Things that make you a 90s kid from Bangalore

1) If your first favourite channel was DD2. The other choice was DD1.

2) The number of rings of the phone meant different things. Example: One meant call me back, two meant I am leaving house now.

3) There was only 3 actors in Bollywood – the 3 Khans. Well, not much has changed since then.

4) The number of channels available on cable increased,Β but for you there was only one channel that mattered – Cartoon Network.

My favourite channel of yesteryears.

5) If Cricket was the only sport you knew. No F1, No Football, No nothing..

6) You have seen Sachin Tendulkar in his prime. And, Brian Lara was the second best batsman, not Ricky Ponting, not Amla, not Hussey.

7) If you have debated with your friends who is better Dravid or Tendulkar.

8) If you have debated and still do debate, who is better Shahrukh or Aamir.

9) If you thought once Johnny Lever was the funniest guy alive.

10) You grew up with independent music movement or pop music, which sadly died out. You grew up with songs from Lucky Ali, Pankaj Udhas, Sonu Nigam, Euphoria, Bombay Vikings,etc. Please do add in the comments if you think this illustrious list requires some more additions. The songs coupled with the surreal videos added so much joy to your childhood.

11) If you thought there wasn’t a better looking girl than Aishwarya Rai and no man can match the handsomeness of Salman Khan. When they were together, it made so much sense..then..

12) Your dad had a Scooter or a Bike. Car was something a Doctor had(I know it sounds strange, but I actually thought it was so when I was a kid). He would take you for a ride everyday and drop you back and head on his way.

13) The only DJ you knew was DJ Aqeel and thought he was GREAT! πŸ˜›

14) If your teachers had thought making you sit next to a girl in class was “punishment”! I met my teachers and they are doing the opposite now.

15) If your favourite serials/TV shows were ‘Dekh Bhai Dekh‘, ‘Alif Laila‘ and Jaspal Bhatti’s brilliant ‘Flop Show‘. You parents preferred ‘Shanti’, ‘Maya Mruga’ and other stuff.. There is this TV show I used to love which used to be telecast on DD2 or DD1, but can’t place the name. The other notable mentions are Chandrakanta, Shriman Shrimati.

16) You used to just enjoy the Bangalore weather, now you just compare it to the good old times. Traffic was not even an issue then!Β Summer Holidays in Bangalore were the best in India. Indian Summer is brutal, but Bangalore was an exception. You went Swimming, played Cricket, roamed around the adjoining areas on your bicycle, used to spent the 2 or 3 Rupees you get as pocket money on candy or bhel-puri.

17) If you were able to reach from point A to point B, without ever fearing the sun. The tree cover has disappeared now. I used to travel from school to house, without worrying about the heat.

18) You have played a form of hide and seek – “Dabba”, especially during the power cuts. Video games were a distant dream, only your rich classmate had one and that was the object of your desire, which most of that era never really got when they needed it. You knew how to fly Kites, play “bugari”(I really don’t know if there is a name for it in English.. The thing which spins on a nail after you roll a thread around it and throw it in a certain way).

19) Your first favourite director was, well.. Upendra! πŸ™‚

20) Your Ajji told you stories of the notorious monkey, while she fed you ghee and salt rice. When she passes, that was the first time you felt real pain and cry your eyes out. You can still hear her sweet voice calling your name out. You going to your ‘Ajji mane'[Grandmother’s place] was the favourite excuse you had if you take a leave from school.

Ajji

She passed away when I was in 6th or 7th Standard. Sadly I can remember only one story from the hundreds she used to tell me every day.

21) There was this one Uncle or Grandfather or Cousin, who loved to take you with him to Dwarka “Hotel”, Vidyarthi Bhavan and Brahmin’s Cafe to feed you delicious Idlies or Dosas or Karabath-Kesaribath, with filter coffee in the end.

22) If you have scratches and bruises all over your body from all the climbing of trees, buildings, digging sand deposited for a nearby construction, falling off of the bicycle. I don’t see the kids today doing any of the stuff we did back then.

23) You dreamed of getting a Dog and name it Scooby. Every other Dog was named Scooby then! lol.

24) You tried to collect Music in the form of Audio Tapes. Now, you don’t even have a device to play them. Same with Video tapes, Video Cassette Players are long gone, they sit there on the shelf reminding you of simpler times.

25) You had lot of relatives visiting your place, staying over. Now, people are too busy to come or don’t want to take the trouble in this Bangalore traffic.

I’d love to hear your favourite 90s moment too in the comments section. πŸ™‚

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22 responses to “Things that make you a 90s kid from Bangalore

  1. I think you have covered almost each and everything which mattered back then.
    I being a small-city boy( a city called Pratapgarh in UP, and it’s only claim to fame is that a Big Boss winner Shweta Tiwary was born in the city πŸ™‚ ), had a quite similar kind of upbringing who had spent more nights playing Aaiis Paais( Hide ‘n’ Seek) than studying because of frequent power outages. Played Chain-Chain, Donkey-monkey-Stop( sounds funny, Naa), Kho-Kho & Rang Bhari Balti( the game where you were required to touch the colour, spoken by ‘Dan’).
    Since we were small city folks, so Cable TV was thought to be something very dangerous for studies as they telecasted movies right from 7 in the morning to 12 in the night. πŸ™‚
    So i had to put up with the DD-1 only( remember the small city folks did not get to watch DD Metro, as we did not reside in Metro cities πŸ™‚ ).
    Favorite serials include Ajnabee( remember that haunting tune), Disney’s Aladin at 4’0 clock in the afternoon, Potli Baba ki, Yug, and the others you have already covered.
    There was heavy dose of mythological serials as well.
    There is so much to write on this topic, that I would definitely try to share my side of the 90s.
    Regards

  2. Well I also want to add a few will keep doing as and when it comes to my mind.
    1) When I asked for a dog My mom used to say we have 2 take care of we don’t want the other one. It was a common story in many peoples house.

    2) Favourite sports were Goli, lagori and Buguri for a few years.

    3) Every Sunday morning it was “Rangoli” and “`shaktimaan ” was the only Superhero.

    to be contd..

  3. I can relate to the point two of telephone.

    When my father was posted 700 km away in Naxalite infested area(Maoist, the term we use today for Red-Ultras was, i think, not that popular in those days), he did not take the family. He was given a Sarkari Phone with unlimited talktime(literally).
    So, when we wanted to talk to him all we had to do was to go to our more priviliged neighbours who owned telephones( and had Cable too), give two rings, and then cut the call: message was delivered that family wants to talk. And we talked endlessly: sometimes just to show our priviliged yet Kanjoos neighbour that we are no less rich πŸ™‚ , as affording a phone was expensive, but talking on it even more. It was blatant misuse of govt. money, but that was the reason why Sarkari job was so coveted those days. I feel IT boom has been a great social leveller, than any of our Sarkari schemes to reduce inequality in society.

    Also, it appears that you were untouched by a very common habit among childrens in 90s: reading Comics.

    Who can forget Chacha Chowdhary’s illustrated comics by Pran(RIP), where:

    Chacha Chowdhary ka dimaag Computer se bhi tej chalta hai, and

    Jab Saabu ko gussa aata hai, tab jupiter par ek Jwalamukhi phootata hota hai

    were cliches that we all adored.
    Besides, there were characters like Nagraj, Doga, Super Commando Dhruv, Parmanu( all Raj Comics character).

    Will write more, as it is a topic quite close to my heart.

    • Comics, of course! But, I was read to, rather than reading it.

      I used to sit hours on end with my Ajji when she used to narrate different stories she read in kannada magazines.

      My dad used to read me from Chandamama before going to sleep.

      But, yeah you are right. Comics deserve a place up there..

      Glad you pointed it out.

  4. I can relate to the point two of telephone.

    When my father was posted 700 km away from home in Naxalite infested area(Maoist, the term we use today for Red-Ultras was, i think, not that popular in those days), he did not take the family with him. He was given a Sarkari Phone with unlimited talktime(literally).
    So, when we wanted to talk to him all we had to do was to go to our more priviliged neighbours who owned telephones( and had Cable too), give two rings, and then cut the call: message was delivered that family wants to talk. And we talked endlessly: sometimes just to show our priviliged yet Kanjoos neighbour that we are no less rich πŸ™‚ , as affording a phone was expensive, but talking on it even more.
    It was blatant misuse of govt. money, but that was the reason why Sarkari job was so coveted those days. I feel IT boom has been a great social leveller, than any of our Sarkari schemes to reduce inequality in society.

    Also, it appears that you were untouched by a very common habit among childrens in 90s: reading Comics.

    Who can forget Chacha Chowdhary’s illustrated comics by Pran(RIP), where:

    Chacha Chowdhary ka dimaag Computer se bhi tej chalta hai, and

    Jab Saabu ko gussa aata hai, tab jupiter par ek Jwalamukhi phootata hota hai

    were cliches that we all adored.
    Besides, there were characters like Nagraj, Doga, Super Commando Dhruv, Parmanu( all Raj Comics character).

    Will write more, as it is a topic quite close to my heart.

  5. o oh..submitted it two times..plz delete one.

  6. Nandita

    Oh Puhlease !!! Vidyarathi Bhavan is soo over rated.
    Moving on –
    I loved growing up in the 90s. The best decade ever – I miss school life.

    • Nandita, trust me Vidyarthi Bhavan was THE best restaurant in Bangalore at one point in time. After my grandfather passed away, I didn’t go there for a few years. When in 12th I visited again, the old charm and taste was gone..

      After the renovation, the place has become bigger, but the South Bangalore effect a little weaker, along with the taste.

      I’d still go there to reminisce though..

      Try Dwarka, it still maintains the old taste… Well, to a certain extent. Still better than the rest.

  7. dheer prakash

    we were coping every move of wwf….especially d generation x

  8. gp65

    I was in my early 20s when I lived in Bangalore for 3 years in the 90s. I seem to recollect having Star Plus (which was not the current Hindi language channel but rather a movie that showed old American shows) and MTV. This started just in 1989. OF course Z TV as a channel did not even exist until late 1992.

    Your childhood though does not seem to be that different from my childhood in Mumbai in the 70s.

    SOme other things from early 90s (since you mentioned the car being a luxury) was how long it took to get a telephone connection. A telephone being installed merited laddoos being distributed to neighbours.

    BTW, do you also with with the title Bruteforce in ET?

    • I first went with the title “Things that make you a 90s kid from India”, but soon realized how much generalizing I’d have to do.

      90s Kids from India experienced similar things, but there are a LOT of points of divergence. I am sure having a beach near by, will affect the climate and the experience of having warm climate, with heavy rains during the monsoons will determine how you went about things, right?

      In Bangalore, weather was perfect most of the time. Its never too hot, never too cold, quite unlike any major city in India. This made us spend a LOT of time outside of the house. So, I thought, talking about Bangalore is much easier than talking about growing up in India.

      And, yeah.. I assume the pseudonym, BruteForce, occasionally. I thought it sounded cool. πŸ™‚

      • Bangalore weather is still awesome .. barring the summer months when we need to switch on the fan ( never felt the need for an AC in bangalore ).. during the rest of the year we don’t even switch on the fan at home in Bangalore.

  9. Gopi

    Nice write.
    I would like to highlight upon the trump cards game.
    Available in two categories, WWE and Cricket, they sure were a lot of fun.

    Azharuddin’s card used to be the top contender for total runs, not Sachin’s then.

    Also of specific mention in WWE under women’s categoriy is Stephanie’s card.
    πŸ˜›
    She has some definite edge over the remaining girls.

    Cool times

  10. we were watching baby shamili movies which had Dogs, monkeys, horses even snakes , which we taught of owning when we grew up.

    kid with Tinkle would get special recognition to borrow his copy.

    The kid who had the cricket bat and ball made the rules, and match went according to his call.

    examination board, where used has bats to play cricket

    how can we forget 50.paise lolly candies in packet. those were the baskin robins flavors for us

    Jeera peper mint was equivalent to snicker bars.

    The only chocolate we knew were dairymilk, 5 stars, milkybar, barone , mango mood, kiss me bar, meldoy, coffee bite, np bubble gum,

    Has wrt video games bricks , mario , contra, road rash were our life

    our computer knowledge were zero we did not know what windows, bugs, virus means

    It was badge of honor if a kid got hurt and paraded around with bandage.

    we used to have bags which had steel buckles in it, broad ones, now it completely got extinct.
    The kid who used to climb tress, jump high and can do wheeling in his cycle was the most popular kid.

  11. Awesome. Can relate everything till #15. An addition, Javed Jafrey & Naved Nafrey’s – Boogie Woogie

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