There’s a new fb meme doing rounds. It brought upon me a wave of nostalgia, and I could connect to most of the points mentioned therein. So, here, I’m putting it up on ‘My Life’, with some minor modifications:
You Know You Grew Up in India in the 90s when…
1) You know the words to ‘In-pin-safety-pin’ and ‘akkad-bakkad’ by heart. 2) Cricket is almost a religion for you, and you idolize at least one of Rahul Dravid/Sachin Tendulkar/Saurav Ganguly (Who were the bowlers, again?). 3) You have read at least some ‘Chacha Chaudhary’ or ‘Tinkle’ comics; you know that ‘Raj Comics’ heroes have a thing for animals (which means that they can communicate with them, you dirty mind!). 4) You’ve watched ‘Shaktimaan’/’Mowgli’ on TV at least once in your life. And you can immediately recognize the character when you see him. 5) You have some ‘NRI’ relatives. They used to bring you chocolates, ‘real’ chocolates. Speaking of which… 6) You couldn’t wait for it to be December so you could have the Toblerone/Hershey’s chocolates your NRI relatives brought you. 7) You watched Cartoon Network, and then the late night movies on TNT that came after Cartoon Network ended. You remember the ‘bomb explosion’ of 6 p.m. 8) You watched corny dubbed versions of Small Wonder, Dennis the menace, and I Dream of Jeanie 9) You were THRILLED when McDonald’s opened in your neighborhood (or even eight kilometers away) 10) A visit to Pizza Hut/Domino’s used to mean a special treat. 11) You have seen Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun at least 5 times each. Ah, parents! And you thought, at that time, that KKHH was cool. 12) You still remember the theme song of Hum Paanch. (Hum Paanch, Pa Pa Pam Pam Paanch!). 13) You have played hours upon hour of running and catching, chor-police, Ice-pice (I spy you), ‘Doctor, doctor, help us!’, ‘Lock and key’. 14) You have seen girls play ‘Amina Super Sina’/’posham pa’ more times than you can remember. (And you still don’t know what it means!). 15) Dog ‘in’ the bone was your favorite co-ed game. 16) Much of your free time in school was spent playing UNO. 17) You collected trump cards of wrestlers, cricketers, and airplanes – hogging up-on shitty bubble-gums for your ‘collection’ – and did not quite understand why your younger siblings were obsessed with Pokemon and the other Japanese trends that followed. Finally, ‘South Park’ came to your rescue. 18) Your summer vacations were often synonymous with visiting your grandparents or cousins. 19) Your parents, at some point, told you ‘Dark Room’ was a bad game to play. But you still loved playing it. 20) Bole mere lips, I love uncle Chips! And Lays’ was Ruffles, and it sucked. 21) You know the song ‘Made in India’ by Alisha Chinai 22) You have seen many many many episodes of ‘Antakshari’ on Zee TV and know the only thing constant in the show is Annu Kapoor. Why was Pallavi Joshi with him again? 23) Many evenings have been spent watching little kids gyrate vulgarly on Boogie Woogie on Sony. And ACP Pradyumna-yahan-pe-to-laash-77) You can think of more things to add here!
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24) You were the coolest thing in class if you had a computer in your house while it was still the 90s.
25) You learnt BASIC in school, CHIPPING-IN was the book to have, published by ‘Independent Business Machine’ Pub!!
26) You couldn’t wait to start 4th standard so you could start writing with PENS instead of with pencils!
27) You often used terms and phrases like ‘two-say’, ‘same to you, back to you, with no returns’, and ‘shame shame, puppy shame, all the donkeys know your name’!
28) You most probably saw Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge at the cinema at least once. You also fantasized about singing songs in mustard fields as in the movie. (Admit it, you!)
29) You have seen David Dhawan and Govinda movies and laughed at them, at the jokes, not the way you’d now.
31) You have said ‘haw’ or ‘yuck’ when you saw people kissing in English movies. (now-a-days kids are used to it!)
30) Titanic was, in all probability, your FIRST ‘favorite English movie’.
31) You thought seeing English movies and speaking English made you the coolest thing ever.
32) You remember the Gujarat earthquake very clearly and could possibly tell everyone EXACTLY what you were doing when the earthquake occurred.
33) Barbies for girls, and GI Joes for boys were the ultimate status symbols. You just wanted more, more, more, and more. And how can I forget Hot Wheels, for both boys and girls?
34) You thought ‘imported’ clothes were definitely way better than ‘made in India’ clothes (never mind that a lot of clothes brought from overseas by NRI relatives were actually made in India, before ‘Made in China’ started appearing on EVERY existing thing).
35) "Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai Pata Chala Hai! Chaddi Pehen Ke Phool Khila Hai Phool Khila Hai!" You watched "The Jungle Book" every Sunday morning at 9.a.m" and just loved mowgli, bhalu and bagheera. A few years later, you watched Disney Hour, which had cartoons like Aladdin, Gummy Bears, Tail Spin, Uncle Scrooge!
36) At some point or other, cool/kewl was your favorite, and therefore, most overused word.
37) Captain Planet was your first introduction to environmental consciousness.
38) You have tried to convince people around you to not burst crackers on Diwali, and then gone straight back home and burst them yourself.
39) You have had endless packets of Parle Gluco-G biscuits, and of Britannia Little Hearts biscuits.
40) You loved licking off the cream from the centre of Bourbon biscuits.
41) There were no Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Puma. Action, Bata and Liberty was the way to go for your sports shoes. And Kapil Dev convinced you to get ‘Joote-me-hai-light’ Action-Shoes!
42) You have probably consumed more Frooti in your lifetime than there is oil in Iraq.
43) You watched Baywatch/VIP/Silk Stalkings on Star World when nobody was home even though (or because) your parents said you shouldn’t watch it.
44) You bought packets of potato chips for the specific purpose of collecting Tazos. And you had Tazos depicting everyone from Confucius to Daffy Duck to Daffy Duck dressed as Confucius.
45) For the longest time, the Maruti 800, the Premier Padmini, THE Fiat, and THE Ambassador were the only cars you saw on the road, and the Contessa was cool because it was bigger.
46) You would literally jump up in excitement if you ever chanced upon an imported car (Oh my gosh, is that really a MERCEDES?)!
47) You spent a good part of 1998 drooling over the Hyundai Santro and the Daewoo Matiz , debating which one was better.
48) ‘Lucky Ali’ started being cool to you.
49) You sometimes had contests with your classmates about who had more tattoos on their arm, leg, knee, hand, forehead, wherever.
50) You thought Mario and Contra were the coolest things ever invented, especially if you were a boy.
51) You knew that having the latest Hero or Atlas bicycle would make you the coolest kid on the block.
52) You love ‘Mile sur mera tumhara’.
53) You have, at some point of time, worn GAP clothes (real or fake) like SRK in KKHH.
54) Seemingly senseless acronyms like 'SRK', 'DDLJ', 'DTPH', 'KKHH', etc. actually make sense to you..
55) You have at some point debated who was more beautiful: Aishwarya or Sushmita.
56) Baskin Robbins ice-cream was THE thing to have!
57) You know what Campa Cola is. And you also knew that Coca Cola was THE drink.
58) You would watch WWF keenly every evening/afternoon and loved Bret Hart "Hitman"! really thought Undertaker had seven lives and he made an “actual” appearance in the Akshay Kumar- starrer ‘Khiladiyon ka Khiladi’.
59) When all backpacks (or ’schoolbags’) and water bottles and tiffin boxes had strange cartoon characters that were hybrid versions of seven or eight different characters, and you still bought them, because a green man wih a water pistol, boots, a jet-pack, Johnny bravo hair, a rajasthani mustache, gloves, and underwear (long johns) over his pants, called ‘Mr. X’ was OBVIOUSLY a status symbol.
60) You remember the Nirma tikia jingle.
61) You remember the Nirma girl.
62) You remember the ‘doodh doodh piyo glass full doodh’ ad and also the ‘laal kaala peela, gulabi hara neela classic hai badia bristles wala’ and 'roz khao ande' ads.
63) You grew up reading, if you read at all, some or all of Nancy Drews, Enid Blyton books, Hardy Boys, Babysitters Club, Animorphs, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley series, Judy Blumes, and Tintin, or Archie comics. Because naturally, reading foreign authors made you much cooler than reading Tinkle.
64) Towards the late 90s (1998-99) at least some of us started our Harry Potter obsessions!
65) You absolutely HAD to go to Essel World if you were with cousins! “Essel World mein rahoonga main, ghar nahin nahin jaaonga main!” (I never went but always dreamed of going there!)
66) You watched the Bournvita Quiz contest on TV pretty religiously. The smarter ones amongst you actually took part in it and had your entire school and your entire extended families watch you on it!
67) Maggi 2 Minute Noodles = ultimate snack (and tiffin, lunch, dinner)!
68) If you grew up in the early 90s, you recall the nation’s obsession with Mahabharata on TV.
69) In the later 90s, you religiously followed ‘Hip Hip Hooray’ on Zee… may be ‘Just Mohabbat’ on Sony too.
70) You remember Parzan Dastur saying "JALEBI!!" in the ‘Dhara’ Ad.
71) You eagerly awaited ‘Friendship Day’, so you could give friendship bands to all your friends, and get bands from them in return. Then, of course, those with the most bands loved to show them off.
72) Backstreet Boys' 'Quit Playing Games' was one of the first English songs that you LOVED!
73) 'Andaz Apna Apna' is and most probably will always be your favorite comedy flick! 'Aila Jhakaas!'
74) Cordless phones were ultra-cool.
75) You know what ‘Name, Place, Animal, Thing’ is!
76) Yow owned/dreamed of owning a geared bike, preferably ‘Hercules Top Gear’.