The Age Of Innocence

June 20, 2009

After reading Ramesh’s post here, I too was taken back to the sweet old days when innocence was a given. Looking at the information overdose these days, I just want to leave this age and go back to the age of innocence, charm and grace. Most people are horrified at the thought of life without cellphones, the cable, internet. But these are the very things that caused all the hurry burry in the world isn’t it? And people were pretty happy back in those days too. This sweet video should bringΒ  back some good memories and how little it took us to bring joy to our hearts.

Got you, didn’t I? The innocent voices, the wise didi, the simple lessons and a heartwarming video. Who will not love it?

One of our beloved past times was the Chitrahar in the evenings and Chitrageet on the weekend mornings. Remember how a lady would announce all the details of a song in a pleasant tone – what is going to play next, who is the Music Director, who wrote the songs and other snippets? No matter how much fun they are, but I feel all the VJs and DJs are trying too hard to make us like them. ( I make a few exceptions for people like Lola Kutty, who has her charm and wits around her! )

I miss the style of the older editions of Reader’s Digest. I have a couple of those oldies which my mom guards with her life! My mom also had these magazines called the Four Seasons. I love it so much and I have gone through them over and over. They too give a little information about the writer of the article. And it was in Black and White, so very charming to me. Tinkle, Chandamama are also old favourites. Each of them have changed their look, but I hold the older editions close to my heart. And as LEM pointed out, the charm of sepia photos taken in those days, gives a warm feeling.

The experience of traveling by train has also changed over the years. I remember how I used to tell my amma to make coffee like they make in the train and she would get a really horrified look on her face! (Thank God I outgrew that phase!)Β  I remember the long train journeys we made to Baroda, Udaipur, Jaisalmer etc where each way it would be atleast 2 days. And it was fun, all the kids would make friends with each other and play together. And the adults did what they did best – ruining our fun! πŸ˜‰

As for friends, we knew every single child in our neighbourhood because we were either playmates or schoolmates, Some of our closest friends are the parents of kids whom my dad offered to take to school along with us. Friends for life – that was a given then. People were really nice and sincere. Friendship doesn’t mean the same anymore. There are strings attached. We no longer forgive and forget.

Schooling was sane back in my days. Yes, homework, exams were there. Students helped each other out. I think our classes were like how my 1std social studies textbook describe the responsibilities of a mother, father, sister, brother, friends, students and so on. I have studied in the same school all my life. So I know most of my classmates all my life. Isn’t that a lovely feeling. Its like whole of Cochin was one big family.

Parents were parents. You don’t behave, you are grounded. Among the two of us, P is the one who got the most number of punishments from our parents (teachers too :-D) My parents were parents thenΒ  but now they are my dearest friends.

I loved taking this trip down memory lane. And before you all pass me off for a old lady, I am in my late twenties. I love the serenity of my early years and would love to experience them again even at the cost of cell phones, cable, ATM … eh, the internet a little grudingly because that would mean no blogs πŸ˜‰ I proudly display my love of the ’80’s here.

Whoever said old is gold, knew what he/she was talking about. Do write in with your thoughts. πŸ™‚ I am waiting …


16 Responses to “The Age Of Innocence”

  1. AJCL said

    lovely post Ash.. double whammy ur post and Ramesh’s.. im currently stricken with nostalgia that makes me sigh ‘those good ol days’..

    • thethoughtfultrain said

      That was quick Appu .. Ramesh’s post did me in! Yeah that was same feeling I got when I was writing this one … πŸ™‚

  2. AJCL said

    its one of those write ups you come across when you want to say something, and are unable to in as many words and then some one else comes and says the exact same things, so beautifully that leave u nodding in affirmation.. today i did just that reading your post..

  3. Sachin said

    Hmmm … This is were I am a lot different from the others (or so I think). I actually prefer the present and don’t really miss the past. As far as I can remember I have always looked forward to a day like today πŸ™‚ .. A day when I can be pretty certain that :
    1. There will be no power outages.
    2 There will be more than one channel on TV
    3. TV Channels will work 24 hrs a day.
    4. You are not forced to watch people morn the death of a politician you don’t care for.
    5. I have more than 2 options if you are in the market for a Car or even a scooter !
    6. When I go to the movies, the plot consists of something more cerebral than .. Hero meets Heroine and they meet the villain, then the predictable car chase and a flurry of bullets and hero kicks villain’s butt. (At least I am sure that the same guys is not the hero or villain in every movie). Ya ya ya .. There were some Amol Palekar movies depicting the 80’s middle class way of life.
    7. The Internet .. Need I say more.
    8. Access to travel by Air for the common man.
    9. A world were “Phoren” (Foreign) is not necessarily better.
    10. A point in time when an Indian company TATA owns Jaguar .. and I can dream to a Jaguar too ..

    … Now to my 52″ LCD TV (By now you would have realised, I am quite a couch potato) to watch Prison Break I ordered over the internet though Netflix. I love today !

    • thethoughtfultrain said

      You of the lazy ways… you can only think about TV and cars and Internet. There is a life beyond all that too, you know? Now get back to eating your breakfast and stop ruining my poor blog!! πŸ˜‰

  4. manchitra said

    I read your post and it reminds me of my husband who goes on such nostalgic trips at the drop of a hat.( yesterday he was speaking abt. salma Sultan , the DD news reader) and my son starting to whimper oh ! here he goes again.

    • thethoughtfultrain said

      Hmm .. Maybe Sonu will remember this when he is Appappa’s age and talking to his kids … πŸ˜‰

  5. Amar Chitra Katha …..Spiderman …..Long Play Records ….though I am not from the 80’s … so definitely feel old(er) …..great walk down memory lanes …..can almost smell the coffee in the train…good stuff Ashwini !!!

    • thethoughtfultrain said

      Thanks LEB … Amar Chitra Katha almost slipped my mind.. Though they are owned by Tinkle guys, their stuff is at a different level altogether. Long play records .. we still have them at home collecting dust!! Some days they are!!

  6. Ramesh said

    What a lovely post. For somebody so young, you weave nostalgia like a master. Brilliant. The coffee, the train journeys, going to the same school throughout, knowing everybody around – wow. I had all of the same. Maybe the earth stopped turning between the 60s and the 80s !!

    Thanks for picking up the tag. Do you have a favourite song of the 80s ??

    • thethoughtfultrain said

      Thank you Ramesh. I love those carefree days of my childhood. As for my favourite song from the 80s, it is a Malayalam song about a grandmother’s longing for more time with her dying granddaughter. It is a sad song but holds a special place in my list of all time favourites. is the link in case you wish to hear. πŸ™‚

  7. Kelvy said

    Humm, well some things abt the old days are certainly missing…
    But somehow i just dont want my childhood back… Must be coz i just wanted to grow up fast and be done with the schooling and stuff…
    Boy am i also glad we have internet to keep in touch with friends more regularly, blogs to read and enjoy, etc…
    Even i miss the old charm of readers digest and Tinkle…but i am glad that there are so many varieties of cahnnels to watch now and they hav 24hrs programs too, But i miss the malayalam movies and the melodius songs of the 80’s early 90’s…
    Humm i guess we had a chance to experiance both the old and new, but the new generation will not know anythin abt the old times which was good in its own way!!

  8. savitha said

    I keep repeatedly telling my husband how beautiful thise days were!!!Added to all these fun, we were brought up in a joint family, that means 8kids all year through at home, we outnumber the adults, so much of our pranks went unnoticed πŸ˜› . I love those days and would give anything to get back there:(.

  9. thethoughtfultrain said

    Wow.. that sounds awesome Savitha , imagine how much your lot would have tormented the elders?? We were a joint family only during summer holidays. Everyone arrives fresh as a rose but when the time comes to leave, everyone leaves battered bruised (from all the fights) but heavy hearted nonetheless.. After all fights are another form of fun. Thanks for stopping by Savi, dint hear from you since a while. πŸ™‚

  10. Savitha said

    Thanks for asking….Had been busy with work and stuff….

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