The good old 90's


Just the other day, when I was surfing through Facebook, I chanced to come across a group which listed all the things which one would remember if they had grown up during the 90's. Now, though the idea was pretty interesting, most of the things mentioned in thr group didnt suit Indian sensibilities. Coz most of us probably didn't grow up making fantasies/plans about our special prom night when we could barely crawl.

So, I decided to compile a list of all the things an average teenager/ twenty something indivdual can relate to. Though not all the things are mine (some of them are borrowed from the internet, but then, that's only because we all can remember the same things about the 90's).

So, here's my version:

YOU WERE AN INDIAN KID WHO GREW UP IN THE 90'S IF:

  • You know who Mogli from the Junglebook is coz you grew up singing the title track along with, while watching the show on Doordarshan.
  • You wrote an actual letter (or a letter in your head), which although never materialised to MTV's Most Wanted. yes, shehnaz seemed to be the best, cutest Vj of all times then.
  • You religiously turned on the TV on Sundays at noon to watch the Bournvita Quiz contest with Derek O'Brien. Yes, religiously. Its quite shocking to know that of all the people I know today, admit having fond memories with this show in their childhood.
  • "Made in India" by Alisha Chinai was one of your favourite songs and you secretly wished that one day, a bare bodied Milind Soman would sweep you off your feet.
  • Your first email address was the lamest one you ever had. Eg. coolhotchick@yahoo.com
  • You can still recount all the characters from Hum Paanch (the only somewhat ok show ever produced by crass queen, Ekta Kapoor)
  • You thought that having a birthday party at the newly opened Wimpy's or Pizza Corner would make you the most popular girl/boy in your school group.
  • You could sing along the Vicco turmeric ad.
  • You got ready in the morning for school while watching "Gi Joe" and the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on Star plus.
  • You hoped to collect the entire collection of then-overpriced Barbie dolls someday.
  • Your wardrobe was almost completely made up of clothes from Weekender kids
  • Tinkle and Champak along with Chahcha Chaudhary and Pinky were the first comic strips/magazines you ever read.
  • You though Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys was the cutest guy alive on earth (As 10-12 year olds, HOT wasnt yet a part of our vocabulary)
  • You managed to cover the entire one wall of your room with posters of Leonardo di Capario.
  • Speaking of which, your mom made you shut your eyes during the infamous "car" scene. Or worse still, they refused to take you to the theatre to watch this enormous hit flick deeming it inappropriate for your age.
  • You wished you had your very own robot sister, like "vicky" from Small Wonder
  • You traded your tazos for coloured Add gel pens.
  • You would have given your left eye for a game like Jumanji.
  • Dancing to "Saturday Night" and "Macarena" was given at any party. And singing along "Going to Ibiza" from Vengaboys made you the coolest among the lot.
  • You still remember that "Lays" was originally called "Ruffles".
  • You were hooked onto Cartoon Network and had to be surgically removed from in front of the TV.
  • You grew up to be a pretty awesome dude or chick.
Ok, i know words like Dude or Chick do not fall into the 90's category, but that's coz we had grown into the new millenium by then. And then, you seriously cannot deny the fact that we are a pretty awesome generation.

P.S - if you guys have more points to add, go ahead. M quite sure I have missed quite a few.

11 comments:

Charnita | September 30, 2008 at 9:04 PM

Nick Carter...Gosh! Did everybody do that!lol!

Felt refreshed after reading this post...

"Amazing" is the word...you do have a way with words, besides a winsome memory and a good heart!

just keep doing it!

creation | October 1, 2008 at 9:26 AM

woww..
such fond memories...

the title song of mogli... is till date my ringtone..

as for the Vicco ad.. very true.. we've all grown up singing it.. as also the Nirma ad.. and that MDH masala ad.. remember.. kitchen kind ho ya garam masala.. pao bhaji ya chunky chat masala.. asli masale sach sach.. MDH ..MDH!! lol!!

and.. champak and chacha chaudhary.. my gawdd... i had such a collection.. my mum threw away a total of 23kgs of just comics.. 3 years bak!
*sob*
i wish i cud read them again.. and well.. i STILL read Tinkle!
loved the post.. keep coming up with more such innovative stuff..

hapy blogging!
cheers!

Prianca | October 1, 2008 at 8:33 PM

@ creation

lolz, yup, MDH too
nd how cud i fget d Nirma ad, aaiye aaiye deepika ji, yeh lijiye aapka sab samaan ....:D

thank you for reminding me
cheers

@charnita
thanku dear for d appreciation

AP | October 13, 2008 at 1:45 PM

Ah yes, Jungle Book! I still have all the episodes of it on video cassettes (and, belive it or not, even a cassette player!).
But there was Duck Tales and Tales Spin and Alice in Wonderland as well! Such wonderful shows they used to be!
The tazo collection of the Ruffles Lays is still intact, as are the old add-gel pens!
Bournvita Quiz contest wasn't the only thing which people watched religiously- remember Ramayana, Mahabharata and Krishna?
Excellent post! Trip down memory lane...

Prianca | October 13, 2008 at 7:16 PM

@ ap
thank you!
for ur more inputs. yup, these were the shows too....how could i miss out on them.
childhood, the word itself invokes so many splendid memories in itself.
keep adding more.

sammy | October 18, 2008 at 1:25 AM

well nick carter's a gay maah dear nd othr ya i still remember jungle jungle pata chala hai chaddi pahan ke phool khila hai was gud gud goin............

Prachi | October 25, 2008 at 1:10 AM

You know what little pink rose

I am a big fan of past 90s.. amazing life i have left behind.. and nostalgia brings tears in my eyes...
me n my lill bro use to sit on chair right at 7 AM on Sunday mornings on our chairs that were place just near bed at some distance from TV set.. Our day commenced with Rangoli used to end with non stop nonsense(a hilariously late night comic show)..
and the ay we used to sing sang all the title tracks.. be it of chanrakanta or mowgli, Disney or Alice in the wonderland..

There was one program.. potli baba ki.. an there was this sindbad jahaji--- agar magar dole re naiyya.. nagar nagara jaye re paani .. neela samundar hai aakash pyasi dube na dube na mera jahaji..

Alice in the wonderland---tap tap topi topi top mein ajube.. pal pal pal main jo dekhe hain ajube.. ulat pulat galat salt sain..

lolz!!!:) goosebumps!! sheer sense of joy ... how innocent were those days.. no corrupt minds.. no saas bahu rona all the time...

'jaban sambhalke' was something i use to look forward to.. and noon time was for dekh bhai dekh- is rang badalti duniya mein...

Alisha chinai.. aah she was the role model...

Chacha choudahry, billoo , pinki, are some of the favorite ones.. chandamama was too good...

An there was one ad which i don't remember was for Mother Dairy may be.. doodh doodh doodh doodh.. piyo glass full.. doodh hai wonderful pee sakte hain roz glass full..

lolz!!!:)

i was ardent fan of that detective serial " vyomkesh bakshi"...

Prianca | October 26, 2008 at 2:23 PM

@ prachi

WOW.....u r d true -blue 90's child.kangaroo-relations...;)

Rushabhh Gandhi | February 23, 2009 at 2:58 AM

Amazing!

Can i borrow this post to my blog?????loll

Prianca | February 23, 2009 at 4:18 PM

@ rushabhh
No, you may not!!!
plagariasm is something i really do not vouch for.
However you are free to use it as an inspiration for your future posts, if you like....:p

pb | March 3, 2010 at 6:26 PM

how u do it ? dats ol dat comes 2 mind reading it
y2k is a term uve heard
uve worked excited and prepared on powerpoint of windows 96
bin jeoulous of ur frnd having a mario or contra game
sindbad / cptn vyoom / shaktiman ( d sorry shaktiman series )/ alif laila