day alif laila was more in and we used to read tarzan and amro ayyar stories or sheikh chillie .. or the cassette kahanis Ferozesons produced in Qazi Wajids voice. Adam booo ..
We drank country juice the pineapple flavor or actually, Pepsi or Crush .. with golden chips. Our favorite was having aloo channa or imli from the street vendors who used to come often.
Haha true. We called it ‘ladiss drink’
In our time he was not retired 😉
And we loved him.
We would turn up our shirt collars because he did.
We made fun of this ad. And made our own vulgar versions of it. like jo sawal poocha hai uss ka jawab do .. etc
Nopes. I don’t think most of us bought into boasting about ‘stuff’. For us respect came form being the bad boy of the class. Having ciggys at one time was it ..
We used to wake up early on Sunday to watch Indian TV. It was a mission getting a good signal it required wrestling with the antenna for a while. He-Man used to play in the morning on Sunday.
Ummm .. I am sketchy on this.
Atari was it in our day. We used to love it.
Although we spent most of our time outdoors, getting up to all kinds of mischief.
Most of our generation was not into video games that much. We were more outdoor people.
No we were Rocco loyalists!! And Yummy too … back in the day Chaman icecream was huge.
What??? I never heard that.
We fell in love with the female actress in Elf. She was very cute with her braces and all.
We didn’t have cartoon network, for us Pink Panther and Tom and Jerry have iconic status.
Ours was Amitabh Bachan!
Man we had a good time with fountain pens .. back in the dollar and wing sun (I think) introduced very funky ones and we spent fortunes getting all the colors and types etc;
We wanted to own knight rider for our generation the two most popular shows were knight rider and air wolf. We wanted Kit. How could we not??
I think this has made me quite nostalgic .. it calls for a post on growingup in the 80s ….