It was the 80’s in my last blog post. This one leaps forward by ten years, taking the lyrical form. Some thoughts on the nineties!
The 80’s explored light in my last post
Leaves scope for me to tell you some more
A decade long leap I prefer to choose
It’s the 90’s India I would rather set loose.
A reminder of days when dramatic changes in store
Marked all fields – education, finance, and knowhow
Black and white TV became a device of the past
Walkman, brick-game and cable TV made us smart
Big Babool and Big Fun helped keep competition scores,
And friends whined uncomplainingly dil maange more
Candies many in number came for a mere rupee two
But the tastiest was the rear of the pencil we’d chew.
Hero pen went hand in hand with Chelpark ink
But stains on uniform; our tender heart would sink
Monitors stern would glare at the stubborn, blotted sore
Made us squirm in misery with a look you couldn’t ignore.
House points lost, punishments gained made us realise
Daag ache (nahin) hain, surf powder we would spite
In that emotional turmoil, feelings of flight & fright
Would revive memories of magic & hopes of Simplifly.
Resilient 90’s kid learned to adapt to changes around
In lamplight he would study, load shedding did abound.
Telephone kiosks with Trunk dialling aided quick connect
With that long-distance cousin, you could easily communicate.
Travel, communication, entertainment saw modification,
90’s was a period which brought in India a revolution
The economy liberalised, consumers were spoilt for choice,
Tasting the thunder to become neighbour’s envy, owner’s pride.
The nineties were the age of transition never before seen,
When desh ka namak khana did you proud, not ever been
Step back for some moments into that remarkable zone
Days which gave lots- education, information and mint with a hole.