Our times

Our generation (those significantly younger, can read this as “my generation”) would have stories of tell of “those times” when we were growing up.  Imagining a conversation between the next generation and mine (one need not even fast forward to the future, these are true even now).

Q: How old are you?

A: So old that the internet and email were first used in India when I was in high school.

Q: What ? You did not have internet until high school ? Then how did u do your homework?

A: We read books, and “wrote” by hand

Q: That MUST have taken time! If you did’nt have internet, how did you meet friends on facebook?

A: Oh facebook came much later – after I post graduated and was into my 3rd job. We had something called “orkut” during the college phase, and nothing before that.

Q: Oh so I assume you would talk/ text your friends till such time?

A: Hmmm…yes we did have a landline phone at which school friends would call. I bought my 1st personal mobile phone a few months after my 1st job.

Q: Then how would your family reach you whenever you were away?

A: At other PP landline phones

Q: But landlines cannot store phone numbers !!

A: Yes, I would remember the phone numbers of my close friends and family, and note down the rest in hand-made phone diaries. Some of us had digital diaries.

Q: So you would talk to your friends on the land line in front of FAMILY?

A: Well, it could be avoided at times, but mostly – yes.

Q: Ok tell me, how did you pass time when you DID NOT have any internet?

A: Till the internet came…well, I guess that was in school days, we would read, listen to music on the tape recorder, play “Lock and Key”, “Crocodile”, Carrom, Paandi, Ludo, Pallankuzhil or watch TV. Some others would play Cricket, football etc.

Q: You did not have Ipod or the X Box too?

A: Nope. Those came later too.

Q: Thank God, you atleast had the TV !!! Was it a black and white?

A: No, black and white TV was in olden times, my generation grew up watching colour TV

(pack and run before questions on LCD, Plasma and  3D TV enter the conversation…..)



  1. Kavity said,

    May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    .. and also questions on cable tv, set top boxes etc.. which am sure our generation did not have to deal with.. I used to wait for oliyum oliyum on Friday evenings, no MTV, V Channel, Sun Music yada yada

    Hilarious account! And, so true too! My kid cousins used to look at me as if I was some ghost from the prehistoric past till that time as I got on to FB! And, incidentally, they do not think much about the pleasures of reading hard copy books!

  2. Deepa said,

    May 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Oliyum Oliyum, Rangoli, Superhit Muqabla. Indeed 🙂 The times when one would remember programmes and watch TV, and not to surf channels 🙂

  3. Arun said,

    May 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Ha Ha 🙂
    ROFLA in office…Yeah to add few more below

    Telephone with trrrring trrrring sound and circular dial,
    Ink pens-which need to be filled with ink daily using filler.
    TV prog-Ramayana,Mahabharat,Junoon,Shanti,Swabhimaaan…amaaaaa mudilla

  4. Shrutz said,

    May 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    😀 I remember!

  5. Shreya said,

    May 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    My god! We are old! I used to wake up early on Sunday mornings to watch Gayab Aaya, the first landline we got was when I was 12 years old and I used to think it was such a luxury and such A beauty 😀

    We are well on our way to becoming one of those ‘in our times the days were simpler and sleep came easy’ kinda folk 😀

  6. Deepa said,

    May 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Totally Shreya 🙂 We may not realise, but we ARE in those times where the pace of technology is fastest growing, and there are sea changes in the way we communicate and live….
    Probably after a few years, there will be some collective “name” given to our generation – like the “technology boomers” or something 🙂

  7. Yogesh said,

    May 30, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Nicely written and brings back tons of memories 🙂
    Sundays were reserved for Jungle Book, Talespin and Ducktales. I can barely sign now, but there was a time when I would get at least a compliment a day on my handwriting 🙂
    Good Stuff

  8. Deepa said,

    May 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    @ Arun: ink filling, indeed though most often dad would do it 🙂

    @ Yogi: how could I forget Mowgly :-), and yes writing HAS taken a hit, though I do write – shopping lists, and “to do” lists mostly 🙂

  9. Boishakhi said,

    June 30, 2010 at 9:48 am

    We got our 1st TV only when I was 11, and landline when I was 17 and had already left home.. Our TV was the 1st colour TV in the neighbourhood, and some 40 neighbours would crowd into our TV room on Sunday mornings to watch Mahabharata in colour 😀

    God am prehistoric!!

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