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random 8/5/2004 7:00 AM delete
a circle at haji ali. fewer flyovers. a newspaper
called the daily, another called the bulletin.
Bombay busybee in mid-day not the afternoon d&c. 3
(3250 members) rupee cab rides. 15 paisa bus tickets. trolley
style double decker buses. lots of ambassador
cabs. manual indicators at railway stations.
bus coupons as legal tender. ugly metal carts
selling 'machine ka thanda paani' for 10 paise.
bhel not wada pav as the signature snack of
the city. greater bombay as the official name
of the city. peach melba at jaihind cold drink
house at nana chowk. strand cinema. roxy
where you had go outside in the interval. and
opera house of course. B&W tv's as status
symbols. needing a license for a tv or radio.
when 'close down' was the last item on the
days tv listings sometimes as early as 10.45.
watching movies on DD all day when the
elections were covered. waiting for
doordarshan to START transmitting at 5.45 on
other days. 28 foot ganesh idols, one even
dancing on a massive prudential cup. ganesh
idols drinking milk. the infamous 'stone man'
who killed pavement sleepers. paddle boats at
Salil 'victoria garden'. bournvita quiz contest on
'medium wave' radio, no FM. energee at 80
paise. chocolate bars called plus. a snack
called pronto. irani restaurants on almost
every street corner. when every house had
one of those stupid glass birds with feathers
on their bum, drinking from a glass filled with
red liquid. glass toys sold on the street. the
baloonwallah as a cheap source of thoroughly
entertaining toys. cotton carders twanging
their contraption on the road. siddhivinayak
as a quaint little temple. pune being a 4-6
hour drive away. when 'asiad' buses were
described as 'luxury'. when u could call free
from a public phone by shouting into the
earpiece. cops in navy blue uniforms.. with
shorts! a stupid flag collecting contest from
topaz bubble gum which nobody ate but all
kids bought. another ridiculous 'contest' that
never existed, collecting number plates of
maruti cars. any of these match with your
memories? any to add?
Whoa. 8/5/2004 7:49 AM
U have lived in Bombay.

Mohit
8/5/2004 10:12 PM
I remember the Bournvita Quiz contest on
radio with Ameen Sayani - I should - I took
part in it ...followed by "Ravivar ke rang,
Diamond comics ke sang"
Milind
And also the stone man... one of his killings
occured on the pavement outside my
building...
yep 8/6/2004 2:19 AM
remember that... chunnu padhta diamond delete
comix, munni padhti diamond comix,
mazedaar hai diamond comix! horrible show.
but listened nevertheless. c'mon guys wot
ELSE was but is no more a part of bombay?
Salil
8/6/2004 3:02 AM
Taking the radio thread fwd, on MW, I
remember these typical people requesting for
songs. "Hamare jawano ke liye," and around
40 odd people (with vague names) requesting
for the same song. There was Ameen Sayani
and Cibaca Geetmala. (Binaca too but I was
too young that time I think.)

Then there was Magic Lamp on DD which I


used to watch as a kid. And those regional
shows. And Superhit Muqabala which changed
everything. 12 years ago.

How can I forget, 'hello hello hello – inspector


(Hello Inspector)' and 'Ek Shunya Shunya
(100)' on DD – I learnt my broken Marathi
here only!!!

There are these ads on radio which I still


remember –
Ruchi 1) Competition success review, CSR padhte
jaaiye, safalta ki seediya chadte jaaiye,
competition success review!

2) jeevdaya netra-prabha netra-prabha!

3) tv ad: jab mein chota ladka tha, badi


sharat karta tha, meri chori pakdi jaati!!

I suppose these are generic for the country.


About the city, my memories are pretty much
the same. As everyone else.

Restaurants mein I remember Dasprakash


which was a favourite, Woodlands.

Shit, how can i forget Yankee Doodle. I still


sorely miss that place. One used to get the
BESTEST sundeas there. Yummy. And the
swing there. I dont like Intercontinental. Eew.

Another thing I REALLY miss about the city is


the double decker 123. Thats a tragedy. Even
when my 66 is a single decker, I feel bad. Like
I do with the 122. :(

Aur kya, abhi yaad nahin aa raha. But this


feeling we all have here is intense man.
Bonding over the city. Yeh hai spirit.
Btw, this is my favourite community!!
Everytime I feel low, I read all the posts
here!! :)

Jai Orkut, Jai Bambai.

Will write in when I think of more!

Cheers.
Contests..and games.. 8/6/2004 3:14 AM
Speaking of contests that we entered as kids I
remember these VERY clearly.

One was collecting those things from under


Gold Spot (YUM YUM..BVO zindabad!) caps
and sticking them into this Jungle Book comic
(each cap had a different Jungle Book
character on it). Don't remember what the
prize was...all I remember was thanks to the
HUGE numbers of Gold Spots my sis and me
drank and the caps we collected and traded,
we had like 5 copies of the Jungle Book comic
by the end....

The second one was collecting cricketer's


names under ThumsUp caps (YUM YUM
ThumsUP!!)..I think it was for the 1987 World
Vikram Cup maybe? And I think the prize was a
cricket bat with all the cricketer's autographs
or something...

And the coolest thing was EVERY kid in the


neighborhood got together every evening to
compare our progress...yes, thanks to the fact
that no one had computers, most of us had no
TVs...all us kids played in the building
compounds EVERY evening..chor-police,
dabba-ispice(sp?), kabaddi, kho-kho, hide n
seek, L-O-N-D-O-N...

I don't see any kids playing downstairs


nowadays..sad no?
Contests 8/6/2004 3:18 AM
Oh ya, there was this another contest.

The Cadbury's contest thingie. Remember.


Collecting points from wrappers. Getting
different things. Camera, false teeth, etc etc.
Wow.

Ruchi I still have the brochure at home. Will check it


up and post it online. If anyone wants, I could
scan it too!!
wow... 8/6/2004 3:55 AM
thas mo like it. see? we all saw th same stuff delete
at the same times. hey vikram, the thums up
contest was in 1984, rite after the world cup
wen WI thrashed us well and good.
autographed mini bats were the top level
prize, there were also mini balls, bottle
openers, mini thums up bottles and my
favorite. the flicker books. i had ALL of them,
sandeep patils lofted drive, gavaskars straight
drive, richards' cover drive, lloyds sweep, 2 of
kapil- one batting one bowling. u cud flick
them both ways, the other side had them
drinkin thums up and givin a thums up. din
speak to my kid bro for weeks wen he threw
them in a fit of anger.
strange, even i don remember wot the grand
prize fo gold spot was, but my cupboard
smelled like gold spot from all the cap liners
and the albums.
wow.. that product was marketed well. did u
know that cricket highlights were INVENTED
for thums up? at this very moment, i sit 10
feet away from where thums up got it's name.
Salil the cabin where my boss now sits, was the
venue for a long argument between ramesh
chauhan, head of parle, and ravi gupta, head
of trikaya advertising. trikaya fought and
fought for the name thums up while ramesh
chauhan was insistent on calling the product
bisca for some strange reason.
but this is a nostalgia thread an im rambling
again. so to bring it back on track, does
anyone remember a product CALLED bisca?
yes mr chauhan finally did use the name 4 his
shortlived brand of cup noodles. and does
anyone remember a product called big bite?
also shortlived and from parle, but it was
quite nice i thot, the ads sed "dontcha feel like
a big bite now?" hey hey hey.. i'm on a roll...
that also reminded me of appella, the
refreshing return to nature. this thread is
definitely taking an advertising slant......
8/6/2004 9:10 AM
I remember the Thums Up and Gold Spot
contests - I had all the flickers as well as a
ball with Roget Binny's and bat with Sunil
Milind
Gavaskar's autograph... And as for the Gold
Spot contest, I did end up with the entire
Jungle book story in comic form...the first
prize was a trip to Disneyland...

Also does anyone remember another couple of


short lived colas named Rush and Do It???

One thing I miss is the trailer buses... sort of


like the double decker buses, but with a
detachable driver's cabin... I remember it
used to have a deck which had a low height...
and when I was a kid, that was the only type
of bus in which I could touch the roof and also
pull the bell rope...which I did a few times

And yes, I remember Bisca... we used to call


it "bas kya"...
8/6/2004 9:18 AM
And Frooti and it's lesser known cousin
Appy....

Gosh, it really takes me back to childhood


talking about all these things....
Vikram
We should rename this thread the 80's
thread.....

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i remember! 8/6/2004 6:17 PM
the one i clearly remember is the goldspot contest - also does
anyone remember the nestle contest? you had eat chocolates
and send them in for false cameras and other things?
Bombay
(3250 members) i remember frooti and how yucky appy tasted

Poonam wow this takes me back....

thing is i cant diffrentiate b/w what was and what is - i havent


been to bombay for a looooooooooong time since i moved to
phoriegn
ahhhhhhh - i miss it and miss the parle biscuit aroma when the
train passed through!
Frooti 8/6/2004 6:20 PM
Vikram
Frooti still exists! They sell that nectar in plastic bottles now!I
also found some Indian stores in US which import it!And Appy
Pea Jay is back with a sexy packaging!!
Nostalgic ! 8/6/2004 9:44 PM
ppl! this thread is so making me nostalgic!
and making me want to live in the past!

I remember it all, from gold spot contest to thumbs up flickers.

From TV land, I still remember the sannata on all the mumbai


roads when "RamayaNa" serial started, and then "Mahabharat"
Also, "Aao maare sathe" and "Phul khile hai gulshan gulshan"
and the "Saptahikee"
and yes, the "Chhayageet" and "Chitrahar"s

And who cud forget "Spiderman", "He-man", and the Jap kid
blabbering Common "Giant robot" !
Ashish
Also, although i was a kid, i remember drawing those Ashiad
"Appu" playing all d games in tiny square (82 or 84?)

I also remember kids noting down all Maruti car plate number
when Maruti first rolled out on roads... dont remember the
number, but it was a rumor that if u hv say x number of correct
plate numbers, then they will give u a maruti free.

More later as i remember it!


8/6/2004 11:08 PM
http://www.vishalpatel.com/features/giantrobot/giantrobot.htm

Check this out!

Courtsey: Vishal Patel


Ruchi
fusen gum 8/6/2004 11:36 PM
hey i can still remember the taste of fusen gum - and those
wierd tatoos

Poonam i loved giant robot!

and fraggle rock


Daze of Our Lives! 8/7/2004 1:05 AM
Giant Robot and Fraggle Rock! Anyone for Fireball XL5?

Salil, remember those products because of the 'different' (in


those days) packaging they came in.

Mohit And the political landscape was mucho different wasn't it? Daily
shut down. Wonder where Rajiv Bajaj is?

Wow! Literally, the daze of our lives!


8/7/2004 4:04 AM
I thought you wanted old recollections, not this modern stuff.
;)

I remember:

* Riding on double-decker trams and watching the driver turn


the crank - one at each end, so reversing the tram meant going
to the other end and driving it from there.

* Kala ghoda (King George V, not Shivaji)

* Rupees, annas and pies (OK, I was 5 then) but the 4 & 8
anna coins stayed in circulation with the Naye Paise for some
years.

* A pavli was a 4 anna coin aka 25 paise. (OK, OK, if there are
any really old chaps here, I know that a pavli was originally a
quarter anna!) In the early 1960s it bought you a decent feed
of bhel on the street. A one naya paisa coin might buy a
dubious no-name sweet, but its main purpose was to help
make up 6 paise, i.e. the old one anna. When inflation arrived,
they made a 3-paisa coin!

* When the only new cars were a Fiat 1100 (later Premier),
Standard Herald or an Ambassador and each year's
improvements were to the lights or the dashboard instruments.

* The period between the departure of Coke and the arrival of


Ash Thums Up and Campa Cola. Circa 1968.

* When the Gateway of India was pristine and not surrounded


by barbed wire and you could shout inside to hear the echo.
When the naval docks could not be seen from the Gateway.

* When any given food specialty had only one shop that could
make it.

* When the only disco in town was Slipped Disc at Colaba.

* When the bands played at Band Stand near the Oval.

* When people could spell Pedder Road and Nepean Sea Road
correctly because the signs still showed those names. Now they
have morphed.

* When Villa Theresa was also a boys school and didn't have
the tall building on the tennis court which also had a mango
tree.

* When the only sign of Shivaji was at his park.

* Parisian Dairy, which was famous for its Peach Melba. Later it
became Talk of the Town.
8/7/2004 5:58 AM
Ash, come to think of it, even I remember hollering under the
arch of the Gateway of India and marvelling at the echo.
Mohit
The 5 paise coins! Now we have the 5 rupee coins. And Asterix
and Tintins that cost about 25 bucks.
i love wher this is goin 8/7/2004 9:00 AM
hey milind, rite about th trip to disneyland. wrong on quite a delete
few others im afraid. rush was an orange drink. part of a ploy
by mcdowells to launch a bunch of soft drinks in order to
prepare for surrogate advertisin. the cola was called thril, the
lemon drink was tripp... go around to worli naka there's one
guy who still hasn't removed his tripp signboard. Do it, was the
lo-cal cola from parle: Do it for the taste alone, do it leaves yo
waist alone, do it, do it, do it! u jus hav 2 do it, coz do it is lo
cal! so hel-lo pal, do it is lo cal.. i wish my short term memory
was as good. <br>btw, trailer buses u mentioned were wot i
meant in the first meg in the thread by trolley style buses.
<br><br>Ash, i dunno if u checked th other thread, i was born
in th same hospital as u. in 73 tho. speakin of trams, i was at
cafe military a year ago, this place that has great parsi food an
cheap beer, and this old parsi guy has had too much to drink so
Salil he asks the waiter if he will see him off to the TRAM station...
hehhehehe. and kala ghoda is where i work, an i dunno the
amount of times i've had to explain to cabbies why it's called
kala ghoda. and the gateway, if everyone else loves it so much
why cant we get rid of that travesty of it so close? can u
imagine they actually built a public loo rite there, AND its a
bloody replica of the gateway?<br><br>and ruchi thx a mil fo
the giant robot link. duz anyone want the title trax of fireball
xl5 and fraggle rock? mail me. <br><br>if you guys r so into
bombay nostalgia i strongly recommend readin salman
rushdie's midnight's children. wild. totally love it.
8/7/2004 9:46 AM
And I am not in this conversation ?????

What is This ?
Kombdee ka Pees.
Nishant
Gharme Jaake Masala Pees
Gaadi ka number Char Sau Bees.

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8/7/2004 11:27 AM
AiAiYo!

Ash!!
Bombay Vikram
Kalaghoda is Edward VII not George V..(*still* not
(3250 members) Shivaji)

The original Kalaghoda statue is now in the Victoria


Gardens (Or Veermata Jijabai Udyan if you so
prefer)...the statue of Shivaji that replaced it is
now the one in front of the Gateway of India...

Re: The Gateway of India..the square in front of


the Gateway which is now covered by a garden and
a statue was originally intended by the architect to
be a public plaza...aparently our urge to rename
institutions and monuments also includes our urge
to destroy whatever originality was present.

How many years before the Gateway is renamed?


Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Dwar?
Daze again... 8/7/2004 2:11 PM
@Vik: Victoria Gardens, yes! That was the name!
The garden in front of the Gateway of India does
host public performances- a very rare occurence
though. Last I remember was a series of classical
concerts. The taxi blast prolly has the
administration a little jittery there.

Btw, does anyone remember Sunday mornings


spent watching Star Trek and Cosmos? Wow! I'm
Mohit still a Trekkie and Cosmos fan! The Asiad? The
Champions of Champions- the days when Shastri
was not heckled? Coolie (the movie and the
news around it)?

And aah... only the Bombay Gang would


know..."Missing Missing Missing"!
8/7/2004 5:25 PM
Energee.
Sundance Cafe.
Hollywood movies in Eros, Regal & Sterling.
Sabudana Wada and Batata Wada under the Bridge
in Dadar (east?).
Giant trees along the road in Dadar.
Razz Rhino and Sheetal Again.
Sizzlers at Yokos.
Sitting on the top deck of 90 ltd. or 8 ltd. with your
boyfriend, goofing off from work for the afternoon,
in the Monsoon.
Classical concerts at Nehru Center.
Sat I remember Bisca, they'd made an "Upma" flavor.
All the kids hated it! And Big Bite too! I loved that.
And how can we forget the dosas and idlis on the
street? And the perus and timepass chana and
singdanas and bhuttas. And street Chinese stalls
which had a token Nepali guy for the Chinese
ambiance.

Bon Jovi concert and Deep Purple concert.


Amchee mateeeee, amchee manaasa.
Fireball XL5 - Ok Venus? Ok Steve!

Ghaseetaram, Saroj, Geeta Bhavan, Grand Central


(Paneer Chilly, so good!) in Chembur. And all those
Pubs in Bandra, and the sidey Beer Bars where you
could get cheap daru.
8/7/2004 10:49 PM
Hey Mira, the batata wada at Dadar= Sri Krishna.
Near the school, between kabutar khana and Plaza.

Mohit
8/7/2004 11:27 PM
I wish I was a space man.
The fastest guy alive.
I'd fly you round the universe,
In Fireball XL-5.
Way out in space together,
Compass of the sky,
My heart would be a fireball,
A fireball,
Everytime I gazed into your starry eyes.

Nishant We'd take the path to Jupiter,


And maybe very soon.
We'd cruise along the Milky Way,
And land upon the moon.
To our wonderland of stardust,
We'll zoom our way to Mars,
My heart would be a fireball,
A fireball,
If you would be my Venus of the stars.
8/7/2004 11:30 PM
And Vaishali, and the Chinese street stalls near
Ambedkar Garden in Chembur. And that awesome
bhelpuri wala next to the station.

Lets add 92 ltd and 6 ltd to that list of buses from


Chembur to town.

Nishant Did anyone attend the free all-night Indian


classical concerts at Shivaji Park ? And then walk
to the Dadar beach in the night, empty beautiful
nights. And some awesome icecream at Seven-
Eleven, King's Circle. They have so many flavours,
yaar.
trump cards! 8/8/2004 1:27 AM
first it started with the wwf wrestlers, then it went
on to cars, aeroplanes.

i still remember, yokozuna was the heaviest, andre


the giant the tallest, hulk hogan was number one
and hitman hart was number two

(OMkAr) by the time the fad had reached it's high and kids
were not playing cricket or gotya [marbles]
anymore, and sitting anyplace they could and
playing trump cards, people had trump cards for
almost anything and everything that had statistics
that could be compared...

yesterday i was in a mall, and saw these 4 kids


playing some game that reminded me of
trumpcards, they had these anime characters on
them and they were playing, i gave them a
superior look and moved on, been there, done
that...
8/8/2004 2:03 AM
And I have to add here about Rang Bhavan. Those
were the best days of my life....
:(

It IS a change now na.


Shee.
Ruchi
(esp for any Xavierite!)
80's TV rules!! 8/8/2004 2:07 AM
My dad made me watch Doordarshan (when we
ONLY had the one channel) every evening to learn
Marathi....We started with Baatmya, then just
before Saaptahiki (on the weekends) there was
this Aapan hyana pahilat ka? thing.
And my mom would become all sad when they
showed children's pictures....

Then again, Marathi serials were way superior to


the Hindi ones at the time (other than Buniyaad
and Hum Log and Nukkad). Hello Inspector (Hello
Hello Hello Hello Insspecctoorr!) and Ek Shunya
Shunya (withthe really cool gross out murders)
were my favorites.

Then on the Hindi comedy front we had Yeh Jo Hai


Zindagi and Idhar Udhar (what was the one with
Kiron Kher and a bunch of folks trying to steal her
necklace? Arif Zakaria was on that one)..not to
forget Karamchand...
Vikram On the horror front, we had (on TV before
someone starts quoting all the hajaar Ramsay
movies that came out in the 80's..Purana Mandir,
Saamri etc) Qile ka rahasya..

On the drama front, we had Tamas (which remains


my favorite thing I have ever seen on Indian TV to
date) at 11 pm because it was considered too
violent for kids to watch. I'd sneak up and watch it
and then have nightmares for the rest of the week.

Prannoy Roy and the World this week made me


feel so international (WAY before all the 24 hour
news channels and the Internet).

We had Saturday school and Thursdays off till


1990..so we'd all get together adn talk about what
we saw on Friday on the World this week.
And my favorites, Chitrahaar for new movie songs
on Wednesday, Chaayageet on Friday night with
old songs and Rangoli on Sunday mornings for
everything else..

I'm writing all this as I'm watching Friends on TV


and find that I'd change everything we have now
for waht we had then...
Fireball XL5 8/8/2004 2:20 AM
Nishant..sniff sniff...I'm so nostalgic...

I totally remember that song..also the song from


Fraggle Rock..(Let the music play! Down at Fraggle
Rock!).

I can also hum (after about 18 years now) the


theme song for Danger Bay (the show set in the
Canadian Rockies about this family that rescued
Vikram campers etc.) and the theme for Degrassi
High...(another Canadian show) on Sunday
mornings..

Anyone remember Escape to Kythera? It was on


the Summer specials that we had every year in the
vacations...right after Fairy Tale Theater.

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8/8/2004 6:15 AM
Marathi murder mysteries really ruled! Yeah i
remember Ek Shunya Shunya.

And Bharat Ek Khoj? and there was one more


Bombay
serial in the afternoon on Sunday (the last
(3250 members)
serial before TV ended for the morning) that
was historical and had great stuff about
ancient india. I still call these serials. People
don't know what that is in the US.
Sat
Anyone remember "Sirf Chaar Din"? Murder
was really well done on Bombay Doordarshan.

Do you remember Saptaheeki? I heard that


the theme music for this program was an
adaptation from some Deep Purple song.
And then there was "Bhikaji Rao Karodpati"
and "Swami" and "Chimanrao". Though i had
Marathi in my school, its amazing how much i
learnt through sheer absorption.

Next time i'll go to SriKrishna, cannot forget


the Sabudana Wadas. Love the prasad at
Siddhivinayak, thouhg would get pissed off
with the dress guidelines (esp. for women)
posted (graphically, that too) in the temple.
Some more 80s TV 8/8/2004 9:08 AM
Those that ruled then:

Chitrahaar - Wednesday 8 pm (the only show


at that time which used to show songs frm the
movie to be released the friday after that)
Chhayageet - Thursday 8 pm (for old
numbers)
Buniyaad, Khandaan, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi
(brilliant show that), Hum Log (all on various
Amit days at 9 pm)..
Hindi movies on Saturday and Sunday
evenings.

Plus many many more :)

Boy, DD rocked then :)))


8/8/2004 9:35 AM
GOTYA!!!!

I remember seeing Joy Ghanekar (the lead


star) in Vile Parle (where else!!) and yelling
out accross a very crowded market..GOTYA!!
Vikram
P.S. He was with his mom buying
vegetables....
8/8/2004 10:00 AM
Wow.

This is an awesome thread and I have


checked it a million times for additions in the
past few days!

Thanks Salil.

So in addition, remember Gul Gulshan


Gulfam?

There was also this serial which I cant


Ruchi remember the name of..[help needed]...

It was based in Hyderabad and had a royal


lady, with an assitant, that Dipika chick [I
think] and Kanwaljeet as the bratty nawaab.

To add, I also thought about the Channa


wala's and bhutta wala's who are missing
from Marine Drive. Sucks.
You have to go near Asoka Hall to get them
now.
8/8/2004 10:13 AM
Gul Gulshan Gulfam was the one with the
houseboats in Kashmir right? With Pareekshit
Sahni?

Remember Phool Khile hai Gulshan Gulshan?


With Tabassum? Whatever happened to her? I
prefer her interviewing style so much more
compared to Simi Garewal's wishy washy, soft
Vikram focus ass licking of celebrities..

PS. The bhutta waalas moved to Carter


Road...I just had one there about 2 hours ago
in the pouring rain..Yum! (Mohit! Say it with
me..Bandra Rocks!!)
Qile ka Rahasya... 8/8/2004 2:30 PM
What was the rahasya, anyway??

Wagle ki duniya, Rajni.

There was one loser serial called "Ek do teen


char". 4 boys trying to solve mysteries. So
one has a sister who's helping her mom in the
kitchen, and wants to join the boys in their
mystery-solving and asks, main bhi chaloon?
so the brother tells her, nahin tu jaake aloo
cheel. man, what a prick. i distinctly
Sat remember this scene.

Dhinchak music autorickshaws. Early FM


radio. There was one auto guy in Chembur
who'd change the music depending on the
fare. I remember when i'd get on with my
friends, he'd put on FM radio that played
western pop. talk about taking care of the
customer. only in Bombay.
8/8/2004 7:37 PM
kaooo.
raadhikaa.

Natya sangeet on DD. "sorry for the


interruption" - "Vyatyay".
There would sometimes be flies in the studio
and land on the news readers.

Ruchi this is for you... ;)


Sat Remember those Films Division
documentaries? there was one in marathi
about Leprosy. so sad. and one about the
"Tree of Unity", and the one in which people
are throwing kachra out of their windows and
this guy gets pissed and in the end he kicks
the kachra back into the people's houses.
Bombay monopoli game!! 8/8/2004 9:23 PM
ppl !

This thread wants me to live in the past!

I dont know whether u used to play the


Marathi monopoli game ... the places where
all from mumbai...

like... Crowaford Market, Nal-bazar, flora


fountain, Marin lines, churchgate, vile parle,
andheri etc.

And the white ones were BEST ("pay ur


electricity bill Rs 150")
Ashish
I might still have that game board and the
money.. which we stick to the card board. I
just might... but i'm not sure..

Anyone remembers that???

Do they sell the same game even now???

We used to play it like buch of crazy kids,


which we were ;)
8/8/2004 9:27 PM
The name of the game was "Wyaapaar" ( not
so synonymous to monopoli but... )

Ashish
sorry, but this one HAS to be in marathi.
8/9/2004 12:05 AM delete
easiest way to pick up a fight in college was to
say :

"arre, shaniwari tujhya ghari aalelo, tu


nhawtas, baba zhoplele, ani aai gotya baghat
Salil hoti"

seen it work.

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8/9/2004 12:11 AM
Other serials I remember..

Munshi Premchand ki amar kahaniyaan...


Sukanya (Teri kahani hai niraali....)
Mullah Nasruddin (with Zohra Sehgal..who
Bombay was and still is fabu)
(3250 members) Dada Dadi ki kahaniyan
Vikram Betaal (I went through 3 years of
torture in school with people singing the
theme song when I walked by)
Fauji (I say chaps!!..I still say that a lot!)
Neenv (I totally wanted to go to boarding
school when I saw that serial)
Udaan

OK and there was this funny serial with this


housing society that all had kids at the same
Vikram time but al the kids got exchanged at birth...

Funnily, the Punju parents got the Tamilian


kid (who true to ishtyle, was as Tam as one
can get) and the Gujju parents got the Bong
kids..stuff like that..

Anyone remember the name of the show?

@Salil...LOL! I remember that statement


too...and still remember having to explain it
to this really dim Gujju friend (who didn't
speak any Marathi..or English for that
matter..). We managed the translation allright
but then she flummoxed us with "But vhat eej
balls?"
ok then... back to totally arbitrary n
random 8/9/2004 2:58 AM delete
here goes... a drink called ovaltine.
escalators(!) on the chowpatty footover
bridge. guys with 'bioscopes'at chowpatty,
soon replaced by guys with little disney
cartoon viewers, honest. strange yellow
plastic web-like markings embedded into the
street, they looked like plastic shuttlecocks,
flattened into the tarmac, can anyone
remember/explain these? the overpowering
stench of horsedung near grant road station,
which would suddenly disappear as you
walked past merwan's bakery baking fab
Salil mawa cakes. people on the road selling a
strange gadget to light up primus stoves.
silver foil wrapped handbombs at diwali before
the ban was imposed on them. when
everyone tried to walk talk and dress like
amitabh. 'pepsi cola' that was neither pepsi
nor cola. yeah... non bombayites, figure that
one out. a very weird toy with NO purpose,
just two balls at the end of 2 rotating arms,
swivelling on a stick, sold at every traffic
signal. little bags of assorted plastic animals.
a 'whistle' with two chirping bird chicks on
balloon rubber. the opening sound and light
show of the festival of france. the 'skylab'
scare. gotta cut this one short, work beckons,
hope u can add/react.
8/9/2004 3:01 AM
Mungerilal ke haseen sapne deserves a
mention here.
Malgudi days anyone?
The World This Week? (Has this been
mentioned before?)
(Also Aavo Maari Saathe: special program for
Gujjus)

I want to add all those national integration


documentaries which were made.
Mile Sur Mera Tumhara. So So So So rocked.

In memory of that, some students from MIT


Ruchi have made this video which is fantastic.
(Vishal introduced me to it. Thanks)

Link: http://web.media.mit.edu/~ash/
Courtsey: Orkut community of Mile Sur. Its
fantastic. Check it out guys. This link I got
from there.

ps, I feel like writing a papar on this thread


now!!
8/9/2004 3:41 AM
Salil,

Your post reminds me...

I have 2 copies of a magazine. Super hero


types.
Guess who the super hero is.....?

Ruchi Amitabh Bacchan!!!!

Its wild!!! :D :D :D
(I should go home and look it up!)
:) 8/9/2004 4:03 AM
i had the first one or two of those comics too, delete
they were ridiculous. amitabh bachchan as
Supremo, spouting harivanshrai's poems like
son machhri... rescuing 'gotham' who looked
too much like ian botham. of coz i remember.
Salil mite even hav em lyin around somewhere.
8/9/2004 6:16 AM
OK Salil..
Back to random and arbit memories..

Frankies on Linking Road (The original Tibbs


Vikram shop not the hajaar imitations around)
Sea Rock hotel in Bandra (when that was the
coolest place to be in the burbs..unless you
were a noveau riche type in which case
youwent to Sun n'Sand in Juhu)
Bandstand with the broken down sea wall
Zig Zag Road on Pali Hill with all the filmstar
sightings
Playing cricket with Aamir Khan around the
time QSQT came out (yup! I did it!!)
Being able to sing the jingles to Limca (lime n'
Lemony Limca) and Liril (La
lalalalalalala..lalalala.lalalaalal)
Going to the neighbours house to watch TV
(LOL)
Going to Andorra and Hearsch when no one
but the neighborhood Macs knew what they
were..
When a Mac meant a Bandra Cat and not a
burger
When a Cat meant a Catholic and not a pet
When every movie had Iftekaar as a police
inspector (sorry..totally random comment)
Waking up to the sound of the muezzin from
the Bandra station mosque (as opposed to
traffic right now...)
Durga Pujo at the ground next to Patwardhan
Park and mom talking about how the Bongs
eat meat in front of the Goddess! Shame
shame...LOL!
NO Jogger's park OR Patwardhan park (and
still remarkably slim people..)

Anyway, these seem to be more of my


memories...and they're all of Bandra..Cause
I've been a lifelong Bandra boy ;-)
more randomness 8/9/2004 8:34 AM
arre, how come nobody remembers chutney
sandwiches? softies in dadar. Croissants etc. -
chocolate croissant, mushroom masala
croissant. Fashion street. Irish coffee at
Prithvi theater. there was this conductor on a
bus on a chembur colony route bus. if he
finished issuing tickets to everyone and there
wasn;t too much rush, he'd actually talk to
each and every passenger on the bus, in
hindi, english or marathi, on whatever subject
that suited that passenger. amazing public
relations! Frankies on Linking road. The
stench of Mankhurd, with dirty men doing tatti
Sat
on the street. pathetic! stone throwing
incidents on local trains.

1983, india winning the prudential cup and


people celebrating like crazy. HSC results and
Ruparel college always having toppers.
Aggarwal classes and Tiwari classes.

"Aisa Bhi hota hai" - with this bubbly girl,


"Udaan", then there was this serial with Girish
Karnad and Farida Jalal and these kids. there
was another one on sundays with Shekhar
Suman. and another serial with Ashutosh
Gowarikar who i thought was quite hot. and
Milind Soman.

Halo Shampoo ad and the girl in it with a


blunt cut. Rasna ads in the summer. Ah
summer. vacation. play carrom all day with
the building kids.

"Jaane Bhi do yaaron", "Utsav".


8/9/2004 11:32 AM
Adding on,

Anando chutney sandwiches at Chowpatty.


And Masala Milk.
Kulfi wala's.
The sugarcane sellers with the dim lamp with
them.
Sudarshan's dosa's at Malabar Hill.

Deepak's classes were happening too!!

Ruchi A mouthful of sky.


Tandoori Nights.
Osheen.

And one of my best friends was the first


Rasna girl. Ankita. "I love you Rasna."
:)
circus anyone? 8/9/2004 4:20 PM
circus w/ young shahrukh khan and that serial
-- stone boy with the kid turning into stone for
some reason

running home at 5 on sundays to watch


spiderman

snuggleing w/ ur sis and watching 'qile ka


rahasya'

Poonam and yes i remember that serial w/ ashok


kumar as the head doctor (i think) and the
kids all interchanged w/ diff families

also 'paramveer' this was after 'ek shunya


shunya' had gone off the air

also good old mahabharat and chanakya


circus anyone? 8/9/2004 4:20 PM
circus w/ young shahrukh khan and that serial
-- stone boy with the kid turning into stone for
some reason
Poonam
running home at 5 on sundays to watch
spiderman
snuggling w/ ur sis and watching 'qile ka
rahasya'

and yes i remember that serial w/ ashok


kumar as the head doctor (i think) and the
kids all interchanged w/ diff families

also 'paramveer' this was after 'ek shunya


shunya' had gone off the air

also good old mahabharat and chanakya

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8/9/2004 7:35 PM
yeah, i'm no shahrukh fan.. but circus and
fauji were good.

At random,
Bombay
"KadakLaxmi" on the streets, the exploits of
(3250 members)
"dombaris" .. the one where they used to
hang a child at one end of the bamboo pole
and lift the other end on their foreheads and
balance the pole, also the walk on the tight
rope.
damaroo wala/wali, and the sound when the
seller of the damaroo used to play that
damroo.
The ppl who used to carry that big cotton
Ashish knitting harpoon type machine over thier
shoulders making that "twang twang" sound..
picture frame walas.. who used to carry those
still camera type apperatus .. u cover ur head
and peep into them to see the pictures..
Making sand forts n mountains on Dadar
Chawpati.. hvnt been there recently.. wonder
whether there is any dadar chawpati left... or
if it does, to parents take their kids there. i
will hv to check it out when i go there next.
Subah !!! The serial... 8/9/2004 7:47 PM
ppl ppl ppl

dont know anyone mentioned this.. pardon


me if anyone has..

u gotta remember this serial.. "Subah"


on drug addiction / abuse..

I thot it was a well made one... somehow the


Ashish govt cut it off the air...

i remember the title song went like..


"Aur ek subah ko kar salaam... subah ko kar
salam"
8/9/2004 11:34 PM
Subah title track was one of my favorites...
composed and sung by none other than R.D.
Burman himself!!!

Ay Zamaane tere saamne aa gaye


Milind Aaj ke daur ke naujawaan aa gaye
Leke tere dar par Suraj
Leke Subah aa gaye ab to
Subah ko kar salaam....
8/9/2004 11:39 PM
Lijjat Papad with this giant rabbit !!

Chai coffee ke sang khaye..kharram


khurram..khurram kharram..
Mehmaanon ko khush kar jaye..khaaram
khurram
Vikram Mazedaar lazzatdar, sat swad mein Lijjat Lijjat
Papad!

(Rabbit says: Lijjat Papad!!)


8/9/2004 11:52 PM
Yeh zameen ye aasmaan
hamara kal, hamara aaj
buland Bharat ki buland tasveer
Hamari Mumbai
Milind
(Sigghhhh....I'm sooo nostalgic now!)
loose sweets 8/10/2004 1:29 AM
lot of these are still available i know.. bulls delete
eyes, jeera goli, churan in plastic packets and
in paper tubes. a really weird, tastless 'papad'
in different colors for 5 paise, chalky 'extra
strong mints', a sweet we used to but only coz
it had gizmo in it, a piece of blotting paper,
and a piece of photo paper, u put both
together and placed them on your tongue and
in a few seconds a photograph wud appear
Salil (must have been toxic for all you know),
mints on a looped piece of string you could
play with, little shiny wrapped sweets on
elastic you could boing around, a guy sold
pink and white sticky stuff from a bamboo
stick, he would make watches and birds from
it, phantom cigarettes, chini mini or tini mini..
colorful sugar coated saunf in plastic soft
drink bottles which became salt cellars once
exhausted. hard 'chikki' from a mound that
was anything but chikki, a disc shaped sweet
with a hole in the middle u could whistle thru,
a lollipop whistle on a thick red stick, chup-a-
chups, aam papad, a nice octagonal chunk of
chocolate encasing a nut, aptly called 'nut
sweet', parle kismi, smith's mints, NP minti,
fresh'n'up chewing gum, a candy with a
bubblegum centre from nutrine, nutrine twin
treats, fonda chocolates (fab) and chocrack,
double decker, combo, rollo, plus (yum), of
course imli, boras, raw mango and bimli not
sweets, still.. yeah i put some dentist's kids
thru college alrite.
And I didn't mind... 8/10/2004 8:08 AM
supporting the sweets/ chocolates industry/
sector of the country either.
Mohit
8/10/2004 9:14 AM
Phantom cigarettes......ahhhhhhhh!!! Now
that brngs back memories!!!!!
Milind
8/10/2004 9:27 AM
awla supari for 10 paise.
melodeeee toffee.
pepsi cola in plastic tubes. (i believe this was
a corruption of "popsicle") people falling ill
after eating these things since they were
made from bad water. then there was milk
Sat pepsi.
usal pao, misal pao.
uncle chips(?) amazing flavored potato chips.
8/10/2004 10:20 AM
Melodee hai chocolatee!

Mohit

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2 Rs 8/10/2004 10:37 AM
2Rs for bhel for ur neighbourhood bhelwala

2Rs Samosa or batatawada

Poonam or

Bombay 5Rs sandwich from mithibai sandwichwala


(3250 members) more serials 8/11/2004 4:14 PM
'Chunuati'..and its successor 'Campus'
'Invisible man' on DD2
also I hated it whn they used to cancel these
childrens's programs for some stupid National
Integrity stuff...Once I turned on the TV in
time for Invisible Man and was shocked to see
a very visible Sardar screaming his head off
over some Punjabi song....no offense anyone
but it pissed me off then!
Pea Jay Russian cartoon films..Disney TV on
SUnday...He-Man, Spiderman.
Super-Six (does anyone remember that damn
series?)
Ek Shunya Shunya rocked..it made Shivaji
Satam the permanent cop in all serials
henceforward!
8/12/2004 12:41 AM
I just remembered Baigan Raja.
So cute! :)

Ruchi
jeeyo jeeyo jeeyo mere baingan raja
8/12/2004 1:08 AM delete
yeah, but wot WAS it. a play or something on
khel khilone? anyways, a few more random
ones... metal meccano sets, long b4 lego,
'dinky'cars or matchbox if someone came
from abroad, long b4 hotwheels. 'crazy' guns
from shakti toys, long before leo mattel,
buggin my parents for a 'hot foot racer' and
gettin so disappointed wen i finally got it. gold
cup cricket with little ball bearings, of all
things. miniature magnetic chessboards,
Salil rubiks cubes, and after the whole cube craze,
rubiks cylinder and rubik's snake. plastic
helicopters that really soared, and airplanes u
shot from a pistol-like launcher. wearing a frill
fronted shirt and not knowing one day, u wud
look back and feel stupid. bell bottoms. and
'matching' clothes... yuck.
8/12/2004 8:10 AM
Table cricket - ahhh...now that was bliss...

I did the unthinkable... got a friend to get me


a table cricket set when he came from India...
Milind and now we have an absolute blast!! Table
cricket in the US is the perfect way to make
new friends ... now if only I didn't keep
running out of ball bearings!!!
Mannnnn... 8/12/2004 8:17 AM
I hereby anoint this thread, 'The God of All
Threads'.

And table cricket... Milind, that would make


for a great time with darts thrown in!!
Mohit
Btw, I remember the prudential cup final, live.
Very very wierd.
8/12/2004 11:01 PM
Remember He-man and his lesson for the day
after every show? And that no matter what
good prevailed over evil? Mwahahaha!

Irshad
Back in the 80s, Linking Road had a green
cover! :(
8/12/2004 11:04 PM
Salil, something struck me in your first post.
Rs. 3 cab rides! Boy that HAS to be aeons
ago.

My earliest memory of cab fare was a Rs. 5


one. Sometime in 88 or thereabouts. Even
Irshad when I started going to college in 96, rick
rides were Rs. 6. It's really gone haywire from
there.
:) 8/13/2004 3:02 AM
thx guys, for all those msgs appreciating this delete
thread, but mohit... "god of all threads?"
naaaah...
irshad, 3rupee cab rides were in the 70's. by
'88 if im not mistaken, the minimum fare ws
already 7 bucks. thas th year i started college.
ash, talk of the town no longer exists, now it's
'not jus jazz by the bay'. the name also
Salil reminded me of 'top in town raincoats'
anybody remember those? and wen all
compass boxes were camlin (ok, some omega
glory) and all satchels were DM Pakitwala?
8/13/2004 4:21 PM
...and all umbrellas were Stag (Hiran chhap
chaatas)

...and all bread loaves were either Britannia or


Wib's
Milind ...ice cream meant Vadilal, Kwality or Joy

...picnic meant a visit to Aarey Milk Colony or


Hanging Gardens

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bread loaves.... 8/14/2004 6:49 AM
hmm.. passing or visiting my aunt in worli delete
meant a detour to city bakery which had the
most amazing bread. i don't actually
Bombay remember it, but they say polson's butter was
(3250 members) the best ever.
vadilal icecreams were a relatively late
entrant.. wen i was a kid it was joy/quality or
a brand called volga. kwality is pretty good at
wallopin th competition- they were soon the
only ones left. i remember a brand called
creata came out in the eighties and soon after
the launch there was a jaundice epidemic. this
got linked to the ice cream coz it was made in
gujarat, where the epidemic had started.
brand died very quickly.
i remember bein forced to drink milk, (which i
HATE) wen we went to aarey milk colony for a
school picnic. also remember watchin the
bottlin plant of roger's on clare road, on my
way to school everyday. roger's made great
Salil ice cream soda, they still around but not the
same anymore, dukes made a cola that you
would never see anywhere else but at a parsi
wedding, where of course it was ignored in
favor of that ghastly raspberry soda. one o my
fave drinks as a kid was frolic, made by
dipy's... they had great ads too. based on the
lucky luke comix. doubt anyone here
remembers dipy-dee, dipy doo, dippy dum
dum, dipy dee dippy doo, dipy yum yum
yum!!!

has anyone ever had 'sekonjbin' sherbet in an


irani restaurant? if the waiter duzn't
understand, ask for 'chicken (pronounced
chikan)sherbet'... SERIOUSLY!
hey the end went like this... 8/14/2004 7:29
AM
dippy's sqaushes are very yum yum yum

Sat
8/14/2004 11:45 AM
Talking of drinks...does neone remember the
ones which had marbles for caps and u press
the marble into the bottle to pop it up? i
Richa always remember calling it "kanche" wali
drink...dunno if there was ne other name for
it. i remember britannia selling one plastic
animal with each of their bread packets.all of
us kids used to compare who had the most.
does neone know of nectar colony in bandra?
there used to b this abs fantastic bhelwala rite
outside it...although i have had bhel a zillion
times...the bhel and sev puri he made is the
best i have ever had...
8/15/2004 3:08 AM
That was one super-nostalgic thread... Thanks
Salil for starting it...!

>>Richa: That's 'goli' soda you're talking


about... U'd probably still get it at Juhu
beach...

Okie, here's my random two-bits...

- When the auto meter said '1.00' you actually


had to pay only 1 Rupee...!
- Friendly-neighbourhood bhelwalas with their
mobile cane stand on which they propped up
their paraphernalia and made you spicy-
chatpata bhel... Long before wada paav...!
- Star Trek/ Cosmos/ Fireball XL5/ Giant
Robot, and of course Terra Hawks, though
that came much later on DD2...
- Making little 'Star Trek Walkie Talkies' with
discarded matchbox covers and the ubiquitous
rubber-band...
- Yes Salil, black and white TVs were status
symbols... I remember the furore in our
colony when we got our first black and white
Sahil set just before the 1980 Olympics...
- The twanging of cotton carders doing their
neighbourhood rounds..
- Big Bite... The first, albeit short-lived, of the
styrofoam invaders...!
- For anyone who's lived in Andheri... The
Ambar-Oscar-Minor multiplex where the
monstrosity called Shopper's Stop now
stands... I remember weekend outings with
my father to go watch the latest Bond
movies...!
- The Cake Shop of The Taj... long before it
became La Pattiserie...! And the cheese
straws there...
- Saayba, at Bandra, used to be a tad less
posh, maybe even a little decrepit looking...
But brilliant sea food, nonetheless...
- Milk would be delivered to one's doorstep in
re-usable glass bottles with shiny foil caps...!

Oh I cld go on and on...


8/15/2004 3:25 AM
I totally remember that Roger's soda Salil.
And my favorite part about the Bawa
Vikram weddings we went to at Albless Baug was the
raspberry soda!! And the food..and the
caterers (Godiwalla?) walking about giving
people their card..

PS Albless Baug was named after this Parsi


philanthropist who was surnamed Albless
because of his habit of walking around wishing
people "God Bless".
I wonder how the Readymoney's got their
name....
8/15/2004 4:19 AM
once me just wandered into this *really* old
chai-cake shop opposite to METRO.

an old parsi uncle was the owner-cashier and


he was distributing sweets to little kids around
:)

man, that was anwesome place.. can any one


Varun help me out with the name of the place?
AFAIR, there are quite a few popular OLD
bakeries in that area!

man, bbay is nostalgia personified!! :)


picnic spots 8/16/2004 2:20 PM
Speaking of picnic spots, mine all time
favorite was Taraporwalla aquarium. It was
closed down afterwards to make a new one,
Pea Jay any news about that guys??
some games 8/16/2004 10:06 PM
ok, so some maybe played all over the world, delete
but the names are mostly unique to bombay:
oppingo-battingo- saying the applicable word
whenever you stood up/sat down or get
punched by your mate. simla-similar, but this
time you got punched if you swore. kattoos
(very popular on my school bus) one guy puts
his head down, anyone else in the group
knuckles him on his head and he has to guess
who. violent games ruled eh? then don't
forget aaba-doobi- basically hitting your
playmates with the ball. this was like the
second part of 'lagori'-seven tiles.. and also
like a slightly disciplined version called 'kings'.
'french cricket' anyone? do they even play
Salil that in france? don think so. hey vikram, thot
u wud know.. 'i-spice'is a corruption of 'i spy'
the call in hide and seek.

sahil, u really brought back a unique one. the


star trek communicators made from
matchboxes. i was rather good with my hands
so i had made an elaborate masterpiece
covered in graph paper and foil, and even a
little screen inside with spock's pic pasted
from a star trek ad from the back of a comic. i
started getting requests for custom made
communicators from other kids in school.
-----P.S.-----
had intended to, but forgotten this one, and
vikram's post right after this reminded me.
the dot on your palm was called 'jolly'and it
was an independent game, not part of
oppingo. u always had to have a 'jolly' on your
palm, or your opponent could punch you, or
claim a treat, usually an eclair.
8/16/2004 11:31 PM
Nice games Salil...I played them all...

How about Chor Police? We played that all the


time..and saakli (sp?)...lots of running around
aimlessly type games. Our neighborhood
never got around to the rules-waala games
like cricket or football. We also played a
version of hide n seek called Dabba Ispice
(LOL! I spy!).

As far as I know, you could get out of getting


punched during hoppingo-battingo if you drew
Vikram a dot on your palm (where did that nonsense
come from?).

And what the hell is up with Birthday bumps?


I always wwent home after my birthday at
school with a terrible backache! Speaking of
borthdays, how did you like to dress up
differently from all the other kids in uniform at
school and then distibute candies to the other
kids in your class? The baniya dukaans even
sold special *birthday* packs of sweets.
boss is not in and i got some time..
8/18/2004 11:59 PM delete
lesseee..... what else do i remember? actually
had started this thread one day when i was
appalled how crappy my short term memory
has become. this is good excercise!

'this is nitin. he is six. he lives in nasik.' that


was the first chapter of my first bal bharti. the
second was about leena, nitin's sister, the
third about his friends, hasan and dick. then
when they come to bombay, it really became
intersting. mario miranda's illustration
brought the gateway, and juhu beach alive.
the kids sight the INS Vikrant from one of
Salil those telescopes at the gateway. new then,
but lying close by now in the shadow of being
scrapped. remember how my 'community
living' book said bombay's population was 60
lakhs. we've come a long way. in the third
standard the geography textbook was called
'our greater bombay'. wonder if its still called
that.

mira did you mention geeta bhavan? thats


another place i wud never eat at. jus like
those vada pavs in the other thread.
i'd wait for my school bus right outside geeta
bhavan, and watch the food bein brought in
each morning on OPEN handcarts from the
kitchen in a lane next to minerva theatre.
also, they had an underground storage tank
for drinking water, and the hatch was never
fully closed and being a low lying area
flooding was common in the monsoons. it's a
wonder people din get food poisonin all the
time out there.

minerva theatre was so close to home, and


sholay ran there for about 9 years or so.. six
years as the main show and then 3 more as
the matinee. so anytime we had houseguests
from outta town i was forced to watch the
movie. had it comin outta my years so bad i
actually DREAMT the whole movie once, only
realising i was dreamin wen amitabh gets shot
a little too much towards the end and the
blood was all different colors. c'mon, i musta
been 6 at the time..

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Reviving... 8/20/2004 11:17 PM
I remember the standard 1 text book too...

There was a chap called Jal whose dad took all


Bombay the kids out to Chowpatty to ride the camel,
(3250 members) and the camel ride cost them just one rupee...
Irshad awesome. Inflation was never a worry back
then
OMG 8/21/2004 8:16 AM
salil and vikram, omg. hoppingo-batingo,
jolly. this is f'ing amazing. you have made me
reach depths of my memory that have lain
dormant for so long.

what about rounders? and "statue"? and 5-


Sat
stones. that was "girl game". we used to play
teen-patti and carrom sooo much and also
bluff (challenge). Was it Rushdie who talked
about "ice-pice"?

and (with apologies to the gujrati community


here) - shu che, saru che, danda leke maru
che.

i remember reading xeroxed chapters of


"satanic verses" that my friend's big brother
would send from the states. and i bought
midnight's children and zen and the art of
moto... on the street for 30 bucks.
My two paisa's worth 8/21/2004 8:20 AM
Forgive me if some of these have been posted
already... I vaguely remember:
* "Different Strokes" on TV with CampaCola
adverts.
* Trading tattered Tinkles (who's da
Alliteration-Ace???) and Archies.
* An ice-cream brand called JOY.
* Envying boys who wore police inspector
outfits to school on their birthdays.
* Playing "jolly" and "statue" and "hops,
bats".
* A kick-ass serial called GIANT ROBOT - Go
Johnny Sokko!!!
Dylan * Boasting about meeting the guy who played
the pandu in NUKKAD.
* When my neighbour bought the first VCR in
the whole building!!! 3 movies a day during
the May holidays, I swear! And every show, a
house-full.
* Watching my first movie in a cinema.. a
boring movie called "Beautiful People".

Damn, I'm old.


8/21/2004 8:51 AM
hey irshad, if u remember jal, the most delete
obscure of the lot, u shudn't b complimenting
me on my memory. and i DO remember
camels, really on chowpatty, girgaum not juhu
where they did remain for longer.

mira, the 'rounders' u speak of.. is it like


baseball or did i miss something in my
childhood after all? and yes, the 'su che saaru
che' episode in midnight's children is one of
my favourites too.if u like the book so much,
u WILL re-read it i'm sure, but next time
remember to follow it up immediately with
Salil 'the moor's last sigh'. the 2 books blend
beautifully.

and dylan, u not that old.. beautiful ppl came


out wen i was old enuff to not find it boring. it
was probably the first 'tax free' movie i saw.
the first movie i remember seeing was enter
the dragon, wen my dad managed to convince
the manager i was too young to understand
anything in an 'A' movie anyway. freaked me
out how much i remembered wen i saw it
again the first time after that. but damn, i
wish i cud do something about my short term
memory... wot WAS i gonna write next??
movies 8/21/2004 9:45 AM
beautiful ppl was my fav also 'chota chetan'

Poonam
8/21/2004 9:51 AM
The first Hindi movie I saw (remember
seeing) in a theatre (Gaiety-Galaxy-Gemini)
was Masoom...and the first English movie at
Regal was "The Gods must be crazy"...

You know, sometimes I can quote the entire


1st. standard Balbharti..right from "This is
Nitin...to his sister Leena..to his friend Hassan
onwards". Sometimes. A little vodka might be
involved.

We used to play rounders in table tennis (on


my building tank...which we called tankee..).
Vikram We also used to rent bicycles (St. Theresa's
bike shop in Bandra..It's still there..I saw it
today) for 2Rs per hour and ride from our
road, up over Zig-Zag Road in Pali Hill and
then all the way down to Carter and
Bandstand and come back over Turner.

And when I say we, I mean all the kids I gre


up with (It seems the mmid-late 70's were
this very fertile period in Bandra history). We
were almost 40-50 kids the same age in 5-6
buildings. Today we have 3.
8/21/2004 10:31 AM
A-B-C-D-E-F-G
Come on Leena play with me
H-I-J-K-L-M-N
Leena's birthday she is ten
O-P-Q-R-S-T-U
Milind (oops....don't remember what comes next...
but do remember that this used to be a lesson
in Std I english...
8/21/2004 10:32 AM
Also a poem whihc was in the Std I/II
Balbharati:
Algy met a bear
The bear met Algy
Milind The bear grew bulgy
The bulge was Algy
O-P-Q-R-S-T-U? 8/21/2004 10:45 AM
Damn, this will keep me awake all night..I
forget this bit..

V-W-X-Y-Z
Vikram Come on Leena, straight to bed.
(Very suggestive lyrics dontcha think? Play
with me, straight to bed etc etc)
Was CBSE educated, but... 8/21/2004 6:10 PM
could not resist this flash of inspiration.

O-P-Q-R-S-T-U
birthday suit, she looks so cute

U-V-W-X-Y-Z
Sat
Come on Leena, straight to bed.

(almost Beatles, wot? ok ok, sorry ;))

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Got it!!! 8/22/2004 2:06 AM
O-P-Q-R-S-T-U
Leena's dress is new and blue

Milind
Bombay Vikram, you can sleep easy now
(3250 members) beautiful people and awesome memories
8/22/2004 3:46 PM
You guys are phenoms of sorts.. The perverse
Leena poetry does come back but no way
would I remember it up myself!!!

And I have this urge to watch Beautiful People


with all of the folks coming out in support of
the movie.. I'll look it up at the library..
Dylan
We didn't call it rounders but we had
something called "Round Toss" while playing
hand tennis (why, on the terrace, of course)..
is this the same as rounders?
well.. 8/22/2004 5:25 PM
rounders was a kind of baseball with the 4
bases, but there was no bat. you had to
bounce a rubber/tennis ball thrice and hit it
and run aroudn the bases. you know what's
interesting is that a friend of mine who's
Kenyan told me that they played the same
Sat
game in Kenya.

Poison-Medicine? Goldspot?
Is this the best f***ing thread or what!!
8/22/2004 9:28 PM
Thanks guys for reminding me those good 'ol
days!

My two paise worth contribution (excuse me if


some are repeated):

- Vikram Aur Betal. Dada Dadi Ki Kahaniyan


(or was it nana nani?) and Simhasan Battesi
(or something like that). then came
spiderman cartoon. dinsney hour and he-man
on Sunday mornings. ramayan and
mahabharat when nitish bharadwaj was
considered a real hero!
- remember the ram and shyam poppins ads
Abhijit at the back ot tinkle comics?
- playing dabba ice-paice, son-sakhli, tipi-tipi-
tip-top which colour do you want, statue,
vish-amrut and many more.
- watching amchi maati amchi manasa (i still
remember the whole song!)
- there was a radio show on jokes which went
something like this: hassi mazzak ke paal
santogen ke sang.
- eating garam butta (kanis) with nimbu and
masala on marine drive when it's raining
heavily.

will keep posting as i remember more stuff.


aah what the hell... 8/22/2004 9:31 PM
thought i might as well post the amchi mati
amchi manasa song here...

hee kali aaee


dhana dhanya deyi
Abhijit zodate manachi naati
amchi mati... amachi manasa

yemteevee yenjoy!
rounders 8/22/2004 9:47 PM
vikram, mira.. yup u have the rite idea, the delete
rounders i am talkin of was something like
that, but i never got to play it. i read about
rounders in 'target' magazine. and in spite of
tryin to sell the idea to my frenz, it never took
off coz none of us had ever really played it.

speakin of target magazine, was it part of


Salil anyone else's childhood here? it was a mag
published by living media out of delhi, but it
was certainly one of the best children's mags
around. ajit's world, detective moochwala,
gardhab das... ring a bell?
8/22/2004 10:05 PM
Of course I remember Target and Gardhab
Das, the singing donkey!
Abhijit
Target... 8/22/2004 11:08 PM
I never liked it after it changed to Teens
Today (was it?)... Gardhab das rocked.

Does anyone remember Tegrat, and that they


Irshad thought it'd be cool if his name spelt Target
backwards. Mwahaha!
Target, Tinkle, ChandaMama 8/22/2004
11:17 PM
Any of these still being published?

I have *loads* of Targets and Tinkles safely


archived back at home :-)
Varun
8/22/2004 11:46 PM
OMG..Detective Moochwalla and Pooch! They
totally rocked. I loved Target and the stories
of kids in Delhi..

Warning! Sacrilege alert!

I remember every time my dad bought us a


Target how my sister and me would bug him
to move to Delhi so we could live those cool
Vikram Delhi Public School lives...

I'm glad he ignored us!!

(I have the Target diary circa 1987! lying in


my drawer..I guess I need to chuck it out at
some point..)

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Ruffles, Uncle Chipps anyone? 8/22/2004
11:59 PM
There was this scheme of collecting stickers in
Uncle Chipps.
Bombay
Also Maggi wrapper schemes were awesome.
(3250 members)
The games (especially Law of the Jungle)
were very innovative, I must say.
Varun
IIRC, there was a Dairy Milk scheme also in
which you would get 1 Dairy Milk free in
return of 5 Dairy Milk wrappers. Once me and
bro went to the shop with 17 wrappers. 15
wrappers = 3 chocolates = 3 more wrappers.
so 3 + 2 wrappers = 1 more chocolate. and i
was the happiest kid at that moment!! :)
Maggi...bah! 8/23/2004 2:03 AM
I sent 5 wrappers to them twice...and I didn't
get membership to the Maggi Club. I was the
only uncool kid in school.

Irshad What a sad state of affairs!


8/23/2004 3:31 AM
*sigh*

Ruchi
8/23/2004 4:49 AM
the first money i ever made was 51 bucks on delete
the early bird prize in that cadbury's contest
ruchi mentioned earlier. or maybe it was one
b4 that. remember a pretty cheque with a
picture of a sunflower on it. mom taught me
how to make a deposit at the syndicate bank
opp minerva theatre..

and did any of you have a contest in school


where you had to collect money for the blind
and give the proceedings in with a matchbox
filled with as many individual things as u cud?
a guy in my school had filled up about 200
things in his, and wen i handed my sand filled
matchbox and sed it was 300,000 (who's
counting)individual grains of sand my
teachers were not amused...

remember bein really pissed off wid my stupid


uncle who drank from my 'lil thrils' miniature
bottles of thril cola a year before thums up
Salil came up wid the same thing. insanity runs in
my family, you'd think.

and ever wonder why all orange drink ads


featured amusement parks? campa orange,
gold spot and rush. ALL of them, think hard.

ever eaten 'sholay' supari?

and how old were you when the craze for


'roos' shoes was all over? i was in the 7th,
and spent an entire evening near grant road
station looking for a pair that looked the least
fake. they were sneakers with a little velcro
pocket on the side. wen ppl got bored of
them, the guys who made em started
stamping the 'hara' logo on them. i remember
this lady who used to sell 'phoren' products in
my colony sayin "haara ka sooo hai,
dikhaoon?"
Roos shoes..! 8/23/2004 6:06 AM
Hahah, that was one of the biggest crazes
ever! I was in the 3rd standard in boarding
school and suddenly once after holidays every
kid had those cool shoes with the velcro
pocket in the side... Some of them would
actually stuff their pocket money, a grand Rs.
10 a month in 1988, in those pockets,
because they'd wear it all the time and make
sure nobody would ever steal it. Of course,
the shoes themselves started to get stolen by
Irshad other kids... crazy

I pestered my dad the next time to buy me


the stuff, he refused. I even asked all the
firang uncles and aunts if they could send me
those, needless to say I didn't get them. I had
to make do with my Corona canvas shoes.
Forgot about the NAB... 8/23/2004 7:00 AM
yea Salil, everyone was forced in the Interact
club to have the matchbox competition to
become matchbox maharaja...courtesy of the
NAB. Somehow, the school would never
donate all of the money that the students
contributed ever!

Irshad I listed just 120 things because the list wasn't


bigger than that. Some smart alecs attached
paper and put more than 200 items.
Althought I'd give you a prize for creativity!
while on this reminiscing trip... 8/23/2004
7:20 AM
Check out my friends website...he's got a
whole lot of stuff from the 80s.

http://www.vishalpatel.com/
Irshad
Reallllllly funny if I may say so myself!
8/23/2004 8:44 PM
"and ever wonder why all orange drink ads
featured amusement parks? campa orange,
gold spot and rush. ALL of them, think hard."

now that's a verrry interesting question.


hmmm. i do remember the ads you talk about
on the last page of amar chitra kathas and
phantom comics. need some blue sky thinking
here. ok here's my guess. the owner of the
company that made the campa group of
Sat drinks, and later Goldspot was actually a
smuggler whose name was Mr.Narang. BTW,
an interesting tidbit - Mr.Narang had an
atrocious sense of dress that was a leftover
from the gaudy 70s and loved saffron suits
and green shirts. He was involved in some
shady business deals with another business
tycoon (Agent Orange, who also happened to
own amusement parks), for a chemical with a
secret formula that was used to lend these
drinks their toxic orange color and distinctive
taste (you might remember goldspot's taste
changed after a few years: this was just after
the chemicals were busted and Mr.Narang was
badly injured after a fight scene with Amitabh
on the docks). So where do the amusement
parks and the ads figure? Oh, that's how
Mr.Narang sent code messages to Agent
Orange - through the innocuous ads, to give
him the exact location for delivery on the
Amusement park grounds. The clowns in the
ads mark the spot.

Some say Mr.Narang is still alive today and


has moved to the US, where he has patented
his secret formula and they use it in Fanta.

ok i give up, man! what's the answer?


8/23/2004 8:55 PM
you hit the nail on the head mira... delete

u know too much about this, so now we have


to kill you. :D
Salil
my first bucks 8/23/2004 9:35 PM
a cool 100 rupees cheque drawn in favor of
my name by DoorDarshan!!
IIRC, I was in 7th then, so that makes it 1990
or 91.

yup I was on TV :-p

Varun some sidey Knowledge program. but bunking


school on a tuesday for a shoot was profitable
nonetheless.

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8/23/2004 11:01 PM
@Varun I grew up on the chandamama
stories...my dad has a lifetime subscription for
Richa it, hve it all archived since 1981
@Salil target was my all time favorite..too bad
they had to convert it into teen something.
growing up.. 8/23/2004 11:04 PM
who can forget the summer holiday
homeworks? :))

Bombay some hajjaaar fun and some a real pain in the


(3250 members) a$$

SCHOOLTIME:-
we used to have sports day! a fun and frolic
Varun day basically with wierd games along with the
usual athletics
wheel barrow races and ropeskipping races
were my favorite!
kay zhala!!! 8/24/2004 9:11 AM
hi this is an awesome thread, yeah DD in
those days rocked with hello hello inspector
and ek shunya shunya!!! also 'rau' was an
awesome serial...hey how can we guys forget
this ad about some kids tonic (i forgot the
name): "kay zhala??? bal radat hota....." and
Ameya we kids would always follow that up with "don
dhapate dyayla saag tila...tu lahan astana
mee hee tula tech dyayche"!!!!!
8/24/2004 10:36 AM
i made Rs.300 at a college fest when i won
the western vocals contest. the money went
towards xeroxing a text book.
Sat
Furthermore 8/24/2004 12:07 PM
This thread is indeed making me remember
things which I never would have!
@Ameya, that 'tonic' was Gripe Water. I am
sure everyone who is posting on this thread
has had it atleast once. It was a patent
medicine for babie's tummyache or
something, but all it was just an extract of the
Gripe plant. What I remember is the Ad where
4 generations of women give the same advice
to each other. I.e mom-mother-in law-her
mother in law-her mother in law!was a pretty
cool ad.
Does anyone remember Indrajaal comics,
Phantom, Mandrake, Flash Gordon, and most
Pea Jay
favorite short comic-strip Henry.This is before
Diamond comics brought the rights for
Phantom. I still have abt 500 Indrajaal comics
bound safely with twine!
Thanks for reminding me Chandamama,
'Chandoba' as it was for me. I LOVED the
serial stories, and the mag had some of the
BEST illustrations I have ever seen. I had
scanned one cover and used it as a desktop
background for a long time.Dunno where that
file is now.
8/24/2004 10:36 PM
oi Pranav.. what exactly is a 'gripe plant'? delete
Woodwards gripe water is called that coz it
soothes gripes, or abdominal cramps in
babies.

on my way to work, i remembered another


hilarious sight, still visible on rare occasions
Salil and in some 1st class compartments... the
'safari' suit.... hahaha... ridiculous. especially
when teamed up with a tin of pan parag in
one hand...
Safaris.... 8/24/2004 10:46 PM
Damn, they still exist dime a dozen. I had to
spend a week at Mantralaya - torture.

Having said that I was quite impressed, the


so-called "bureaucracy" was actually quite
alert. I never had to wait for more than 10-15
minutes to meet any secretary, and all
correspondence between the PA and me
Irshad happened quickly.

But, the safari suits and pan chewing babus


are really nauseating, not to mention the gold
pen they keep in the top pocket!
DD 8/24/2004 11:15 PM
Indradhanush:-
Time travel, indian ishtyle :)

Stone Boy:-
It was shot at Mauritius, right?

Varun Aasmaan se gira.. (movie):-


*ing Raghubir Yadav as the alien!!
loved the movie.. I was in 5th then, I guess.
8/25/2004 4:20 AM
Does anyone remember Sigma? That
"awesome" program on DD about the Indians
in space and their adventures? haha!

Indradhanush truly stretched it, time travel


Irshad through a video game? i mean... come ON!
But we all bought it :D
Sigma... 8/25/2004 8:53 AM
had Milin Soman in it right? yeah i thought he
was pretty hot when he first started appearing
in the media.

some safari suit wallas were in the police force


i thought, in slightly higher posts. Do you
remember that ad for some tea, was it
lipton?, some kadak chaha. it had this
Sat
mustachioed machoman and his wife wearing
jasmine in her hair. the guy is a policeman. to
me he embodied Bombay Police.

Anyone into Inspector Ghote?


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8/25/2004 10:28 PM
no mira, milin soman was in captain vyom.. delete
much more recent. sigma was right on the
heels of star trek, it was a stupid serial from
delhi and every episode seemed to end with
Bombay
"captain.. spaceship ka oxygen khatam ho
(3250 members)
raha hai!!" and everyone gasping about. oh
Salil crap!

the tea you mentioned was lipton tiger tea.


how old were you.. 8/25/2004 11:03 PM
..when you travelled in a double decker for
the first time?

Varun
delhi serials... 8/25/2004 11:46 PM
were so bad, na? i remember one really
random serial called PC 1008 with kanwaljeet
as the PC. the song went PCPCPCPC1008. i
never quite got what they were trying to get
at in the serial. hey do you remember this
wierd cartoon called gayab aaya? i don't
Sat remember the title song, but remember being
very pissed off with it because it had this pre-
pubescent voice in it that irritated me to no
end.
8/25/2004 11:58 PM
Dont even get me started on with buses. I
used to travel with my mom all the time.
Used to love going and buying the ticket. Ma
used to give me the change and I remember
reconfirming the destination 2-3 times before
actually mustering up the courage to say the
same to the conductor.

Ruchi Then, school days, when I needed to go


somewhere. I used to be so scared inspite of
proper instructions on how to go anywhere.
From opera house to Churchgate, Regal, chira
bazaar, napeansea road... I started going by
these routes. Had bought a bus directory as
well.

Once, I took a 122 to Regal only to realize


that it went to Ballard Pier (it comes back
from Regal) and then I got lost. I was so
scared!!! :)

Some of my favourite bus routes are:


66, 122, 85, 92 ltd, 123 (double decker i
miss), 83, 86, 28, oh god, the list will go on!!

Maybe we should start another thread on


buses.
8/26/2004 12:00 AM
remember the cartoon-Jungle Book...And of
course its song"chaddi pahan ke phool khila
Deepa hai".
@Ruchi 8/26/2004 12:23 AM
There was a bus directory ??? Wow !!

Anish
Gayab aaya 8/26/2004 12:40 AM
Gayab aya gayab aya
idharse aya udharse aya
kisi ko hasaane aya kisiko sataane aya
sataane aya sataane aya
Milind Gayab aya gayab aya Gayab aya gayab aya
paaaaaaa paa paa
- couldnt resist this
8/26/2004 12:52 AM
I remember the bus directory... it had
information about all the bus routes.. as well
as some interesting titbits about the
routes....here are a few...

Bus Route No. 166 - plies on roads


interconnecting maximum Hospitals

Bus Route No. 320, 22ltd., 25ltd. - These


Milind routes have an outstanding feature of
connecting two largest water reservoirs of the
city.

Bus Route No. 9 - A network of large number


of school and colleges is interwoven by this
route
8/26/2004 12:55 AM
i remember the issue of target magazine delete
where they bid farewell to one of their best
illustrators- suddhasatwa basu, or suddha as
his byline went. he was moving on to bigger
things they said, developing an animated
Salil serial called, yep.. gaayab aaya.
strange how this thread keeps goin back to
television. so tell me, who remembers 'haas
parihaas' with baban prabhu and yakub
saeed? does anyone remember a marathi
teleplay called 'kalpanecha khel' i used to get
shit scared wen i saw that. as many times as
hey showed it. and i used to love a serial with
paintal in it called 'laddusingh taxiwala'.

ruchi the bus thread is up.. and i used to


travel a lot with my mom too, and she hated
double deckers as much as i loved them, so i
used to pretend that single deckers, or for
that matter riding on the lower deck made me
sick. yup, i'm devious.
8/28/2004 4:08 PM
wow this thread is so cool, its great reading
about everything, and i miss bombay so
much, i remember everything, chandamama,
tinkle, vikram bethal, all the tv serials, those
marathi comedy theater plays, the busses, the
trains, but folks the thing i miss the most is
the bhel puri from the stalls at the
beaches..no where else other than mumbai u
can get that taste!! there is a cafe in sion near
to SIES college, they used to make the best
shav puri!!

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8/28/2004 5:09 PM
Swathi, are you talking about Guru Kripa?

Milind
Bombay 8/28/2004 5:19 PM
(3250 members) yes i think thats what its called.

fireball and fraggle rock theme songs


8/29/2004 7:38 AM delete
hey guys, since these seem to be in demand
and i can't possibly attach and reattach these
files to email messages which mostly bounce..

Salil download them here


there's also he-man and the masters of the
universe in case you want it.
Do YOU remember? 8/30/2004 1:51 AM
ok, so it's been a quiet weekend, so i thot i'd delete
re-read the entire thread. actually puttin out a
quiz now, based on stuff u guys have
contributed...

1)Who sang the title theme for "hello


inspector"?

2)Which was the first soft drink to fall into the


BVO controversy?

3)What did you get with every tub of Bisca? i


mean what did they officially call it?

4)Who was the first poster girl for Frooti?

5)Which parsi gentleman hosted 'Aavo maari


saathe' for years in its early days?
Salil
6)What was the shape of the 3 paisa coin?

7) The first televised WWF match on prime


sports (in india) was between____and ___?

8)Yes, mira, what WAS the rahasya in "qile ka


rahasya"?

9)Amitabh Bachchan was Supremo under


which comic label?

10)What was the name of the 'bubbly' hostess


of aisa bhi hota hai?
8/30/2004 2:00 AM
2. Limca.

have absolutely no clue about the rest and


dont plan to trawl the entire thread to find
Irshad answers ;)
8/30/2004 2:29 AM
trawling the thread won't help irshad... the delete
questions are based on previous posts but the
answers aren't on the thread..

the one u answered is abso correcto.


Salil
Answers... 8/30/2004 10:54 AM
1)Who sang the title theme for "hello
inspector"?
ANS-> Suresh Wadkar and Annette

2)Which was the first soft drink to fall into the


Milind BVO controversy?
ANS-> Limca
3)What did you get with every tub of Bisca? i
mean what did they officially call it?
ANS-> Wasn't it the "Foon"??? The
combination of Fork and spoon?

4)Who was the first poster girl for Frooti?


ANS-> No idea...

5)Which parsi gentleman hosted 'Aavo maari


saathe' for years in its early days?
ANS-> I can see the guy in my mind's eye -
but can't name him... don't think I ever knew
his name...

6)What was the shape of the 3 paisa coin?


ANS-> Was there a 3 paisa coin ever?

7) The first televised WWF match on prime


sports (in india) was between____and ___?
ANS-> Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker???

8)Yes, mira, what WAS the rahasya in "qile ka


rahasya"?
ANS-> Hmmm..are you fishing for the
"suppsoed rahasya" - the ghost of the girl who
falls off the tower - or the "actual rahasya" -
the drug smuggling outfit?

9)Amitabh Bachchan was Supremo under


which comic label?
ANS-> Indrajal comics???

10)What was the name of the 'bubbly' hostess


of aisa bhi hota hai
ANS-> Monika Lal
8/30/2004 11:39 AM
4. Pooja Bedi?

6. Hexagonal
Vikram
not bad, not bad... 8/30/2004 9:40 PM
i think we've got almost all of em now... delete
vikram, wrong about pooja bedi, right about
the hexagonal shape of the 3 paise coin...

as for you milind...

1)Suresh Wadkar sang the paramveer title


track, hello inspector was just annette lobo,
so i guess we can take that as correct.

2)Limca is right, i wonder how they put oil in


Salil a soft drink and we can't tell?

3)"Foon" is dead right, i was expecting ppl to


say 'spork' as we know it. but foon is wot
bisca preferred calling it.

4)Who was the first poster girl for Frooti?


we still waiting for this one...

5)Which parsi gentleman hosted 'Aavo maari


saathe' for years in its early days?

and this one...

6)What was the shape of the 3 paisa coin?


ANS-> Was there a 3 paisa coin ever?

---now you know there was.

7) The first televised WWF match on prime


sports (in india) was between____and ___?
ANS-> Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker???

nopes. try again?

8)Yes, mira, what WAS the rahasya in "qile ka


rahasya"?
ANS-> i was looking for the real rahasya of
course, close... but it was NOT a drug
smuggling outfit.

9)Amitabh Bachchan was Supremo under


which comic label?
ANS-> Indrajal comics???

no way! indrajal had bahadur as their sole


indian character.

10)monica lal is correct too.


the rahasya of q(k)ile ka rahasya 8/31/2004
4:49 AM
they were a family watching a video, if that is
the answer that you are looking for @ salil

Varun

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8/31/2004 5:17 AM
The main Parsi comedian for years was Adi
Marzban. Tarabai Hall was (I think) his
stomping ground.

3 paise coin and others:


http://www.igmint.org/hist.htm
Bombay
(3250 members) The Irani restaurant near Metro is Kyani. It
was still there a year ago. My favourite snack
there as a kid was a "maska bun" - a sweet
bun with sultanas in it and topped with yellow
Polson's Butter (better tasting than the white
Amul).

Kalaghoda - yes, it was Eddie the 7th. I sit


corrected.

Earliest double decker buses were there in the


1940s if not earlier. The big innovation in the
70s was the articulated double decker, which
couldn't handle the sharp turn at Portuguese
Church in Girgaum and often toppled over.

Another treat used to be "jelly custard" at


Satkar on the corner of A Road (all the Udipi
dishes were also great).

I really miss seeing the constant parade of


street pedlars:

* The knife sharpener


Ash
* The Kabuliwalla (Pathan selling dried fruits
until the 1965 war)

* The kandabatatawalla

* The grinding stone sharpener

* The mattress destuffer

* The jaripuranawalla

* The ration rice exchanger (0.5 measure of


basmati)

* The flour grinder

* The red chili powder grinder team of 4


women

* The kulfiwalla

* The cone icecreamwalla

* The sarbat-golawalla

* The chikkiwalla
* The narialwalla

* The bhelpuriwalla

* The panipuriwalla

* The sandwichwalla

* The chanawalla

* The ganderiwalla

I don't think any other city had such a range


of goodies...
help me figure this out... 8/31/2004 5:29 AM
OK i admit a bit off the original topic but help
me figure this out...

In the movie Angoor, with double roles of


Sanjeev Kumar and Deven Verma, there is a
song, which in the film was performed by
Deepti Naval inside an auditorium. Whenever
I see that bit in the movie, I always get Deja
Vu. Which audi is it? I am damn sure I have
Varun been there for some Dandiya show (hint:
might be in a gujarati community) but I can't
seem to recollect where and when?
So please help me recollect the name and
location of the hall.
8/31/2004 5:36 AM
Shanmukhananda Hall? The one that burnt
down?

@Ash: What is the ration rice walla? I know


Vikram all the rest but I'm not quite sure what the
rationricewalla did....
8/31/2004 7:20 AM
to add to Ash's list..

Kalhaiwala : thats wot we call in marathi..


the person who used to glorify (kalhai)
vessels with aluminium/steel or something..
he used to come with his little machines which
he used to place in the ground, start them
and then used to just touch vessels with this
aluminium/steel stick and then used a cotton
to spread it. I remeber this procedure used to
create a lot of smoke of weird smell. we kids
used to love watching the whole thing.
Ashish
Dombaris : The street circus ppl..
I never saw then recently..wonder whether
that art dissappeared in thin air... they used
to do all sorts of things for 5 paisa..

fugewala : balloon wala


They used to make a peculiar sound scrubbing
their hands over balloons to sound thier
arrival... the sound i heard in "Main hoon na"
song (Shahrukh Sushmita one... yeah.. that
hot song) and i was so sure that, the sound
has to be from the balloon ;) wonder if it
was..
We kids used to dance on that sound (it was
very near to scratching nails on blackboard)
8/31/2004 8:09 AM
also the Rat Poison Man.

Sat
Answers 8/31/2004 4:17 PM
The rahasya in Kile ka rahasya was an illegal
printing press for 'Jaali Note'
The first WWF match, didnt it have Macho
Man Randy Savage? vs Tiger ALi Khan, I
Pea Jay think.
Enlighten me.
8/31/2004 9:37 PM
hey, we almost got them all covered... delete

yup ash, adi marzban it was, that hosted aavo


mari saathe.

pranav, the 1st televised match was tatanka


v/s papa shango.... NOW you remember! but
right about the rahasya though.

and since nobody gets these last two, i may


Salil as well give it out... the first poster girl for
frooti was malavika tiwari. wearing a weird
fusion costume and sitting next to a tokree of
mangoes.

and the label amitabh bachchan appeared for


as supremo was 'star' comics.
9/1/2004 2:26 AM
Papa Shango...that guy who claimed he was a
magician, and Tatanka the native Indian who
had his war cry! Papa Shango didn't feature in
the WWF cards though...Yea I remember both
of those, but didn't know they fought the first
match televised on Prime sports.
Irshad
Thanks salil, you've made everyone dig deep
into their brains for some amazing long lost
memories!
papa shango 9/1/2004 10:12 AM
I think he was on the WWF cards, atleast on
the set which I had. Anyways, we friends used
to update our card collection every month or
so. One of my friends had a photographic
memory so he could remember wrestler stats
Pea Jay
as soon as they were displayed on TV, then
we would get stickers and make our own
cards.
Nowadays, I dont even update my
supposedly-all-important lab notebook that
often!
9/1/2004 11:59 AM
Malavika Tiwari... There's a name from the
past... The pretty girl with the dimpled chin
and frazzled hair... Wonder what happened to
her...
Sahil

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@Sahil 9/1/2004 6:35 PM
You dont wanna know how Malvika Tiwari
looks now!Cant believe what age does to
people. Still, if you are curious, do a google
Bombay image search. her image sites are too many
Pea Jay
(3250 members) to give here
random is back.. 9/3/2004 12:24 AM
'small taxi-same fare' written on modified delete
premier cabs. punching your mate whenever
you spotted a red mail van, saying "mail-1-2-
3-i'm not playing". other kids played a non
violent form of the same game, clapping 3
times whenever they saw a mail van. logic
was that the mail van would bring good news
with your annual report card.

i HAD to try out every new product that came


out. another trait in my family which my
brother is still custodian of. so when my dad
brought a new toothpaste called macleans,
and along with it the new relaunched tube of
Salil brylcreem, i mistakenly brushed my teeth
with the brylcreem...

walking from bombay central to tardeo to play


video games at 'dizzyland'.

when fire, octopus and parachute were the


only nintendo games available. just before the
rage caught on and there was mayhem in the
classroom. however the one that started it all
was shuttle voyage.. not from nintendo. just
like space invaders was the sole game on
ataris before others came in. i know it was
pong that stated it internationally, but i'm
talking bombay.

i had earlier recommended salman rushdie's


midnight's children for a cool bombay
nostalgia trip. another unmissable one is the
busybee book from penguin, i think.

ruchi... you'd mentioned yankee doodle. do


you remember their 2 headed cones? and the
time when kwality was innovating like mad,
coming out with sundaes, flora, topocon and
push up? push ups were the funniest, u had a
cup and a stick, and could push the bottom
upwards to revela the icecream. and flora was
a work of art.. elaborate flower shaped
sundaes...
9/3/2004 4:57 AM
I remember those sundaes. It was here that I
started my love affair with ice-creams. Never
liked them before. My favourite one used to
be the Tropical Paradise, I think. Simply
heaven.

And we should also not forget Vadilal. I've


eaten my first kala-khatta ice-candy there.
Was so yummy. And also, on that note, how
can I ever forget the kala-khatta sherbet
outside VT (and NOT CST)... thats the one
thing which is older than my parents and still
going strong.

Also the Croissants Etc craze which hit


everyone at the same time. I remember, it
used to be such a dating ground with us
kids... hehehe.

About the mail van thingie, we used to cross


Ruchi our fingers and could uncross them only when
we saw a black car.

Did anyone ever count the numbers on a bus


ticket, find out the corresponding alphabets
and figure out which person from the opposite
sex of the name from that alphabet liked you?
:)

In the novel scene, a couple of things which


bring out some flavour of the city.
One is Tales from Firozsha Baag, Rohinton
Mistry. Another one is Dangerlok, Eunice
D'souza. Random Indian literature. I havent
read the Busybee book as yet.

Should pick it up soon...


:)
hmm... 9/3/2004 6:37 AM
From what I've read, the book that describes
bombay best is "Bombay MeriJaan", co edited
by Naresh Fernandes and Jerry Pinto...a
collection of short stories about the city.

Some of the best stories are those translated


from marathi which talk about the mills - the
disruptive powerloom and Datta Samant - and
the shivsena movement through the 60s, how
they managed to get all the left leaning mill
workers to 'fight' for their rights. Phenomenal
stuff, i preferred those stories to Rushdie and
naipaul extracts...Rushdie though is easily the
best authority ever to have written about
Mumbai.
Irshad Digressing, I think everyone should read
'Poisoned Bread', a collection of stories by
dalit writers. Amazing. Further digressing,
having an office in what used to be a mill
makes me realise what different worlds we
live in. My life has begun to revolve around
the 3 o clock shift, when the bhajiwalas and
the lunch carts make a beeline for century
mills and bombay dyeing, and all the workers
squatting, drinking tea and having their bidis.
The mills and the mill workers to me are more
symbolic of mumbai than totos, or bhutta at
carters.
9/3/2004 11:09 AM
On this note I have to mention that I've done
a summer school at Xaviers which was on the
history of Bombay. Awesome stuff. They got
all these authorities to talk to us, about how
the city was and is, and mainly the history of
settlements in this city.

Thus we had covered three main settlements.


1) Industrial settlements
2) Community settlements
3) Slums / unplanned settlements

And I had personally done a project on the


Ruchi industrial settlements, taking into account the
BDD chawls at Worli.
BDD stands for Bombay Development
Directorate and some say that these were
meant for jails before. Thus the windows in
the one room flats are high up with bars on
them.
Man!
Awesome learning there.
9/3/2004 11:15 AM
I like Sharda Dwivedi's book on Bombay..it's
my favourite coffee tablebook..great great
pics of the city...
Vikram
Especially of the *actual* Fort, Church Gate
etc...
@Ruchi 9/3/2004 11:19 AM
Wow, thats awesome I Love history.
Do you know if there is any course offered on
Colonial era Bombay, i.e. from Portugese
colonies to Independance. I am deeply
interested in that era, maybe something to do
with the buildings.
Pea Jay Please let me know when, where the course
is, if there is one, so I can plan my next visit
to Bombay accordingly.
Thanks
wwf stuff... 9/5/2004 5:52 AM
My younger bro and I would turn our bed and
often the floor into a wrestling ring. We'd each
choose our teams of wrestlers and could put
on any of these avatars. I bullied him into
taking all the bad guys. My team: The
Undertaker (my all time fav), Tatanka, El
Matador and The Natural Disasters
Dylan (Earthquake and Typhoon?). His team: The
Nasty Boys, Papa Shango, Mr. Perfect, The
Hitman Brett Hart (Hey, I had to give the guy
something)...
aa bell mujhe maar 9/6/2004 2:19 AM
there was this funny serial on DD-2 (i think).
it used to come in the afternoons at 3:30pm
on weekdays and had amol palekar in lead
role. anyone remembers this?
my school ended at 3:30pm and i used to
Amyn rush home to catch the last 10-15 mins :-)
jus remembered a total gem... 9/9/2004 5:29
AM delete
anyone remember those plastic fighting dolls?
more than the dolls it was funny to spot the
guy who sold them secretly wiggling his
finger....
Salil

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9/9/2004 2:30 PM
I miss the madaris and their performing monkeys
Ab Johnny Mithun ki tarah disco dance karega
Milind
9/12/2004 3:56 AM
Amyn, you've brought up a real gem...! Aa Bail
Mujhe Maar was indeed hilarious... It's surprising
Bombay how some of the beter programs recede into some
(3250 members) forgotten corner of your mind and other, less
enjoyable programs stay clear and vivid...!
Sahil
9/16/2004 1:21 AM
Someone put a bullet through my head..

I woke up this morning humming the theme song


from "Bawaji ka BiScope" starring Ashok Kumar...
Vikram
And now the stupid song won't go out of my head!!
9/16/2004 2:45 AM
Damn, you come outta jail and you do this!

Hey, that jail bit reminded me of Monopoly...and


those 'get out of jail free' cards. I used to get em
Irshad
and sell em off for 25, so that guys who got into jail
didn't pay 50 and I made a 100% profit. lol!
@ Old Times ............. 9/17/2004 9:18 AM
Old is Gold ...........

i remember those serials :-

Hum Log , Buniyaad , ek shoonya shoonya ,


paramveer , Chitrahaar/Chaayageet ,

Man, those dayz ppl used to really luv soaps/serials


.....

Movies were normally seen in Theatres ...

Shankar Wat else :-

Mumbai was Bombay ---- of course .....

Hence , CST was VT .......

& so on ...........

Shankar.
toffee 9/17/2004 5:37 PM
Guys, do any of you remember that toffee in '80s,
which was shaped like a cube of 1 cm side
(roughly), had a buttery taste and was flavored as
different dry-fruits. It had a gold wrapper with a pic
of the particular dry-fruit it was supposed to taste
Pea Jay
like. I cannot remember its name, and would be
glad if you Pros can help me with that
more on serials .............. 9/17/2004 10:02 PM
Who can forget :-

epics --- Ramayan [Ramanand Sagar]& Mahabharat


[BR Chopra] !!

Also,those dayz ppl weren't as glued to the Idiot


Box as kids do today .......

i dont think ppl saw FRIENDS , BAYWATCH, The


Shankar Bold & The Beautiful ...... coz those days ppl
weren't having Cable TV ...

Wat Else ?? ---- add on .........

Shankar.
@Pranav 9/18/2004 1:18 AM
Are you talking of AA Sweets (Anant & Athavale)
kaju toffee ?
Milind
ahhh 9/20/2004 8:39 AM
also fusen gum which used to have that tatoo
thing, double gum with gums of two different
colours...also saw this ad by cadbury's in worli
saying " Completing 50 yrs of calling chocolate
CADBURY S" ..so true..i used to travel in BEST
buses with a 1 Re tkt(costly then) and it now costs
Mangesh me 11 Rs...would like to add that Bombay then had
so many irani rest where you could go and have
brun pao..yummy!!..now you can hardly see any
revival 9/30/2004 8:02 PM
this is one of my favourite threads on orkut, so i
thought i'd post one and bring it to the fore again..
random "i remembers":

gumboots, sporting encounters (Sat times), paper-


pellets slung by finger-mounted, rubber-band
catapults, "tikli" guns at diwali, tying a "maanja"
length (during kite season) to a chappal or stone
Dylan and engaging your opponent in a game of whose
"maanja" holds... was there a name for this?, 5-
paisa coins, a cheesy movie called Mard that was
once my favourite, autograph books in std 10,
carrom games on rainy days...

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9/30/2004 9:20 PM
Damn you Dylan for making me remeber this silly
song!! It's gonna be in my head all day now..

Mard Taangewaala, main hoon mard taangewaala


Bombay
Mujhe dushman kya marega, mera dost
(3250 members)
Vikram ooperwaala..

(Full disclosure: This was also my favourite movie


at one point in my very very misguided childhood..)
omg.... 9/30/2004 10:29 PM
i'm sorry but you are completely hilarious, Vikram.
there is another song that comes to mind, but
won't state it here, for the sake of PCness (my
sense of "humor" is getting a bit too unPC
nowadays). so will stick to other earworm-worthy
jingles.

how about... gimme gimme gimme, vijaya butter.


on my toast gimme the most...on idli dosa, even
samosa...makki di roti, sarson da saag, wah ki
swaad...

or ab main bilkul boodha hun, goli khaake jeeta


Sat
hoon, lekin aaj bhi ghar ke andarrrrrrrr roshni deta
bajaj.

and Neena Gupta with "Murg mussallam, tameto


juice, matar pulao, maakidaal, kheeeemmaaaaa,
dum aloo....har vyanjan swadisht banaye, minton
mein jhatpat pakaye, hawkins, hawkins, hawkins
pressure cooker."

ok gotta go, i think i'm going nuts now.


@Mira (and everyone) 9/30/2004 11:24 PM
Mira, you mentioned part of the Bajaj bulbs ad...
Can you (or anyone) recite the entire ad ??? - I
Milind can
@milind 9/30/2004 11:58 PM
I think it went something like
jab mein chhota bachcha tha, badi shararat karta
tha, meri chori padki jaati, ab mein bilkul bhooda
hoon etc.
Btw u have a phenomenal memory for these things
Richa ..it funny though, my roommates and I were just
thinking talking abt old ads a while back and this
one came up. Do you remember the complan ad?
wot abt rasna?
10/1/2004 3:33 AM
What about the Amul chocolate ads?!

I am too old blah blah, too young to be a yadda


yadda...But I think you're just right for amul
Irshad chocolates.

Amul Chocolates - a gift for someone you love!

Damn, the days when ad agencies made ads not to


win awards. Salil would agree I'm sure!

Edit: They had these really corny ads in Amar


chitra katha...callig them "Sweet Toot delights from
Amul" and had the chocolates all on a train.

Or was that nestle?! Someone with a better


memory..help!
10/1/2004 4:26 AM
Yeh hai badta baccha, dekho kaise kuud lagaye,
Yeh hai badta baccha, kapda chhota hota jaye...

I'm a Complan Boy!


I'm a Complan Girl!
Vikram
(For the record, I was a Boost Boy...thanks to Kapil
Dev's "Boost is the secret of MY energy"!)
back by popular demand... 10/1/2004 5:42 AM
jab main chotta baccha tha, badi shararat karta
tha, meri chori pakdi jaatiiiiii, jab roshni deta bajaj.

kya rangeen jawani thi, ik raja aur ik rani thi, raja


rani ghar ke andarrrrrr,aur roshni deta bajaj.

ab main bilkul boodha hoon, goli khaake jeeta


Sat hoon, lekin aaj bhi ghar ke andarrr, roshni deta
bajaj.

FYI, the Presidential debates are very interesting


right now in my part of the world, yaar.
Hammm.... 10/1/2004 7:20 AM
Hammmm....7.25 Boriwali fast....Cutting Chai at
the Thela.....Rain in the train....Worli Seaface in the
night....Velocity on the Friday night....Girgaon
Paresh Chaupati at Ganesh Visarjan....Marine Drive in the
evening....Wadapaw.....and on....and on....
10/1/2004 11:11 AM
The Topaz flag collection, where we collected the
flags of the countries. And how no matter how
many candies you bought, you could never find the
Mauritania Flag.

Aur woh pacchis paisey ka "sorat" jo local bhaniya


ke paas milta tha.

And did someone mention the firebrand lady


Raj "Rajni"? Or "Faster Feni"? Or the serial hosted by
Kamleshwar on Thursdays. Anyone remember the
name?

And those annoying "Rukawat ke liye khed hain"


signs on TV.
When my mom used to wake us up, not because it
was 6:30 in the watch, but because she just heard
the "Deccan Queen" pass by.

How proud we were, that Rohan Kanhai, and Allwyn


Kallicharan were Indians.

How we used to tell the barber, "Setting" style


chahiye. Those long sideburns, and the hair
completely covering the ears.

And <making a gun out of my fingers>, you all


"STATUE".
10/1/2004 11:07 AM
Thanks vikram!!

Richa

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hey! 10/1/2004 12:39 PM
Get your filthy wadapaws off of me!

Bombay Sat
(3250 members) LOng time no post 10/1/2004 1:13 PM
Since I have to run off in a few mins, here is a
package reply to all the new posts so far:

1. Vikram, thank you so much (sarcastic) for


replacing the Allah ke Bande song from my head
with this 'Mard' song. FYI I was caught by my mom
trying to carve 'Mard' on my chest with a kitchen
knife! HOw misguided is that!
2. Milind, I am not talking about AA brother's
Kajubarfi. They still have it though.
Pea Jay 3. SInce I was a BOurnvita boy:
"Tan ki Shakti Man ki Shakti Bournvita"

4. God bless the soul of Late Shafi Inamdar (MDH


Masala ad with Nina Gupta)

5. ANother corny and hilarious ad of Prestige


Pressure Pan:
'Fek do ye Kadhai, ...ye (something else)
Le aao prestige pressure pan
Fry kare, deep fry kare..."

ANyways, my favorite scene in the ad was Father,


Son and MOther-in-Law sitting at dinner table and
staring at the flying utensils coming from the
kitchen. I found the ad completely natural back
then, but after some years, thinking of it starts
giving me a laughing fit!
@Irshad 10/1/2004 10:45 PM
Are you talking about ads which were a picture and
you had to count how many logo's were hidden?
Well that was for Maggi and used to be on
Chandamama.
Pea Jay By the way, does anyone remember the fortnightly
'Champak'? All these years and they still publish it.
@pranav... 10/1/2004 11:30 PM
Nope, this was just a cheesy ad that Amul used to
have in Amar Chitra Katha...Other cheesy ads in
the ACKs were "The adventures of Gems Bond", no
prizes for guessing what his secret weapon was.
Ram and Shyam and their Poppins
adventures...somehow they had color co-ordinated
teeshirts in those ads.
Irshad
I do remember the Maggi contests, they were great
fun! But I somehow never made it to the Maggi
club, dunno why. Must've been the only shmuck
who didnt!
@Irshad 10/2/2004 12:10 AM
Neither did I! The bastards took my goodies away
and never replied a thing!

Pea Jay
And celebrity Ads 10/2/2004 7:20 AM
I dont remember any cricket or film stars appearing
in Ads on TV, unlike today. Imagine Dharmendra or
Rajesh Khanna adverstising for Rim Jhim, or "Taste
Raj the thunder" Thumsup. The only one I remember is
Sunil Gavaskar for Dinesh. Anyone else?
10/2/2004 8:07 AM
Take the world in your stride... Dinesh!
(The firang was so cute, angry and all).
The Egypt ad was not so cute.

I also remember Sridevi in the Seema tubelight ad


wearing some blue thing with lots of frills, walking
Ruchi down from stairs and dancing. Wearing lots of
lipstick obv.
10/2/2004 8:10 AM
This reminds me.. let me make the US people zara
jealous now!

I have the ring tones of Lifebuoy, Titan, Nescafe on


my phone currently.
Ruchi
Used to have the Batmaya one and the Malgudi
Days one too!
10/2/2004 9:44 AM
I would love to have the Malgudi days one. And the
jingle from the Bacardi Ad. Humming .. Nothing is
as nice as finding paradise, and sipping on Bacardi
Rum !!

Talking of cell phones reminds me of how we had to


do with the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited of
old. How we had to grease the hands of the
Raj linesman, and their Diwali Bakshish. That probably
still happens.

And anyone remember LalitaJi, and her "Ravi


Beta"? Surf ki kharid daari mein hi samajhdaari
hain.
celeb ads 10/2/2004 6:36 PM
Kapil Dev-Palmolive ka Jawab nahin
Dilip Vengsarkar-SOme stupid soap called VIgil

Pea Jay

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10/3/2004 12:48 PM
my bro and i would sing this '87 Reliance
World Cup ad, I think (the I think was
insurance against Salil pointing out that my
memory is crappy again.. he's totally right
Bombay
though) "The world is coming down, the flags
(3250 members)
are up, who's gonna be number one, who's
Dylan gonna take home that Cup.."

I've got more to that if anyone's interested..


And Bharat Ek Khoj 10/3/2004 1:40 PM
Woh tha hirany garbh srishti se pehle
vidyamaan
Wohi tho saare bhoot jaat ka swami mahaan
Jo hai astitvmaan dharti aasmaan dhaaran
kar
Raj
Aisey kis devta ki upasna kare hum avi dekar

Jis ke bal par tejomay hai ambar


Prithvi hari bhari sthaphit sthir
Swarg aur sooraj bhi sthir
Aise kis devta ki upasna kare hum avi dekar

And I've got more to that, if anyone's


interested.
cool! 10/3/2004 3:03 PM
LOL, my god, that's so cool, Ruchi. Batamya,
that's priceless. what would alos be cool
would be the Doordarshan intro music that
would come on every time tv started in the
evening. (no, not the uni-frequency drone
that accompanied the colored bands, but the
music with the rotating comet type things
that ended with the DD logo.) here in the US
Sat we are quite backward when it comes to
cellphone and general technology usage.
hardly anybody uses SMS here.

Raj, definitely interested, please post the rest


of the Bharat ek Khoj poem. thx!
10/3/2004 4:26 PM
I agree with the how the US of A is backwards
in terms of cell phone technology. Strangely,
India seems to be going backwards, I hear,
especially with Reliance making use of CDMA
technology like in the US, instead of GSM.
And I guess people dont use SMS coz of all
the unlimited call times one gets. Better to
leave a voice mail, rather than learn the ins
and outs of shortcut keys and SMS
abbreviations.

And do not complain about me filling up the


page. Here goes "Bharat Ek Khoj"

Srishtee se pehle saty nahin thaa, asaty bhi


nahin tha
Antariksh bhi nahin, aakaash bhi nahin tha
chipaa thaa kyaa kahaan, kisne dekhaa tha
us pal to agam, atal jal bhi kahaan tha
Raj
Shrishtee kaa kaun hain karta
Kartaa hain yeh vaa akarta
Oonche aasmaan mein rehtaa
Sadaa adhyaksh banaa rehta
Wohi sach much mein jaantaa, Yaa nahin bhi
jaantaa
Hain kisi ko nahin pataa, Nahin pataa

Woh tha hiranya garbh srishti se pehle


vidyamaan
Wohi to saare bhoot jaat ka swami mahaan
Jo hai astitvamaan dharti aasmaan dhaaran
kar
Aise kis devta ki upasana kare hum avi dekar

Jis ke bal par tejomay hai ambar


Prithvi hari bhari sthapit sthir
Swarg aour sooraj bhi sthir
Aisey kis devta ki upasana kare hum avi
dekar

Garbh mein apne agni dhaaran kar paida kar


Vyapa tha jal idhar udhar neeche upar
Jagaa chuke vo ka ekameva pran bankar
Aise kis devta ki upasana kare hum avi dekar

Om ! Srishti Nirmaata swarg rachayta purvaj


rakhsa kar
Satya dharma palak atul jal niyamak raksha
kar
Phaili hain dishayen bahu jaisi uski sab mein
sab par
Aisi hi devta ki upasana kare hum avi dekar
Aisi hi devta ki upasana kare hum avi dekar
amazing... 10/4/2004 4:44 AM
here i am in a an internet cafe in amsterdam delete
so bloody glad i started this thread'. guys, got
little to contribute as my euros run out... but
its great to read at least fo now..
Salil
Bharat ek khoj 10/4/2004 6:43 AM
Hey isnt tht the translation of the "hymn of
creation" from the rigveda
Amit
@Raj 10/4/2004 3:53 PM
Awesome, man..Thanks for the Bharat Ek
Khoj title...

Actually, if you remember the very first


Episode, the entire episode was in Verse...
and it was a continuation of this very verse...
Milind from the Rigveda...

ZEE TV USA shows Bharat Ek Khoj weekly,


and I never waited for any show in the US as
I did for that first episode
@Mira & Ruchi 10/4/2004 3:56 PM
USA cellphones suck.. but get a GSM phone
here and then you can really go wild... I have
been converting MP3s to ringtones and I have
so many self created ones... in fact I have the
All India Radio signature tune as one of my
ringtones.
Milind Mira, I also have the Doordarshan signature
tune.. as well as the Marathi "baatmya"
theme - unfortunately all on tape.. one of
these days I really need to get those into
digital format!
10/4/2004 5:34 PM
Thanks Raj that was really mind-blowing.
Does anyone remember the title song for
Chanakya?
Also there was a patriotic song in one of the
Chanakya episodes:
Ham Kare Rashtra aaraadhan Ham kare
raashtra aaraadhan.

Tan se man se dhan se


Pea Jay Tan-man-dhan-jeevan se

Apne haste shaishav se


apne khilte yaovan se
ham kare rashtra ka archan

Does anyone remember the complete verse?


Hiranyagarbha Sookta 10/4/2004 9:46 PM
The Bharat Ek Khoj song is from two famous
RV verses, Nasadiya Sookta and
Hiranyagarbha Sookta. Both of them are
agnostic hymns, as opposed to the
Purushasookta, but now the Hiranyagarbha
Sookta is considered to be a prayer to the
Sun. I disagree, but let's not digress.

RV 10:121

Hiranyagarbha Sookta RV 121

I know the sookta in sanskRut, though, not in


Hindi.

hiraNyagarbha samavartataagre bhootasya


jaata patireka aaseet.
sadaadhaara pRuthivi dhyaamutemaa kasmai
devaaya haviSha vidhema.

and so on...
(OMkAr)
the meaning can be found here

Someone spoke about the creation hymn.


That is the Purushasookta RV 10:90.

It's highly controversial because it talks about


the creation of the four castes.

The sasnkrit version is here and the English


translation, here.

The Nasadiya Sookta is RV 10:129


English
Nasadiya Sookta RV 10:129

The thing is, the Hiranyagarbha sookta in


Bharat ek Khoj has been chanted exactly the
same way as I was taught it, though in Hindi.
The translator must have been some really
smart guy.

I take no credit for the English translations,


and no responsibility for your actions after
reading them. Do not flame me.

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Which Veda is this from? 10/5/2004 6:41 AM
Since we are talking sanskrit, tell me which veda is
this from?

Bombay Aye balike, twam katham kathisyasi


(3250 members) Aye balakah, aham kim kathisyamh
Shrinvasi
Shrunha
Raj
Kim twam khandaalaa agchasyasi
Aham kim kurwasyami khandaalayeh
gamisyami, bhramisyami, nryuthyami, gaayami,
maja
karishma, kim karishyami?
nice one! 10/5/2004 9:51 AM
Esta canción es del "Ghulam" cinematográfico. el
chico y la chica son "Aamir" y la "Rani". Ellos van a
"Khandala". ¿Soy correcto?
Sat
onkar 10/5/2004 12:14 PM
The Purushasookta doesnt really glorify the caste
system. It explains the importance of each caste
by comparing it to human bodily organs
Pea Jay
@Mira 10/5/2004 2:00 PM
Señora Sí Querida. Usted tiene absolutamente
razón
Raj
English, please 10/5/2004 3:37 PM
Sprechen Sie Englisch, Bitte.

Pea Jay
Sorry 10/5/2004 4:34 PM
The sanskrit shlok is the song "Aati kya
Khandaala"
Raj
10/5/2004 11:18 PM
"i remember.. warning: totally arbitrary n random"

I cannot even crib. I have been warned it would be


arbitrary and random...
Ruchi
10/5/2004 11:32 PM

Kya pakarai sablog! :)


Nishant
Sahi ekdum !
Doordarshan tune mp3 10/6/2004 1:54 AM
Please please please, can i have it? Please?
Please?

Hell, I haven't seen anyone beg this badly even for


(OMkAr) a gmail account!
purushasookta 10/6/2004 2:00 AM
Raj,

It's from the RV, dashama mandala. the dashama


mandala has some really kickass sooktas. however
my favourite is the second mandala, which has
most of the brahmanaspati sookta, my favourite of
them all.

Pranav,

I never said it celebrated the caste system. But it


uses a metaphor for the creation of the brahmins.
'brahmanosya mukhamasit' = the brahmin was his
(OMkAr) mouth.
while for the shudras, it says, 'padbhyaam shudro
ajayata' = the shudras were born from his [two]
feet.

it could be argued that the brahmin was purusha's


mouth even before the purushamedha was
performed, which makes it controversial.

anyway, lets end this here.

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i remember.. 10/6/2004 6:58 AM
* Going late in school. and prayer
Guru brahma guru vishnu guru devo maheshwara
Guru sakshat par brahma tasmayee sri guru dev
Bombay namah
(3250 members)
Nilesh Yakunde tu shar har dhavala..
Ya veena var dand mandit kara..
Ya shwet padmasana..
i remember.. warning: totally arbitrary n
random 10/6/2004 6:59 AM
* The teacher's day, rahi day and friendship day
celebration in school
* Starting XII classes right in XIth class
* daily going to VJTI and roaming around in b;bay
for complete One month of stay order on
engineering admission
* Run for domicile certificate since some friend say
it will be needed
* Sitting on the belapur station for one to two
Nilesh hours waiting for Andheri Belapur local
* Coming only by lift from MGM to belapur, if some
girl is there with you..
* Attaining all the inter-collage functions Horizon,
Chemsplash and what not.. forgot the names of
some..
* Going to vidyalankar classes on friend's I-card
* Copying another's project for B.Tech project
when TV was not 24 hrs 10/6/2004 7:21 AM
Remember when TV was not 24 hrs ???

Doordarshan used to start at around 5 pm or so...


initially the screen was of 7 vertical bands of the
rainbow colors.. then that tune with the DD logo
forming in the background... then the announcer
Amit announcing

"Doordarshan Mumbai chya sandhyakalchya sabhet


aaple swaagat aahe... aajche karyakram.."
The Old TV Shows 10/6/2004 8:09 AM
But, I remember that Sundays were an exception.
Used to start at like 8:00 AM. As kids, we used to
watch "Show Theme", "Star Trek", "Different
Strokes", "Kahan Gaye Woh Log", "Dada Dadi Ki
Kahaniyan", "Bawaji Ka Biscope", "Aisa Bhi Hota
Hain" on Sunday Mornings.

Raj Some othe shows on weekdays that I remember:


Swami, Singhasan Bateesi, Fauji, Vikram Aur
Betaal, Ados Pados, Yes Prime Minister, Tasveer ka
Dusra Rukh, Udaan, Street Hawk, Knight Rider,
Katha Saagar, Tamas, Whats the good word, Bante
Bigadte, Old Fox, Subah, Life Line, and those
TeleMatches, Mister Yogi. I still remember that
funny line from Mister Yogi. [I could understand the
joke back then [:D] ]

Yogi Introducing himself to a PYT: "Y.I. Yogi".


PYT: "Thats your problem"

Wow !!! I remember so many of them. Jeetendra


was not kidding. These memory tablets do work
[For those who remember that ad ].
10/6/2004 8:17 AM
@ Raj... 30+!!!
:-)

And I remember the music of dada dadi ki


kahaniya.
Ruchi Have I/anyone else mentioned Potli Baba Ki? That
was the cutest thing ever!
Ruchi... 10/6/2004 12:25 PM
dada dadi ki kahaniyaaaaannn...
sadiyon yaad raheeee...
bhoola nahin koi bachpan me suni...

Sat why do i remember all this? did i suffer some brain


trauma in the 80's?
@Mira 10/6/2004 2:00 PM
You and me both

How about the classic from Vikram aaur Vetaal:


Vikram, bhag jaa...mera peecha chod de. Main tere
Milind bas mein aane wala nahi hoon... jisne tujhe mere
peeche bheja hai woh maha dhurt hai... ha ha ha
ha
10/6/2004 2:02 PM
Had the most terrific experience yesterday... While
browsing about in the local public library, I found
treasure!! - Video cassettes of Fireball XL5 and
Milind Giant Robot !!!! Did I have a fun night out!!!
"yere yere pausa.. 10/6/2004 6:11 PM
ya do remember potli baba ki, there's also "yere
yere pausa tula deto paisa...paisa jala khota paus
aala mota.." does anyone remember that, i dont
know the whole thing, just the begining.
And do you remember this? 10/7/2004 8:59 AM
And do you remember this animated song?

Didi, yeh anek kya hota hain?


Anek, anek yaaney bahut saare
Jaise....
Suraj ek, Chanda ek, Taare anek.
Raj
Didi, Taaron ko anek kyon kehte hain?
nahi, nahi, phir se suno
Suraj ek, Chanda ek, Taare anek.

Ek gilhari,Ek aur gilhari


Ek ek ek karke, ho gayen ab anek gilhariyaan
Ek titali, Anek titaliyaan

Cannot help a smirk at myself, remembering this

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yere yere pausa... 10/7/2004 11:38 AM
yere yere pausa
tula deto paisa
paisa zhala khota
Bombay paus ala motha
(3250 members)
yega yega saree
Milind mazhe madka bharee
sar aali dhavun
madke gele wahun

@Milind 10/7/2004 1:11 PM


Great. Now how about "Ring-a-Ring O Roses"?

Raj
here you go Raj! 10/7/2004 4:41 PM
let the nostalgia juices flow!
http://www.rajiv.com/india/humor/anek.aspx
http://www.geology.ohio-
state.edu/~bhattiprolu/personal/nostalgia/
*hops on one leg*
Satish
Thanks Satish 10/8/2004 11:01 AM
That did bring back some memories. And jogging back, Does
Anyone remember the Pepsi Ad? The full one with Remo and
Juhi "Are you ready for the magic?"

The other Pepsi one with Aamir, Mahima and of course,


Sanju a.k.a Ash. No one can forget that.
Raj
The Thrill One - Hum, Tum aur Thrill. Chaahe Mera Dil.

Yeh Bechaara kaam ke bhoj kaa maara. Isey chahiye


Sinkara.
The Lehar 7up Fido Dido

Yeh Captain Cook Aate waalon ne thoy Naak mein dum kar
rakha hain.

The Onida Ones - Neighbours Envy, Owners pride. (This one


also made it to our College Toilet Graffiti )

Marlex Pressure Cooker - Khaana Jaldi Pakaaye, Kaise Seeti


Bajaaye

Prestige - Jo Biwi Se Kare Pyaar, Woh Prestige se Kaise kare


Inkaar

Hawkins - Hawkins Ki Seeti Baji, Khusbhoo hi Khusboo Udi

Nirma Detergent tikiya, Iske jaag ne jaadu kar diyan

Bacchon, Yeh hain hamare daaton ki banawat.


Raju, Tumhare daath thoy motiyon jaise chamak rahe hain?
Aur Masterji, aapke daath?

People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they


weren't so crazy about the first time around. - Author
Unknown
10/8/2004 12:31 PM
bhool na jaana..ECE bulb lana

khujli karne wale, b-tex lagaale

bally sagoo's churaliya

awake on the wild side with nonie

headbangers ball with danny mcgill

gnr appetite for destruction tape covers through the window


display

parikrama's 100th

jason bourne

jonathan livingstone seagull


Satz
chota chetan

supremo's comics

space, the final frontier. these are the voyages of the


starship enterprise. On a mission to visit stange new worlds,
to seek out new planets and new civilizations. to boldly go
where no man has gone before.

i am adam, prince of eternia and a defender of the secret of


castle greyskull. this is Krenjure, my fearless friend. fabulous
secret powers were revealed to me the day i held aloft my
magic sword and said:
10/8/2004 12:38 PM
BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL

I HAVE THE
POWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Satz
Headbangers Ball !! 10/8/2004 12:56 PM
Oh Yeah !!! And I was a regular of The MTV Rewind show
with Danny. And then there were Nonie, and David Wu, and
Alessandra. Those were the days when MTV played only
English tracks. Those were also the times, when every other
VJ did not attempt to be funny. Just kept it simple.The good
Raj
old days when MTV was not indianized, and did not have
Bollywood movie clips after every 2 minute song. And Indian
pop did not mean plagiarized remixed songs.
kya bhailog, 10/9/2004 8:31 PM
kya chalrailay? aur kuch yaad nikalneko lag raha tha aur yeh
thread ko jinda bhi rakhneka hai. So, here goes - Tender
Coconut ice cream from Naturals, Ganga Jamna Saraswati at
Chembur Station, Chinese Bhelpuri and American Chopsuey
and Jain Pav Bhaji, Spring Masala Dosa at Krishna on Sion-
Sat Trombay rd.., and Ethnic Pizza at Dominoes(?) opp.
akbarallys in chembur - the pizza topping was the masala
you get inside the masala dosa, how cool is that?
And the SeaFood 10/10/2004 7:10 AM
... at Mahesh Lunch Home. Awesome!!!! Typical Manglorean
fare. Prawn Gassi, the Pomfret Curry. Been more than 5
years since I last went there. And missing Bade Miyan ke Egg
Parathas and kababs, and the bun maska paav's and kheema
Raj paav at Light of Iran, the rasam vadas at Cafe Madras, the
solcurry's at the Malvani restaurants after a heavy meal.
Bliss!!!!
10/11/2004 2:46 AM
Mumbai without flyovers

without multiplexes

the Abyss playing at Sterling

the day i visited Rhythm House for the first time and went
absolute bonkers

getting drenched by the waves and the rains at worli seaface

spending days at crosswords at breach candy and finishing


books without buying any.
Satz
discovering smoker's corner at Fort(really cheap books here)

walking across south mumbai...fort to churchgate to regal


and back to fort.

fashion street

the biggest vada pavs at worli


Independence Rock at Rang Bhavan (curses to those
neanderthals who shut it down)

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@ Raj 10/11/2004 7:38 PM
Gajalee at Vile Parle, great, great seafood.

Anyone know Goa Bhavan? Its actually a flat near


Bombay Juhu Scheme, run by an Aunty and Uncle. Great
(3250 members) food yaar, che, kya hai yaar ! You go and ring the
bell, and sit in the ghar ka table. There is a slightly
bevda guy who comes and gives you water. Then
the Uncle or the Aunty comes and gives you the
food.
Nishant
Reminded me of a superb Konkani place in Poona,
near Deccan, it was on the first floor, similar to the
Goa Bhavan joint. But nothing like Goa Bhavan, for
the smell. (Also in Poona, Sujata Cold Drink House'
fabulous Mastana - a milk shake thing which was
totally, totally BLOWN!)

Kya kar diya yaar!


10/11/2004 7:40 PM
Oh ya. I think I wrote this on another thread.

What is This?
Kombdee Ka peese
Ghar Me Jaake Masala Pees
Nishant Gaadi ka number Char Sau Bees.

(Edited - I wrote this one in early on this thread. :)


)
may i add... 10/12/2004 4:46 AM
I was'nt too much into the telly as a kid.
Doordarshan was the only channel then. Weekends,
especially Sundays were when I used to watch
stuff.

Anand I vividly recall this program called TURNING POINT


hosted by Girish Karnad... Sundays... 4:00 to 4:30
p.m. if my memory serves me right
My dad is a diehard fan of Carnatic music fan. His
domination of the TV was
between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays "THE
SPIRIT OF UNITY CONCERT"

Others I can recall include the morning cartoon


slots of Tom and Jerry

Guinness Book of World Records hosted by some


Robert Frost(9:00 A.M. Sundays)

Summer vacations were spent watching the telly


every morning 9:30 to 1:00 P.M. odd
(Here it was CHARLIE CHAPLIN, LAUREL HARDY,
and yes... this one called INVISIBLE MAN)

Other serials: Chandrakanta, Reporter, Junoon,


Shanti, Udaan(Kavita Kapoor thingie)

Hey, this one called BYOMKESH BAKSHI was my


favourite. Don't recall the slots though (Friday
nights I think)

Also this one called SANGHARSH (Padminin Kutti),


FAUJI(Shah Rukh Khan)

Every Sunday afternoon one regional film on DD.


Sunday evenings were filled with sounds of Ghazals
(Jagjit Singh et al)
I remember going ga-ga over the "Hawa Hawa"
song by Mehdi Hassan of Pakistan.

All this was before DD came out with SUPERHIT


MUQABLA and other countdown shows to increase
their weekend viewership.
(A total makeover from Chhayageet, Chitrahaar
stuff)
Hawa Hawa was by Hasan Jahangir 10/12/2004
6:26 AM
Hawa Hawa Ey Hawa
Khushboo Lutade

Kahan Khuli Hai Khuli


Dil Ko Bata De

Ab Uska Pata De!


Zara Mujhko Bata De!
Mai Usse Miloonga!
Ik Baar Mila De!
Nishant
Yaar Milade
Dildaar Milaade
Yaar Milade
Dildaar Milade

(Tanana-tana!)
(Tanana-tana!)
Phir Kisike chehreka rang khil gaya
Bichda Hua Aaj Koi Usko Mil Gaya

(Tanana tana!)(Tudum-tudum)
(Tanana tana!)

Phir Kisike chehreka rang khil gaya


Bichda Hua Aaj Koi Usko Mil Gaya

Kaise Mil Gaya!


Dildar Mil Gaya!
Maine usse dhoond liya saara zamana!

Hawa Hawa Ey Hawa...


dudes and dudettes 10/12/2004 12:42 PM
anybody here remember Giant Robot and Fireball
XL5 on DD?

ok..how about Satyajit Ray presents...remember


that alien spacecraft landing and giving a teleporter
to the geography teacher in a village?

or how about Der Fahnder, Shoestring and the Old


Fox. the detective series the dudes on DD used to
show. that was i believe german
teleserials...ok..and how about those ...whaddya
call em...them german games..yea TELE-MATCH!

and the Didi's comedy show..


Satz
that was hilarious...woo hoo!

then the UGC programme that was mostly boring,


sometimes educational..at about noon everyday.

and i remember drinking loads of goldspot and


campa cola...

just awesome man!


@Nishant 10/12/2004 3:19 PM
Gajalee sea food was awesome. They opened one
in MIDC, Andheri too. And does anyone remember
that small home like restaurant, outside the Kalina
Raj campus. We could not help licking our fingers.
Awesome food.
@Raj... 10/13/2004 12:29 AM
err, you must've been at Kalina ages ago man!
there's no small home type restaurant there
anymore. there's one called Walk-Inn, and there's
two others called Sai Kripa and Sainath I think.
Irshad
The students won't be able to afford that though!
@satyajit 10/13/2004 4:19 AM
i agree man
that detective series on dd was awesome... the
german guys were real cool i loved it... and so were
Freebird the german games.. that thing where towns
compete against each other .. and who can forget
didi's comedy show... that guy got hit so many
times it was not ecen funny after a while...
and of course i was a giant robot fan....

such fine things ur post made me recall...ahhh the


good ol days...
10/13/2004 6:29 AM
Telematch!

Eins

Zwei

Drei

Vier (cool!)

Funf

Nishant Sechs

Sieben (this was very cool !)

Acht

Neun

(and then whatever it was for Start!)

:)
10/13/2004 6:38 AM
Salil - in that superb first post which began this
thread, you mention Busybee in Mid-Day. I
remember Busybee in The Evening News.

Also Afternoon D&C's very controversial front page


which went "NO NEWS"..."IS GOOD NEWS
Nishant BECAUSE NESTLE CHOCOLATES ARE HERE" or
something like that.

Also the Illustrated Weekly's brilliant covers, during


Meham, Mandal and Devi Lal.

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10/13/2004 8:58 AM
Hey Nishant.. u not older than *I* am... in my delete
days it was the middaythat carried busybee...
and its funny how the readers of the ADC
made it such a big deal coz the times got
away with something similar in the same
Bombay week.
(3250 members) of course no visit to the barber shop (yes i
used to get haircuts once) was complete
without readingg the entire illustrated weekly
(2 issues at a time), i remember being totally
shocked by the issue on the bhagalpur
blindings. and reading for the first time about
phoolan devi.
and u corrected anand jus in time about
hassan jehangir and not mehdi hassan.. man,
mehdi hassan wud not be amused.
but then anand, u not too great with names...
robert frost is turning in his grave at bein
credited for hostin guiness world records. that
was david frost.. another great david..
attenborough i mean is the only voice i see fit
to describe the goings on in 'the living planet.'
and whoever sed satyajit ray presents.... that
show was indelible coz it scared the hell outta
me with one episode with amol palekar and
shriram lagoo... about the portrait painter
who only paints dead ppl... and about school
prayers, who can forget the secular version
most schools had which went like :
Salil "eternal God
creator of all
i firlmly believe that i am now
in your presence
i adore
your divine majesty
and i ask of you
to enlighten my soul
that i may never
in my thoughts
words or deeds
offend against
your holy law.

the other one with which we ended school was


:

we give you thanks almighty God, for all the


benefits
you have given us today. Oh my God (help
complete please...)

and thx to whoever brought up that ek aur


anek cartoon... that along with 'tree of unity'
and the garbage one are my all time faves.
10/13/2004 11:10 AM
Talking of Films Division cartoons - my
favourite one was Swimmy- about a small fish
who goes out into the ocean and then teams
Milind up with other small fish to form a big fish
which scares the shit out of bigger fish
10/13/2004 5:24 PM
So ya, I just went through the Whole Thread -

1. The 4th chapter in Balbharati had Nitin's


father from Panaji, who was really cool for
some reason. I dont even remember Jal, but
kucch tho deep memory me kuch tho chalrai.
And Community Living and Moral Science -
really Orwellian subjects yaar. All the roads
and trees and buildings were so perfect, like
nothing could ever go wrong here. BTW,
American Suburbia is verrry Community
Living. In CL tho kuch bhi karke you had to
get good marks. Also in school, "Who said to
whom" in History, what was up with that ?

2. I remember all those games. Opps- Batts


was a very good excuse for us to line-maro
girls (coming now from an avowed feminist. :)
) Jolly, yes, kya pakau game tha yaar - and
ek dum jor se we used to give Guccha.

3. The matchboxes reminded me of those sofa


set mathboxes we used to make in school.
And Craft and Marble Paper. Some kids used
Nishant
to make really cool sofa sets yaar. Mast
ekdum. Also,we had charts na, with pictures
of animals, plants, different foods, boys and
girls being clean, healthy and thoughtful to
elders, the handicapped, freedom struggle
leaders, so many different ones yaar. I found
those charts compiled as an "Indian Art"
compendium at the Museum of Modern Art's
shop in NYC and also at the MFA in Boston.
Sold at around $50, I think.

4. LOL - ROFL @ Ameya -


Our version was "Kaana Khali vaajav tyala"
from the Gripe water ad. LOL!

5. Satya, I remember Inspector Gote, dont


remember what it was. Please refresh our
memories, thanks.

6. Varun, is kadaklaxmi the dude who used to


whip himself and make that very painful
noise. It used to scare the s*** out of me.
10/13/2004 5:24 PM
7. Old TV stuff - Shwetambara,Santakukdi,
Kilbil, Narrotam Puri and Anupam Gulati in
World of Sport, Bhakti Barve in Saptahikee,
Nishant
Gher Bethan (Gujju, no ? wasnt there a
Marathi version), Charcha (how rivetting is
that?), Telematch of course, Whats the Good
Word with Sabira Merchant, New Years
Special with Usha Uthup and a Ronnie
Screwwala type Bawa, The News (Rini Simon,
Gitanjali Aiyar, Luku Sanyal, Minu,Sasikumar,
Siddharth Kak, Suneet Tandon - my parents
used to be damn kicked with the Mallu
newsreaders), Loved the Brit Brown Sahib
accents of the News Readers.Shafi Inamdaar,
Satheesh Shah and Swaroop Sampat in Yeh
Jo Hai Zindagi. With Saptahiki, we used to
watch the programmes that week, and light
up when they used to show a scene which had
already appeared in Saptahiki. "Yeh Ayela
Hai.Yeh Ayela Hai." We had the only TV in the
building, so everyone used to come to our
very very tiny house to watch the Hindi Film
on Sunday and the Marathi Film on Saturday.
Nilu Phule, drunken and lecherous was so
cool.

We had one of the first VCRs when we moved


to Chembur.
The only movie in the whole colony was
Tohfa.
For one year, One year.

"Aah, ooh, lolita!" OMG, Jeetendra.

Trying to trace the faces of Karachi singers


and old-school bureaucrats after "Close
Down". I remember being very dissapointed
when "Close Down" happened, just after
National Programme of Music and Dance.

8. Double Decker Chocolate!, Joy Ice Cream, I


have an invented memory ke I can still get it
at a restaurant in Dadar Circle (I know, I
know bridge ban gaya).Brittania Coconut
Crunchies (Jala Agha, no ? Ek Naariyal Pedh
Se Tuta, Girte Hi woh beech se toota.)

9. The themed Chayageets were awesome.


Every year during Ganpati - Amjad Khan went
"Dev Ho Deva, Ganpati Deva...Tumse Badhkar
Kaun...swami tumse badhkar kaun".
10/13/2004 5:25 PM
10. Eh, I also won the Boost ka cricket bat
with Kapil's autograph, 3rd prize during the
Reliance cup, okkkkkkk? :) And Irshad, I had
2 memberships to the Maggi club, made me
feel special, that was the only mail I used to
get. Sorry they couldnt find a place for you. :)
Nishant
11. And Irani restaurants of course, I heard
Bastani closed down, the brun maska and the
kheema paav. Brittania and Co at Ballard Pier
still rules, Berry Pulao is still mind-blowing
and they had a dessert which was awesome,
dont remember what it was.

12. @ Vikram, isnt Shanmukhananda Hall


back in action ? I remember my parents
dragging me to Mallu programs every year,
the smell of the mullapoo (mogra flowers),
while doing anything traditional. Right up
there with all those forgotten smells of our
past. Like the dettol/phenyl that greets us at
Sahar airport, the same phenyl that used to
hypnotize us in school toilets.

13. Havaldars in blue uniforms ! :)

14. For Bombay nostalgia, its Busybee


anytime !

15. Dylan, Sporting Encounters in Saturday


Times, yes! Really funny, and its counterpart
in building get-togethers - fish pond?? And
Mukul Sharma's Mindsport. I knew one guy
who used to solve those puzzles seriously.
Merko tho pahla problem hi samajh me nahi
aata tha, yaar.

16. Mango Ripe, Mango Ripe, Naya Hai Rasna


Mango Ripe, Koi Samay Ho, Koi Din, Rasna
Mango Ripe Ka din. (Lyrics could be
corrected?)
10/13/2004 5:25 PM
17. Also Fryums, and Kwality Bun, this was
another sticker ka contest, I was in 4th
standard, and used to study in the same
school my mother still teaches in. All the other
staff members would make sure they gave me
the stickers that they got. I remember having
finally finished it, dont remember what I got
for it.

18. Saat Saal ke Boodhe Ya Saatth Saal Ke


javan. Chyawanprash ?

19. And that ad with Jayant Kripalani and the


little girl," Aur phir bhediye ne .... se kaha..."
Nishant
and she clears her throat. "Gale me khich
khich, gale me khich khich kya karooooon.
Vicks ki golee lo, khich khich door karo. :)

20. I found Champak and Chandamama,


bound copies at the New York Public Library,
not for circulation one summer afternoon. You
can imagine what I went through at the time.

21. @ Raj, That was "Y.I. Patel" "Thats your


problem". Mohan Gokhale, may he rest in
peace.
22. The serial with Girish Karnad and the kids
and Farida Jalal - Sara Jahan Hamara.

23. Hey, and Siddharth Basu's Quiz Time !


REC, Rourkela, IIT, Bombay and St Xavier's
Calcutta.

24. And the films division short films - there


was one where this lady, I presume Queen
Victoria, standing atop CST station screams
"Stop!" at the loud, noisy traffic. Then of
course, The Tree of Unity, the triangular guys
talk and wail in gibberish. Really cool film. The
Chipko movement, wasnt there an FD film for
that? There was one stop-clock film of a thali
full of food, dont remember the funda of that
film.

25. Still with games - Lagory, anyone ?


Putting seven stones one on top of each
other, hitting it with a ball, and then running
away. Again, one of those boys versus girls
type games that used to be unadulterated
fun.

26. And Narottam Puri used to give such


faltoo prizes in Sports Quiz. And so much
tamasha yaar asking anyone who put their
hands up. That format is quite faltoo yaar.
@Salil 10/13/2004 7:04 PM
I used to live miles away from you (Kalyan
actually, but that still seemed miles away in
those days) and my school prayers were very
similar to the one's you have mentioned:
To begin the day:
Infinite god,
Lord and master of our hearts
we believe that we are
in thy prescence
(forgot the rest)

End-of-day
Pea Jay
Almighty and merciful god
we offer thee our prayers
begging thee to supply
what is wanting
so that we may rise
to thy throne
in order of sweetness
(ofcourse, we were too excited to recite the
last 2 lines)
@Nishant 10/13/2004 8:39 PM
Champak and Chandamama at the New
York Public Library. Under which section?
Raj
10/13/2004 9:28 PM
Its only at the NYPL on 5th and 40th, not the
Mid-Manhattan Library, the other big one
which you always see in the movies. Its in
Humanities/ Asian Studies section on the
Nishant
second floor. Plus some bound Amar Chitra
Kathas, of course.
tohfa tohfa tohfa tohfa.... 10/13/2004 9:33 PM
laya laya laya laya...

RRROOTTTFFFLL!!! remember the pots and


the amply endowed aunties on the beach? I
also love the Naag/Naagin movies - "main teri
dushman, dushman tu mera: main naagan tu
sapeeraaa" and Sridevi's blue eyes?

Inspector Ghote was this character from these


mystery novels. One was adapted into film by
Merchant-Ivory, i believe - the Perfect Murder
with Naseeruddin Shah as Ghote.

Milind - I found Swimmy in my library when i


was in grad school. It was actually a Soviet
story book that was adapted into the
documentary.

yes, the kachra cartoon was hilarious. i


remember the thali, i thought it had
Sat
something to do with hunger and food and
that sort of thing. there was another one on
kachra where the kid asks in the end - "yeh jo
chod diya, iska kya karen?" (unintended pun
there if u caught it, sorry if that sounds
offensive to some, i don;t know how else to
spell it!)

dont recollect if i posted this earlier, but


remember the Leprosy documentary in
Marathi? man that was so sad. and this must
have been from the 70s or something, but
does anyone remember the news
documentaries they would show before
screening a movie in movie theaters? wow,
now i'm *really* surprising myself with my
memory.

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docs before mov 10/13/2004 9:36 PM
YEAH I remember those...made you feel guilty
enjoying the movie while people outside theartres
suffer as they show in the documentary. Finesse
Bombay Pea Jay was never a Films Division traits!
(3250 members) SALIL! 10/13/2004 9:43 PM
The remainder of the prayer we used to say in
school assembly:

We give thee thanks


Almighty God
For all the benefits
You have given us today
Oh My God, I love thee
With my whole heart
and above all things
I'm heartly sorry
Vikram for having offended thee
(forgot the rest...Us agnostics don't pray!)

MIra/Satya: If you remember Tohfa, How about


Justice Chowdhry? Or any of those innumerable
Jeetendra (or as my Sindhi friends at school called
him ..Jitenndarrr) / Jaya Prada (Prada? Damn, I
knew there was a reason I liked her..)
flicks..Locket, Sangam, etc.
10/13/2004 11:08 PM
@Nishant, der se jaage, magar jaage sahi!

Swimi... she was one orange fish and all the other
fishes were black.. and when they all become one
fish, swimi becomes the eye. So cool it was!

And in my school, at the end of the day we had,


school is over for to-day,
done our work and done our play,
at the end we come to say,
Ruchi thank-you heavenly father. amen!
(we used to say this with so much jazz)

I miss my school assemblies. Piano's, hymns,


hymnal (which I still have since 13 years now) and
the choir. wow.
10/13/2004 11:25 PM
Though everything has been said here, still read
this.

Ruchi
10/13/2004 11:51 PM
And the FD docs would mostly be about ministers
travelling to Tashkent, generally some East
European city, Indira Gandhi dancing with a group
Nishant
of women. What did we actually gain, if it was
meant for us, the children of India at the time, if it
was supposed to influence us? Not a rhetorical
question.

I strongly believe that our generation has remained


largely drug-free because of the vigorous DD
campaigns in the 80s. Those skeletons (remember
the ad with the skeletons playing electric guitars),
and ashes, sweaty, smoking dying men were
enough to freak us out. Plus Subah, Chunauti and
Campus did the same.
10/14/2004 3:12 AM
salil you've created a monster ...!

This has to be one of the most awesome threads on


orkut...atleast among the groups that I am on.
Have dug deep into the recesses of my memory
and remembered things long forgotten. Seriously,
Irshad had this not happened I wouldn't have had much to
say to my kids (as and when they happen), and
they'd prolly think I was a boring dude...(whos to
say I'm not anyway:D)
10/14/2004 3:55 AM
Ok, the Balbharati textbook covers. That optical
illusion on the cover was very jhataak, man. The
two kids, boy and girl are reading Balbharati, inside
which the two of them are reading Balbharati,
inside which the two of them are reading
Nishant Balbharati, inside which...

Used to be really freaky man, when I started


thinking about it suddenly one day.
10/14/2004 5:40 AM
i remember the day when bread used to cost 2
bucks a pack..

and the melody jingle....melody hai choc-latee

oooh and those burgers before mcdonalds came to


town. and gotee soda.

and my school trip to aarey milk colony and the


prince of wales museum and having sandwiches in
tiffin boxes in Jijamata udyaan

nazia hassan's disco deewane and funky town by


lipps inc.
Satz
and a monte carlo ad that made nothing's gonna
change my love for you..so famous that i got so
sick of that *&%#@d up song

and amitabh going disco dandiya..or wazzit disco-


bhangra in ganga jamuna saraswati...

and of course mithun da walking on a bullet (from a


gun) to cross a cliff...
hoo boy.

and the cartoons by films division..yea one called


the tree of life..with those folks dancing around the
tree..and one guy being hit on the head..and going
AAAOOOOOOO OOOOAAOAOOOA
D se hota hai Dance... 10/14/2004 8:41 AM
Vikram - yes of course Justice Choudhary! So
there's this deaf-mute girl who's someone's
daughter. and some guys are playing golf and one
of them probably a bad guy says - "arre yeh to
gungi hai". To which the girl starts bawling for
absolutely no reason other than the obvious being
stated.

...I se hota hai Item, S se hota hai Singer, C se


Sat hota hai Chorus, O se Orchestra....

I met a musician here from Russia recently and he


starts singing - "Jimmy Jimmy...Aaja Aaja". So
hilarioussss!!! Such deep Indo-Soviet Roots and
such deep seated trauma in our minds from
Mithunda.
10/14/2004 9:24 AM
For anyone who might be interested, every last
Friday of the month, DJ Rekha hosts Bollywood
Disco Night here in NYC. They are in transition now,
for many months they used to be at Blur, last
month they were at Cielo.

Here's what they play -

Begin with 80s Disco -

Disco Dancer
Jab Chaaye
Jimmy Jimmy
Maango Maango Maango
about 15-20 minutes from that period.

Then thoda 60s/70s


Nishant
Jaane Jaan (Randhir Kapoor/Jaya Bhaduri)
Aaja Aaja
RD types
Jaano Meri Jaan
Nisha Ah Ha Ha
about 15-20 minutes from this time.

Then new stuff

Maheeve
Its the Time to Disco
Koi Kahe
Legai Legai
(about 30-40 mins)
Then after that, only Amitabh

Ke Pag Ghungroo
Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai.
Jumma Chumma De De
Mere Angne Me
Rang Barse
(This list is really long.)

They play the entire song, without remix, from


beginning to end.

The crowd is very mixed, white, black, desi,


"asian".

Many people sing along with the songs, yes,


everyone.

11 pm to 4/5 ish - non-stop.

:)

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NIshant 10/14/2004 10:50 AM
..about the Balbharti text-book cover, I thought I
was the only kid who thought about the optical
illusion you mentioned. I didnt mention that to
Bombay anyone back them because it freaked me out too!
(3250 members) Pea Jay Some maths textbook had the same trick
Man I had forgotten about that!
yep, 10/14/2004 11:01 AM
heard about DJ Rekha. Gotta check the scene next
time i'm in NY.

When RD Burman passed away, we would have


tributes going on in the backbenches in college (of
course, where else can i be found if not in the
Sat
backbenches). The prof would teach, but for us it
was more important to recollect all the hot favorites
right there in the class.
Bombay Hindi (Bhindi?) 10/14/2004 11:10 AM
I had a really serious Hindi teacher in 10 std. So
imagine the teacher's consternation when this girl
in my class writes this ekvachan-bahuvachan:
Sat ladki - ladkilog
10/14/2004 11:17 AM
For those who want to relive the "glory Days of
Films Division", visit http://www.filmsdivision.org/
and go through their video archives. I found the
Ek-anek video there, but no luck sof ar finding
Swimmy/Tree of unity. Did find a hilarious cartoon
Milind of the monkey chopping off the king's nose to drive
off a fly - had forgotten that. But it does have all
the news reels they showed before movies in the
theaters.
ding dong ding, 10/14/2004 12:22 PM
ding dong ding dong ding dong,
ding dong ding,
ding dong ding dong ding dong.

Sat
slow day at work.
10/14/2004 12:53 PM
Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring
Banana phone
Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring
Banana phone

I've got this feeling


so appealing
for us to get together and sing - SING!

Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring


Banana phone
Ding dong ding dong ding dong ding
Donana phone

It grows in bunches
I've got my hunches
Its the best
beats the rest
Mihir cellular modular
interactivodular

Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring


Banana phone
Ping pong ping pong ping pong ping
Ponana phone

Its no baloney
It aint a phony
My cellular
Bananular phone

Don't need quarters


don't need dimes
to call a friend of mine
dont need computer or tv
to have a real good time
I'll call for pizza
I'll call my cat
I'll call the whitehouse, have a chat
I'll place a call around the world
Operator get me beijing jing jing jing

Guess i am having an even slower day !!


10/14/2004 4:19 PM
* Aapan Yanna Paahilat Ka ?

* Oh ya, Salil, we played French Cricket, and I


Nishant
know we still play it.
Totally unrelated topic 10/14/2004 8:10 PM
Vikram Joshi... dude the S.Es at VESIt are STILL
passing some of your work as their own at Hard
Sell competitions...

Rohan
OMG!! 10/14/2004 11:28 PM
I'm still famous at VESIT!!! Yes indeed, my batch
came up with the most memorable VESIT Hardsells
ever!

(I met someone from Nair Medical a couple of years


ago who recognized me from a hardsell I was
Vikram in...unbelievable!)

Well, you made my day..time for me to go check


out the old alma mater wot say?
@Nishant,Salil THANX 10/15/2004 2:53 AM
thanx for the correction guys. About the Mehdi
Hassan... Hassan Jahangir thing. I am indeed bad
with with ol'names, I see. And the Guinness Book
being hosted by Robert(my apologies.. David)
Anand Frost. Wonder how I could get the name messed
up!
Thanx anywayz

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10/15/2004 4:35 AM
earlier this week i found myself at a party on delete
the eiffel tower of all places..
it was thrown by a tea company that was
launching 2 new indian teas called fakir and
somethin else...

Bombay theme for the night was bollywood!!!


(3250 members)
cocktails with tea were served in fab coloured
versions of cutting chai glasses.

Salil and entertainment for the evening was


"Pascal of Bollywood" (google him he's funny)
this hilarious frenchman who sang hindi songs
(badly)and kept me in splits till i cud take it
no more.. shall upload some lo quality clips
from my fone cam later so u know wot i
mean.
Did you ever do this? 10/15/2004 10:29 AM
I used to look at every Rupee Note that
passed through my hand, to see if the
currency number ended with 786. Back then,
we believed it to be a lucky number. I
remember, I had a 10 rupee note ending with
that number. Never left my wallet.

I just found out last night why it was


Raj
considered so, and probably how it all started.
Was watching "Deewar". "The Bachchan"
wears a badge number 786, which is
supposed to be lucky, because it is the
numerological equivalent of the Arabic letters
that spell Bismillah.
10/15/2004 3:41 PM
Ash, we need to hear from you. Tell us more.

Nishant Kotachiwadi, anyone ? :)


10/15/2004 5:08 PM
(Orkut has been buggy a lot - keep getting
errors)

Kalhaiwala - It is tinning, but I'd hate to look


too closely at the mixture, as I am sure it was
lead plus tin and the powder was a flux to
clean the surface. Yes, I can almost smell the
stuff.

Which reminds me of the TambaPittalwala. He


used to sell brass and copper pans and pots.
Ash
Dombari - yes - we used to call him Ambaji
for some reason, or am I getting confused.
Anyway, Ambaji was a muscleman with a
whip and he used to whip himself while
twirling around. Actually, the whip cracks
because it breaks the sound barrier and isn't
really hitting the man, but just coiling around.
Perhaps Dombariwale were the acrobats who
put up a tightrope on the bamboo poles?

The radio farmaish names were rumoured to


be fake, or else the same listeners had
nothing better to do than hear their names on
the air. I remember "Jhoomri Talaiya se
Zuleikha Begum" - bless her soul, for she was
a regular requester. I remember wondering
where the hell was Jhoomri Talaiya. There
was never any "Bambai se xxx".

On Wednesday nights at 8 pm, Ameen Sayani


(he had married a Jew named Aviva - quite
radical at the time - except I had no idea who
Jews were) introduced "Binaca Geetmala" on
Radio Ceylon. He would play all the hits and
the last song was always by KL Saigal. I used
to wonder how he managed to fly to Colombo
to announce those songs. Never figured it out
at the time. ;)

The music from Radio Ceylon was always


more interesting and modern than the crap
from All India Radio. Crap was too harsh a
word - for AIR played a full variety of music
including classical. Even the Western pop stuff
was better on Radio Ceylon but it was just one
day a week.

LPs used to cost exactly Rs 36 for a long time.


Can't recall the name of the only store
opposite Kalaghoda where we could buy them.
Ash 10/15/2004 5:39 PM
I think the flux was ammonium chloride. I had
talked to my prof about how the entire kalhai
process works, but forgot about it now.
And about radio farmaish, I once heard the
name of a person from my town, whom I
remotely knew, but this incident was probably
years after you listened to it, so probably
someone called Vividh Bharti's bluff.
Pea Jay
In the 90s there was a TV show which
featured Ameen Sayani wherein he talked
about his radio career. Does any of you
memory-master's remember that show? It
was just a few episodes.
10/15/2004 5:56 PM
My third and final attempt for today to post
through the 404s.

RationRiceWala - Rationing was always


present until I left in 1973 - some things
would come off the ration and some stayed.
Ash Often the rice exchanger was the same as the
JariPuranaWala (usually a wali). We would
feed the semi-polished ration rice to the
servants or swap it for whiter-than-white
Basmati. No wonder the servants were
healthy!

I remember as kids we would sing the street-


Marathi/Hindi version of eenie-meenee-miney-
mo, catch a nigger by his toe etc. It was
something like:

Eena mina myna mo


Catch and leke baat lo...

I forgot the rest.

I remember renting comics for 75 paise/ Re1


and scrounging around for cheap 2nd hand
ones at recycled newspaper shops. Not much
earlier, you could buy a US comic for 75
paise. Boy, did I envy the Yank kids who could
buy the Daisy BB guns that were advertised
on the back pages.
10/15/2004 6:18 PM
Havaldars in blue uniforms - yes. My parents
used to talk about the uniforms before
independence and there are pix somewhere
on the web. They had a flat, yellow topi kinda
like the Peshwa days. So they were called
Ash "bhuri batli, piLu booch" in Gujarati (blue
bottle, yellow stopper).
@pranav... 10/16/2004 12:01 AM
Don't know about a few, but Ameen Sayani
was one of Shekhar Suman's early guest on
Movers and Shakers, and so was the other
radio dude...(damn whats his name, the guy
that went "main samay hoon"...)
Irshad
OK I need help now!
10/16/2004 2:04 AM
Harish Bhimani.

Nishant Havaldars in blue uniforms and half - pant.


10/16/2004 2:41 AM
thanks Nishant, that kept me gnawing for the
better part of the day!

Irshad

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10/16/2004 4:49 AM
@ash, the store opp kala ghoda is rhythm delete
house, and you'll find me there on a lot of
saturday evenings, especially the first couple
of saturdays in the month.
Bombay
(3250 members)
irshad, harish bhimani was earlier a
newsreader on dd bombay. these days he
does VO for ads and produces radio spots.
altho the FM channels have taken to doin the
production themselves now. ameen sayani too
was a veteran in this field. Ruchi i jus
remembered, the 'fauji bhaiyyo ke liye'
program was called "Jaimala'. Jhumri Talaiyya
is indeed the highest request area for AIR
even now i suspect. As for bombay there was
Salil always Jangoo and Cyrus Siganporia and the
5 star listeners club. You cud hear their
requests and messages on every show on
radio. i think they still have some presence on
107.1 fm.

and good old DD is still the same... half an


hour ago there was a womans voice
overlapping the cricket commentary telling all
the guys in the studio to get some sleep coz
they all had bags under their eyes.
10/16/2004 4:57 AM
I remember Baatmya and how there would be
flies in the studio and the (very pretty green-
eyed) newsreader would just wave her hand
over her head while not missing a beat (a
page? they always held a sheaf of papers..)..

And of course, my first crush..Komal


G.B.Singh on DD news (then she started
Vikram doing the Republic day parade broadcast in
English).

And Salma Sultana in Hindi news on DD with


her rose strategically placed in her hair right
over the left shoulder and saying *Konks Eye*
instead of *Congress I*....
10/16/2004 7:04 AM
And those DD presenters. The most popular
one was Sadhana Srivastav, she was kinda
cute. And that woman who was Manju Singh's
sister. Manju Singh used to have that kids
show in Hindi - Khel Khilone ? and of course
Nishant
Magic Lamp. Also Tabassum in Phool Khile Hai
Gulshan Gulshan, Aaj Ki Shaam Kishore Ke
Naam, that was Tabassum at
Shanmukhananda Hall, at one of those Babla
Kanchan type shows. :)

Rhythm House keeps rocking. Rrrright?


I remember..... 10/16/2004 9:01 AM
Ek, Ek, Ek, Ek titli....anek titiliyaan not so
much for the message of unity but for the
voice which was naisal and it was repeated so
often on tv, it's embedded in my mind til
today!!! The song not the message, indeed!
Not exactly 80s... 10/16/2004 3:01 PM
but does anyone remember ...

"the man.....the machine.......Street Hawk"

ps. sorry if someone already posted this one.


Priyang
10/17/2004 11:43 AM
@ Priyanq

man that was an awesome series. i soooo


used to look forward to seeing it.

and an awesome bike it was too.

u remember indradhanush and there was that


Satz other series..with the space station on an
asteroid and funny aliens. some space station
sigma or sumthing

cheers
hahahhhaaaaahhaa 10/17/2004 12:06 PM
salil, now you're kidding!! really, there was a
lady saying that in the DD studio? that's too
funny!

hey what about Henry Bloemfield (sp?) the


Sat
cricket commentator who'd obsess over the
cricket-watching ladies' earrings?
Street hawk 10/17/2004 1:29 PM
Now thats opened a door in my memory-
warehouse. I even recorded the starting music
of the series. That was also a very short lived
serial.
Among the Russian shows, my mom used to
Pea Jay love the Nadia series, that one was short-lived
too. I still have it somewhere recorded in
India
10/17/2004 1:39 PM
anyone remember the puppet series ...
potlibaba ki or something ??? and one which
had a puppet parrot and stuff .... i can picture
Mihir the characters but just cant remember the
names :( :(
Pepsi Cola! 10/18/2004 4:40 PM
Chotu waala for 25ps and bada waala 50p (:O
soooo expensive)..then came the hygienic
Onjus.. kuchbhi! who cares about THAT!

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10/18/2004 6:14 PM
Potli Baba ki - wasn't that the puppet show
about Alibaba and the 40 thieves??? Loved
that one!
Milind
Bombay 10/18/2004 6:56 PM
(3250 members) onjus? Dont remember that, but remember
OJO with the gaudy fluoroscent color ads

Pea Jay
10/18/2004 11:02 PM
yea, onjus was a far more recent thing. In
fact it still exists, its been renamed something
else though. Have a vague recollection of
Ojo... damn, blame it on all the doobies I had
while I was in college.

Does anybody remember 'Slurp' from the mid


Irshad 80s? This really awesome slushy thing that
was sold at a very few places. I used to collect
the plastic dabba it would come in cuz it was
almost foreign...!
10/19/2004 12:05 AM
yeah irshad, i remember slurp all right. in the delete
little plastic cones with some inventive
toppings too.. used to walk all the way to
imperial cinema from navjeevan as a kid
during the summer hols.. to buy comix, and a
Slurp on the way back felt real good on a may
afternoon... funny how that last sentence
reads, eh?
guys onjus was a few years ago. in fact the
guy who worked on the first ad campaign as
Salil his first campaign is sitting right next to me
right now. it was basically orange juice
whereas OJO was a branded 'pepsicola' from
some idiot tryin to scare mommies that the
roadside ones their kids were having were
unhygenic.
I am shocked... 10/19/2004 1:28 AM
Irshad and me were hanging out on Linking
Road yesterday and the chana-sing waala
charged us 5 Rs for a small packet!!

WTF? I remember the small one costing 25p


Vikram (then again, I also remember the 25p coin..)

(and BTW, the shoe shops along Linking Rd?


Well, turns out they're 2 storied...)
10/19/2004 2:41 AM
Vik, inflation has caught up everywhere man!
Even sheng-chana, that quintessential
Bambaiya timepass snack is more expensive
than Parle-G. Dayum. Bandstand and Linking
road are expensive for sheng-chana, the
interiors are cheaper.

Irshad
If you're strolling linking road at the
nighttime, say 2 or 3 am, the ciggies cost 1
Rupee more than the day time. Next day its
back to normal rate. I knew inflation's cylical
and all that, but such rapid cyles?!
10/19/2004 3:22 AM
the chana on dadar station is still one
rupee.....

Nilesh
10/19/2004 3:33 AM
Vik, you forgot me?????

And Pranav, apart from the Nadia series, does


anyone remember Osheen? I used to love it.
Especially when she cut that customers hair
short and she was upset initially but everyone
loved it so she came later to thank her.
Ruchi
Also, now this thread is so long, I have no
clue if it has been posted earlier!
10/19/2004 4:12 AM
Ok, one more, The RAINS!!!! now that i know
is totally non-random and non-arbit.. but does
anyone remember that pic that used to
appear in TOI/mid-day every year? 2 guys in
a boat...on kings circle of all places?! Now tell
Urvi me, why would anyone take a boat out to
kings circle?? I prefer taxis if you ask me...
number 300!! 10/19/2004 4:45 AM
couldn't resist. delete
btw.. i thot u were off smokes, irshad?
so back to more random thoughts...

i remember...

Salil really tall cut outs of amitabh, shashi and


shatrughan on minerva theatre wen 'shaan'
came out.
an entire mughal garden, with fountains and
caged birds with a hema malini statue sitting
on a swing on the long balcony outside
maratha mandir wen razia sultan came out.

mad magazines in great condition at 5 bucks


near churchgate station.

spending all your money on really sucky 3D


comix jus coz 3D was so in jus after 'chhota
chetan' came out.

wen the 19 yr old girl upstairs threw huuge


tantrums coz she wanted desperately to
marry sunjay dutt wen 'rocky' (not starring
stallone) came out and every kid your age and
above thought tina munim was REALLY hot...
(y don these ppl disappear from public view
after?)

when it cost 10 bucks to rent most movies on


VHS but michael jackson's thriller video cost
30 bucks to rent. and mr.india and
shahenshah (on 2 cassettes each) rented at
50 bucks... for HALF a day wen they came
out.

when u thought computers were really tough


to use, actually u dinno WHY they were used,
and wondered wot the whole point about
learning BASIC, COBOL and FORTRAN was...
hell, a digital watch (electronic watch as it
was then called)
was the height of hi-tec then.

when you would give anything to have sea


monkeys, joy buzzers, joke gum and all those
other goodies u saw in those ads in archie
comix.

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well done salil... ! 10/19/2004 4:49 AM
First triple hundred thread on the Bombay
community. With the promise of more to come
hopefully...

Irshad So we meet at Mondy's to celebrate, wot?


Whee!! 10/19/2004 11:51 AM
Bombay So I think Salil deserves a pat on the back!
(3250 members) *claps her hand in wild applause*

Everyone who has posted here deserves an


applause as well. Bravo.

And at Mondy's I cannot dance.. we should stick to


Ruchi Sports Bar where you can show off your pool skills
Irshad, and I can dance to all the retro!
(Whatsay all you firangs, want to fly down for this
event?... Satya, Raj and the others)
Akash Shetty 10/19/2004 11:55 AM
I have a question here...

Will the moderator of this community please stand


up!
Youve given me some of my best online moments
here...
Ruchi
Mr Akash Shetty... kidhar ho aap?!
10/19/2004 1:15 PM
Are you guys trying to drive me insane with
jealousy, discussing your get togethers and parties
and meetings this way, ekdum khullam khulla in
Milind public!!!

10/19/2004 6:53 PM
Dekh na yaar ye log bhi...
Ruchi I REALLY wish I could fly to meet you guys.
Maybe we firang Bombayites can plan something
Pea Jay here...What say, Milind?
@Salil 10/19/2004 7:00 PM
Digital wathces remind me...there were some which
had a calculator function..was thought really cool
having all those number buttons on the watch.
@Ruchi
I do remeber Osheen,not for the story but for the
beutiful scenaries of Japan. There was a debate in
Pea Jay
my class as to whether the girl playing Osheen was
slightly cross-eyed or not.I dont remember finally
resolving it.
You guys make me sick !!! 10/19/2004 7:53 PM
I mean, homesick Isn't Mondy's the cafe palace
near Colaba Causeway?

And this has really been a wonderful thread. Going


Raj back in time, with all you like-minded folks, was
wonderful. "Koi louta de mere, beethey huey din". I
tip my hat to all the contributors here.
So, some more memories:

Bade shaher ki ek gali mein basa hua hain Nukkad,


Nukkad ke saare baashinde taqdiron ke bakkad,
Alag alag taqdeer hai inki, alag alag hai boli,
Apne apne dhandhe, sabki apni apni toli
Ajab tamasha hain ye nagri khud mein haste gaate
hain
Chahe kisi ke naam se tum inko pukaro, yeh saare
hain bakkad
10/19/2004 11:25 PM
ABCDEFG
G mein se nikla Gandhiji
Gandhi ji ne khayaa peeeruuu
peru mein se nikla neeeehruuu
[...... anyone remember the rest of it?
the shorter version i remember continues like
Priyang this...]
nehru ne khayaa paan
jai jai hindustan
10/20/2004 2:39 AM
ABCDEFG
G mein se nikla Gandhiji
Gandhi ji ne khayaa peru
peru mein se nikla nehru
Nehru ne khaya paan
paan se nikla Pran
Pran ne piya lemon
Ruchi lemon se nikli Helen
Helen ne kiya dance
ek thapad advance!!

Oh Boy!!! I remember two 10/20/2004 5:43 AM


ABCDEFG
G se nikla Gandhiji
Gandhiji me khaaya Peru
Peru se nikla Nehru
Nehru ne khaaya kaakdi
Bhaiya ka shendy vaakdi

Or
Raj
Nehru ne maara Hataudi
Hataudi ne nikla Pataudi
Pataudi me maara sixer
Sixer ne nikla boxer
Boxer ne maara fight
<friends name> ka chaddi tight

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10/20/2004 3:21 PM
ok u guys make me really homesick i want to
back to bombay but also back to that time
when all the school "picnics" were at aarey
milk colony or vihar lake or the fav drink was
Bombay
always energy not coke or pepsi shit
(3250 members)

or u could hang out after school having 25c


pepsi and the really good ones cost 50c which
were made of milk or something like that
Poonam

does anyone remember bhelwala walking in


ur nieghbourhood or even the guy with the
sugar cane

i dont know if they still do havent been back


for a while
10/20/2004 5:03 PM
Eh Picnic songs... I remember bits and pieces
only...please help me finish them. Raj,
Ruchi...you guys seem to get there very
quickly, I am relying on you guys.

Parlez Vous -

Of all the animals in the zoo


Parlez Vous!

Of all the animals in the zoo


Parlez Vous!

Of all the animals in the zoo


The monkey kissed the kangaroo
Inky Pinky Parlez Vous!

(Yeh inky pinky kidhar se aaya?)


Nishant
I know this one is longer, with a whole bunch
of masala thrown in...:)

Galyat Saakli Sonyachi -

Galyat Saakli Sonyachi


Hi Pori Konachi
Galyat Saakli Sonyachi
Hi Pori Konachi

All of them seem to have the same tune now.


:)

Darling Open the door


Darling Open the door
Why are you angry sooo?
@Poonam 10/20/2004 7:06 PM
If I may be bold enough to make a correction

"or u could hang out after school having 25c


pepsi and the really good ones cost 50c which
were made of milk or something like that"
Pea Jay
I think you meant 25p and 50p...I would not
imagine those selling for a quarter and a half-
dollar
First One 10/20/2004 7:14 PM
Galyaan saakli sonyachi
Hi Pori konaachi

Aai's bhi bewdi, Ni baapus bi bewda


Hi saadhi pori konachi..

Raj Aai's bhi kaali, Ni baapus bhi kaala


Hi Gori pori konaachi

Aai's bhi khadki, Ni baapus bhi kadka


Hi Jaadi pori Konaachi
Second One 10/20/2004 7:25 PM
Darling Open The door
Darling Open the door
Why are you angry so?

I will take you to Bandra


And show you my Sandra
Why are you angry so?

Raj I will take you to Dadar


and show you my mother
Why are you angry so?

I know more of it, but cannot remember any


more of the clean lyrics.
10/20/2004 9:19 PM
Thanks Raj ! Keep it rocking ! Mera bhi usi me
thoda fut gaya. Dont remember the clean
lyrics. :)

Once I made pepsi cola at home with Rasna.


Orange Flavor in a little plastic tube, and
Nishant closed the tube by burning it on the gas. My
mom was damn irritated with me.

It turned out fine. That was of course, my last


attempt.
i ReMeMbEr....... 10/20/2004 9:44 PM
Rbered Fraggle Rock n how much i njoied it....

There was Fire ball XL5

Yeh jo hai Jindagi---with the hilarious acts of


Her
Highness Swaroop Sampat and Shafi Inamdaar, later
on Satish Shah

Cartoon Strips on sunday's

Rangoli on sunday Morning

Sat evng movies on DD

Those Phantom Cigarretes---Rber sweet sticks


with red tips

Interfood---Wafers with cream packed in pink


wrappers

Extra Strong peppermint

Indrajaal Comics

DD pgms ---Sundar Majhe Ghar, KilBil(nt the


Kill BILL...ha ha), Swayamsidhaa of Priya
Tendulkar, Swami, Gajraa, Shabdaanchyaa
Palikadle--much awaited pgm in our house,
Saptahiki-i rber, we did nt hav tv at tht time
so i used to go to my frnds place to watch it...

---------some more to come....this is like a


journey through the old familiar lanes
10/20/2004 10:26 PM
I'll take you to Agra and lift up your ghagra
(Oh come on! Someone had to go there!)

After years of going to the Zoo (Victoria


Gardens when I was in school..Veermata
Jijabai Udyan Prani Sangrahalaya
now..Generic "Rani Baug" to all the bawas
and bus conductors), we started going to
"Picnic Spot" which depending on the school
was either at Vihar Lake, Aarey Milk colony or
Borivili National park.

I ALWAYS traded my idlis for some Punjabi


kids parathas (I could never have enough
paratha..explains my love for Cream Centre).
Vikram
I also made my own pepsis at home..and
sealed them on the gas! Also, when "crafts"
projects were due the next morning and I
began them at 11 pm at night before, and
NEVER had any gum ..(what was that flavour
again? I remember the smell but don't
remember the brand..), my mom would help
me make gum with Atta (flour not Mohammed
the 9-11 terrorist) and water...or leftover rice.

(Anyone remember the origami books that


came out when we were younger with their
own craft papaer? I made so many cranes and
turtles..)
i ReMeMbEr.... 10/20/2004 10:32 PM
In the morning, in the morning, in the
morning by the sea.....

Old man Donald had a farm eyaa eyaa oh


and on this farm he had some ducks eyaa
eyaa oh
Quack quack here and a quack quack there
here quack there quack, everywhere quack
quack
Old Man.....

n this string would go on n on n on


Her
Highness Oranges and Lemon.....

We used to play Kapchi with the broken


pieces of saucers/china clay, khamba
khamba, land n water, Thappa

Hw cn i frgt 'Bhatukli cha Khel'.....i jst dnt c


kids playing this games animore....
10/20/2004 11:26 PM
vik do u mean fevigum? that was the only one delete
i remember which was strawberry scented
and had a little cartoon bee as its mascot.

i grew up with joker gum, a white paste in a


red box. teachers used camel gum, which was
applied with a plastic brush in the cap and my
dad would never let me touch the fevicol in
Salil his studio. and don't even dream about the
stikfast.. later on in the jj school of applied art
i discovered rubber solution. and the
pyromania that goes with it...

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Bombay i ReMeMbEr 10/21/2004 1:06 AM
(3250 members) Double decker choclates

Melody choclates ka contest

Jungle books stickers on the insides of Goldspot


billas
Cricket team member photos on the insides of
Thums-Up billas
Her
Highness Thrill, Do-It

---------many more still


10/21/2004 1:25 AM
used to purchase a chocalate "Luv-Kush" just
because it has some lottery kinda stuff.. cricket ball
and other instant prices..
Nilesh
Joker gum and other memories 10/21/2004 9:15
AM
Thats it, Joker gum, there were many legends to
what it really was and how it was made. Had an
awful smell!
Fevicol had the most creative ads on TV.

.... stuff like Charlie Chaplin candies which


everyone collected to get a piece of paper inside,
which was part of a charlie chaplain picture. You
had to make a complete pic to get some goodies.
Pea Jay
....the Charlie Chaplain window sticker craze which
came for a very shortg time?

..... those tiny, raised-up'radium' stickers which


glowed in the dark and which ppl stuck on their
watch dials?
Sahi Hain!!! 10/21/2004 11:32 AM
Joker Gum tak pahuch gaye aap log. What next?
Toothpastes. I started off with using Rock Salt.
Then, I used Bandar Chaap Kaala Danth Manjan
Until I heard Everready scream "Gimme Red". So, I
shifted to "Daanton ki karey hifaazat, Moti saa
chamkaye, Dabur Lal Danth Manjan se, Mukhda
Khil Khil Jaaye". Then, it was "Ayurvedic Jadi
Bootiyon se bana sampurna swadeshi Vicco
Vajradanti".
Raj
Talking of Old Ads, here's a quiz. Which product
was this for?

Kal Bhi, Aaj Bhi, Kal Bhi, Aaj Bhi


In Yaadon ka safar thoy ruke na kabhi
Kal Bhi, Aaj Bhi, Kal Bhi, Aaj Bhi
Kuch Rishtey badalte nahin hain kabhi
minor technicality... 10/21/2004 1:11 PM
Raj, the line is actully:

Kal bhi, aaj bhi, aaj bhi, kal bhi

(aren't i annoying?!)
Sat
Bajaj scooter, no? sorry all u desis in des, slight
advantage here, i'm awake right now (though
barely, its quite hard to stay awake at work.)
@Satya 10/21/2004 1:23 PM
Thanks for the correction. But you are wrong. Its
not the Bajaj Ad.

Any more takers?


Raj
Bye, Bye, Bye (Thats a hint)
chaayla! 10/21/2004 4:07 PM
Raj yaar, i thought i was 1st and i'd get laddu-
pedas. ok, still some more time before the people
in bombay wake up... how about "Bhartiya Jeevan
Sat Beema Nigam"?
Wapas Galti kiya rey!! 10/21/2004 4:35 PM
Wrong again. Last try. You fail once again, and
your personal physician will prescribe you some
Raj memory pills
10/21/2004 5:31 PM
Merko maloom hai yaar...pak gaya mai. Isnt it a
kind of spoof of the Bajaj ad ?
Nishant
I guess 10/21/2004 5:36 PM
VIP luggage?

Pea Jay

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Bombay
(3453 members) My guess 10/21/2004 5:39 PM
..thats it, has to be VIP luggage.
I vaguely remember the scenario, girl going to
sasuraal after marriage, etc.
Pea Jay
@Pranav 10/21/2004 5:54 PM
Yup. VIP luggage. That was the one. The hint
provided "Bye Bye Bye" is what they use in
their new ads.

And heres one more, for those interested. This


should be easy. The dance (or was it a jiggle)
Raj
was what made it all the more memorable.

Kuch Khaas Hain, Zindagi Mein


Kuch Baat hain, Hum Sabhi Mein.
@Raj 10/21/2004 6:22 PM
Damn easy..but I'll give someone else the
chance.
Meanwhile guess this one:

'Betaa, sweater pehno'


Pea Jay
You will reward yourself with a good laugh if
you get this right!!
10/21/2004 7:08 PM
@Raj, Cadbury's dairy Milk.

The next one, I dont know.

Nishant Which one was this, I forgot ?

"Dadaji, Badminton?"
dadaji badminton 10/21/2004 7:07 PM
I think Zandu balm or some other pain relief
balm
Think about my question.
HInt: fairly recent, scenario: train.
Pea Jay
Answer tomorrow
Goodnight Y'all
'Betaa, sweater pehno' & 'Dadaji,
Badminton?' 10/21/2004 9:39 PM
1st wala - Polo - the mint with the hole (easy)
2nd - Nahi beta pehle Dabur Chyavanprash.
with the bald dadaji in white shorts and
tshirt.. quite quaint.

Used to wait for sundays for the Disney


Mickey mouse crap. even remember the
doordarshan anchor who used to announce
Anish the programmes. Hey anyone remembers
when Binaca became Cibaca etc etc and you
had Forhans and arbit toothpastes... Also
Gateway didn't have a fence. Guess it was
really "the age of innocence" compared to
today.
10/22/2004 1:08 AM
nice one raj, kal bhi aaj bhi does sound delete
deceptively like bajaj... tv was flooded wid
emotional ads like those then.. should rename
the thread to "mujhe yaad hai woh sabkuchh,
sabkuchh mujhe yaad hai" can u tell which
jingle THAT was? rest goes something like
"mitti ki khushboo, yaaron ka milna, honthon
pe khatte meethe kaee swaad hai, sabkuchh
mujhe yaad hai" mohit, irshad, vikram..(or
whoever else wants to come) beer's on me if
u get that one...

anish, right about the polo, a good fren of


mine did the voice for 'beta sweater pehno'
and everyone still makes her say it.

wrong about the bald dadajee though. it was


shriram lagoo who never did go bald.

and of course i remember binaca turning to


cibaca, they used to sponsor contests in my
school and the trophies had to be changed.

anyone remember these?


Salil
"i'm uncle monty, but they call me 'naughty'
i gave up pinching poories, i gave up tall
stories and i returned to nature.."

"we're all in it together


for the fun of it, for the taste of it
_________ _________ ________ has the
flavor of fun."

(can't remember th whole thing but this next


one was funny)
"ek tha raja... jahan kahin bhi sair ko jaata,
kism kism ke joote lata..."

(not a jingle, but try an remember this..)


"shantaa, shantaa... aaargh... crash!...
splash!!... glub... it still works!!"

enuff now, as it is wasting a public holiday at


work, shud get my butt movin..
Salil 10/22/2004 10:27 AM
These are ones I can get without too much
thought...

We are in it together
for the fun of it, for the taste of it
Campa, Orange flavour, has the flavour of fun
Milind Thats the flavour of fun!!

And the Cherry Blossom Boot polish one:


Ek Tha raja
Jahan kahin bhi sair ko jaata, kism kism ke
joote laata
Mahal atari akkas bakks jooton se bhar gaya
thasathas
Lekin - itne daami joote, itni jaldi taain taain
phiss
Raja gusse se gurraya - Mere pyare joote
bachao, jhatpat koi upaay batao
Warna sab sar dhad se door
Vidushak adab se aagey badha
Huzoor, gustakhi maaf, upaay hai ekdum saaf
Jooton par Cherry lagayen, chamak phirse
wapas aaye
Aire gaire polish bakwas jooton ka kare
satyanaash
Cherry kare jooton ki maalish, Cherry se
karen joote polish
Chamak dhamak jo banti rahe to jooton ki bhi
umar bade
Khush Raja ne phir kiya ailaan
Bacche buddhe naari nar
Cherry lagaye jooton par
Chamak aur ho dum se bharpoor, Cherry,
Jooton ki shaan!!!
Wow! Milind and Salil 10/22/2004 10:42 AM
That was something !!! Cant help a chuckle.
Its all crystal clear to me now, and can
remember it vividly. Was it not Guffi Paintal in
the joker attire?

Talking of friends, the guy in the other


cadbury ad, the one who runs after the bus
and hurls the chocs, is a friend of mine. I
Raj think that jingle was a bit different. "Kya
swaad hain, Zindagi mein". And did you know
that all those cadbury jingles was the first
break for Shankar Mahadevan ??

"Yeh Kambakth Tamatar ka saas"


"This saas is different, Boss"
@raj 10/22/2004 11:14 AM
pankaj kapoor and javed jaffrey! or was it
Ravi Baswani? Maggi sauces?

karamchand! pankaj kapoor is hot IMO.

there was this movie - Raakh with Aamir Khan


Sat
and him. released about the same time as the
fluff QSQT. after i think. what a difference!
wonder where i could see this movie again?

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10/22/2004 11:23 AM
ek naariya ped se tuta...Jalal Aga? coconut
crunchees.
Bombay
(3453 members)
and there was this sad ad for Sasa Detergent Tikiya
with these sad 80s aunties, sad versions of Reena
Roy (Disco Staaation, Disco) Ok now the song has
started playing in my head with the visuals and the
green chamki clothes (one shoulder dresses) and
the disco ball.

washing powder nirma


washing powder nirma
Sat doodh si safedi
nirma se aaye
rangeen kapde bhi khil khil jaye
sab ki pasand nirma.
washing powder nirma
washing powder nirma
NIRMA!

you'd be lying if you said,


you didn't just hear this jingle in your head ;)!
10/22/2004 12:03 PM
If Nirma is there, why should this fall behind...

Hipolin, Hipolin washing powder Hipolin


Mail ka dushman tagda, chamkaye har kapda
Hipolin, Hipolin washing powder Hipolin
Hipolin!!!
Milind
Raj, it wasn't Gufi Paintal - just plain, simple Paintal
in that Cherry Blossom ad... but he did a
magnificient job!
10/22/2004 12:12 PM
AND the perennial, long lived radio jingle:

Yeh dher se kapde, main kaise dhoun


Accha sabun kaunsa laaoon
Kapdon ko jo ujala banaye
Umar badhaye, Chamak la de...
Milind Koi bata de, mujhe yeh koyi bata de..

And then the male voiceover:


Dhantak ka Double D sabun. Kapdon ko rangeen
aur ujala banakar kapdon ki umar badhaye!
jingles 10/22/2004 1:12 PM
Now my head is spinning with them:

NIRMA detergent tikiya


iske zaag ne jaadu kar diyaa
paani me rehke bhi ye kam gale
NIRMA kapde dhoye aur jyaada chale
NIRMA detergent tikiya
Pea Jay
and Sangeeta Bijlaani saying:
'Ab aap samjhe ke ye tikiyaa maine kyoon li?'
to which the answer was:
'Azaruddin ke kapde dhone ke liye!!'
@satya 10/22/2004 3:04 PM
I think the Sasa detergent tikiya ad went something
like this....

Sasa detergent tikiya laao,


Sasa detergent tikiya laao,
____ ke kapdo ko ujala banao,
der tak chale,
bahot kam gale,
kimat munasif,
paise bhi bachao,
Priyang Sasa detergent tikiya laao!!

ok i thought i remembered it when I started writing


this. But after writing 2 lines, memory ne 'dagaa' de
diya. I am sure one of you (i put my money on
Milind) remembers it better than i do.
how about this one 10/22/2004 5:34 PM
..kay zale??
baal radat hot....
woodworth (i am not sure of the name) gripe water
de tyala..
Anil
tu lahan asta na me hi tula hech det hote....
Its Woodwords Gripe Water 10/22/2004 6:06 PM
@Satya, the coconut crunches one.
Ek naariyal ped se toota,
Ghirtey hi woh beech se toota
something something use banakar
Anyone remember this one?

Some more:
Maccharon ko jissey lagta hain dar, Woh hain
Casper
Woh chemical jis mein dugna asar, Woh hain Casper
Raj Shaam se lekar subah tak jale, Woh hain Casper
Jismein ek nahin, do conductor, Woh hain Casper

Meri Jaan, Meri Jaan, Murgi ke Ande


Khaana Meri Jaan, Meri Jaan, Murgi ke ande
Omlet Khilaaon, fried Khilaoon, Boiled Khilaoon
Khilaoon Murgi ke Ande hi Ande
Khaana Meri Jaan, Meri Jaan, Murgi ke ande
Sunday ho ya Monday, Roz khaaye Ande
10/22/2004 9:35 PM
Jalal Agha! Hmm, famous for his line "Ek se mera
kyahoga".
And I really liked the coconut biscuits.

Mohit And wasn't there a tubelite ad in B/w in the 80s...


dang, this one will give me sleepless nights.
@mohit 10/22/2004 9:44 PM
Surya tubes, surya bulbs?

Sylvania Lakshman?
Sat
10/22/2004 9:40 PM
Lakshman Sylvania it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mohit

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RAAAJJJJ 10/22/2004 9:52 PM
what do you think about this?
Bombay this guy in this above link says this ad is for Godrej.
(3453 members)
now i vaguely remember an ad for Godrej Almirahs.
it starts out B&W with the almirah, and there's a
Sat
kid, then the kid grows into color and gets married
and brings the bahu home who inherits the Almirah.
But then... 10/22/2004 9:59 PM
i saw this after another google search.

Sat
Gabbar Singh ki Pasand? 10/22/2004 10:03 PM
hmm?

Sat
10/22/2004 10:15 PM
Glucose Biscuits

Raj Bade naazon se paali hamari banno


Tujhe dulhan banaye rey pyaari banno
Tujhe haldi ka uptan lagaaye sakhiyan
Teri kaaya ko kanchan banaye sakhiyan
Roop kundan sa, Roop Kundan Sa
Damke ri pyaari banno.

Thats easy. But lets see who gets these two? (Not
Related)

Yeh Andar ki baat hain


Sachmuch !! Kaafi Bada Hain
Though this is pretty recent 10/23/2004 7:25 AM
Since we talking about ads...
whats happened to digen verma?
10/23/2004 12:54 PM
@Coconut Crunchies... [small addition to Raj's
version]

Ek nariyal ped se toota,


teuneu neuneu neuneu neuneu neu
girte hi woh beech se toota,
teuneu neuneu neuneu neuneu neu
______ ______ ker usse pakaya,
khoob kurmurra usse banaya
brittania coconut crunchies!!!

@Laxman Sylvania
Asrani: Laxman Sylvania ke bulb dijiye.
Priyang Shopkeeper turns around to give him one.
Astani: Lekin ek nahi paanch.
Shopkeeper: paanch??
Asrani: Haan, poore ghar ke badal daloonga!

@andar ki baat hai


was it Lux ke underwear aur baniyan? with tiku
talsaniya, tabassum and that kid who i think when
he grows up is gonna look like bappi lahiri.
Guess this one..scenario is given 10/23/2004 2:18
PM
(Group of guys carrying cricket gear passes a group
of gals)

One of the gals: HI Kapil, kya cricket khelne ja rahe


ho?

Guy: Nahi, Bhangda karne ja rahe hai.


Pea Jay
Gal: To fir ye balle, valle...??

Guy: Haan...(dances with a bat in his hands, over


his head) O Balle Balle!!
@priyang 10/23/2004 2:58 PM
Yes. Right about the first one. And It hink the line
was "Tej Aach par use pakaaya". The second one
was OK Saabun.
Raj
Jo OK saabun se nahaaye
Kamal saa khil jaaye
OK Nahaane ka bada saabun
Sachmuch !! Kaafi Bada hain

@Pranav, Cannot remember this one.

OK. Whoever gets this one, can treat themselves to


some chocs.

I am too old to go to school


Too Young to be a grandma.
But I think you are just right for ..........
Amul Chocolates.. 10/23/2004 10:47 PM
Do I have to buy myself some chocolates?

Vikram Sat saal ke boodhe ya saat saal ke jawaan?


10/23/2004 11:09 PM
Zhandu ka special chavanpraash

Raj Poyinde, Gaayab, Chalo gayo she

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i ReMeMbEr 10/25/2004 9:24 PM
Byomkesh Bakshi....with the handsome, going
bald now, Rajat Kapoor
Bombay
(6843 members)
On the similar lines, Sherlock Holmes was also
going on for smtime on the tube

Games category: I rber playing Ludo, Snakes


n Ladders, Vypaaar (rber??) with the fake
Yadnya paper notes, we ended playing for hours
together.

Then there was Bogle..with the sand clock


10/26/2004 12:32 AM
@lakshman sylvenia:

The ad starts from


Asrani: Ram Lakshman bubl dena...
shop keeper: aisa koi bulb nahi aata
Nilesh
The one featuring archana joglekar was quite
famous..Shaadi aur tumse.... kabhi nahi....
MTNL 10/26/2004 2:16 AM
So who remembers the trauma MTNL gave
us...!

Phones going 'dead' off and on, especially in


the rains.

New lines coming ages after registration...

People having only one telephone line in a


house, sometimes buildings! (I used to have
people come home to make a call and leave a
buck back).

The men who used to fix telephone lines and


how important it was to stay in their good
books, thus a nice boni during Diwali.

The help line of MTNL with really rude people


answering the queries(these days they are
Ruchi ever so nice, really).

I still remember some telephone numbers the


old way. For eg, 35-8834 which became 382-
8834 which became 2-382-8834!

I remember the Flop Show episode where the


Bhatti's got a brand new telephone line, and
the neighbours used it more than them, and
when the phone 'died' - they had a baithak for
it! Heh.

(Have we mentioned Flop Show before... kya


show tha woh! ... fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
flop, flop show! flop show!)
10/26/2004 2:36 AM
flop show se yaad aaya..... bhatti's another
show.....

Ulta Pulta
Nilesh
MTNL! 10/27/2004 6:12 AM
yeah, diwali baksheesh and whatnot. once in
our area (N-E), for some reason all the phones
of everybody went down for a day or
something. nobody really complained coz, u
know, these things we're used to. the lines
come up. and in a few days every single house
gets an apology letter, and a rose! how bizzare
and touching is that?!!
Sat
onto other matters. remember this from
Target:

Peanut sat on a railroad track


Its heart was all a-flutter
The 5:15 came rushing by
Toot-Toot peanut butter!
10/27/2004 7:13 AM
i remember that episode of flop show too delete
ruchi... it had a really hilarious scene. see, the
deal was the bhatti's phone gets screwed up
coz the telephone linesman falls for bhatti's
neighbour. so he's wooing her desperately,
and he sends his crony to her house with this
Salil whole bunch of sugarcane and he enters sayin
"bhabhijee, ramesh ne aapke liye froot bheja
hai.."
telephone 10/27/2004 7:29 AM
I remember a shop "NBC" National business
center opened in our area.. Not everyone was
having the phone in their house. People book a
mail box at this shop and whenever some calls
come, they will take the message and put the
Nilesh card in your mailbox... It lasted for about a
year......
*SCREAM* 10/27/2004 7:43 AM
hahahhaa...i remember that "froot" too!!!

Sat
E-mail 10/27/2004 9:46 AM
my friend had an email account with VSNL
when email first started out. they'd actually
call him if he got any email. he lived in Borivli.
so he'd have to travel 4 hrs or whatever to get
to the VSLN bldg to retrieve his email. one
Sat time he went all the way there to find that all
he had were his own emails that had bounced.
how sad is that?
10/27/2004 7:51 PM
@satya
4 hours? Are you sure it was Borivli and not
Poona?

@salil
yeah the sugarcane scene was hillarious.
Bhatti had such an amazing sense of humor. I
Priyang don't know why he got into doing small (also
stupid and not at all funny) roles in movies.

I guess paapi pet ka sawaal tha...

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fastfood 10/27/2004 8:00 PM
the life before wadapav... the chat was
famous fastfood of bombay
Bombay
(6843 members)

Nilesh
priyang: 10/28/2004 1:25 PM
4 hrs to pune? oh, i'm talking about the good
old days when my friend and i were not
privileged to travel by snazzy expressways ;)!

i saw a fox on the bombay-pune highway last


year, and it was in the rains so there were all
Sat
these waterfalls and wildflowers (real ones as
opposed to the engineered ones you see in
the US). so pretty, no?
Resurrecting this thread. 10/31/2004 8:45 AM
Recognize these Ads:

Its start with Ashok Kumars Shrimati saying:


Suniye, Ladki ke maa baap aaye hain?
Raj
And which soft drink had isotonic salts to
quench your thirst?
10/31/2004 9:07 AM
The first one is Pan Parag

Suniye ladke ke maa baap aaye hai...

(forgot this part)


Shammmi Kapoor: Lekin ek baat kehna to
hum bhool hi gaye

AK: (Tense) Ab kya hoga

SK: Ghabaraiye nahi, hame kuch nahi chahiye


Pranav Ham itna chahate hai ke baaraatiyon ka
swagat Pan parag se kijiye.

AK: Oh Pan Paraag, hame kya maalum aap


bhi Paan parag ke shaukin hai..yeh lijiye Paan
Paraag

SK: PAAN PARAAAG

Sorry couldnt resist this memory overflow


10/31/2004 11:15 AM
isnt the soft drink Limca?

Satish
10/31/2004 1:48 PM
Both are right answers. Heres one more.
Which ad featured these lines:

Chai thoy chai hi hain, paani ubaalo, patthi


Raj daalo, doodh shakar milao, aur pi jaao. Isme
kya khaas baat hain?
10/31/2004 2:11 PM
Brooke bond Red Label

Pranav
random-shandom 11/1/2004 2:43 AM
a strange abstract mural which looked like a delete
bat to me (the flying variety) on the first
building in that poonam chambers stretch.. a
red mass of metal in piloo pochkanwala's
sculpture 'spark' in the centre of the circle at
haji ali.. badal, the 3 wheeler car made
famous by amitabh and dharmendra in 'ram
balram'. watching a highly dangerous (for
spectators) shoot for 'naseeb' when they were
throwing burning dummies from the
ambassador hotel... the colorful channa dal
wala on dadar's CR platform no 1 who went
"channe ki daaaaaaal, teriii kasam!!" the old,
decently dressed parsi woman who'd come to
your cab at the navjeevan signal and claim to
have lost her purse and passport.. and when
you asked her jus how many times she
expected to get away with that, she would
Salil shed her decent avataar and curse in the
foulest language... anyone remember those
ball bearing mazes? are they still around? and
water 'video' games? then there was the time
where your polyester and terylene shirts
simply HAD to be 'tebilized' or 'sanforised' and
yo mom wud use products like 'ranipal' on
them.. and beggin mom to buy only 'point'
detergent (have i mentioned this already?)coz
you could cut out stencils on the back and
make cool stuff like model buses and clown
puppets. ash, i've always wanted to ask you,
was there really such a thing as the "kolynos
kid?"
11/1/2004 2:55 AM
Strangely today I'm thinking about sweets..

Specifically, Melody (Melody hai


chocolatey...Melody khao khush ho jao) and
Parry's (Is toffee mein hai coffee, Parry's
Vikram
Coffee Bite)
11/1/2004 3:17 AM
Salil...about the water video game-

While I was travelling to Cal by train last


month, I saw someone peddling a variety of
those near Nasik. I was so amused I actually
thought of buying one! I thought they had all
become extinct, hehe! It was really quite
Irshad striking, most of the people had very good
and sleek state-of-the-art cellphones and here
was this thing, from a bygone era. I had one
with two sharks on which you had to pile in
the ringlets. There were others too
apparently.

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11/1/2004 3:26 AM
melody i think has made its appearance so delete
many times on this thread... i remember
Bombay melody being launched and it was an instant
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hit. at 40 paise a pop then it was still one of
the more expensive toffees, eclairs went for
60p at the time i think. then they started
launching variants, and when melody-rose
came out, u wanted to throw a brick at
whoever got that idea. one rose flavored
sweet i do remember having often is parle's
gold star rose mints. classic pack in sasta
paper.. and a very cool shape too i thot. even
now wen i pass vashi station, the shape of the
building brings back memories of goldstar. the
Salil product still exists, but the pack's all glitzy
now.
parle also cam up with the first paan flavoured
sweet called 'tri-pan' which was a disaster,
but all it's imitators did well especially pan
pasand which is stil around. parle also had
'fudgee' a chewy fudge bar which must have
put my dentist's (really cute) daughter thru
college.
parry's chocolate was launched with some
sexy packaging.. a brown gradient with a
cartoon cat on it.. then there was campco
chocolates with a very popular 'turbo minibar'.
i tihnk i did mention the jacob suchard range
that came out with fonda (abso delicious,
especially the almond variant) and chockrack
(mostly air on account of its rice crispy
interior)
so vik, nostalgic sweet tooth sufficently
tickled?
11/1/2004 9:05 AM
I remember Fonda more for the Superhero
stickers that used to come with them. Apart
from that, it was a disgustingly sweet
chocolate.
They also launched Melody Cola along with
Melody Rose, and both producs were not well
recieved as far as I remember.
Coffee Bite had the most delightful ads :
'Coffe-Toffee'coffe-toffee'.
Pranav
incidentally, there some contest with that
Fudge chocolate bar, something related to the
He-Man merchandise?
The most inane things I remember were
biscuits (or shall I say cookies?) flavored like
the energy drink Horlicks. WOnder if they are
still around.
11/1/2004 10:58 AM
The talk about the water video games brought
back memories of the balloon seller, and his
other interesting wares... there was a
marriage hall near where I lived and a
wedding there always brought out an army of
balloon sellers... I remember the View Master
toy they had, which you held to the sunlight
and in which you could see slides of the Taj
Mahal, Jantar Mantar and such, or if you took
another set, you would get Zeenat Aman,
Padmini Kolhapure, Tina Munim and the like...
I got a real kick when I saw the same toy out
here in the US at a souvenir shop at Niagara
Milind Falls, with slides showing images of the falls!!!

Also remember the wierd "balloon whistles" -


you blew into them and inflated the balloon,
and then let the air out, which would sound a
weird moaning whistle ...also remember the
tiny TV toys - which had a plastic screen and
u turned a spindle on the side to make a roll
of paper turn inside and show a series of
images on the "screen" ...ahhh... the simple
toys we had!!!
11/1/2004 7:42 PM
Flop Show, Flop Show.

Writer, fighter...
Nishant Writer, fighter, producer, director, singer
actor...
Hoo...Ah, ah, ah, aah, aah.
Lightman, Stuntman...Hoo...Ah, ah, ah, aah,
aah.

Cameramaaaan, Everymaaaan.
Is A Flop!

I am sure someone remembers Dilip


Prabhavalkar's Chimanrao ? (Sunbai, Kaakoo,
"Ishha bai...Kai tarich kay?")

Also Haswafaswee is very easily available in


any ghat video store in NJ? Six fantastic
performances...
Old Times :----- 12/13/1901 7:45 PM
@ Old Times ...........

OLD is Gold ...........

i remember those serials :-

Hum Log , Buniyaad , ek shoonya shoonya ,


paramveer , Chitrahaar/Chaayageet ,

Man, those dayz ppl used to really luv


soaps/serials .....

Movies were normally seen in Theatres ...

Wat else :-

Shankar Mumbai was Bombay ---- of course .....

Hence , CST was VT .......

& so on ...........

Who can forget :-

epics --- Ramayan [Ramanand Sagar]&


Mahabharat [BR Chopra] !!

Shankar.
12/13/1901 7:45 PM
Good morning Shankar!!!

Ruchi
good Morning ! 12/13/1901 7:45 PM
Hi Ruchi !

well, i'm late in postin' here alright; but I am


sure reminded of the 80's Bombay
scenes/tags/events ........ distinctly !
Shankar
Shankar.
@Shankar 12/13/1901 7:45 PM
maybe its a good idea to read atleast some of
the posts and then post a message yourself.
Pranav
@shankar... late in posting? 11/3/2004 1:03
AM delete
c'mon... at least not on this thread where
everyone obviously has a sharp memory.. and
if mine serves me right, you posted this exact
same thing almost 2 months ago....
Salil
@ Salil,Pranav & Ruchi 11/3/2004 4:25 AM
i thought this thread hadn't mentioned all that
............

Anywayz, Old Times also Remind me of Kapil


Dev "Palmolive" da Jawab Nahin ...

Some of 'em :-

The All-States Cricket Song for 1992 World


Cup Team; then similar such stuff for the
Reliance World Cup ; when India managed to
Shankar reach the Semifinals !

Then TV serial "Udaan"

..........

Shankar.

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12/13/1901 7:45 PM
ok am a bit late posting in here but tell me if you
guys remembered catchin crabs in the rains with a
Bombay stick and a thread!
(6843 members)

Santosh Those mud splashing rain drenched football


matches.
The Guppa Guppi (hope i remember right) wherein
we play with an iron rod and try to have it stick
upright on throwing inside a circle drawn on the
ground. If you fail then all the others playing with
you would do the same but this time outside the
circle and into places they decide... Once all your
opponents have failed one by one then you start
your langdi back to the circle traversing the path
exactly as it was taken in the first place.... phew ..
guess just got into the mood to explain this one .. I
played this one and can claim to have done langdi
for a record time! :))
11/3/2004 5:16 PM
We used to call it "Hera Heri". Then there were all
these games with Marbles (Dus,Bees; Raja Rani),
Cashews, and even bottle tops (Billas). Then, there
were Tops (Bawras). And come rainy season, those
fishing expeditions in the local lake. Looking under
rocks for fish bait. The football in the rains and the
Raj slush. Collecting 'chandas' for the local Ganesh
Mandal, and the Holi Festivities. I think, it was for
the good that technology was not advanced back
then. No 24 hour Televisions, No internet games,
and no Playstations.
11/4/2004 11:12 PM
And come rainy season, those fishing expeditions in
the local lake. Looking under rocks for fish bait.

Local Lake? Dude where did you live, u lucky guy!


My local lake would be the Bandra Talab (pre and
post "beautification")...

PS Have the Balbhartis for the first standard


Vikram
changed? My bacchalogs who I teach don't have
Nitin and Leena and Hassan and Jal...they have
strange people like Ravi and Suresh (who I don't
like at all!)
double decker chocolate 11/4/2004 11:38 PM
there used to be this chocolate "double decker"...
anybody know why did they stop making it....
i ReMeMbEr 11/5/2004 12:14 AM
Its not only Mumbai....but even Navi Mumbai has
changed!!!!! So many new stations added....now
with the link opening with btwn Thane n Vashi...its
gng to b a huge change
The old access bridge to Navi Mumbai is no longer
getting used. I rber whn we travelled to Vashi some
10-15 years back, we were amazed with the kind of
construction that was happpng alongside the old
Yadnya bridge. The open space of Vashi rlwy station is
totally changed with malls n commercial premises
being built. But inspite of all that, the sun setting on
the vashi creek in still picture perfect.....try to catch
it next time u travel by train during sun set
11/5/2004 12:51 AM
yep.. new bombay has changed a lot in last 3-4
years...

when there was no fly-over at belapur, we used to


walk from station to highway and catch a bus to
college.. it is on kalamboli highway.. whose board is
Nilesh now almost unvisible because of new fly-over which
marks the start of express-way.
11/5/2004 10:07 AM
ek

Sat
11/5/2004 10:08 AM
do

Sat
11/5/2004 10:10 AM
teen

Sat
11/5/2004 10:12 AM
Char Sau!!!

Sat

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@satya 11/5/2004 5:25 PM
char sau beesi to get to char sau
Bombay
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Raj
11/8/2004 10:19 PM
Ok this is no way connected to the topic.

Me and a couple of other orkutkars had gone


Irshad to a lounge on Fri nite and something
happened there that was supposed to go on
this thread. But I can't remember what it was.
There was just too much rum floating around
my brains. Even today.

SO, I hereby rename this thread -

"Warning: Totally arbitrary and random...I


don't remember!"
11/9/2004 1:54 AM
As one of the Orkutkars who was there, I
agree. I don't remember either..though I
remember telling Irshad, this should go up on
the thread!
Vikram
11/9/2004 2:59 AM
And as one of the orkut-kar who could NOT
there, I feel left out. But I remember some
things Irshad, about that night which I heard
through the grapevine...
Ruchi Should I remind you about those?!
so i guess is up to me then... 11/9/2004 3:16
AM delete
vik what you wanted to put up on this thread
was "sona nahi chandi nahi yaar to mila, arre
pyaar kar le...." wait a minute... was it that or
"main pyaar ka pujaari, mujhe pyaar
chahiye??"

Salil ruch, i don think irshad's forgettin wot u thot


about... check our respective scraps and u'll
see wot he wants to forget
totally random!! 11/9/2004 5:37 AM
stop press!!!
Can anyone tell me the name of a seafood
rest in flora fountain area ...I know there is
Mahesh Lunch home close..but which is the
other one??
Mangesh
11/9/2004 5:37 AM
Trishna?

Why bother? Go to Gajalee in Vile Parle


(E)...much better food, cheaper too.

Vikram Sayba at Bandra(W) station is good too..but


it's STINKS of fish!!
11/9/2004 3:30 PM
Vikram, Salil, Ruchi - are you sadists or
something??? Causing me so much heartburn
Milind by going on and on about your doings !!!!!
11/9/2004 10:00 PM
I feel left out too!And unlike ruchi, i don't
even have access to the grapevine to hear all
these seemingly interesting incidents that
must be forgotten.
waaah!
me 3 ( could be ) 11/9/2004 10:45 PM
Ok i am new to this comm .. and i dont think i
have time to read 407 posts .. can someone
tell me what this thead is about .. else i would
also feel left out .. :d ..
Priyavrat
cheers

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11/9/2004 10:45 PM
i remember.. (again) leaving trishna one night delete
and walkin bac to the office, and this guy in
Bombay my office comes running out and sez, is
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everything ok? i dinno wot he was talkin
about, but in the few minutes that it takes to
walk from trish, to where TGI Fridays is now,
a shootout had happened on the next table to
the one i was dining at, one of the brothers
that ran the place had been killed, AND the
news had already spread all over..

vik, trishna and mahesh hav both become


sell-outs after they started gettin lots of
press.. imran khan comes and dines there,
Salil and poof! suddenly they're nothin like wot
they used to be. saayba duzn't stink o fish, i
lived pretty close to it, and wud end up havin
dinner there quite often. im not too big on
seafood, hell im not too big on food, but still..
gajalee has sorta fizzled too... only one left
here in south bombay with some semblance of
old glory is apoorva.

@priyavrat, ok, so u can't read all posts, but


surely u can read the subject line/title?
11/10/2004 1:16 AM
hey i just read through the whole thread again
and it took me less than 30 minutes. (but I
omitted reading salil's posts cuz they're the
Irshad longest!)
So...priyavrat, go forth and, figure it out
yourself.

Happy diwali everyone! Does anyone


remember anything random from diwali? I
spent every diwali till 96 away from bombay,
either in Panchgani or pune. Well, this one
time, we lit a rocket in school and decided to
tinker with the stick that held it. The rocket
took off on a parabola motion and went
straight thru the window of one our
teachers... made a lil hole in his dhoti . The
next day, we saw stars!
diwali, eh? 11/10/2004 2:28 AM
ok, i think i did mention the now-banned delete
handbombs we loved as kids. and much has
been said about sweets too.. anyone
remember how gajra used to have a diwali
special? and marathi diwali 'ankas' of
magazines? i remember 'aawaaj' used to have
a window cut on the cover.. i remember a
diwali special episode of aavo maari saathe in
which this old kaka eats mithai but does not
know that the covers of the mithai box got
swapped with the box of crackers, and then
goes out on the balcony to smoke a bidi and
jus takes off... i warned u i'd be random, ok? i
remember someone getting very badly hurt
when those stupid crackers that came in tiny
round metal tins whizzed up his pajamas and
seared his calf. i remember trying to record a
funny programme on tv with a tape recorder
and playing back only the sound of crackers..
Salil umm.. wot else... different types of crackers,
little triangular ones with bird pics on them,
various animals but mostly wavy green
snakes that whizz about aimlessly, snake
tablets those disgusting things that lat out
loads of smoke and the ash (or
whatever)would curl out like a snake..
'telephone' that involved settin up a long
string betwen 2 buldings even.. i loved double
bars which had a big no 2 written on them,
parachutes? do they still make those? even
those little colored matches were fun to play
with especially the ones with a little bit of
sparkler masala on them.. and roll caps were
always more fun on a rough wall than in those
stupid guns they were made for.
11/10/2004 3:33 AM
Ah, that tikli gun! They normally would conk
off after just two or three rolls...!

ya salil, it was the best thing ever, to burst it


Irshad against the walls and on the ground with the
heels of the naughty boy shoes.
Parachutes! 11/10/2004 11:34 AM
I remember longingly chasing after one of
those 'parachutes' immediately after spotting
it, and finally, after successfully tracing the
path and catching it, being roughed up by
another kid and having to give it to him.
The little snakes tablets were so pointless!All
ash, no sparks.And tremendously
unsightly.Somehow as a kid, the unsightliness
went a long way in determining it's
popularity...
And the blue and red striped 'pencils'- loved
those!bright as hell...
There was this one cracker ..(our
extravagance that year- 300 bucks!)...on
being lit, little sparks (that reminded me of
calculus and the seven crystal balls ) would
follow random short trajectories, while
emanating the most annoying shrill
sound.Can't remember what they were called.
The diyas, the new clothes, the yummy food
and tonnes of relatives over (i.e. many gifts
coming your way)...*joy*
The least fun bit of Diwali, needless to say
was the annual clean up.
diwali related random 11/10/2004 11:40 AM
The red-bound books to be worshipped on
Laxmi poojan day, Invariably bursting Laxmi
Bombs (Loud crackers with picture of Goddess
laxmi on them) during the 'aarti' part of Laxmi
poojan, Making 'Aakash Kandil' (wanted to call
it sky-lamp..) at home with Joker gum, 1000,
10,000 garland-type firecrackers which were
the attraction of the alley and the guy would
Pranav get preference over everyone else's lot, us
kid's deference towards adults lighting "Sutali
Bombs" and its cousin, the one wrapped in
green thread, Anars(flower pots) which
exploded without warning after a jet of
sparks...
Thats Diwali as I enjoyed it.
11/10/2004 3:19 PM
Essabhai crackers store on Mohammed Ali
road - ahh... Firecracker paradise!!!!

I remember we used to get a box of sparklers


free with every box of anaars we bought there

Milind
Buy crackers, and then feast out at the
numerous stalls selling kababs and biryani
and phirni, during Ramzan... yet more
paradise!!!
11/10/2004 5:52 PM
I am in Bombay now.(Sorry, US residents. :) )

Yesterday, I think I was privileged to


Nishant
complete a minor Mumbai Darshan. I was in
Worli, Nariman Point, Mahalaxmi, Andheri,
Juhu, Oshiwara, Aarey, Powai and back home
in Chembur.

I had forgotten the magic of the Kandeels. It


was mind-blowing yaar. Goregaon, Mahim,
Oshiwara, blinking lights streaming down
buildings, whole buildings looking like veiled
princesses - I never thought of them that
way. Kandeels of all those colors and shapes,
and then the orange kandeels which
everybody in the building hangs, so it looks
orange and uniform. Really fantastic. And
suddenly,I stop to think how in the midst of
this random traffic and apparent
disillusionment, Mumbaikars imagine beauty
and joy (Sorry, kuch tho senti tha yaar...:)

At Lokhandwala, there is this awesome lane


which is completely lit by an awning of
streaming lights. Didnt get into it, or I would
have been truly eaten up by the traffic (haan,
yaar, traffic ka bahut futa hai - kuch karte
hai,lekin.)

At the entrance to this street, the banner


says, "Happy Diwali and Eid Mubarak."
11/11/2004 2:32 AM
one of the most beautiful sights which is delete
otherwise really ugly.. flying into bombay, on
diwali nights, when the hills covered in slums
are so prettily lit up.

another typical diwali memory, chayageet


Salil playing the 'deepavali manayee suhanee' song
from 'shirdi ke saibaba'..
sai baba song 11/11/2004 5:20 AM
yes i remember that one. and also the one in
marathi, where they had the most desolate
looking actor playing the saint and a sad
looking girl who lives in a hut and doesn't
have diyas since she is poor. so the saint
creates spontaneous combustion thru his
divinity and the diyas appear and light up.
Sat
one bura thing the kids used to do was to set
rockets alight in a horizontal position instead
of vertical.

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Diwali memories... 11/11/2004 8:22 AM
We used to celebrate Kali puja, which was a
day before the Diwali. I remember a chocolate
Bombay bomb (called so because of the colourful
(6843 members)
aluminium foil on it) going quick on the wicker
and bursting in my hand. I remember a rocket
suddenly taking a rt angle random turn and
going straight through the neghbour's
Supratim window, and me diving behind our boundary
wall straight into the still hot burnt out anar
pots. Eating green peas kachauri (radha
ballabi) with sweetish aloo dum and having to
hug our dog because she would tremble so
much because of the noise.
11/11/2004 9:52 AM
@ Satya

Nishant Thats so funny....lol...cant stop laughing.


Hope this is the topic 11/11/2004 2:20 PM
This is what i remember about my Diwali days
.. that was until two years back. I stay near te
beach so all us friends would chip in the
dough and then we would burts crackers in
the sand. Yea we were harrased by the
pandoos ... but its Diwali... after a little
"haggling".. they would allow us :D ...Also as
mentioned earlier .. the best part would be
the parachutes ...Initially they would glow so
we could see them and dash after them..after
a while however, they would stop glowing and
then it would be on intuition to track it and
find it .. and if needed fight with the urchins
for it :D .... After that we would go to Marin
Drive to burst some crakers there ...Finally..
being a Maroo and all.. diwali is never
Priyavrat complete without a late night game of cards
:D ....
Also i remember ( and i think they still dod it )
.. Every diwali there is this group of people
who burn ladees ... outside the stock
exchange on dalal street .. I had been going
there as a kod every year to see that .. It was
fascinating .. one after the other, ,,,and long
ones too.. Also every diwali postmen come for
baksheesh .. lately i remember them haggling
for that even..... "itna hi kyon .. aur deejiye "
...

Cheers
@Priyavarat 11/11/2004 3:03 PM
You are right on the spot!

Pranav
AiYaiYo! 11/11/2004 10:25 PM
I'm going to be all Soutie and tell you my
Diwali was slightly difderent than all yours...

Waking up before dawn to have my mom oil


our hair (as teenagers..before that it was
chaddis off, full oil massage!) and then oiling
ourselves with coconut oil in which some tulsi
had been left. Then bathing in hot water
(water had to be stored the night before) and
saying the names of the holy 7 rivers as you
poured tumbler fulls of water over yourself.
Then, as you step out of the bathroom, you
crush this fruit thing that symbolizes Naraka's
head (Hence Naraka Chaturdashi)

Then touching parents feet, getting new


clothes, books and crackers(yay!). Eating
sweets and lighting off crackers (at 6 am!! as
the sun rose). Then making the rounds of all
assorted uncles and aunties houses to wish
them Happy Diwali...my mom taking care to
Vikram see that her silks weren't messed up in the
rick..

Then taking platefuls of sweets and savories


to all the neighbours houses and getting a
plate full of sweets in return (excpet most
Catholic neighbors would give us a plate full of
sugar..they'd give out sweets over
Christmas..our Muslim neighbours would send
over meat from the freshly slaughtered goat
during Id and as the token non-veggie in the
house, I had to accept the plate with my
parents out of the room!)

Then lighting crackers all evening after going


to the temple.

So far, this year I've managed to do it all :-)


Diwali Aftermath 11/11/2004 10:36 PM
Tomorrow ( day after diwali ) is gujrati new
year :D .. i rememeber the pedder road
..mahalakshmi junction is going to go crazy
cause a lot of gujjus go to the mandir there.
Also the jams are going to be all over the city
and till late...Good luck with the traffi folks
Priyavrat
Cheers

P.S. : Rues the fact that he is unable to busrt


crackers anymore :(
One more... 11/15/2004 12:18 AM
Don't know if this was mentioned... but I
remembered it today. Some bank sent us
chocolates which had this golden wrapping,
resembling a gold coin.
Irshad Harnik had the exact same stuff, anyone
remember eating that? it was crappy
chocolate but I loved collecting the gold coins.
gold coins 11/15/2004 1:40 PM
Yes i remember those, the chocolate would
melt real soon and make the hands messy,
resulting in a scolding from the grumps..but
the design on the gold wrappers were cool. I
was under impression that these too were lost
Pranav in time.
Irshad, which bank sent you those sweets?
they must be pretty nostalgic about them, like
us.
11/15/2004 10:12 PM
it was Kotak Mahindra, they've just started
banking, so perhaps it was their way of

My colleague pulled out a gem today (perhaps


its been mentioned) - how every school
birthday, the kids would buy ravalgaon sweets
Irshad and distribute it to the whole class. The kids
would fight for the red sweet and would
invariably throw up and the orange sweet was
the yuckiest of them all.
11/15/2004 11:15 PM
melt? u guys talk like it was real chocolate, it delete
was crappy toffee, as far as i remember...

vik, brilliant description there... not a southie


but totally relate to that.
Salil

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Bombay @ Vikram 11/16/2004 3:45 AM
(6843 members) hi !

i'm also from VESIT .......

gr8 to know that u were the Hardsell Champ

UR version of the Southie Diwali was just


too good .......
Shankar
Dude, keep in touch.

Shankar.
@ Vikram 11/16/2004 3:46 AM
hi !

i'm also from VESIT .......

gr8 to know that u were the Hardsell Champ

UR version of the Southie Diwali was just


too good .......
Shankar
Dude, keep in touch.

Shankar.
@ Vikram 11/16/2004 3:48 AM
hi !

i'm also from VESIT .......

gr8 to know that u were the Hardsell Champ

UR version of the Southie Diwali was just


too good .......
Shankar
Dude, keep in touch.

Shankar.
Birthdays in school 11/16/2004 8:06 AM
I remember how as a birthday boy one wud
get to attend school in casual clothing and
then in one of the classes the birthday boy
wud stand in front of the class with a bag of
chocolates in his hands and the entire class
wud sing the birthday song to him and then
he wud go and distribute chocs to the teacher
Sharad and all the students..

those were the days..miss them all!!


11/16/2004 3:24 PM
Children splashin in pools of water an Roads
clogged due to excessive rain, People running
across the road in damp clothes an overturned
umbrellas,the red BEST buses over the damp
roads,and then finally after long hours or even
. days of rain, the elusive rainbow shows up.
Crusataceans and earthworms springing up
from nowhere, butterflies fluttering all around,
beetles and bugs trekking over damp
grass,and the divine odour of mother earth
dampened by the rain..

Whenever I step out into the roads just after


rain, and my nares get a hint of the after-rain
smell, my mind whirls back into the more
ecstatic phase of my life.
(That was ghatkopar W)

Come out of the home and you see long lines


of flea markets, people eagerly shoutin at you
and forcing you to buy whatever they
have.Once inside the station, we start feeling
like we are just a speck of dust in this huge
cruel world where no one ever seems like he
can spare an extra moment. People, people
and more people.. so much difference ..so
many types, so many jobs, so less time,.. it
all never seemed obvious when I first came to
mumbai, when I was all of 7.
Boarding a train too, needs a few techniques
in this city. Once into the rusted cubicle of
over-crowded, smelly people, one begins to
wonder why did he even think of trains as a
fast and a good mode of transport. The next
moment a near by seat goes empty and
viola!! even before you blink u r eyes, its full
again.Once out of the train and back onto the
station, we feel a wee bit of relief and start
staring at the cheap, indigenious commodities
being sold. There was this small, delicate set
of aluminium fancy mock tables, which this
dumb dora can make within a few seconds.
And still a treasure in my room, is this small
model of a cycle one of those guys sold to me
. all made with a single wire of aluminum. And
to think that smelly people are good for
nothin!!An then, there's also this boat model,
which runs on steam..
For 15 bucks, at the age of ten, I
thought it was real costly, but lookin back at
my past,.
11/16/2004 3:36 PM
I can say, my hands can never pain of writing
about bombay.The time when T.V. only meant
doordarshan and the newly launched DD-2
which was on air till bout 7pm,when
games(no virtual gaming!!) actually meant
sports, where spreading smiles was viral, and
where keeping your school lunch basket in Q,
so that one could get the best seat, the one
. above the tyre(the one, I feel really maladroit
in, now)..., where ganesh drank milk in my
house, and where, hum aapke hain koun ran
at the near by cinema house for months
together, where I bought five packets of
chicklets so that I could get this squeezable,
smashable, awfully scary looking
rubbery,lava-like lizard, and where I first saw
cinema-like real life sequences during the
Ayodhaya strike, where cheap shopping
meant.. the streets of V.T, and where comics
like disney and the Amar chitra katha were a
necessity to me weekly, That was bombay for
me...
Where the wind was so humid that when u dry
urself after a bath, u end up rubbing sweat off
the body,...
Where, the road to school, was a winding
path, up a hill,
where, u meet people of all sects and all
beliefs, right in your school(K.V.--IIT, powaii).
Where missing the BQC was as rare as
missing the daily news.
That's Bombay for me.. and I am back here
now, startin all over again.
11/18/2004 12:19 AM
This thread needs a revival... it was one of the
main reasons I ever visited orkut in the first
place
Irshad
@irshad the curator 11/18/2004 1:07 AM
why don you do it? c'mon surely a journo can delete
generate content... don jus bump the thread,
contribute!
I think guru raj jus b4 u, did a pretty good job
too..
Salil
11/19/2004 12:22 AM
I'm just maha-amused that Agrawal classes is
one of the "friend" communities to this one..

-Vikram (Vacation Batch A 1993-94)


Vikram
revival? 11/19/2004 12:31 AM
Someone told me that Roxy was coming up
again. Is it true?

Its one of the first things on this thread.. and


Ruchi if its true, I will be maha excited.

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11/19/2004 12:55 AM
one really aweosme thing was the 123 bus ride
from tardeo to navy nagar..everyone wanted to sit
Bombay on the top deck in the first seat! so cool..literally!!
(6843 members) now apparently they've changed that to single
decker just like the others..losers..double decker
buses were unique to this city.
Priyanka btw..what is that "stone man" story..plz tell
me..sorry bout my ignorance!
about "gotya" 11/19/2004 1:02 AM
salil..i've not heard anyone mention the serial
"gotya" in years!! i was totally into it as a
kid..watched it all the time with my grandma..yeah i
was a true ghati!!!
Priyanka
11/19/2004 1:08 AM
awla supari was awesome..
so is raste ka sandwich
and ofcourse kailash parbat paani puri
o and New Yorkers..all my classmates flocked there
after finals..and ate the usual..nachos, enchiladas
Priyanka and onion rings!
11/19/2004 1:52 AM
Ok -
Salil, since I spent the latter half of the 80s and the
first half of the 90s in a boarding school which didn't
allow us to watch TV except on weekends, and
didn't allow us to read the newspapers till std 5th,
I've got precious little to add . Which is why I
loved reading most of these posts, revived
memories from summer holidays.

But - here's a few things we did, which city kids


probably didn't.

Run into the neighbouring mango plantation and


aim stones at raw 'kairee' hanging. Eat all those raw
kairees with salt and chilli powder stolen from the
gunny bags that were stacked behind our
Irshad dormitories. we'd play hide and seek on the roof on
the school... the drainage pipes were big enough to
accomodate two puny kids. The trick was to hold
onto the opening extra tight so we didn't slide down
and become part of the excreta. Alternately, play
land or water (did anyone else play this one or was
it a pure boarding school thing?) within the dorms,
on the top bunk of the double bunk beds. The first
ever music cassette that someone ever brought to
school was Tridev...so spent an entire term singing
'Oye oye'. Walkmen back then had these huge
headphones...the likes with high resistance and
pathetic output. Roos boots were big in 1988, but
they'd get stolen pretty regularly.
Cable TV was a big thing, we actually had it in
1991, before i had it at home. Our teachers didn't
let us watch MTV. They contributed to our
immediate graduation to Debonair that same year...

Few other random school things - football shoes by


Nivia, hockey sticks by Rover sports, white canvas
shoes from Corona (for some reason bata wasn't
common for the school buyers), postcards would be
distributed to all kids to write home, so that
teachers could check what we write back....

More randomness later.


@ Irshad 11/19/2004 6:32 AM
hey !

u r rite !

those dayz Cable TV wasn't there ....


i mean bfor some 1991/92 !

ppl never allowed kids to see MTV & the stuff ever
since cable-tv started [obvious bcoz of the Skin-
Shankar show & sex-stuff in 'em]

nowadayz ; however even Bollwood has changed ;

oops oopsy
mumbaii 11/19/2004 10:36 AM
aila i log into orkut after ages n man wat greatt
discussions on here.
talkin abt serials at a time when saas bahu didnt
appear on screen we had stuff like amchi mati
amchi mansa n all many other serials discussed
here. how abt surabhi, renuka n siddarth n superhit
muqabala where u had to send postcards(near to
extinction today) n they would pick up random
postcards. and ya the trend of showing "hit" movies
on sunday evening on DD. people actually stopped
visiting each other n would remain glued to tv to
see maine pyaar kiya when it was televised for the
first time.
Swetha and of course radio was a great force to reckon
with. hey guys dont u think as time passes we are
kind of reviving the past. radio wave seeping in
again, old fashioned clothes in thing again, mughal-
e - azam ab color mein. next maybe hype may be
the balbharati text books. kuch bhi kaho old is gold
. yep one thing i miss most is those phantom
ciggarate chocolate. dont get them anymore. sob
sob
OK Salil- 11/19/2004 9:41 PM
Out of the most hazy memories-

Summer holidays - Handloom handicraft fairs that


used to be at azad maidan and marine lines... and
Irshad euphimistically call themselves Disneyland. hehe!
They used to have all these weird rides, and was
around way before Esselworld or Fantasy Land.
Every single kid I know has been to one, and
nobody ever bothered shopping there. Atleast not
my folks. The only thing I ever picked up from any
one of these was an old 'Appu' replica that used to
hang in my cupboard til a few years back.
(Incidentally I went to appu ghar in the mid 80s and
was quite cheesed off that there was nothing of that
sort here)

My favourite was this wacko ride called Tora Tora,


god alone knows what they ever called it that!

Esselworld when it just started out had this really


wild ride called the Rainbow (or sumthn) When it
reached the top you could see half of bombay.
unfortunately they wound it up cuz it was too
dangerous. It came back many years later, only
after 96 or something. Made me feel dizzy as hell.

More later as I jog my memory.


some more ramblings 11/20/2004 5:35 AM
hey some more old memories struck me. talking
about chocolates(i luvvvv them) u ppl remember
paan pasand! n esp that ad . i cant remember the
jingle but a model gets angry n then eats pan
pasand and is happy.somebody plzz tell me the
jingle/ puchline if u can remember it. and then
coming back to DD (i was a couch potato then n sob
sob now get to see very less tv). there was
euphoria when DD 2 was started. tab DD 1 was like
Swetha boring n all happening serials there. remember dekh
bhai dekh n jaban sambhalke. and one song which
DD always played was" mile sur mera tumhara yeh
sur bane hamara" . bass ab itna hi yaad aa raha
hai, jab aur yaad ayega i will ramble more!!!!:)
talkin abt cable... 11/20/2004 5:58 AM
i;m not sure if it was Bhawani tv, or whether this is
an urban legend, bt there was supposed to be this
channel that broadcast bhajan-kirtan type of stuff
during the day and switched to porno late at night.
channel would've captured a big market at all times
Sat
of the day using the 2 main opiates of the masses,
not a bad idea, wot?
@swetha 11/20/2004 6:15 AM
Wow! I musta forgot a lot of those serials..The pan
pasand jingle was real famous.and then there was
7up ..and the amchi mati thing ..wat was it about??
And there was this cute rasna catchphrase:
Nanne munne bachhe tere mutthi mein kya hai,
. muthi mein hai mera ..... Rasna..

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@swetha 11/20/2004 4:33 PM
hey Swetha, I think that jingle went
something like this: "Pan ka swaad, gazab ki
Bombay mithaas" , and this used to be followed by the
(6843 members)
angry person repeating his/her words in a
mild manner :)
Deepti
@Satya 11/22/2004 10:44 PM
FINALLY after ages I get a chance to
contribute on my most favorite thread on
Orkut.
@Satya,
Indeed there was a channel which played all
religious stuff in the day time, news in the
evening and unbelievably-hardcore-porn on
Pranav Saturday midnights. It was JAIN TV.
Unfortunately, I never was allowed to stay
that late on Saturdays back then, but some of
my most trustworthy buddies confirmed this
info.
more random 11/22/2004 10:48 PM
-Collecting the unused pages of you previous-
year notebooks in summer and carrying them
to be "bound-up" into one big 1000 page
notebook.
The notebook was a psychadelic thing as it
had pages with the different line-styles we
used to use in school, single-spaced, double-
Pranav spaced, squared. The biggest suspense was
what picture the binder put on the cover of
the giant notebook. Afterwards, I would
demand him to put some cool pictures rather
than boring Scholar or Rajat type designs.
HAHAHAHAH... 11/22/2004 10:52 PM
that jain tv thing brought back memories.. a delete
whole bunch of frenz n me used to do our
yearly submissions together at night. basically
gettin rid of backlog and extra assignments,
so the way it works in art school is, common
palette, lots of color, mass produced work. so
we put jain tv on, coz that was pretty
controversial then, and sure enough, soft core
Salil porn comes on. at this, my fren tej goes.."yeh
achcha hai, kaanda lasun nahi chalta hai, yeh
sab chalta hai..."
sorrrrreeee.... no offence intended
11/23/2004 5:58 AM
Puhleeze!!

It's the "no kaanda-lasun" types only who are


maximum into this stuff...

Vikram PS I watched my first Hindi (or badly dubbed


into Hindi) porno on Jain TV...YUK!
11/23/2004 9:13 AM
Now I have been in Bombay for about 2
weeks. From the beginning, I have been
complaining about how crowded it has
become, how there's no place for pedestrians
or cars, how hot it is, how people shout at
each other and dont really talk to each other -
the same things I would celebrate from the
quiet suburbs of New Jersey. I had been
thoroughly disappointed.

Today, I took a ride in an AC bus (A-4 from


Opera House to Amar Mahal, Chembur),
minus the pollution, minus the crowds, minus
the noise. And I saw the Bombay that we
speak of so affectionately about in this thread.
Kabutarkhana and Portuguese Church and the
roundabout near Plaza theater - slick, coolsy
Marathi film playing there. The older buildings
at Dadar on Ambedkar Road, quiet, and
somewhat desolate. The temples and shops
and quiet yellow halogen lamps, now under
the bridges. There was one little building
where all the homes were dark, except for
one. This was late evening, isnt that kind of
Nishant
strange, that there was only one inhabitant in
that building?

Just before that, I had walked through the


streets and smells of Charni Road, the
diamond market, the vada paav wala, old
Bombay, still breathing and living right by the
noisy television channels.

Some days ago, another fantastic 35 minutes


(First Class ticket) on a Harbour Line train
from Chembur (home) to VT (now CST)
brought me so close to seven years of
commuting. Harbor line services have
improved, yes, improved - thank you Central
Railway. The train ride brought the same
smells at Vadala, Cotton Green, Reay Road,
Dockyard, Sandhurst Road and Masjid.
Somewhere along the way, I re-discovered
Bombay's Parsi-Gujarati flavour.

Dudes, rest assured, Bombay rocks.


Paan Pasand Ad 11/23/2004 11:22 AM
(Angry, sniffy Archana Joglekar)
"Shaadi? Aur tumse? Kabhi nahi!"

Voiceover:
Paan Pasand. Paan ka swaad, gazab ki
Milind mithaas

(Lovey Dovey Archana Joglekar)


"Shaadi? Aur tumse? Kabhi nahi!"
@ Milind 11/24/2004 6:40 AM
good Recollection/Memory !

Old Times Serials'

Malgudi Days
Buniyaad
Nukkad
Shankar Circus
Gotya
Yeh Jo hai Zindagi
Mr. Yogi
11/24/2004 6:47 AM
The train ride brought the same smells at
Vadala, Cotton Green, Reay Road, Dockyard,
Sandhurst Road and Masjid.

I could live *without* the same smells along


Harbour line...
We'd call Sadhurst Road "Sandas Road" when
Vikram I was a kid travelling to town..

And Aamir, you *really* need to go back and


read all 400 odd posts in this thread...
11/24/2004 11:48 AM
Lol Vikram - You and everybody else!!! Poor
Lord Sandhurst!!! - must be rolling in his
Milind grave!

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11/28/2004 12:11 AM
Lol, Vikram.

Nishant I couldnt. :)
u cudn't WHAT, nishant? 11/28/2004 12:59 AM
vik, fren o mine who used to live at antop hill, delete
would take the harbour line to GTB nagar..
Bombay she claimed she cud wake up at any point in
(6843 members) her journey and identify the station by its
stench. she actually had pretty detailed
descriptions for all of them. thankfully there
are a few things i have forgotten after all, and
this is one of them.
Salil
ever smelled burnt toothpaste? go to the
stretch between sion and mahim where they
burn garbage near the bridge. u'll definitely
see (smell) what i mean.
Stink things off all the Topics!
11/28/2004 2:27 AM
hey Salil/Vikram !

we can maybe talk bout somethin' else ....

Shankar Way Out .....


mumbaiii 11/28/2004 9:11 AM
ya absolutely smell is something that is very
distinct n if ur a regualr commuter by trains
then u can actually make out where u are.
vikram some people still call sandhurst road
as "sandas road". the first time i heard it i
Swetha laughed out so loud that the women who said
this didnt know wat to do.
y r ppl talking bout SHIT 11/29/2004 9:42 PM
we can maybe talk bout somethin' else ....

Way Out .....

Shankar
11/30/2004 9:17 AM
kyon re? kya hua? by now we should all be so
accustomed to the sight / smell of excrement
and its origins, that we shouldn't really have
any delicate sensibilities left to offend
Sat
anymore, no?
Dabur Lal Daanth Manjan 11/30/2004 8:35 PM
Master - " Raju tumahre daanth toh motiyon
jaise chamakte hai"

Raju - "Kyon na ho Masterji, Dabur ka lal


daanth manjan jo isteymaal karta hoon"
Kunal
LOL
11/30/2004 9:02 PM
Datton ki kare hifazat,
moti sa chamkaaye,
dabur lal dant-manjan se,
mukhda khil khil chamkaay!!
Ruchi
Spotted at Andheri station.. 12/1/2004 9:02
AM
On a purple velvet banner:

"TANA-TAN
100 DAYS PERFUME!
RS.5/- only!"

neone tried one of those?man, was i tempted!


arre Kunal 12/1/2004 9:32 AM
beta you forgot the clincher only -

aur masterji, aapke dant? hehehe.


Sat

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12/1/2004 11:03 AM
hey, pavitra, i see the tanatan100 days delete
perfume guys every day at the beginnning of
Bombay D.N.road... believe me, u don even wanna get
(6843 members)
close, the stuff stinks.

and i saw a wall painting for 'dhantak ka


double B saabun' a few days ago at sion.
made me laugh to think of the jingle.. "yeh
dher se kapde, main kaise dho-un, achcha
saabun kaunsa laaoon.."

Salil went thru the new edition of 'bombay, the


cities within' by sharda dwivedi and rahul
mehrotra some days ago. was workng closely
with the designer of the first edition so was
lucky to see some kick ass pix of the city, but
the new edition has so many more and some
cool maps too. crazy wen u see dongri
marked as 'dungaree town' and charni road
passes thru wot were the 'churney oartes'.

was also kicked to finally find out that


'mahim' gets its name from 'mahikavati' the
12th century 'capital' of raja bhimdeo.

i keep bringing up the building i work in but


seriously the old baby has seen so much. the
oldest pix i've seen have that building with
little else around that's familiar. mohit
dropped in the other day, sorry bro, but was
too preoccupied wid jobs at hand to give you
a proper tour... nex time.
12/1/2004 1:00 PM
i remember

Lalitaji

Watching an English movie at New talkies in


bandra (i dont think it exists nymore) and
hearing all the andrews and national college
kids yell "jhaag" when the "nirma detergent
tikiya" add came on the screen. (for those
who don't remember it went a little like this
"nirma detergent tikiya.......iske jhaag ne
jaadu kar diya")

watching the annual jackie chan marathon at


New Talkies every summer ( folks from
Ashutosh
bandra should remember this)

the excitement of going to the garden in


santacruz with the airplane

gola sharbat outside ruia college after cricket


practice in the maidan across the street in the
summer

andorra and hearsch bakeries in bandra, jai


sandwich outside national college, pure gold
ice cream and stomach chinese near bhabha
hospital and shiv sagar in pali hill.
12/1/2004 7:02 PM
that Zhaag word was always a laugh-rioteer,
especially the way they sang it inthe jingle
like ZHaaaaaaaaa..gneJaduuu Kar Diya
Pranav
Mission 500 12/6/2004 7:16 PM
Guys N Gals
If Orkut maths is right, we are just 27 posts
short of making the longest thread on this
community reach 500.
Pranav So, wake those grey cells up and get
cracking!!
12/6/2004 7:51 PM
a real ride thru the 80s and the early
90s....wow!!....readin all the messages itself
has taken me over a day!!!,,,and i have an
exam in less than 48 hrs...eeeeks

isnt it fun to gather totally random thoughts


from thin air, stuck up somewhere in ure
memory...does reduce some burden off some
of those grey cells...

it also energizes u to get back to work feelin


lot lighter...and happier that an entire
' The Shiva generation shares the same set of
'© memories....

isnt Bombay the best!!

keep the comments comin....ill be a silent


reader from here on....

Bombay ruuuuullllleeeessss!!!!!!
randomness... 12/6/2004 8:09 PM
one thing that i remember is, the stupid
Sansad samachar that used to come on
primetime DD just before the really good
prayojit karyakrams ....Lok Sabha and the
Rajya Sabha...

i was like 9 and 10 those days and i hated to


' The Shiva wait to see some morons shout in the well of
'© the house....

and then came the really kool...Byomkesh


Bakshi, Tehelka, Gul Gulshan Gulfam?....
Sansad samaachar 12/6/2004 8:12 PM
And the worst part was that they used to
report it again in English as 'Parliament
News', but then it would be too late for us to
notice and there would be nothing following
them, so no one cared.
If anyone listened, the proceedings as
reported would sound so civic and respectable
Pranav from the mouths of those newscasters on
Sansad Samachar and Parliament News.
Then, they started live recording of the House
proceedings,and that showed what "actually"
went on in the parliament!!
sorry couldnt keep quiet... 12/6/2004 8:14 PM
had to write somethin....this thread is makin
me go crazy!!!

' The Shiva



DD MTV mourning days.... 12/6/2004 8:21 PM
imagine when some prez or pm died...

DD bandh....5 days some moron used to play


some unbelievable shit....no programs...just
' The Shiva that shehnai...all day....

no wonder u felt sad!!
12/6/2004 8:23 PM
That was the whole point!! to make you
grieve with the rest of the nation
Pranav

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DD regional language movies on sundays...
12/6/2004 8:26 PM
i also remember the regional language movies on
Bombay DD on sunday afternoons....
(6844 members)
the entire cycle had to go thru before they showed
the same language...

my family would wait for the Tam movie with so


much patience...OMG...i didnt even understand
' The Shiva
'© what they were lookin forward to....in the end DD
did show some shit....and my family would be very
happy...i would be like..huh??...THIS...THIS was
ure movie???

i would have rather not waited....


12/6/2004 9:04 PM
batli dabba batliyaaa

Sat
cricket @ wankhede.... 12/6/2004 9:08 PM
wankhede rules....!!

my first ever test match was the 1991-92 england


rout, where kambli scored the double ton....the 4th
' The Shiva day was what i saw, where he scored his double ton
'© and then prabhakar took 3 quick wickets at the end
of play....watchin a game at wankhede is
awesome....

the second game i saw @ wankhede was the 1996


world cup under lites against the ozzies....wow SRT
was in awesome form that day and i still remember
the sound from his bat when he hit mcgrath for a
six over midwicket....we did however lose the
game..:(...the experience with the bby crowd under
lites is heavenly!!

the third game i saw at wankhede was the durin the


infamous ind-SA series where cronje and his
buddies huddled up the bigbucks....this was at the
fag end of the tour and was a mohinder amarnath
benfit game....ODI...this time i got to see the big
screen and the lites along with the bby crowd....and
we won...(apaprently durin the break the entire SA
team were discussin whether to throw the game)....

my dream is to watch SRT at MCG under lites and


probably my only chance would be at india's tour
down under in 2007....
12/6/2004 10:52 PM
Well I am not much of a Crick enthu but why wait
till 2007? Arent we playing the 'roos anytime
before? or is it the earliest we are playing at MCG?
Pranav
another arbit thgt 12/7/2004 8:35 AM
cant resist posting in this thread. thanks a lot salil
for starting this awesome thread. everytime i come
to this thread its so nice goin back to old times.
which was the malls that u ppl visited for the first
time in bombay? i remember goin to akbarallys at
fountain n being completely in awe of the ambience
there. then another mall i remember was shoppers
Swetha stop at andheri. bombay had a new landmark in it.
today one finds malls in every nook and corner, so
no big deal!!! hmm those were days!!!
12/7/2004 12:43 PM
Yeah..going to Akbarally's was considered to be a
status symbol in those days!But shopper's stop
sucks, there is nothing complete of any collection in
Pranav it. Crossroads is a bit OK
cross roads ...hmm... 12/7/2004 1:03 PM
good only for window shoppin and promotions...

and yeah pranav..the next tour it seems is only in


2007...have to plan for that...
' The Shiva

Don't laugh... 12/7/2004 1:32 PM
but the first "Mall" I went to was the Apna Bazaar
store in Parel... I remember I must have been 4 or
5 years old at the time... and being amazed by a
Milind store which was 3 stories, and seemed to have
sooo many things !
12/7/2004 7:19 PM
Talking of malls, does anyone remember a toy store
somewhere at Mahalakshmi? I think I was really
really small so I dont remember. Think it was
owned by Jaydeep Garware?
Anyways, there was this kids store my parents used
to take me and I would think to myself I was in
'foren' and all those stores there must be so cool.
The toys there was so pretty... felt like Christmas to
Ruchi me. Always.
And then one day the store vanished.
ps, I think there was another cool supermarket next
to it as well... that was fun too.
12/7/2004 7:55 PM
i miss the apna bazaar bus!

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12/7/2004 9:28 PM
We used to go to Akbarallys (the Santacruz
one) to sit on Chacha Deepak's lap (sorta this
Bombay desi Santa Claus trying to get junta to buy dry
(6844 members)
fruit dabbas)..

Anyone went shopping at Sahakari Bhandar?


We used to go to the Bandra Station one...
Vikram
And anyone remember *actually* using your
ration cards to buy stuff?
12/7/2004 10:10 PM
Not my family, but I distinctly remember our
Kaamwaali buying cheap sugar/rice on our
Ration card, which we got but used only as as
Pranav proof-of-address.
12/7/2004 11:02 PM
We would sometimes get Kerosene on our
ration card...the blue dyed official for public
distribution kerosene - never used it for
Milind
cooking, though!
@Milind 12/7/2004 11:28 PM
cooking, you mean as a fuel in cooking.?

Pranav
12/7/2004 11:34 PM
Obviously... wouldn't be using kerosene for
tadka or frying !
Milind
12/7/2004 11:49 PM
That reminds of a useless fact. Since there
were many suicides or accidental deaths by
drinking kerosene, this new kerosene had
additives for the blue color as well as for
giving it an extremely bitter taste to
Pranav discourage people drinking it, just as
mercaptans are added in LPG to give its easily
detectable odor.
12/7/2004 11:52 PM
memories of the blue kerosene came back delete
when pepsi came out with their blue variant.
milind, in another thread u mentioned smash
tshirts.. i had earlier brought up the whole
'roos' shoes craze. together these 2 became a
popular way to make fun of gujju's then, coz..
Salil "roos na soos, ane smes no tsirt" was wot
every self respecting pares(h) wud wear...
12/7/2004 11:55 PM
Also, at some time, Rasana released its Aqua
soft drink concentrate, which looked and even
tasted like the blue kerosene
Pranav
12/8/2004 12:55 AM
Ration card... I remember waiting about 3
hours in a line when they changed the ration
card system and made the white and saffron
cards. And remember waiting with drunk
macs to buy sugar.

Someone had convinced my grandma that if


Irshad ration cards weren't used once in two months
then they would cease to be recognised. It
took two years to convince her otherwise. Til
then, guess who trudged all the way to the
rationing office at Pali hill!
500 post 12/8/2004 1:44 AM
Hey we reached 500......COngrats

Remember that white liquid bottle with which


we used to polish our canvass shoes sparkling
white : ) :) for our PT!!!
Yadnya

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12/8/2004 3:54 AM
Irshad,
I have memories of buying wheat and taking
Bombay it to the Atta chakki (Laxmi flour mill) on 33rd
(6844 members)
Road and Pali..

Man that smell of fresh atta being pisofied


was awesome!
Vikram
Anyone remember when salt wasn't iodized
and we had to buy salt crystals?
yeah 12/8/2004 6:51 AM
and the chakki man would be covered by a
fine dusting of white atta. (wow talk about job
related hazards, wonder what sort of
respiratory probs the guy must suffer from
Sat
after years on the job!)
12/8/2004 9:48 AM
Yeah.. .guess the chakki wala must be
"floured"
Milind (Poor pj, but couldn't resist!)
nahin re, 12/8/2004 11:07 AM
that's a good one. seriously. haha.

Sat
@milind...more 12/8/2004 11:38 AM
good one !!

ration cards used to be everythin for


identification...school admissions, drivers
license applications...the moment u suggest a
passport...u should see the look on the
officers faces...OMG...it was like committin
suicide....

the call to get LPG at home was another fun


' The Shiva fact...it used to take a weeks bookin to get
'© the guy to come home and replace ure
'cylinder' and it was almost to check the
predictive capabilities of the women at home
to call the guy up....

hey anyone remember when the first meter


card for rickshaws and taxis come out...
i had a cuz who came from the US after ten
yrs or so..the moment he got outta a rick, e
handed over to the driver...Rs 1.20

everyone on the road startin laughin...


the conversions used were more like the
Duckworth lewis system...
12/8/2004 12:13 PM
I'd find it hilarious when taxi drivers would
use the complex tariff calculations to
overcharge you and that too without actually
getting out the tariff card!

I remember being asked to pay Rs 650 for a


Milind taxi ride from the airport to Sion... I had a
good laugh, asked to see the tariff card, and
paid up the 40 odd rupees that was the actual
fare...
12/8/2004 10:40 PM
i almost hit a cabbie and his drunk cohort on delete
sunday night wen they tried the same shit
with me, milind.. under normal
circumstances, even i wud laff it off, AND get
my way, but that nite i was really pissed off
having had an excruciating delay flying back
from delhi. imagine taking a 7.40 flight that
takes off at 8.40 and u only get back by
11.45 and this jerk demands Rs.210 wen the
meter sez 80 bucks.

on a funnier note that is more relevant to the


thread, i did have a very interesting
conversation with an insane punjabi cabbie
who had been driving since 1959. irshad din
Salil belive it wen i sed 3 rupee cab rides, this
chappie tells me about the time wen petrol
was 50p a litre and and cab rides were 4
annas.

he told me about the various cars that were


cabs before the fiat and amby took over. he
sed some bentleys even were part of the cab
fleets. our man himself drove a ford prefect
and dinno why i started laughing my head off
wen he sed that. fellow douglas adam fans
will know wot i mean....
just caught a colleague singing this..
12/9/2004 4:53 AM delete
so i'm gonna make a quiz out of it:

jingle

A _____ in your hand


A smile on your face
Salil and suddenly the world is a much better
place.
with _____, _____,_____!
add something special, to an ordinary day.
12/9/2004 9:28 AM
A Bird in your hand
A smile on your face
and suddenly the world is a much better
place.
with onebirdinhand, nottwo, inthebush!
add something special, to an ordinary day
Sat ok sorry that's as far as my creativity goes
today on a full stomach.

is it a chocolate ad?
jingle.... 12/9/2004 10:42 AM
me thinks two songs for conservative and
liberal america...

CONSERBATIVE::

A GUN in your hand


A smile on your face
and suddenly the world is a much better
place.
with I-RAQ,BUSH's SHRUG,and CHENEY's
SAD FACE!

LIBERALLL:

A GAY PARTNER's HAND in your hand


' The Shiva A smile on your face
'© and suddenly the world is a much better
place.
with MARRIAGE,PRE-NUPS, and Kerry's long
but bright FACE!

comin to apna bby,

A VADA PAV in your hand


A smile on your face
and suddenly the world is a much better
place.
with LASOON, SWEET CHUTNEY ,and the
TASTE!

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@Salil 12/9/2004 6:11 PM
By any chance, is that an ad for Nescafe
select?
Milind
Bombay 12/9/2004 7:25 PM
(6844 members) nice work guys, but no cigar... delete

it's a drink, no longer in the market.

Salil
good morning! 12/9/2004 7:58 PM
black label whiskey?
campa cola?
gold spot?
Sprint?
thums up?
Sat
ol monk rum?
aarrgh, what is it?
12/9/2004 8:00 PM
ok ok, one mo hint... it was from dukes. NOW delete
that shud not b a problem...

in the meanwhile, here's another. have a


feeling milind will get this after his last
performance with the cherry jingle, awesome!

how about a _____ when you are in the sun


Salil how about a ____ when you are having fun
how about a _____ when you are at play
just have a _____ it'll brighten up your day.
_____, _____, _____, _ _ _____!
12/10/2004 12:31 AM
Minti.

NP Minti.
Nishant
Real Cool.
12/10/2004 10:07 AM
right on nishant, that was quick! wanna take a delete
shot at the earlier question?

Salil
mangola? 12/10/2004 10:14 AM
lemonade?
Ginger?
Thrill?
Sat
@Salil 12/10/2004 12:27 PM
Is it Appella?

Milind
woohoo!!! 12/13/2004 9:46 PM
after 4 days of being told to join this delete
community if i wanted to post, i finally get
back in.

happy to b back, so here's the answer:

A TangO in your hand,


a smile on your face
Salil and suddenly
the world is a much better place.
with TangO, TangO, TangO
add something special to an ordinary day!
12/14/2004 2:08 PM
Tango... drat it!! I knew that one!!

Milind

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12/16/2004 2:59 AM
salil,

Bombay
which era was the tango in?
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Ruchi
12/16/2004 4:45 AM
jus one year b4 u were born, ruchi. i do think delete
they tried to revive it once later... not sure
wen.

Salil
12/16/2004 12:55 PM
Tango was actually quite good...

I remember, I had gone on a trek to Raigad


fort (sometime in 1990, I think) and in a
chhote gaon ki dukaan they had crates full of
Milind Rush, Double Cola and Tango... no idea which
era they were from, but they tasted good to
parched throats!!
12/16/2004 9:01 PM
Rush for taste
Rush for Tang
Spread the love
And join the gang...

Vikram I must be delirious with this nasty viral fever I


have..this song is going around in my head...
12/17/2004 12:53 PM
Didn't they advertise Double Cola as "The
American Cola" or something?? Ad guy Salil,
Milind care to confirm ?
12/17/2004 11:08 PM
absolutely. milind u are usually right, champ.. delete
don need me to back that. i was in class 7 i
think wen i found a folder discarded in the
elevator of my building. it was prelaunch
promotional material for double cola wen they
were looking for bottling partners in india. but
it wasn't until a year later that the product did
hit the shelves and was advertised using
Salil yankeepop idols. cindi lauper is the only one i
remember, but there were a couple more. and
yes, the sign off indeed was "the american
cola".
12/18/2004 2:50 AM
I remember Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the
USA' and Bangles 'Walk like an Egyptian' used
in ads for the cola... thats the first I ever
Milind heard those songs... so I remember the ads
vividly...
12/18/2004 2:57 AM
I remember seeing the Bangles in concert in
Bombay at Rang Bhavan in the mid 80's...

I had the HUGEST crush on Susannah Hoffs...


Vikram
12/18/2004 3:19 AM
susanna hoffs... hmmmmm... her lil break-in delete
in the middle of 'walk like an egyptian' is
probably one of the sexiest moments in any
music video. well, at least my teenage brain
(?) thot so..

yo rite milind, bangles and springsteen it was.


u jus had to mention to make the memory
Salil come back. saw a longer edit of the bangles
one in cinemas. speaking of concerts, anyone
remember OSIBISA? the 1st time i saw so
much hype.. and curiosity over the drummer's
strange name: Daku Potato.
OMG 12/18/2004 9:12 AM
yes! and Boney M? (By the rivers of
Babylon...)

*i* had the hugest crush on george michael.


Sat
last christmas and careless whisper, found LPs
recently.

moving along in time, anyone went to the Bon


Jovi concert?

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its all comming bck to me now!
12/19/2004 10:57 PM
i owe it to Salil who brought bck thes
Bombay wonderful memories!
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to name a few fraggle rock..remember
running bck frm school on sats to see the
show..
Rishi classic adds...*phek do yeh kadhai,yeh frying
pan* and *eh he heh...lijjat papad*
and of cource the classic songs.."We Ddnt
Start The Fire" performed on stage at the
Grammy awards!
FEVICOL 12/24/2004 10:36 AM
remember tat Elephant-Advt !

the now-Famous M-Mbbs Director Rajkumar


Hirani featured in it :

"
dum laga ke haisha
zor laga ke haisha

Furniture ka saathi; Jiski nishaani hai haathi ;


Shankar
FEVICOL aisi Jod Lagaaye; Achche se Achcha
na Tod paaye .......

Haiyshaaaaaa [even the Elephant Gives Up!]


"
tats Hilarious !
1/13/2005 10:09 PM
anyone remember this?? delete
they used to show it on sunday mornings, i
think. hilarious link though, check it out, it
beats leena's birthday poem..
Salil
1/14/2005 7:37 AM
salil, no wonder us 70/80s kids turned out the
way we are today. it was a conspiracy all
along. a good conspiracy.
Sat
1/14/2005 11:05 AM
Salil - where do you dig these up...God, that
was fun, seeing it again!!!

Milind Nice of you to revive this thread again!!!


Captain Pugwash 1/14/2005 1:54 PM
Damn..I didnt know Captn Pugwash was that
old a series.
They used to use it as a filler between two
programs on Star TV
Pranav But that was in early 90s when Star TV was
still completely English.
1/15/2005 7:13 AM
Hi everyone!! Spent almost two hours
browsing through these posts and just can't
resist the feeling of wanting to
contribute..Probably been covered but here
goes..

I remember a particular time of the year (I


think around spring) all the kids would start
flying kites..Aggressive kite flying involved
Sreedevi cutting others kites and building a collection..

And I remember the water baloons during


holi..And sometimes the colors they'd use was
soo strong it wouldn't wear off
immediately..So you'd have kids showing up
to school with painted faces..very funny!!
@ sreedevi... 1/15/2005 8:14 AM
kite flying day was yesterday... 14th of jan, delete
also known as makar sankrant. i had a terrible
holi in 5th grade... used up my dad's squirty
bottles of foto-color on guys in my colony...
got beaten up by them, and whacked by my
Salil dad when i got back home.
1/15/2005 12:08 PM
Ohh I see..Shows my ignorance but strange
coincidence, don't you agree..
Sreedevi
Holi colors 1/15/2005 6:03 PM
The most notorius one's were the silver and
gold 'oil-paints' which would stay put almost
until a week after Holi, and it was a disaster if
Pranav someone put them in youer hair!

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I LOVE BOMBAY!! 1/15/2005 8:57 PM
Woh elco ki pani puri,
woh chowpatty ki chaat,
Bombay Woh Naturals ki ice cream,
(6844 members)
Wah usme thi kuch baat.

Woh tiwari ki mithai,


woh raste ka dosa,
Woh shivsagar ki pav bhaji
aur Guru Kripa ka samosa.

Woh local train ka 'suffer',


woh juhu beach ki hawa,
woh chowpatty ke tange
aur joggers park ka sama.
Woh december ki zara si sardi,
woh baarishon ke mahine,
Woh garmi ki chuttiyan,
jab chuthe the paseene.

Woh holi ki masti,


woh navratri ka garba,
Madhu Woh divali ke patakhe
aur ganpati ka shor o sharaba.

Woh peak hours ki traffic,


woh BEST ki rush,
Woh tadapti garmi mien,
Snowmans ka ek kala khatta slush.

Woh Juhu beach ka mohol,


woh samunder ki leheren,
Woh doobte suraj ka nazara,
Wah uska kya kehena.

Woh Sterling ka popcorn aur


Cotton World mein shopping,
Woh Fashion Street ka nazara
aur Nariman Point ki building.
Woh cinema ke queue,
woh black ki ticket,
Who ShivajiPark ka maidan,
jahan practice karte the cricket.

Itni cheezen kehene ke baad,


aur kitni karoon mein badai,
Yeh shehar hain mera apna,
jiska naam hai MUMBAI !

This Is Mumbai.
Wah ..wah 1/15/2005 9:00 PM
Kya baat hai!

Pranav
OSIBISA 1/16/2005 5:51 PM
Salil
thanks for the memories mate, I remeber
Osibisa concert very well. Everyone had their
music cassette, dance the body music.....:))
I also remember our pop stars were Usha
Uthup and Asha Putli...:)remember them?
Sanjay Does anyone remember the Hawkins Pressure
cooker ad with Neena Gupta ? what were the
things she could make, Mutter pulao, Maki
Dall,Kheer aur Dum aloo :))
S
Quiz 1/16/2005 6:33 PM
In the 80s, Lipton or Brook bond ( not sure )
introduced iced tea in flavours like
lemon,orange etc.
The ad featured model Ruchika Pandey ( who
Sanjay also acted in a film 'Yaara Dildaara')
Can anyone name the brand ? ...
1/16/2005 6:57 PM
i think the brand you are talking about is delete
Paloma. from lipton. (don't ask how i
remembered that, it just flashed..)though i
don't think ruchika pandey was in that ad. it
was either chhabi dhariwal or monica dutta...
the only ad i remember ruchika pandey in was
Salil bajaj fans just before yaara dildaara came out
and that was 91-92 i think. am i right?
Bang on... 1/16/2005 7:01 PM
Salil
You are a adman mate.. you are right it was
Chabbi Greval.
Paloma... was in the market for not long.
Sanjay Good product but wrong timing I guess.
Good on you
Sanjay
I also remember 1/16/2005 7:19 PM
When Ranipaal was Tinopaal :)
very catchy gingle.

I also remember watching english movies at


Shree cinema. watched a lot of Laurel-hardy
and Charlie Chaplin movies there.
Sanjay
I remember we got the first phone in the
building and we put up a sign 'Rs.1 per call' as
the neighbors used it all the time.
Salil 1/16/2005 7:55 PM
Do you remember the ad featuring Anuradha
Patel ? "She's a special woman"....Red Label
tea was it ?

Sanjay Also the ad for Elphar suitings, Vilas Kalgutkar


riding a horse with a cowboy hat ? He is now
my neighbor at Prabhadevi :)
1/16/2005 8:04 PM
Not Red Label sir, methinks that was delete
Duncan's Double Diamond' ex colleague of
mine wrote the jingle, first conceived in hindi
and then adapted to the english version. yes,
Vikas Kalgutkar did model for El-Par suitings
Salil after Suresh Oberoi became too expensive for
them.
1/16/2005 9:52 PM
Salil, you got competition in the field of
'historic ads'
Milind

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1/16/2005 10:03 PM
nothing new milind, u always been here... delete
Bombay
(6844 members)

Salil
Milind 1/17/2005 1:31 PM
just Reminiscing mate.
This is the best thread I have come across
orkut.

anyone remember playing marbles where you


Sanjay throw two in a square and try to hit one of
them, Koyba :) The bigger ones made out of
white cement - 'Duffers'
1/26/2005 11:42 PM
I can't bear to not see this thread in the top 5
for the "Bombay" community.

I remember:
-> 15 paise golas (heck, I now remember 10
and 5 paise coins)
-> Boris Becker winning Wimbledon at 17.. all
in black and white.
Dylan
-> the green-tiled bus stop at Flora Fountain
(have I got this one right?)
-> playing cricket on the terrace; asking
strangers to throw the ball up 4 floors!
Remembered this on the ferry ride
yesterday 1/26/2005 11:47 PM
Ek do teen char
Ek do teen char
chaaron milke saath chale , toh kitna
chamatkar
something something something na ho, hum
Vikram hain aise yaar..
Ek do teen char

The Bombay DD version of the Famous 5...


1/27/2005 12:56 AM
charon milkar saath chalein to kar de delete
chamatkar.
Kahi se koi juda na ho, hum hain aise yaar.

also don't forget, there was a national


integration theme in this, all 4 friend
belonging to different faiths. i think only the
fatso who played the mac speaking
'anthony'(?) had some sort of luck with his
acting career thereafter.

you brought this up at the meet yesterday,


Salil vik, but i think someone did mention it earlier
on this thread. the comment about the kid
sister being told by the main kid to go to the
kitchen and cut veggies...

just remembered. musta been sick in the


head, in class 7 to sing "charo milkar saath
chale to karde balatkaar..
I remember 1/27/2005 3:24 PM
I remember standing in the terrace for hours
to watch movies like 'Pandu Hawaldar' and 'Jai
Santoshi maa' in the 'Vadi' behind the
Sanjay building. intermissions after every 30 minutes
to change the reel.
Also remember on the 1st of april kids used to
fix a rupee coin to the road with fevicol and
when unassuming people tried to pick it up,
shout "April fool...."
1/27/2005 8:18 PM
Anyone remember this family-planning add
with butterflies.. it was animated and the
theme song had the words "..unek titliya.." in
it!

Also, can someone confirm that there was a


Dylan
green-tiled bus stop at Flora Fountain? This
has been eating me for a day now..
1/27/2005 8:56 PM
dylan, you just keep asking for it, don't you... delete
hehehe... it was not about family planning,
dude. that film was about the strength of
unity.. can't help you with the green tiled bus
stop though. unless you mean the stanchart
Salil bus stops which were maintained by them.
and I remember.. 1/27/2005 9:15 PM
Gold Spot
Fewer Highways
Bandstand without the promenade(tres nice
but tres pretentious)
Mahabharat, Tipu Sultan, Shaktimaan!!
Hamaara Bajaj
beta, shweater pehan lo

And yes, I remember everything else-misal


paav, Fountain, Barista, Haji Ali, Planet M,
Linking Road, Carter's, Marine Drive, Rythm
House, Fashio Street, BEST buses, the
rain,...simply coz Im not there!!
@ Dylan 1/27/2005 11:17 PM
Regarding dat "unek titliyan" cartoon, Salilz
bang on abt National Unity cuz it wuz not for
family planning... :p Tho d cartoon called
'Tree of Unity' is most recalled for National
Integration.

D one u mentioned wuz wid d concept of how


v r so many cultures yet one nation. Signature
line, i think, "Hum sab Ek Hai" Salil, kindly
confirm man.
I think, d song went sumwut like dis... m
trying 2 maintain d accent ov da singer, pls
Shree xcuse da spellingz... cant remember d xak
startin ov da storyline

Didi: Suraja ek, chandaa ek, taaray yanek

Younger sibling: Didi, Didi, taaronko anek


kyun kehtay hai?

Didi: Hmmmm.... bataatee hoo


Didi: Eka titalee, eka eka ekka karake, ho
gayi ab... aneka titaliyaa

Didi: Samajhey??

Sum more kids playing in d aangan: Didi, didi,


hamein bhi sunao nna!

Didi: Eka Gilahari, eka, eka, ekka karake ho


gayee ab... aneka gilhariya

Kids: Didi, Phirsay samjhaonaa (chorus)

Didi: Hmmm, Eka Chiriya. Daana chubhanay


baith gayee thee. Ek aur chirhiya, daana
chubhnay baithi chirhiya. Ek, ek, ekka
karakay anekka chirhiya.

Kids: haa haa didi, samajh gaye

n i think it signed off wid, "Ek, anek... Ek,


Anek"
MVO: Bhaasha hamaaree Anek kyun naa ho,
Sanskriti hamaree Anek kyun naa ho... Desh
Hamaara Ek hai! Hum Sab Ek hai!

@ Salil
Yaar, confirm dis one if u can remember
anything abt dis. Der wuz diz anada cartoon, i
think during d massive famines in North-
Western India, to encourage conservation of
food n donation of food. It wuz a chapter out
of d Mahabharata regarding "Akhshaye
Paatra" d miraculous never-exhausting food
vessel. Scene wuz set during d forest exile
ven Krishna visits d Pandavas, it had dat
catchy song "Mein, bhooka hooo, bhojan lavo,
Jo kuch bhi hai le avo, Mein Bhooka hoo!"
Talking abt food, its munch time ere n m
outta here... catchya laterz

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1/27/2005 11:36 PM
hmmm... so i have become old man mozz eh? delete
who made me the authority to confirm stuff?

anyways, the ek-anek film actually ended with


the 'ek aur anek ki kahani sunoge?' story. the
Bombay one about the pigeons taking off as one with
(6844 members) the bird catcher's net.

this one had the same animation style as the


one with the monkey and the king. used to
love that.

the one you mentioned, shree, also had a


brilliant animation style with cutouts moving
on static background. of course i remember it.
"woh khaali bartan le aayee, aankhon mein
aansoo bhar layee.. prabhu bole "kyon
Salil sharmaati ho, kyon mujhse ann chhupati ho.
bus ek ann ka yeh daana.. sukh dega mujhko
manmaana(2)"

speaking of animation styles... i wud get


really freaked out whenever they showed this
buddhist monk's tale called "chandalika" it
had a really scary ending, does anyone
remember that? how about "the trip" in which
different parts of bombay were shown in time
lapse photography? another scary one was
"child on a chessboard" with paintal as a
mime.
1/28/2005 12:54 AM
Does anyone remember the two films division
animations, Dancing Chapati and another was
Smiling Thali. Dont know what the chapati
Sanjay thing was about but Smiling Thali was a good
message not to waste any food in your thali.
mumbai meri jaan 1/28/2005 2:35 AM
i was just at crossword looking up the coffee
table book with all those oldie pics of mumbai,
and a whole lotta memories came flooding
back to me...

- travelling by local train from andheri to


churchgate with my mom and aunt in the
ladies compartment in shorts and tshirt and
being compared to all the other ladies children
(i was like 5 at that time)

Pranay - Route No 365 that went from Worli Naka to


kasaiwada, it got discontinued [pretty soon]
but i remember it cos I used it one very late
night to return from basketball practice

- 25 paise bus fares changing to 50 paise


minimum bus fare and how we used to hear
oldies on the bus lamenting how expensive it
had become

- how we used to travel from chembur to sion


by rickshaw for 6.50 rs.

- watching "born free" at the bandra theatre


(forgot the name) and biryani at lucky
restaurant later.. Complete TREAT.

- making star wars style walkie talkies from 2


empty matchboxes and a rubber band.. abhi
bhi banaa sakta hoon :D

- there used to be this jeera cola called rim-


zim when i was in school... whatever
happened to that

- buying "jeera golis", "saunf" on its branches


(green saunf), big bor, small bor with the
mirchi namak, hard crystals of rock salt,
finding these floating "bombax" and seeing
them float around, stickly weeds that when
you threw them on people's socks/clothes,
they stuck on...

- tinkle comics, there used to be these


"MISHA" comics, that my upstairs friend used
to subscribe to.. archie, bettie and veronica
digests, from the local library that i couldnt
read, because comics were banned at home..
the only concession were these indrajal
comics, that my grandfather subscribed to..
there was a new hero they invented on the
lines of "bahadur" who was a rich industrialist
and who, by the cover of night, was a
undercover agent... logon ka parda FAASH
karta tha...:) hmmm..

- Just loved Amitabh Bachchan as Supremo!!!


i mean, what did i know...

- Loved Karamchand, the serial...


1/28/2005 9:41 PM
Family planning.. communal unity.. same
difference, man. They're both good for the
nation, hence.. it's all good!

Geez, I must have the suckiest memory on


this thread. Yet I keep coming back to get my
@$$ kicked (by Salil always - and then he
asks why he's the authority on confirming
stuff).
Dylan
Oh, here's my contribution: I remember "I
saaay chaps" becomming a craze in school
courtesy Fauzi. And I KNOW I've got this one
nailed down! Ha!
By the by, I had me some of that fab Lucky
biryani last night..
1/29/2005 2:05 AM
Salil - Old Man Mozz, Teller of Tales - Knows
all and forgets nothing - a very appropriate
title indeed... maan, now those are
memories... haven't read those Phantom
comics for ages now!!!
Milind
You got the "Main bhukha hoon, bhojan laao"
film memorised down to the very last word...
but then so have I - that was a classic!
1/29/2005 5:01 AM
@dylan - yaar, actually i had asked salil 2
confirm on both d animoz i had mentioned...
so u arent alone here wid a fazed out bits-n-
pieces memory :)

@salil - zankyu mann, sumhow i knew ur d


most reliable source 2 confrm nethin related
to AVz n u arent fuzzy like us in our recall
process :D hee hee
i sorta luved d cut out animo stylez too, tho it
went outta style till channel v created a
similar one for der promo ads in b/w. btw, der
Shree wuz dis utha animo abt a small fish called
'Swimmy' an awesome concept on "united v
stand n divided we fall".
i dunno, it seems nowadez der aint any such
unlayered simple animoz used to drive thru
important social messages...
absolutely fab thread once again mann, rock
on salil.
@pranay 1/29/2005 9:28 AM
boss rim-zim still sells
10 bucks for the new bottle
really cool too
maybe not as good as the old botal
Freebird
...
1/30/2005 6:12 PM
I remember the tender coconut water in
bottles which did stay on the markets for
long. I recall it didnt have the natural taste of
Nariyal Pani.
Sanjay Anyone remembers what the brand ? I dont.
Salil..Milind...
1/31/2005 1:27 AM
nopes. no recollection of bottled tender delete
coconut water. although not long ago i had
packaged (read plastic bags) nariyal paani at
wankhede.
was at home yesterday, surfing channels
when on zoom they showed this ad for fresh
Salil ones, the wet cleansing tissues. i think this is
the oldest ad currently running in its original
form on tv? my brother said, "yeah, this ad
used to come on 'lehrein'." remember lehrein?
those days when 10 bucks rented you a VHS
for 24 hours?
1/31/2005 8:49 AM
Did anyone catch that crazy rain yesterday?
More a drizzle than a propah rain, really..
anyways, it got me thinking about:

***endless games of Ludo indoors


***earthworms creeping into the bathroom
via the drain(does this happen to everyone or
Dylan
should I move?)
***rain holidays!!!
***gumboots splashing in muddy puddles

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2/1/2005 11:49 PM
Yeah rber those lehren...me as a kid ws so curious
n so enchanted with those videos...never gt to c
Bombay thm fully though.
(6844 members)
hw many of u rber..Faster Fene? Marathi-speakin
Yadnya peopl wl know this...a hyper-active kid with his
antics.
2/2/2005 3:06 PM
Yep, remember Fa-Fe

Milind Ttttokkkkk
2/2/2005 3:52 PM
Fursungi !! Somewherenear Pune... does that place
exist ?

Sanjay I had the entire set of 8 or 9 books.


2/7/2005 10:22 PM
As summers approach, i remember gettin all
prepared 4 holidez more than d xams
Due 2 working parents, my pad wuz d makeshift
summer club wid friends studiously dropin der
various indoor games like Trade, Table Cricket,
Shree Carrom Coins, Uno Card deck n invariably atleast 4
decks of playing cards. its surprising dat i nevva
had 2 remind ppl abt playin cards cuz v usually lost
sumthing d last year
(strangely, junta had 2 b persistently nagged even
for a contri for Holi or a Picnic)
one more thing dat used 2 get lost every vacation
ver d carrom coins n Trade ke Currencies. guess it
had sumthin 2 do wid cheaters forgetfully carrying
stuff home in der pockets
i also remember d VCR conking off in d middle ov
our vacation due 2 d strain it had 2 endure
Karamchand 2/19/2005 2:36 PM
hey and how come u Bombayites FORGET the great
detective program ....KARAMCHAND..... in which
Kitty says "Sir you are a genious...."
Manoj
Does that ring any bells?
Oh yes 2/19/2005 3:48 PM
How can one forget Karamchand..the one and only
Pankaj Kapoor, with the trademark carrot eating
Pranav style.
Faster Fene 2/19/2005 4:48 PM
And does anyone remember the televisation of Fa
Fe on Sunday afternoon (was in Hindi), wherein
Sumit Raghavan played Faster Fene.
Pranav That was his debut role i think...
@Pranav 2/22/2005 7:19 PM
Well, Faster Fene was Sumit Raghavan's Television
Debut... He used to act in a lot of Marathi theater
productions prior to that... especially in Ratnakar
Milind Matkari's youth theater
2/22/2005 7:20 PM
Oh, and FWIW, Faster Fene on TV sucked big time!

Milind
Much needed revival... 2/22/2005 9:36 PM
Hehe!!!!! Who can forget that...

Yeh faster fenay hai, faster fenay hai..yikes I used


to sing that tune aloud!
Irshad Faster Fenay used to be a tinkle character too, but
duno if it was beofre or after the TV serial. His
surname was Mane.

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Me big tinkle fan.. 2/22/2005 9:45 PM
.. and I also liked Phantom, Mandrake, Tarzan in that order.
Asterix rules the roost though!
Bombay
(6844 members)
Dylan
2/22/2005 9:50 PM
Oy vey Dylan..

Tinkle in Angrezi means "to pee"..

Vikram You might wanna change your post subject now eh?
2/22/2005 11:04 PM
And look at Sumit Raghavan now. poor chap. Fa Fe made him delete
flunk in his HSC exams too. i remember that the title track which
irshad mentioned earlier was only the opening of the show and
different from the weird song that played at the end of each
episode. it went "iraade nek ho to sapne bhi sakaaaaaaar hotey
Salil hain, agar sachchi lagan ho to raaste aasaan hote hai.." in a shrill
'ek titli' kind of voice.
2/22/2005 11:36 PM
Hahaha Yep salil remember that, was really sidey!

Oh BTW, you can download the "Ek anek aur ekta" video from
one of the sarkari sites... Its a scream.
Irshad
"Didi didi, ek kahani sunao na"
2/23/2005 2:04 AM
...or you can see it here...

http://www.rajiv.com/india/humor/anek.aspx

googled it out.. it even had that en titli, anek titliya bit.. yes, yes,
Dylan salil - the same one i confused with a family planning piece!
(how?)
@Milind 2/23/2005 1:30 PM
I agree, Fa Fe on TV used to suck, but I used to watch it out of
my loyalty to the original Marathi books..
Pranav
2/23/2005 6:49 PM
What's up with this"
http://www.orkut.com/CommMsgs.aspx?cmm=972&tid=8124695

there's still mucho space on this thread, right?


Dylan
2/23/2005 10:36 PM
There was more than enough space until some slum dweller
began squatting here...

In the interests of promoting this thread..BUMP!


Vikram
PS. Was Faster his first name? Cause then he'd be "Master Faster
Fene Mane"..
viks, ur creativity is a benchmark for all of us 2/24/2005 3:43
AM

btw, anyone remembers 'Chandamama'? i m sure this is ancient


stuff man
i found some of dose mini-booklets wid my cousin tho i couldnt
get thru one entire issue in one go. he told me it wuz a one-time
Shree hit. they have a lot of indian stories but d overtly text layout
made reading a task.
chandamama 2/24/2005 6:58 AM
yep absolutely. i remember troubling the paperwala if he didnt
get the chandamama i havent seen chandamama in stands for
sometime , i see champak n tinkle still.

Swetha

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2/24/2005 7:46 AM
Sorry guys ... i thot we cud make a clear distinction b/w < 85, 85 < x < 9
et all.. so i started a different thread..

Bombay but as someone correctly pointed out.. theres enuf space here..
(6844 members)

Ashish Advts.. i guess they still play the OLD advt. of "Vico Vajradanti" sometime
right??
Because I have nothing better to do.. 2/24/2005 7:51 AM
Vajradanti, vajradanti, Vicco vajradanti
Toothpowder , Vicco paste
Ayurvedic Jadibootiyon se bana sampoorn swadeshi
Toothpowder, Vicco paste, VICCO VAJRADANTI!!
Vikram
2/24/2005 7:34 PM
*bites into crunchy apple with strong teeth*

Dylan
2/24/2005 9:51 PM
Vik - rubs Zandu balm (Zandu balm, Zandu balm, peeda haari balm..) ont
elbow* and grimaces...What is this? Saath saal ke boodhe ya saath saal k
jawaan? Anyone has some Kesri Jeevan lying about?

*old basketball injury (was trying the "yeh hai badta baccha, dekho kaisi k
Vikram
lagaye" bit when I slipped..)
2/24/2005 11:14 PM
who remembers the phoogawallas near the babulnath bandstand? they us
sell all sorts of weird toys along with the balloons... like those stick helicop
and some sort or cube that u sould make with mirrors that were mounted
some kind of card paper..

Ritwik and who can forget the chicken jungleee croissants @ croissants etc...
2/24/2005 11:36 PM
incidentally, the weird phoogas are mentioned in the first ever post on this
thread..

yes, i have a lot of time on my hands..


Dylan
2/24/2005 11:42 PM
Speaking of weird phoogas..

http://www.orkut.com/AlbumZoom.aspx?uid=15666070047830276265&p

Vikram (Thanks to thread on Ido-Pak Friendship (??) forum)


2/24/2005 11:54 PM
Dukes Raspberry...Though its still available at Gaiety Galaxy

Vivek
2/25/2005 12:24 AM
and the quit smoking ad..

with a cigarette in my handdd... i felt like a man..

Ritwik
2/25/2005 12:40 AM
oh man.. i donno if anyones already put this up..but who remembers chac
choudhri and his giant side kick Sabu.. and whenver sabu used to get ang
volcanoes used to explode on Jupiter..

Ritwik

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Chinese dragon 2/25/2005 12:53 AM
Who remembers the chinese dragon
carts/trucks that they used to have at
Bombay Nariman Point that used to have chinese
(6844 members)
food??? Oh mannn... this thread is bringing
back such memories of bombay... and oh ya..
each and everyone of those trucks used to
have the sign "NO BEEF" in big bold capital
letters on it...

Ritwik How about those origamy shows on DD.. they


used to call it an origamy show but in the end
they always used to end up using glue to
make all those paper animals and birds.
"Chipka Deejye" was the only phrase i
remember from those shows..
uma joshi yea yea yea 2/25/2005 1:19 AM
and all those other clapping games that the
girls used to play in class...

uma joshi yea yea yea,


my mother she told me 50 years ago,
there came an old man knocking at the door..

and then it went on from there..

and also who stole the cookie from the cookie


jar,
#1 stole the cookie from the cookie jar..
Ritwik who me.. yes you.. cudnt be.. then who..
number 4 stole the cookie from the cookie
jar..

dammmm... this thread is awesome...

paras pepsi.. anyone remember that????


those frozen ice lollies that you used to get in
plastic covers...
2/25/2005 1:23 AM
Dude ritwik, what were you doing overhearing
lil pre-pubescent girls, specially at an age
where you tend to hate them?
Irshad
2/25/2005 1:28 AM
Irshi,
I remember those rhymes too...(Sigh! I guess
that explains everything about me..)

Vik - who spent many a rainy evening playing


Vikram
"Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar"
since everyone's admitting everything..
2/25/2005 1:39 AM
Mea Culpa! I played chuppi-chuppi with my
older cousin sisters!

Dylan
Anyone remember this ? 2/25/2005 1:46 AM
the sweet memory of those good old days
when only DOORDARSHAN was available on
our TV sets ..........(And How many of us
remember seeing this song's cartoon ... one
of the most famous DD cartoons, along with
the "Tree of Unity")
mmmm mmmm hind desh... mmm huhu...
hum sabhee.... ek hain... tara ra ra raaa
bhashaa anek hain mmmm mmmm bhasha
anek hain.... mmmm

yeh anek kya hain didi ?


anek yani bahut saare....
bahut saare, kya bahut saare?
acha, batatee hoon...

suraj ek...
chanda ek.....
taare anek....

taroN ko anek bhi kehte hain ?????


nahi nahi !!
dekho phir se
suraj ek, chanda ek, ek ek ek karke taare
bane anek....
theek se samjhao naa didi

dekho dekho ek gilahari


peeche peeche anek gilahariyan
ek thithli, ..... ek aur thithali......
ek ek ek karke ho gayee ab, anek
thithliyaaN...

samajhgaya didi
ek ungli, anek ungliyaan haaan,
didi didi woh dekho anek chidiyan...
anek chidiyoN ki kahani sunoge .... haan haan
aa aa aaa,

ek chidiya, ek ek karke anek chidiya....


dana chugne aayee chidiyan .....
chorus : didi humen bhi sunaonaa.......

tho suno phirse...

ek chidiya, anek chidiyaN


dana chugne baith gayee thi .....

hai raam, par wahan byaadh ne ek jaal


bhijaya tha...
byaadh, byaadh kaun didi ?
byaadh ... chidiya pakadne wala

"phir kya hua didi, byaadhne unhe pakad liya,


maar daala... " un..huh...Himmat se gar jute
rahe to , chote ho par, mile rahe tho,bada
kaam bhi hove bhaiya.. bada kaam bhi hove
bhaiya ...
ek..do..theen..

Chaturrr cidiyaaN, sayaani chidiyaaN


miljul kar, jaal le kar, bhaagee chidiyan
furrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

door, ek gaaon ke paas, chidiyon ke dost,


chuhe rahte the....
aur unhone, chidiyonkaa jaal, kaat diya.........

tho dekha ki tumne, anek, sirf ek hojate hain


tho kaisa mazaa aata hain
didi main bataoon...

HO GAYE EK ...
BAN GAYEE TAKAT..
BAN GAYEE HIMMAT...

didi agar hum ek ho jaayen to bada kaam kar


sakte hain?
haan haan, kyon nahi ...
to is ped ke aam bhi thod sakte hain ???
haa
2/25/2005 1:53 AM
@ Irshad: It wasnt as much overhearing as
asking them to keep their traps shut.. We had
like 28 people in our class and classrooms
ever really small.. hell the school had only
300 people.. so i mean wherever you went, as
Ritwik long as you were in class u could heard the
pre-pubescent girls screaming away to glory...
3/1/2005 10:06 AM
Just some links...

Look
here and here.
Ruchi
3/1/2005 7:09 PM
I remember this serial on DD called "Oshin"
where all one ate was radish rice. For a long
time I used to think it was a delicacy up until I
found out otherwise.
Vivek
3/2/2005 5:00 AM
hey ruchi, that baje sargam link reminded me delete
of the whole slew of such films. i remember
the first of them was "spread the light of
freedom" with the sportsmen bearing the
torch..
Salil
ok, this goes out for the few guys MY age..
what do you remember from that film? or
rather, what do you NOT want to remember
but is indelibly graven in your memory?

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@Salil 3/2/2005 2:25 PM
From the "Light of Freedom" video you mean?
Bombay * Sunil Gavaskar running in the rains, in the
(6844 members)
Khandala ghats

* P.T. Usha?? running with a few deer

Milind * A hefty, overweight Sikh sportsman (don't


remember the name) ambling along

* And a rather heavy bosomed woman, whose


identity I never knew
3/2/2005 7:50 PM
Assuming Salil's freedom ad is the one that
Milind's described...

I won't ever forget this VERY BOUNCY


female.. (she's the one that comes out of the
tunnel???).. she has this huge grin on her
Dylan
face, though of course - that's NOT her most
prominent feature.
3/2/2005 7:52 PM
PS: THIS DOES NOT MEAN I'M SALIL'S
AGE!!!

Dylan
3/2/2005 8:14 PM
Lady Bounce-a-Lot was Nirupama Mankad.

I am also not Salil's age..but remember being


very embaressed when my dad said it was his
favorite National Integration bit (I'm
Vikram
repressing his "jhanda ooncha rahe hamara"
comment)
3/2/2005 9:18 PM
Salil... how old are you anyways??? And why
do people shy away from being in your age
Milind group ?
3/2/2005 9:29 PM
@vik - LOL.. I thought I was the only one with
a perv dad! My dad would say.. "Look at her
Dodhhol, men!!!"..

For the non-Goans among us, Dodhhol (don't


know if that's the way to spell it.. crazy Goan
Dylan
spelling and all) - is this bouncy, jelly-like
Goan dessert..
3/2/2005 9:47 PM
yeah.. i see you guys have been scarred for delete
life too. that's just the part i meant. nirupama
mankad it is. as if it wasn't embarassing
enough for young guys already, these two
AVM kids were asked to identify her on the
BQC in a video round. they couldn't, and
Salil looked at Derek O'Brien as if to say "please
get us out of here."
mile sur mera tumahara 3/2/2005 11:30 PM
heres a rendition of mile sur mera tumhara
that some MIT folk happened to make...

mileSur
Ritwik
3/2/2005 11:45 PM
Hmmm I certainly remember that...!!!

But, damn, didn't think too much about


bouncing boobies. I guess it was baywatch
Irshad that shud take more credit for scarring me
with that...
3/3/2005 9:07 AM
Aha... Salil, did you know, or remember, that
Nirupama Mankad in fact was the TT champ?
Irshad How appropriate

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Chandamama 3/5/2005 11:17 PM
It was published in many languages - the Marathi
one was Chandoba

Bombay Ash
(6844 members)
3/5/2005 11:45 PM
Hey Ash is around!!!

We'd love to hear more about old Bombay if you


please?
Vikram
Birthday sweets 3/5/2005 11:58 PM
Ravalgaon sweets, Morton toffees, Parle sweets
(blue tin for sweets with pic of Ram/Sita/Laxman,
and red tin for toffees).

Yup, I don't think our school (St Xavier's Boys'


Academy) allowed the birthday boy to wear casual
clothes, but we gave each student one sweet each,
gave the teacher as many as he/she took, then
went to the staff rooms to give the rest to the other
teachers.

One of the best soft drinks in the 50s that didn't


Ash survive was "Pick Me Up" -- I think it was what we
know here in Oz as "Creaming Soda" (Was that "ice
cream soda" in Bombay?).

Another favourite chocolate that disappeared in the


60s was a dark Cadbury choc called "Bournville". I
think Cadbury was edible then -- these days, the
execs should be taken out and shot for passing off
this current crop of crap as "Cadbury's". Yuk.
Smokes 3/6/2005 12:48 AM
I never smoked, but as a kid I would collect
discarded packets. Brands I remember:

Red and White


Black and White (Indian Navy got them)
Blue and White
Capstan
Cavanders
Benson & Hedges
Panama
Ash Wills
Four Square
Charminar Beedies
Gold Flake

The covers of the slide-out packs could be made


into many things - mats were the most common.
Movie ads 3/6/2005 1:15 AM
Advertising on the big screen was mostly done by a
company called Blaze. It was run by my classmate
Gulshan Bijlani's dad. Wonder what happened to
Blaze or Gulshan. (Salil?)

Gulshan was filthy rich, eccentric, but never showed


off. He once proved to me that his Rado watch was
unbreakable by dropping it from his balcony some
2-3 floors below. His family holidays were usually in
the US - he had an autographed photo of Paul Anka
in Las Vegas (never heard of either until then).

Our little competition was to see who could eat the


biggest food item in class while the teacher's back
Ash was turned and not get caught. You had to finish
the whole item within one period. (Eating in class
was one of the worser crimes to commit, after
talking in class). Eating supari was a piece of piss,
so the goal was to eat something like an "egg
toast". In Oz we call them jaffles except they are
triangular - the Indian ones were the full sandwich
size with a circular bulge in the middle - very
awkward to eat without the scrambled egg filling
falling out.
School Trips 3/6/2005 1:44 AM
A Parsi chap named Homi Lala used to operate
"Lala's Tours" for many schools. In the Diwali
vacation our school would take us on tours such as:

Jaipur-Agra-Delhi-Nainital

Gwalior-Agra-Delhi-Simla-Chandigarh

Madras-Madurai-Rameswaram-Talaimannar-
Colombo-Kodaikanal

The modus operandi was for a bogie to be dedicated


to our group and we lived in it at the station at a
remote platform. Steam trains were still in use, so it
was fun to watch the red hot cinders flying past the
window and sometimes creating small fires on the
tracks.

Ash Yes, we still used "beddings" - canvas roll-ups that


contained your thin mattress, pillow and blanket.

While we toured during the day (visiting places with


swimming pools was common, as it enabled them to
wash 40 kids in one go), the cooks set up a kitchen
on the platform and fed us when we got back.

Lala sent college students (always Parsis, for some


strange reason) as our minders. They were great
folks, often puzzling us pre-pubsecent kids with racy
jokes that we pretended to understand. They taught
us various bus songs, e.g. "she'll be coming roung
the mountain when she comes" -- with some local
adaptation.

In the 1960s, you could not take photos of dams,


railway stations, bridges, airports, etc for "security
reasons". Therefore, it was fun to take photos
precisely of such objects. I had a Kodak Retinette
camera, whose 10-second timer was easy to set,
press the shutter while looking another way, let the
camera hang down, then turn around in time to
take a wildly aimed picture of some dam or bridge -
the things that amused us!

Fondest memory of a train tour was of our much-


disliked, humourless teacher who poked his head
out of the window to yell at some hawker as the
train pulled out. He didn't see the chap a little
further who reached up and gave him a resounding
slap and ran off. Justice comes to such tyrants
eventually. :)
3/6/2005 7:19 AM
@ash
I am from SXBA too . You must have been one of
the first batches to have passed out 1962 i guess.

I passed out in 1999.


Btw lala tours was still operating in the school in my
time .
I think they just started a primary division and I
Chaitanya think the students have to wear ties.

Were you there for the 40th anniversery


celebrations?

Any more trivia about the school.


ROTFL!!!! 3/7/2005 7:23 AM
"Fondest memory of a train tour was of our much-
disliked, humourless teacher who poked his head
out of the window to yell at some hawker as the
train pulled out. He didn't see the chap a little
further who reached up and gave him a resounding
slap and ran off."

Bombay's the coolest. What with role models like


Ash around to set the right standards for our
collective sense of humor .
Sat
Another one: asking a rickshaw walla - "Bandra
jayega?", and when he says "Hanh.", replying "Toh
jaa na." and running away.

Sounds reaalllyy silly and insensitive to PCfied ears


now, but my guilty secret is that this still makes me
laugh.
a little stale but.... 3/7/2005 7:29 AM
Hey don't make digs at Salil's age yaar! He's got
great company in his age group - moi!

Sat Irshad bhai - LOL at TT. Talking abt PCfication, i


gues that's why here in the US, they call it ping-
pong.
Talking about racy.... 3/7/2005 7:39 AM
"she'll be coming down the mountain when she
comes.....she'll be wearing pink pajamas when she
comes..." yeah i remember that! How about "In the
moooorning, in the mooorning, in the mooorning by
the sea....(and then something abt a a sailor's son)"

kids picnic songs? no way man. my analysis is that


Sat these were old dirty songs sung in the army or
some such collective from the british era, that
somehow wound their way to school picnic buses as
someone's idea of a joke (hilarious in a surreptitious
way, what?)

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3/7/2005 10:16 AM
"darling open the door, darling open the door
why are you angry so"
Bombay
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Yup, remember this song - used to sing it on
picnics when we were real young (about
Milind 3rd/4th standard) and would blush at having
to say "darling"

Yep, we were *really* innocent back then!!!


*scream* 3/7/2005 6:33 PM
yes of course!!!!! i remember that one!!! but
it wasn't 3rd/4th ka bachalog who sang it in
my colony, it was 11th/12th types. and the
accent was not on the "darling" but on "door".
and this was esp. sung on the afternoon of
Sat playing holi after some pretty potent thandai.

me, i was too cool to play holi. eww.


3/7/2005 7:10 PM
and parlez vous? delete

"the chinese on the borderline - parlez vous!


the chinese on the borderline - parlez vous!
Salil the chinese on the borderline - they dip their
b***s in turpentine. inky pinky (?)parlez
vous!"

complete the following:

of all the animals in the zoo...


3/7/2005 7:22 PM
..."the monkey kissed the kangaroo"...
would be the printable version!

And hey, I still sing those songs at picnics!!!


Vikster, you're bound to have been to your
Dylan share of mac picnics in your time - vouch for
me, man!
3/7/2005 10:02 PM
What about -

In the morning, in the morning, in the


Irshad morning by the sea...
3/7/2005 11:25 PM
dirty limericks anyone? they're sung to the
tune of "Aiy, yai, yai, yaiiihhhh.. in china they
do it with chillies.. the chillies are hot and God
knows for what.. in India we do it with
mirchi.."
Dylan
Don't look at me for the meaning!
3/7/2005 11:36 PM
hey ash... you were on a roll on the last page, delete
do go on, we're all ears.

as for blaze and gulshan, i really don't know.


that is one medium i have never worked on..
cinema slides. i do remember blaze had
'pioneered' cinema ki duniya mein ek
tehelka... [voice=amin sayani]slides with
Salil SOUND![/voice]

and bournville dark is still available, it was


revived in the early 80's.
3/8/2005 3:40 AM
Mac picnics? My whole life, men, was one long
Mac picnic. (P.S. Pass the sannas men)

"I'll take you to Agra and lift up your ghagra"


(Why are you angry so?) We had a whole
bunch of these...How sad was our life? (you
would be too if you went to an all-boys
Catholic school)
Vikram
And any 5 minutes spent in the bus was an
excuse for someone to start "Baithe Baithe
kya karen, karna hai kuch kaam (We hadn't
discovered masturbation I guess), shuru karo
Antakshri, leke preabhu ka naam".
3/8/2005 3:41 AM
antakshari is for homosexuals
reminds me of all the ppl pissed off when I
called Vikram a homosexual

Coddie
3/8/2005 3:55 AM
*Sigh*

Vikram

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*sigh* indeed. 3/8/2005 5:40 AM
is this what the naya generation is reduced
to? eat $hit, blackheart.
Bombay
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Sat
3/8/2005 6:20 AM
preaching to the converted, satya? delete

Salil
3/8/2005 6:31 AM
Damn orkut its and its donut deprivation.

Wrote somethin about us discussing things


that Blackheart would not have possibly
Irshad fathomed cuz Im sure he wasn't even thought
of at that time
no man, salil 3/8/2005 7:42 AM
i'm so out of it , i have no clue. Just daling
daana to bachalog for keeda purposes.

Sat
3/8/2005 11:19 PM
i remember this rumour during this
particularly bad monsoon.. it was said that the
dam at vihar lake was going to burst because
of excessive water pressure and the whole of
the city was gonna be submerged.. (hey! i
was in the fifth standard - stop judging!).. so
Dylan
if you woke up and heard police whistles, that
was your signal to find higher ground!
3/8/2005 11:37 PM
when i was a kid it was skylab. everyone was delete
afraid it would fall on their heads. bombay
was no better than the little gaulish village.

hey, actually we are a bit like the little gaulish


Salil village..
3/9/2005 12:35 AM
now that's one of the best analogies to this
city i've heard!

Dylan
3/9/2005 12:06 PM
Ahhh... just bring on the Romans now!!!!!

Milind
3/9/2005 9:52 PM
Join up, them said...
Its a man's life, them said...
Irshad
yeah bring on the romans (read pakis)
3/10/2005 3:24 AM
for some obscure reason, maharashtra has
not been awarded a single match of the
current indo-pak series, leave alone bombay!
but thats another story...

ash, salil.. i thot id lived in bombay.. but


mann u guys have LIVED in this city.. hmmm
if i take a trip down memory lane i can
remember the lokhnadwala and haji ali
Shamit circles... and also those umbrella shaped
thingies outside heera panna shopping
centre... another fav memory is yankee
doodles ice cream (which was still there up
until a few years ago)... and who remembers
that ek tittly.. anek tittliya.. that thing used to
come on DD.. that animated movie....
hahahahahhah ... check this out..
http://www.rajiv.com/india/humor/anek.aspx

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bet you havn't seen this in a long time
3/10/2005 7:07 AM
an old timer from DD TV
Bombay Ek, Anek aur Ekataa = one, many and unity
(6844 members)
Rishi
http://www.rajiv.com/india/humor/anek.aspx
3/10/2005 10:33 PM
noone gives a goddamn fuck
as for all da ppl sayin shit bout me
: GO FUDGE URSELF

& bring on the wild boars, I am hungry. You see,


Coddie when I was a baby I fell into a cauldron of magic
potion...
3/15/2005 11:53 AM
how many children do you have salil?
you must be a good father/grandfather
3/15/2005 6:37 PM
huh?

Dylan
3/16/2005 7:26 AM
hey I have a good one

Remember long time ago there used to show this


programme on dd metro about these german
villages playing against each other. Its like one of
the first game shows on DD.
Chaitanya It was great timepass on all those summer
afternoons with nothing to do.

So does anyone know the name of that programme.


Telematches... 3/16/2005 8:05 AM
But I think someone mentioned that 500 posts ago

Irshad
3/16/2005 9:18 AM
ops I thought it was too obscure.

Chaitanya
3/16/2005 9:30 AM
oh come now, why would this thread be called arbit
and random if we all weren't going to refer to
obscure things that are somehow hidden inside our
Sat collective mumbai consciousness?
3/16/2005 9:35 AM
what I meant was that I thought that it was too
obscure for it too be a in the thread ,but it must be
there somewhere,I have been gong through the
Chaitanya thread right now(I am on page 16 ) almost
everypossible thing is there.
i remember.. 3/16/2005 6:40 PM
..having read about telematches on this thread!

*snigger*

Dylan

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but seriously.. 3/16/2005 6:43 PM
I remember our colony picking up on the
telematch popularity by staging our own
Bombay telematches on an annual basis.
(6844 members)

Dylan I'm sure this has been done before but..


CRYSTAL MAZE!!! loved it!
3/16/2005 6:51 PM
Is CST a huge station? (Just wanted to
increase the arbitrariness and randomness of
the thread. )

Karthik
o karthikeya.... 3/16/2005 8:16 PM
define huge.

Sat
Ecstacy unlimited 3/16/2005 9:10 PM
Was browsing the local public library out here
this weekend... and did I find buried
Milind treasure!!!

I knew I could borrow Tintin and Asterix from


the library collections (even though the
Americanos hadn't even heard of these
publications) - but this time I hit mother lode
- Amar Chitra Kathas in the foreign young
adults section!!!!
@Satya 3/16/2005 9:15 PM
COmpared to other railway stations across
India?

Karthik
3/17/2005 4:37 AM
Oh yeah telematch thts the name.
It great time pass.

One more did is there anyone who saw the


whole robotech series .
It used to come at 4:30 in the afternoon
that ws dam good

Chaitanya Who can forget force five ,every day of the


week a different cartoon ,so cool.

And one day it stopped they put some


learning alphabets programme. Tht was such
a sad day for me. It never ever came back
soon.
3/17/2005 4:44 AM
I remember watching japanese anime on AXN,
I had to wake up at 8 am at sat & sun to
watch em
but it was so damn worth it. I remember
Cartoon Network showing Dragonball Z with
Coddie their fucked up hindi translation
Salil looks like a jap anime character
3/17/2005 5:09 AM
thank you blackheart.. that, i shall take as a delete
compliment.

Salil
yes, salil 3/17/2005 6:05 AM
anime is cool, japanese are the coolest...you
really got a compliment there from l'il brother.

Blackheart, i also like anime you know?


...not the pokeyman types or the kiddie action
Sat
stuff....but there's a whole bunch of
sophisticated high-funda stuff out there.
speaking of hindi translations
3/17/2005 11:25 AM
they dubbed hercules in hindi ..and the scene
Lemon where hercules is riding back home on his
noble steed his 'chela' says ... 'jaldi chalo
mahashakti, ghar par khane me halwa puri
bana hai"

hmm
and when starmovies kept playing The Mask
with Hindi subtitles... they'd write
'Dhumrapaan" and "dhuan uth raha hai" for
smokin' and its smokin respectively

and where they shoot at him and miss their


aim, The mask says, 'did you miss me'
the subtitle is " kya tum mujhe yaad kar rahe
they?"

hmmmm
like they say,
the poetry was
what got lost in the translation

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3/17/2005 4:30 PM
I remember the "Dhumrapan" for "Smoking!" in
The Mask
Bombay
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Another subtitle I remember is again, from The
Milind
Mask... for "Oh God!" the sibtitle would read
"Daiyya Ri!"
3/17/2005 7:42 PM
and who can forget the way they showed the
promos on air for The lostbworld in hindi.... and
the famous
"Bachey ki maa naaraaz hain"
Lalit
3/17/2005 10:32 PM
I remember how cartoon network fucked up good
jap anime like dragonball Z with their pire hindi. I
puke whenever I see pokemon

There were some real cool shows on AXN like


Coddie NINKU, Grandmaster Mushashi, Flame of Recca &
mainly Fuushi Yuugi.
starts singing : 'those were the days' by Queen
speaking of cartoons.. 3/17/2005 11:47 PM
i remember these video tapes my uncles in the gulf
(where else) had made.. they had: Tom and Jerry
(all time fav), Woody Woodpecker, Mickey and
gang, some other misc. cartoons.. and every day
my dad would get home from work he'd be greeted
by a "Dada, put Tom and Jerry, no?" singsong
Dylan chorus (my bro and i)..

No we didn't have bugs and daffy, porky et al.


Loved those guys on Cartoon Network!
!! 3/18/2005 3:15 AM
and
ERASER was called mita doonga naamonishaan
Lemon
Jurrassic park was called Kudrat ka karishma
3/18/2005 3:29 AM
my school bus passed alexandra cinema at delete
nagpada, at the corner of shuklaji street.. which
was then the fringes of the red light area. the only
theatre that chose to show english movies in a
locality where almost nobody spoke english. (broad
assumption)

so every friday, we'd wait to see what the bawa


who owned the theatre had come up with. english
poster (small) with hindi title (huge) below it.

crazy jungle adventure became 'aasmaan se gire


Salil jungle mein atke'

fist of fury became 'fauladi mukka'

loaded guns became 'jaanbaaz haseena nikale


paseena'

36 chambers of shaolin became 'ek cheena ke


chhattis paintrey'
3/18/2005 6:21 AM
How come they don't dub hindi movies into
english. Then we would have more things to laugh
about.

I remember they dubbed small wonder in hindi it


Chaitanya wasn't funny really not funny. But on Vijay TV you
can see small wonder in tamil now that funny (only
for the 5 minites that you can tolerate it).
@Salil 3/18/2005 9:12 AM
Crazy Jungle Adventure.... isn't that the one where
the guy keeps going "This would never happen on
Milind Swissair..." ??
3/19/2005 12:51 PM
When "From Russia with Love" came the first time,
that was its name. During the "Kiss the USSR's
arse" years, it returned as "From 007 with Love".

70mm films (and theatres) seem to have gone, but


they were the best. I saw "The Battle of the Bulge"
from the first row at Eros or Regal and it was like
Ash watching a tennis match, as you couldn't see the
whole screen at once. I think the inventor of iMax
theatres must have got his idea while seated in the
first row...
Picnic songs 3/19/2005 1:19 PM
Some of those songs go back to WW1 and WW2,
e.g.

http://www.whatalovelywar.co.uk/trenchlyrics.html

http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/g039.html

When I was at Sydenham College doing a BCom,


there were lots of clubs and societies. You tried to
get on the committees because you got a huge
certificate that you thought was going to impress
your potential employers. Also, if you came from a
boys-only school like I did, those committees were
another way to get to know females!
Ash
There was a govt funded entity called Indian
Council for Cultural Relations based in a home in
Marine Drive. They organised socials or tours for
foreign students in India. Since I was going to "go
phoren" after graduation, the Sydenham Overseas
Students Association snuck me in as a "foreign
student" and I went on their picnics and tours.
They were well organised, with printed booklets
containing picnic songs in multiple languages. Try
singing in Cantonese...

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Bombay SXBA - pt 1 3/19/2005 7:19 PM
(6844 members) I was at St Xavier's Boys' Academy from 1963 to 1969
(Std V-XI). It was a concrete skyscraper (well, 6 storeys,
IIRC), so no playground apart from the nearby Cross
Maidan. The USIS was opposite in the early 60s, so I
read a lot of Yank magazines and books. The most
interesting piece of trivia was this "picnic wagon" owned
by the consulate. It was a van whose sides opened out to
reveal stacks of plates, knives and forks etc and was
used to accompany their family outings.

The school's discipline was harsh. No cane or strap, but


rulers on knuckles or palm, kneeling down for a whole
period, slaps across the face, and Fr Netto's favourite -
50 phattacks on the buttocks.

Assembly started with a prayer "Eternal God, creator of


Ash all, etc" which was slightly changed in later years.

The school occupied the bottom three floors, then a floor


for a teacher's training college (we were guinea pigs for
them) and a couple of classes on the top floor. Sports
were - hu-tu-tu, table tennis, kho, langdi, cricket and
this game whose name I have forgotten. One kid would
stand up and the rest formed a chain by bending over
and holding the waist of the guy in front. The other team
would take a running jump and land as far forward so the
whole team could fit without falling. If the first team
could not hold the weight and collapsed, they lost; if the
jumping team fell over or could not fit, they lost.
SXBA - pt 2 3/19/2005 7:34 PM
The canteen was run by a Goan named Caetano Toscano
(Mr Tosa) and his son. Coke was 25 paise a bottle. The
food was the usual samosa, batata wada, sandwiches
fare. I still have a small silver Goan coin that he gave
me.

In the street there was the sandwich man (this happened


in the mid 1960s - great invention - Britannia Bread, fake
Polson butter, boiled potato, tomato, chutney and tomato
sauce), the sweets/supari man - the owner was a slick
young Malyali with the greasy hair and starched shirt,
while his lackey carried the display case. Imports were
not allowed, so there was a lot of smuggled chewing gum
e.g. Chiclets and its Indian imitator, Dubble-Bubble gum
from the US, imported Kit Kat, etc. He also sold "hot"
Ash magazines such as Mamta and some imported titles.
There was a protection racket in place, so you didn't get
two competing hawkers or heat from the cops.

The channawala used a brass container to fill the paper


cone, but the container had been stuffed so that it
couldn't hold much. I guess the theory was that four
measures looked better than one big one with the same
quantity. Minimum size was 10 paise.

If we walked to Cross Maidan, you would get decent bhel


for 50-75 paise, sugarcane juice for slightly more. My
daily allowance was Rs 5, which was considered more
than enough to eat, so I would save a couple of bucks to
rent a few books or comics from a shop near Metro.

The school was near a Parsi-run school - Bai Bhikaijee


Bengalee or something like that. We had no interaction
with them, not even any kind of teasing. I think the two
schools had arranged so that the breaks never coincided.
Latter Day Wars 3/19/2005 8:11 PM
When Nehru died, most people my parents' age cried.
His funeral ceremony was shown on film (this is pre-TV)
and I bought a magazine devoted to it. It was a long,
drawn-out affair, with his ashes going to Triveni-
Sangam, being dropped from helicopters, etc.

I barely remember the 1962 war with China except that


we lost big-time.

In the 1965 war, air-raid drill meant all staff and


students had to crouch low in the passage outside the
classes. Lata Mangeshkar had earlier (1962 war)
released this patriotic song "Hey mere vatanke logon"
which allegedly brought a tear to Jawaharlal Nehru's eye.
She also released in Gujarati "Taiyaar thai jajo", "Jinku
kinva maru" in Marathi and probably similar songs in
about 50 languages.

Wars meant following WW2-vintage procedures. Patriotic


music and jingoism on Vividh Bharti. Blackouts, painting
out headlights except for a chink, a white stripe along
Ash the side of cars, air-raid sirens, etc. The warnings were
largely ignored, as we didn't have air-raid shelters
anywhere. In the 1965 war I remember seeing
explosions in the sky above me (broad daylight) and not
thinking anything of it - it was probably a U2 plane far
above ack-ack range.

In the 1971 war, there was a false alarm when at night


all the ack-ack guns started firing. The people were told
the next day that there was an air raid, but they couldn't
admit that some idiot had let off some rounds and the
others started firing. Hundreds of people were injured or
killed as the projectiles fell.

I did the Civil Defence air-raid warden course but the war
ended before I finished my course. :) All that knowledge
about detecting UXBs, smothering phosphorus bombs etc
gone to waste...
I wish if I was a hippie in goa 3/19/2005 9:38 PM
I wish if I was a hippie in goa in the 60-70's. I would
have followed QUEEN everywhere & would have attended
all their concerts, or else I would have started a band
"BLACK ICE" & would have played 70's music in Goa.

Coddie sings : "Those were the days not of our lives" not by
QUEEN
the name of the game.. 3/21/2005 2:32 AM
@Ash - the game you described in your SXBA - pt1 post
was called "Kitty Kitty, what's the time?"... well at least
that's what it was called in our colony...

Dylan
3/21/2005 10:24 PM
how old are you ash

Lemon
3/23/2005 2:02 AM
So I don't know where thse shouldgo, but I figured that
since this is the random, arbit community, I cn put these
in here.

These are pictures of Rajabai tower and the Uiv buildings


when I walked by them a month or so ago. Album is
called Rajabai.
Vikram
Yenjoy

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/thehotvikster/my_photos
3/25/2005 5:09 AM
"machli jal ki rani hai
jivan uska pani hai
haath lagao to dar jayegi
bahar nikalo tomar jayegi"

Bourgeois one of the few hindi poems that i remember from my


childhood days.
poems.. 3/25/2005 6:31 AM
talking about school poems.. i remember lots of them..

in Hindi
"koshish karane vaalo ki haar nahi hoti.
Nanhi chiti dana lekar jab chalati hai.
chalati dewaaro par baar baar fisalati hai.
chadhakar girana girakar chadana ragome sahas bharata
hai.
mehenat uusaki bekar har baar nahi hoti,
Koshish karane ....."

I could recite the whole poem man but


lemme not bore u ppl

OK. one more.


Kaustubh "choto choti jal ki boonde sagar ko bhar delti hai.
balu ki raj nanhi nanhi sudhar bhumi rach deti hai.
kshan kshan kaal iikhatta hokar lamba yug ban jaat hai.
khan ko shudra na samazo bhai yeah ka nirmata hai."

Now some "vilayati" poems.


had those shakesphere ones from hamlet. "To thine own
self be true". one of ma fav's.

another of my favourite line from "solitude - by


Alexander Pope"
Let me live unseen unknown,
Unlamented let me die.
Steal from this world and,
not a stone tell where I lie

how profound !!!


3/25/2005 6:55 AM
i remember

yere yere pausa


tula de du paisa
paisa zhala khota
paus ala motha
Lemon yere yere sari
majhe matké bhari
sar ali dhaaun
paise gele vaahoon

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I remember... 3/25/2005 8:06 AM
Main banjara le iktaara ghuma bharat saara
Kahin khade parbat barfeele
Bombay to phir kahin reth ke teele
(6844 members)
jungle kahin, kahin hai daldal
kahin jheel jharnon ki kalkal
khade khet khalihaan kahin par
hare chai bagaan kahin par
fal-fuloon se lade bageeche
baandh bandhe neher nitya sinche
Milind sagar kahin hilorein leta
kahin nadi ki dhaara
aisa apna desh sajeela
dheer veer pranveer hatila
jisne ispar aankh uthayi
usne hi bas mooh ki khaayi
har nar naahar ke samaan hai
har naari angaara
3/25/2005 9:58 AM
I remember throwing a 'fuga' at an old lady two
years ago from my the top of my friend's 30 storey
building. the lady's son came up & slapped us all
twice
Coddie
3/26/2005 12:27 AM
serves you right
you will go to hell
Lemon
Vik remembers... 3/26/2005 12:29 AM
The Mala D ads. I'm surprised I ddin't see any
mention of those.
Irshad
anu malik! 3/26/2005 6:36 AM
dekho barish ho rahi hai

its raining
its raining
its raining

Lemon mera dil ro raha hai

my heart is paining
its paining
its paining
3/26/2005 6:37 AM
merri jaan
merri jaan
murgi ke ande
Lemon sunday ho ya monday
roj khaye ande
Warna srikhand 3/26/2005 7:45 AM
"ek that gudda, Guddi ki gudiya,
pyari sundar lagane vaali.
Ruuth jaati hai. alee lee lee,
kuch bhi na khati hai.
Warna srikhand se vo fir khush ho jaati hai.
Ussako pasand, muzako pasand. swad bhara Warna
Kaustubh srikhand"

3/26/2005 7:47 AM
and how can one forget..

"majedarr, lajjatdaar, 7 swad me lijjat lijjat papad.


lijjat papad..eh he he"
Kaustubh
3/26/2005 11:41 AM
I gotta....

Nishant
3/26/2005 11:44 AM
do this. :)

Nishant

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3/26/2005 9:03 PM
why you bending over eh? nishant

Bombay
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Lemon
Kaun-traceptive? 3/26/2005 9:28 PM
There were 2 : Mala-D and Mala-N...with the "Matki
kyon tooti, Urmila kyon Phooti" type ads.

Nirodh had the truck driver sitting on a charpoy with


Vikram his wife and two beaming bachhe...and the triangle
painted on his truck.
3/26/2005 11:04 PM
I remember when I was young, cartoon network
used to come only till 4pm, then 5pm & then 7pm,
then 9pm & finally full day

Coddie I used to get so damn happy when the time


increased.
3/26/2005 11:28 PM
vikram! what triangle ?

Lemon
3/27/2005 5:22 AM
VVriter-ji... "when i was young"???

Dylan
3/27/2005 5:23 AM
meaning 6-7 years old.

Coddie
3/27/2005 7:40 AM
Hum do Hamare do, Goli ke humjoli... What else
was there? Does anyone else remember more
birthplanning slogans?
Irshad
3/27/2005 7:55 AM
whats up irshy, u r hell bent upon familiy planning

nyways...
it goes something like zis
Kaustubh
Sooch liya hai, samaz liya hai,
hamane pakka irada kiya hai.
Bas do hi phul khilayenge !!
Har aanagan me hum bas do hi....
3/27/2005 9:01 AM
I remember when cartoon network first came . It
was pure heaven that summer. Think about it first
we had to watch cartoons at specified times now we
Chaitanya can watch it every time ,dammn cool.
3/27/2005 8:10 PM
dude, u still watch cartoons??

& some pricks here think I am immature

Coddie

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3/27/2005 8:38 PM
Cartoon Network - can be watched anytime ! I still
enjoy watching it for the entire day on holidays
Bombay
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NerdIndian
3/28/2005 12:20 AM
yeah rt !!
especially when its Popyee show.
In the good old days.. we had He-Man, Superman,
Spidy etc.. love those shows
Kaustubh
3/28/2005 2:45 AM
CN fuks all cartoons by their hindi translation

Coddie
3/28/2005 3:08 AM
But don't kids from rural areas [or maybe non-
English speaking kids] deserve to watch those too ?
And even the Hindi versions of these cartoons are
not as bad !
NerdIndian
In fact, most of the dubbed movies are like cartoon
flims.
3/28/2005 3:28 AM
i remember remembering once...but i don't
remember when...

Viraaj
3/28/2005 4:24 AM
fuck the rural area loser kids

Coddie
@ Blackheart Kiddo ! 3/28/2005 6:40 AM
WFT, those kids are not losers just because they
were born in rural areas or because they have no
access to technology like us !

I can show you example of a guy who comes from a


rural area and is into the MIT, doing his MS today.
He is on Orkut too. You will see a day when one of
those kids might be your boss too. Dare you get
into the MIT !

Using those few f*** english words doesn't make


NerdIndian anyone great. I respect all languages and know that
English is a must for all international
communication, but it is not everything on the earth
!

If you want to read more about the friend I am


referring to, visit

DP's Inn
@Frederic Balsara 3/28/2005 6:55 AM
they say youre a ball dance expert

Lemon
3/28/2005 8:30 PM
two things
1: writers do not have bosses, we are to do what
we want
2: I don't see it as a reason good enough to get
such a crappy translation. Mainly, Don't I deserve
good television. I don't break any laws or offend
people reasonlessly. So why shud I get such crappy
Coddie TV for their cause? Its just making the kids wanting
to learn hindi instead of english. If the kids could
not understand english, they would learn english
with atleast the intention of understanding the
cartoons & our country will be a little more educated
3/28/2005 10:09 PM
i only wish these posts would be around ones you
grew up...
so for your fond memories you would come back to
Lemon read them and say
"Gaaack! whaa!!! i said That!!"
"So why shud I get such crappy TV for their
cause?"(their's is not a 'causee besides..YOu hog!)

"If the kids could not understand english, they


would learn english with atleast the intention of
understanding the cartoons & our country will be a
little more educated"

sigh.... you dint get any education, did you !


live example.... of someone who has all the gadgets
and all the english education and talks like this

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3/29/2005 12:24 AM
"...we are to do what we want"...ha ha ha ha ha ha

Bombay
(6844 members)

Viraaj
rural kids 3/30/2005 2:47 AM
hey Shishir --thanks for the flattering words ;)

writer of vt or ft or whatever he is, has no sense or


clue about kids from rural areas. they'll do well, and
are doing so. and let him go to wherever he wants
to.
Time to flame VVriter of FT!! 4/1/2005 12:23 AM
Writers dont have bosses, true but they need
publishers..
And they can very well b from the rural areas you
so derisively speak of!

Unless ofcourse you plan to publish your own book,


Pranav which you can as it will be 10 pages long anyways.

You will be doing the reading community a favour


by not writing more than those 10 pages!!
4/2/2005 6:45 AM
hey Blackheart... what are you holding with your
hands?
Lemon
@Chromus 4/2/2005 8:16 AM
I MANAGED TO WRITE 11 PAGES!
check how small the book is at
http://www.ffodyssey.com/ : fan fiction : Final
Trigger by Cody Rossheart
or jus search Final Trigger in google, the first link is
mine.
see how small it is.
Coddie MAIN THING! quantity does not matter at all,
quality does. my book is over 270 word pages & I
leave judging the quality upon you. It is not that
writers need publishers, both publishers & writers
need each other
@lemon 4/2/2005 10:11 AM
ur mom's panties

Coddie
4/2/2005 11:20 AM
Freddie boy, you do realise that we grew out of
chaddi jokes some 15 years back. Probably even
before you were a glint in your father's eyes.

Irshad Don't get your panty in a knot over insulting other


people.
4/2/2005 11:38 AM
see how small it is.

what is small, bete?


Sat
4/3/2005 4:44 AM
???

Coddie
4/3/2005 5:11 AM
270 pages of a word document at 150pt font size?

and why IS it so small? It's not something most


people would proclaim...
Viraaj

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4/3/2005 5:12 AM
shut the fuck up & check the document if you like
instead of barking
Bombay
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Coddie
\/\/riter... 4/3/2005 6:31 AM
i heard you were a Ball Dancer

Lemon
4/3/2005 9:01 AM
you have to have balls to be a ball dancer
lemon...he's trying though...

Viraaj
4/3/2005 10:06 AM
was that a joke?
allthesame, check out the document before judging
it

Coddie
History repeats itself :) 4/3/2005 12:40 PM
Quoting leomn:
> i only wish these posts would be around
> ones you grew up...
> so for your fond memories you would come
> back to read them and say
> "Gaaack! whaa!!! i said That!!"

Hmmmm, you have never posted to usenet, have


Just Read you? Google groups tends to do that to you.

Oh, and I think you meant 'once' up there


(s/ones/once/)
4/3/2005 3:48 PM
@devdas

yea i meant 'once'...


i tend to type the way i pronounce so sometimes
use becomes youse and wimmen becomes wimmen
Lemon when i am not paying attention
hmm whats this usenet and all that?

that post was meant for \/\/riter...


4/10/2005 1:41 AM
Bumping up this thread...

While posting on a diffeerent thread in this


community, I was reminded of the first remixes I
Milind ever heard - the (in)famous Jhankaar Beats, added
to all popular songs (they usually sounded like sonic
booms going off in the background tracks!) - Most
likely place to hear these songs? - The tinny casette
players in Rickshaws and Tax cabs...

Do these jhankaar beat remixes still exist in the


current remix world? I dont think so...
viraaj 4/10/2005 9:05 AM
aap bachpan se hi itne funny the?

Sat
h 4/10/2005 7:09 PM
Nothin beats bombay in the rains. whether u r
sitting in palms (previosly samarkand) lookin out at
the people gettin drenched on nariman point or if u
R one of the people getting drenched on nariman
point.

chai cigarattes and egg bhurji at ur favourite irani


joint.

feelin the prematch jitters before a big match in


Shaunak wankhede.

gola, pani puri, bhel puri, dosas n all the posible


junk available in every nook n corner.

:)))
4/10/2005 11:44 PM
WOW I LOVE THE RAINS!!
i walk home from college and get drenched along
marine drive and get almost get flyed away on
Lemon princes street flyover...

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4/11/2005 1:25 AM
I remember that I can remember

Bombay
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Coddie
4/11/2005 3:02 AM
@black cycle...bicycle...whatever...

you line looter (ref. pg72)

@satya...nai yaar...only since yesterday...i


said to myself..."viraaj...all work and no
Viraaj raunchy jokes will make you a very very dull
boy" but i don't know any raunchy jokes so i
ended up like this...
hey 4/12/2005 3:44 AM
hey anybody remember Sam Fox? sorry this
isn't quintessentially indian but she had quite
a fan following even here

Monks
of course, old monks! 4/12/2005 6:18 AM
i remember 1 poster of hers which was very
famous all over the place with blonde 80s hair
short top and cut away jeans. did she really
sing? or was it just opportune marketing that
got her big in india?
Sat
George Michael....*sigh*....Careless Whisper,
Last Christmas....kya hero admi hai.
4/12/2005 7:13 AM
(ah, it's a rum thing calling me old monk)
But yeah, george micheal. and madonna,
romping 'round the place with papa don't
preach. guaranteed to get you in trouble with
the olders.

Monks aach, sam fox didn't sing. she was the


trendsetter as far as, well, big goes -- long
before pam a & baywatch
4/12/2005 7:38 AM
@satya: she didn't get big in india, she was delete
already that way in the uk.

but she did make an appearance in the


bhappi lahiri home production 'Rock Dancer'.
same movie with the chicken fry and fish fry
song. this was way after her success had
faded in the west, so i suppose india was
pretty partial to her.

she was also big in pop-o-phile europe,


germany type countries. she recently had a
Salil remixed version of 'touch
me' done by some gunther dude.

personally never liked her, but have one good


friend who got extra saliva retentive at the
sight of her posters in satyam collections.

another reason i never liked her was because i


thought her (then) arch rival
sabrina salerno was hot. everyone in my class
(all boys school, wot to do) came to school
one day with a big shocked smile one day. the
previous night's telecast of 'western music'
(on DD!) where sabrina's
video 'boys, boys, boys (summertime love)'
had suddenly made horny young men out of
14 year olds...

while i am still on the subect of the depraved


bits of my juvenile days..

i remember walking past the right side of the


pherozeshah mehta statue at BMC, and the
same friend i mentioned earlier in this post
asked me to keep looking at the statue as you
walk past it.

has anyone else done this? do people know


what i am talking about?

this thread makes me ramble...


4/12/2005 8:01 AM
no matter what you say:
no one will be able to make as big as an
impression on this mortal world as Lord
Freddie did.
I remember once in Hyderabad, I was glaring
at a buddha statue from the upper deck of a
Coddie ship, some motherfucker (I still don't know
who) pushed me from the deck, making me
fall down ten feet with a bloody nose
4/12/2005 8:31 AM
god bless the motherfucker

Lemon
@Salil 4/12/2005 11:21 AM
keep looking at the statue as you walk past it.

I've heard about this, but never done it


Milind
personally.. care to enlighten us ???
4/12/2005 12:30 PM
i wish i could in words... maybe i shud go take delete
a few pictures to elaborate? good to see
someone knows what i'm talking about...

Salil

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4/12/2005 1:56 PM
well Salil me remember the statue and have
tried wht u said a couple of times understand
Bombay wht u say infact thts just one more thing u
(6844 members)
ought to show a newcomer in VT
Amit The Statue has a colloquial name which very
much sums it up
4/12/2005 7:49 PM
I think its something to do with the left hand
of the statue.... am I right Salil :)
Sanjay
4/12/2005 9:54 PM
@amit... the statue has a colloquial name??? delete
are you sure you're not confusing it with the
one under byculla bridge which actually has
no such quirks?

yeah sanjay, it has something to do with the


Salil left hand of the statue. and before i forget,
aamer said hi..
4/12/2005 9:58 PM
There is a huge statue of Freddie Mercury in
Switzerland dedicated to him.
I would give anything to see that statue

Coddie
@saLiL 4/12/2005 10:21 PM
ah! just tell us!

Lemon
4/13/2005 3:32 AM
Been there, seen that! Though i was taken to
one spot and told to look up at the statue..
haven't done the walking thing, though I can
see how that's even funnier..
Dylan
doff, doff, bow 4/13/2005 4:05 AM
Salil, you're a walking encyc. i doff my mane
off to u.

Monks
4/13/2005 8:35 AM
@salil
nope i think arent we talking of the statue of a
parsi guy outside VT the guy standing right
Amit
outside VT station ;)
though the name of gentlemen escapes me
rite now think i shud read the ealier posts
someone mention the name
4/13/2005 9:12 AM
@monks, thank you.. bhala aapki mane meri delete
mane se doffable kaise...

@amit- i thought you were referring to the


'khada parsi' who stands beneath the byculla
flyover on a column flanked by 4 topless
sprites. like flora fountain, this one has been
spared by the culture police, i'd hate to see
them put bras on them.

in case you did not take the trouble to flip to


Salil the earlier page, it's pherozeshah mehta.

wonder if the sculptor had seen it coming, but


the positioning of mr.mehta's left hand
creates quite a hilarious illusion when you
walk past the right side of this statue. will try
and put up pictures in the coming couple of
days.
@ Salil 4/13/2005 8:26 PM
Yeah, seen it.

Nishant

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@Salil 4/14/2005 4:24 AM
okay, now we're all waiting for the pictures
Bombay
(6844 members) and hush, not so loudly bout the mane

Monks
4/14/2005 4:29 AM
or maybe he just made it up in his head, this man

who's this salil guy?


Letucce does he have a good reputation monks?
4/14/2005 6:02 AM
who's this salil this head says...

Viraaj
4/14/2005 8:03 AM
abe randvya
Salil is ur baap

Coddie
4/15/2005 4:03 AM
Salil's a nice guy, a trifle serious
But it's his mane 'n memory that make me envious

Monks
4/15/2005 10:13 AM
For those who came in late, Salil is best known by
the self inflicted title "Old Man Mozz"
Milind
4/15/2005 11:50 AM
this salil guy has grankids at home?
he seems to have a looot of time .... he jobless?

hehehe

Letucce 80 PAISE energee?

bahut vela insaan hai


4/15/2005 1:55 PM
Great posts guys. I have been away in Chicago for
sometime now and this thread is bringing back
some sweet memories....of my childhood
days...those days of fun.
Anand Regards
Anand
1-2-3-4 4/29/2005 7:38 AM
hey..this reminds of the serial '1-2-3-4' and the
jingle..."chaaro milkar saath chale to karde
chamatkar"
Parag
4/29/2005 9:32 PM
tuppence from the far flung northern suburbs...

remember seeing a lot of rickshaws, as a kid, with


these shiny, trumpet-like air horns sticking out
above the left rear view mirrors. always insisted on
sounding 'em before i got out of a rickshaw.
reasonable demand from a 3yr old, i believe.
Ninad
don't see them anymore... i guess most rickshaw-
wallas traded them for the electronic ones. maybe
the new ones sounded louder in traffic jams!
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4/30/2005 12:12 AM
I remember when ppl were damn crazy bout MJ all
over India
Bombay fags didn't know MJ is FM's bitch yet they gave the
(6844 members)
tranny all that attention
Coddie
4/30/2005 1:59 AM
> tula de du paisa

tula deto paisa

Yes, I remember that one too. At high school we


had this Marathi text book that was the same one
Ash used in primary schools (Marathi medium).

I am 52.
4/30/2005 2:02 AM
Ash,
You have any stories about the Royal Opera House
in...Opera House?

I would love to hear some if you know any. The


Vikram
building is so dilapidated now.
5/1/2005 12:48 AM
maharastra board sux
just rataakhor giri, no use of IQ
I am skrewed by all this tutions, bwaah... is 10th
the hardest year in life?

Coddie
sings save me by Queen
wrt 10th 5/1/2005 4:22 AM
Your HSC may be slightly worse. The really hard
part is when you are working and you have to deal
with idiots all the time.

Just Read
...back to random... 5/3/2005 10:23 PM
Someone mentioned Jerome K. Jerome and I had
another Bal Bharati flashback!

I remember borrowing english text books from older


friends during the summer vacations cause I liked
reading from the "prose" stories!

My favourites include: The Open Window, The


Stuffed Trout (I think this is the Jerome K Jerome
story), this one murder-mystery about Triceratops
Dylan (that I was so in love with that I made my friends
enact it!), The boy who broke the bank..

I'm getting a sense of deja vu. I'm pretty sure these


have come up before on this thread.

Oh, and from the "poetry" section: The Born


Spectator, Topsy Turvy World
5/3/2005 10:56 PM
yeah.. i remember..
The stuffed trout was from 'Three Men in a Boat' -
Jerome K Jerome.
I always used to wonder, whoever this guy is, how
come he has the same name as the surname or vice
a versa

Amoungst other prose..


-'An Excellent Father' extract from my all time fav.
Pride n Prejudice - Jane Austin.
- 'On Travel by the train'

Poetry.. lots of them..


-'A Born Spectator' - dont remember the poet
-'To Thine Own Self Be True' - Extract from Hamlet
Kaustubh - Shakesphere
-'Psalm of Life' - Longfellow .. What lines !!!
-'Vagabond' - R L Stvenson
-'Solitude' - Alexander Pope

Some my fav lines..that I remember


Let me live unseen unknown,
Unlamented let me die.
Steal from this world,
And not a stone tell where I lie.

Sigh*** Those were the days..


5/4/2005 6:08 AM
hmm... I remember not so long ago you were in red
knickerbockers

Monks
5/4/2005 6:08 AM
hmm... I remember not so long ago you were in red
knickerbockers

Monks
5/4/2005 10:22 AM
from balbharati. flashback to school days. back
when i was in 4th std. geography unit test in
progress...

the sky suddenly turns pitch black and its definitely


about to rain. but the rain sounds different as it hits
the top of the school buses parked outside.
suddenly our teacher asks us to stop writing and
line up alongside the verandah.

it's hail, as it turns out! so our teacher tells us what


Ninad those ice spheres crashing into the ground are, and
there we are, in the middle of exams, standing and
looking at hailstones.

it was unexpected and quite memorable. any of you


guys remember the only time (in my experience)
mumbai got hail?

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5/5/2005 12:49 AM
I REMEMBER THE HAILSTONES IN THE
AFTERNOON!!!!!!!
Bombay
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Lemon
a Lesson in SSC [Class X] 5/20/2005 4:14 AM
Called "The Impossible Dream"

again BALBHArti it is .......

it was a nice Story !!!


Shankar
5/20/2005 6:09 AM
far too impossible to be true
allthesame, good writing work

Coddie
my 2 paisa ... 6/9/2005 11:34 AM
YOU PPL ROCK! pheww!! what a memory .. you
people took me too back in time and itd difficult to
come out now .. aaj to kaam nahi hoga baba ... :)

Well, most of the things are covered, but i'll give it


a try, remember
1. the old Hindi news.. i think at 8.40 .. with that
background music :),
2. the 'ek titali, anek titaliya, ek gilahari anek
gilahariyan .. dana chubhane ..' :)
Rohan 3. the marathi serial called 'Chal nawachi wachal
wasti' ..
4. Hiring a VCR for 2 days and watching movies
overnight (5/6 in a row)
5. Starting trowing ballons from terrace one month
in advance, we even got police visit .. LOL !
6. Also how can i forget playing cricket on road
when it used to be 'band'? and running away on
breaking the glass of someone :)
6/9/2005 3:32 PM
running home at noon during the school summer
vacation to catch the 1 hour of kids programming.

fraggle rock, he-man, giant robot, jungle book...


Ninad
6/10/2005 1:00 AM
I remember...
Freddie Mercury died in 91
whole country was in tears
goddamn terrible tragedy
Coddie
The news 6/10/2005 1:16 AM
Hindi Samachar at 8:30 PM
Sansad Samachar at 8:50 PM
The news in English at 9:00 PM
Parliament news at 9:20 PM

Just Read This would be followed by a serial with no ad


breaks in between, then ads, then another serial.
6/10/2005 8:25 AM
tandurusti ki raksha karta hai lifeboy ...
lifeboy hai jahan tandurusti hai wahan

hippoleen hippoleen hippoleen ...


maaaiil ka dushman aaya ... hippoleen hippoleen
hippoleen
Niraj( )
kaise kahoon .. inke saanson me badboo hai

chup chup baithe ho zaroor koi baat hai ...


Editing Niraj's "memories" :) 6/10/2005 11:21 AM
Hipoleen Hipoleen washing powder Hipoleen
Mail ka dushman tagda, chamkaye har kapda
Milind Washing powder Hipoleen
6/10/2005 7:38 PM
SKYLAB and the scare that it would fall on
Bombay?

Raj Those afternoon movies on Doordarshan on solar


eclipse days.

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6/10/2005 9:55 PM
and of course, the day ganesha 'drank' milk.
headline news!
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Ninad
6/10/2005 10:36 PM
I remember...
Freddie Mercury died in 91
whole country was in tears

Vikram Weren't you 1 year old then?


6/12/2005 1:42 AM
wheres that ganesh rumor start from

Lemon
6/12/2005 2:07 AM
I remember...
the 87 cyclone that nearly hit Bombay.

I went out to go to school and it took me a full


2 minutes in the blinding rain to decide to turn
Mohit back.

Discretion is the better part of valour.


@Vikram 6/12/2005 10:47 AM
I had a very sharp memory, I remember
people crying on streets, the greatest Indian
ever died (his birth-certificate said he was
Indian). I could hear people shouting
"FREDDIE FOREVER"
Coddie TThe 87 cyclone, yes.. the whole city was
terrifid. We got our asses saved for a lil. The
whole city was in terror
6/13/2005 4:15 AM
i remember eagerly awaiting chitrahaar as i
was very fond of music...
wednesday and fridays 8 pm

:o)
Chandni
6/13/2005 10:42 AM
@Lemon
ganesh rumour originated in Delhi and spread
to the far regions of Mumbai, Calcutta and as
far as the UK.

it was that rare day when priests could give


the media soundbytes such as 'the idol at this
Ninad temple drank litres and litres of milk'.

*burp*
6/13/2005 11:55 AM
i heard about the ganesh rumour at around delete
noon, when the telephone operator in my
office came up to me and said she wouldn't
have believed it if she hadn't seen it. but in
her version of the story it was Nandi, the bull
outside the temple. in a few minutes news
from all over said it was Ganesh idols, and in
a couple of hours there were calls from across
the world talking first hand about the
phenomenon.

Salil of course, the next day, Chandraswami who'd


just been arested took credit for the whole
thing. saying it was his prayers that made the
'miracle' happen..

i so hate 'Godmen'...
6/13/2005 12:19 PM
goddamn religious ppl

*invites everyone to become Atheists*

Coddie
6/14/2005 4:06 AM
*invites everyone to become Atheists*

Freddy is God.
We should all become atheists.
Ergo, We must agree there is no God.
Vikram
Ergo, Freddy is not God who doesn't exist.
*goes to lie down and calm swimming head*

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6/14/2005 5:19 AM
that was the 800th entry! fuck.

Bombay
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Sat
6/14/2005 5:43 AM
I don't think the words 800th entry and fuck should be in
the same sentence...

Ouch.
Vikram
A quiz 6/14/2005 5:00 PM
Bhavnagar waale Seth brothers ka ...... ...... ???

(Two words)
Raj
And watch this ad,
http://www.dazzled.com/dangermuff/bollybob/n_ghee.html
6/14/2005 5:39 PM
Quoting Vikram:
Freddy is God.
We should all become atheists.
Ergo, We must agree there is no God.
Ergo, Freddy is not God who doesn't exist.

Your conclusion is wrong. The correct conclusion is that


Freddie does not exist.
Just Read
Remember that gods are only created by the belief of their
followers. To kill a god, you must just kill the belief of his
followers.
Ganapati drinking milk incident... 6/14/2005 6:24 PM
I think the date was 22 September 1995 (or was it
1996??)...

Milind Anyways, I was in Engineering College at the time... And it


happened to be the final day of our Intra-collegiate festival.
At around 6 in the evening, it was the final (formal) event
of the day - Housie!!! And for the first time in my life I was
actually about to win at Housie - I had just one number to
go, and could hardly restrain myself... And at this very
moment the principal came up to the stage, and
announced that the festival had to end and everyone had
to go home at that very instant, as there was an uproar in
the city and the police would be imposing a curfew any
minute !!!

We walked out of college, with no idea of what was going


on... it was only once we got a bus, that the conductor told
us what was going on, told us how the BEST staff at Kala
Killa Depot had performed a Ganesh pooja and had actually
seen the idol drink milk... and then the conductor actually
led us in a Ganapati arati in the bus itself, urging the
passengers to join in... which we did!

One question remains : Will I ever again come close to


winning at Housie again ???
6/15/2005 2:02 AM
not offending anyone

GHAND-PATI

Coddie
i dunno know man, milind. 6/15/2005 5:54 AM
even the gods don't want u to win. i remember i was at
work and we were hearing the radio and there were reports
taht ganpatis were drinking milk in the US.
Sat
6/15/2005 10:35 PM
taht ganpatis were drinking milk in the US.

2% or Skim?

Vikram
6/16/2005 10:19 AM
I would say Whole milk... nothing but the real stuff for
Gods
Milind
6/16/2005 1:48 PM
Jab mein chchota bachcha tha ...
badi shararat karta tha ...
meri chori pakdi jati ...
ting ding ding ding ding ding ...
jab roshan hota Bajaj !!

Rohan ek titali, anek titaliya,


ek gilahari, anek gilahariya ...
ek .. anek ...

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6/16/2005 10:13 PM
I'd imagine that even the Gods would fall ill if
they were drinking unboiled milk, specially in
Bombay
Irshad Bombay.
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6/17/2005 12:53 AM
as Tabu said "Use Cartridge milk, much better
than diluted milk" Bombay doodhwalas mix
milk in water, which the poor gods would have
to drink
Coddie
6/17/2005 1:22 AM
Regarding the ganesh milk drinking incident...
we had a normal day but heard the news at
school that GODs were drinking milk and in
particular Lord Ganesh
teachers discussing this, non teachinf staff...
by noon the news had been blown out of
proportuion and when school finished some
teachers dashed straight to the temple nearby
and performed the whole exercise themselves
to be a prt of the 'miracle'....
Lalit
by evening the whole thing died out and
reporters from aajtak had interviewed
numerous people in their studios who
described the phenomenon as a result of
surface tension to capillary action to what
not...
6/17/2005 3:46 AM
lalit, was there aaj tak when that happened? delete
or are you referring to the old news magazine
of the same name?

Salil
6/17/2005 6:37 AM
It was in 1995, and then Aaj Tak was just a
one hour weekly news show. A bit like The
World This Week (I'm assuming someone has
mentioned this surely!)

Irshad What was the name of that person who had


become synonymous with the show and
unfortunately passed away...?
World this week 6/17/2005 5:54 AM
wasnt the world this week hosted by Prannoy
Roy ? and he is very much alive or am i
Amit missing someone here
S P Singh - Aaj Tak 6/17/2005 6:10 AM
kya baat thi uski yaar
aisey lagta tha mano news nahi padh raha kisi
ki pitai kar raha ho...

Lalit
6/17/2005 9:54 AM
@Irshad

his name was Appan Menon. I think he passed


away while on a foreign assignment.
Ninad
6/17/2005 10:35 AM
Appan Menon indeed... He always used to
remind me of the guy in the Godrej Shaving
Cream ad, who would caress his beard and
Milind say "ME???"
6/17/2005 12:43 PM
had forgotten about the Godrej ad

another news show that used to be pretty


good was this one called 'question time india'
(may have the name wrong) by saeed naqvi.
he had some high profile guests on that show.

though, as always, DD's sense of timing the


broadcast was up there on a cloud playing a
Ninad harp. i remember, they used naqvi's interview
with boutros-boutros ghali as a filler when
rain had interrupted a cricket match!

talking about interruptions, the 'rukawat ke


liye khed hain' cards. real show-stoppers!

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6/18/2005 2:29 AM
Ah yes, Appan Menon. And yeah, he passed away
while on a foreign assignment. In the saddle, so to
speak :)

Thanks Ninad, that brings back some good


memories of the yesteryears -- less hype, less
Bombay bluster, and just the right amount of the substance.
(6844 members) Ah yes, he was good. And quite unlike today's
Barkha Dutts and Rajdeep Sardesais (sigh). Or for
Monks that matter thousands of other teeny things on TV.

Ah and those doordarshan newsreaders, some of


them had such perfect diction. And one of them I
almost fell in love with :))
7/7/2005 3:39 PM
did you guys know that one of the only two
surviving manuscripts of the epic poem 'the divine
comedy' is owned by the Asiatic Society of Bombay?

methinks this post may be out of place in this


Ninad thread. but this was pretty interesting trivia for me
and i didn't know where else to post it!
7/7/2005 3:41 PM
@Monks

thanks for the thanks!

Ninad
sometimes 7/7/2005 3:49 PM
there would be flies flitting around the newsreaders.
and on the vyatyay placcards. i always would
wonder what frenzied activities might be in progress
Sat behind those cardboard signs. or not.
7/7/2005 9:46 PM
@Ninad!

hey! when you have something to say and dunno


where to say it... go to

" i will take you to bandra and show you my sandra"


Lemon that way it keeps all threads as threads without
getting them all knotted up !

*blows kisses
7/7/2005 10:27 PM
Marathi DD news (Baatmya) would have all these
bearded dues while the women were all fair-and-
lovely, green or grey eyed Kokansthas.

I had such a crush on one of them. I saw her once


Vikram
at Dadar and made my dad stop the cab. LOL!
7/7/2005 10:28 PM
*/make that dudes..not dues
Vikram
7/13/2005 5:21 AM
This one deserved a bump, well deserved one-
because I suddenly remembered something right
out of childhood.

Irshad Cadbury's Mr. Pops chocolate lollipop. With that


monkey kind of thing as the mascot. Where did that
disappear to?
@irshad 7/13/2005 7:40 AM
now that cadbury's lolypop is so ugh! have you
eaten it? its plastic boiled confectionary!
Lemon
7/13/2005 8:12 AM
m postin here in Bombay aft a looooong time ..i
guess & this thread has turned up grr8

Readin all those posts sure makes us wonder...


*Jaane Kahan Gaye Wo Din..*

Karthik
'KK' But then if we were still in those din, then wudnt be
feelin good readin abt this stuff rite ...

So let the fun continue ....

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7/29/2005 10:02 PM
Vikram > You have any stories about the Royal
Opera House in...Opera House?
Bombay
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Earliest memory is seeing V. Shantaram's Do
Aankhen Bara Haath when I was < 10. My dad saw
Anna Pavlova (ballerina) there in the 1920s or
1930s.

Ash There was an alley behind the opera house where


Exide batteries were sold/serviced. My dad used to
take our Morris Minor there to have the battery
topped up with distilled water.
Directly opposite was the home of my uncle, L.P.
Jai, who was a test cricketer in the 1930s and is
listed in Wisden. Poor chap was too patriotic for his
own cricketing good, so he resigned in protest over
some political event and wouldn't go to England. He
was in the same group as Merchant, Duleepsinhji,
etc.

In the 1960s, cricketers needed a day job


sponsored by some company, although they were
never at their desk. His job was with the Imperial
Bank, later known as the State Bank. Every peon in
the bank knew to collect stamps off the day's mail
and hand them to him, so he became a great stamp
collector and was a compatriot of Jal Cooper, who
ran a well-known stamp shop on DN Road.
7/29/2005 10:28 PM
My dad saw Anna Pavlova (ballerina) there in the
1920s or 1930s.

WOW!!!!!!!!

Man! Bombay in the 1920's/30's must have been


such an exciting place to be. From the world's best
who made a stopover here to being able to
Vikram participate in the freedom movement, there was so
much to do!

Everytime I pass the Royal Opera House I feel so


sad how we've let our heritage go to pieces.
7/30/2005 6:51 AM
ya mumbai witnessed WAR , Indo china war , India-
pak war (twice) , blackouts , painting glass with
black ,pasting paper on glassed so that light should
not come out , total black out at night , 'jaag te
rahoo' , first siron - RUNNING FOR COVER , sititng
down ,hidding under cots , bed , desks in school
corner , bus stan still on road , petrolling, when
second siron rings everything normal.
then strikes 15 days BEST , rail strike , we used to
walk down school from Parel to Wadala, then there
was 'daagad fake'STONE THROWING , riots , tear
gas , soda bottles throwing , BEST bus burnings
(eye wistnessed all)danga ,slogans - 'shiv sena
Pravin Da
jinda bad' , 'andugundu thanda paani soda lemon
garm paani', 'lungi haatav'
there were quues for everything
shottages milk shortage , ration shop there used to
be 'CARD' for milk , milk booths , queue early
morning , 'rokel'-kerosine , DALADA--yes dalda
favoraite cooking oil/ghee, shortage
raman raghavan -killer man ,
varda bhai (arda satya),haji mastan (deewar)
then reclamation , nariman point , backbay, ans
sooooooooo on
Yes I have witnessed 7/30/2005 12:01 AM
I have stayed in heart of mumbai for 3 decaded
Agarbazar , parel , & wadala
ya mumbai
witnessed WAR yes , no other city in India were so
much alert and asertive since it was the only
Industrial place , BARC , ATOMIC ENERGY ,
TEXTILEMILLS , PHARMACEUTICALS , BANKS ,
STOCK EXCHANGES and foundation of Indian
economy, Bombay was target for enemy,roumours
of bombay being Bombed

Indo china war , India-pak war (twice) , blackouts ,


painting glass with black ,pasting paper on glassed
so that light should not come out , total black out at
night , 'jaag te rahoo' , first siron - RUNNING FOR
COVER , sititng down ,hidding under cots , bed ,
desks in school corner , bus stan still on road ,
petrolling, when second siron rings everything
Pravin Da normal.
then strikes 15 days BEST , rail strike , we used to
walk down school from Parel to Wadala, then there
was 'daagad fake'STONE THROWING , riots , tear
gas , soda bottles throwing , BEST bus burnings
(eye wistnessed all)danga ,slogans - 'shiv sena
jinda bad' , 'andugundu thanda paani soda lemon
garm paani', 'lungi haatav'
there were quues for everything
shottages milk shortage , ration shop there used to
be 'CARD' for milk , milk booths , queue early
morning , 'rokel'-kerosine , DALADA--yes dalda
favoraite cooking oil/ghee, shortage
raman raghavan -killer man ,
varda bhai (arda satya),haji mastan (deewar)
then reclamation , nariman point , backbay, ans
sooooooooo on
contd 7/30/2005 12:16 AM
DURING 1971 WAR -YAYA KHAN
mumbai witnessed Anti aircraft fires , by military ,
on one evening sky was looking like falling stars ,
red ones , from all sides ,we saw it from our gallery
, but some people came out to see were got burnt
,yes burnt
it was first time India tested that.

during child hood games like vitty danndu , kabbadi


Pravin Da , aatya paatya , shig rupi (iron rod piearcing
ground), gada (ring), goti (marble), paagam ,
koyba ,had ki , dappar (names of marble game),
then cards , pach teen dona , mendikot , badam
satta , gadhav,vaya paar ,carrom , patang - jhole ,
dhenga ,bhardol , manja , tara manja , badami ,
gulabi manja , Dongri was famous for Patang
(kites), firki ,..
7/30/2005 1:11 PM
PravinDa must be of my vintage - I was just 10 in
1962 but I remember the "Hindi-Chini bhai bhai"
slogan before that war. We lost the top right hand
side of Kashmir (Aksai Chin) and bits near NEFA.

The "air raid" incident of 1971 was no air raid.


Some crazy guy started shooting in the sky and the
rest of the ships and shore batteries followed suit.
What goes up comes down, and the next morning
we read that dozens of people were killed, injured
(by the falling shells). The official line was that
there was an air raid. If you haven't heard ack ack,
it is awesome (in the original sense of the word).
Ash The red tracer shells seem to float up lazily and
then explode.

It reminds me of the 1962 war. I was playing in my


galli and remember looking at the sky. I saw a
couple of shells exploding high in the sky but could
hardly hear them. I don't think I used to read the
newspapers then but I did not hear anything about
the incident. In later years I assumed that a U2
flying overhead may have been shot at.
7/30/2005 1:12 PM
>andugundu thanda paani soda lemon garm paani',

The version I remember was "andugundu thanda


paani; hoshil ka tu maaji rani?" :)
Ash
ASH 7/30/2005 9:00 AM
ya i was 2 yr old in 1962 , i was from new course
1st batch 10+2+3 1975 ssc
of Mumbai's , first time in education syatem was
shook , parents , teachers and students , we were
treated like guinea pigs throughout our career , no
Pravin Da
text books till second term!!, no previous years
question papers,teaches were not knowing what to
teach , they went for training till july.
bombay 60-80 7/30/2005 9:29 AM
i remember
there used to be loud speakar on any good
occations , one could hear filmy songs from long
distance , there used to be LP record which is
played with record player and an amplifier,
these songs/films have deep impact till today
if i hear those songs i can link it to which class i was
studying. for eg.songs from padosan-ek chatura
naara -3rd ,bramha chari - chakke pe chaaka , aan
Pravin Da milo saajna - accha to hum chal te hai -4th std ,
aradhana film - 5th std , hare rama hare krishna -
7th std , sholay -11th etc

there used to be road side Cenemas at night on


ganapati days , we used to roam in night to find
where is hit film screened, sit on the road ,
foothpath , roads are blocked
there used to be good dramas too on stages during
ganapati festival. among good dramas i have seen
(marathi) preeti sangam , lekure udanda jhale ,
nata saamrat , we have seen many actors on the
stages - ramesh deo , seema ,

then there was earthquake koyna was worst


affected ,
then there was once a releief fund collection, I dont
remember which one , at Dardar TT circle there was
a big julus of all film stars I saw almost all, you
name them , top actors actress of that time , we
shook hands , just standing there at one place ,
they were collecting funds walking on the road
Cool thread 7/30/2005 10:33 AM
I have been reading this one since past one hr...still
not finished. This thread is really awesome...thnx to
author for refreshing the memories.
My favs were batatyachi chal, gotya, giant robot,
vikram n vetal, dada dadi ki kahani...n so many. I
still remember on Sunday morning how people used
to stay at home to watch Mahabharat and
Ramayana.
Hemangi And the games we used to play..lapa chupi,
anadhali koshibir, ghar-ghar..where you pretend to
be a family..lol, vish-amrut, shakali-sakhali, Chappi,
joly,opingo-batingo...man there were so
many:)...Nowdays I see kids playing either cricket
or those comp games. I truly miss those days:(

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7/30/2005 10:34 AM
this thread is getting more interesting as time goes
on..
Bombay
like wine
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Kaustubh
7/30/2005 8:03 PM
People check out this site...around 80 indian ads are
here.

http://www.pha.jhu.edu/~sundar/tp/jinglebell.html
Hemangi
thanks to sundar.
8/4/2005 7:38 AM
i remember major outdoor shooting spots of
mumbai, you can see in old films
one is goregaon arey colony road near picknick
spot, apart from film city , chotakashmir etc, five
garden dadar -saccha jootha -rajesh khanna,
gateway of india , worli sea face, band stand
bandra,
mud island, hanging garden, girgaon chopati , dock,

I have seen many outdoor shootings in mumbai by


chance
Five garden at dadar -padosan -mahmood on icee

Donbosco high school matunga -amar akhbar


anthony- Amitabh bacchan , Parveen babi,naseer
Pravin Da
husain

kalina campus- saath saath-farukh sheikh ,deepti


naval

chorni -ruia college class room as court room - nitu


singh , shreeram laagu as judge

wadala depot -idont remember the name of the film


starts with K - pran, reeta bahadhuri, but prans
dummy jumped from the top of BEST bus ,RAIN
sceen was created by water from tanker spraying
through pipe
8/9/2005 8:56 AM
you really killed this thread or what uncle!?! you
havent still answered my question about women
wives and sisters equating to servants.
Sat
@Sat 8/9/2005 9:12 AM
It was not this thread
it was bare thread
Just check the thread 'Question and ans'
I have replied you
Pravin Da
As I have promised not to post in that mentioned
thread I created another thread
8/9/2005 9:20 AM
unkil unkil
yes KD
tryin 2 piss me off?
no KD
tellin lies?
Krunal no KD
kiss my arse
yes KD
@Krunal 8/9/2005 9:31 AM
This is not Mumbai spirit from you
its not Krunal in you its anal from you
Pravin Da
8/10/2005 6:10 AM
THose movies played in the streets on white cloth
screens during Ganpati in our community ground!!
ahhh I miss those!!
NagPAIper
Giant Robot and He Man shows!! wow
8/11/2005 7:33 AM
hey, to bolo
om....shanti om.....shanti shanti om....
om....shanti om.....shanti shanti om....
Sat
8/11/2005 8:00 AM
om....shanti om.....shanti shanti om....
om....shanti om.....shanti shanti om....
Pravin Da

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8/11/2005 8:10 AM
while (true) loop;

Bombay
(6844 members)

Kaustubh
i remember 8/21/2005 9:37 AM
I remember the only skyscraper tallest in
Bombay was Usha Kiron
26 storey bldg, it was a tourist spot , I hope
now people and tourist of Mumbai have
forgotten that location.

Then the tallest structure we saw was TV


Pravin Da tower at Worli, we used to have antennas on
terrace and it was adjusted for direction
pointing to that tower!! , crows and pigeons
used to sit on it and it used to break ,also
from kite getting stuck and that too during
Test cricket match or during Wimbeldon!!
I remember we could see TV tower clearly
from as far as 15-20 km away from suburbs
bldg terrace.
Our terrace used to be full of antennas and
their used to be fight for space for this among
neighbours and bldg people.
Even in kids drawing of those days the pic of
bldg used to have antenna on top
8/21/2005 12:02 PM
@PD
"I hope now people and tourist of Mumbai
have forgotten that location"

Freebird why do u hope that people and tourist of


Mumbai have forgotten that location ??
8/21/2005 12:14 PM
radio listeners.....anyone remember Hello
Farmayish?????
it used to be a request n dedications kinda
show on vivid bharti...n aftr sayin d name of d
show they used to hv echoes for d same...i
Neha jus loved it...also cant find ne mention of
detective karamchand n his sec. kitty (was
it??? cant remember)
8/21/2005 2:34 PM
some of the things here are not just mumbai
specific. i remember me and a unch of friends
running around, taking down numbers of
maruti license plates because rumor had it
that MUL had just rolled out it's 1000'th car
and whoever can bring the number of all 1000
can have one 800 free. ofcourse we never
bothered to figure out the statistics, but at the
end of two days, there was plenty of cynicism
to say the least. but we couldn't trace the
"originator" of the rumor, even within our
small gang. so, pfft, some 20 pages of license
numbers were discarded. and we still don't
know if anyone won that 800.
as for the radio programs, surprise surprise,
most of them program are still aired and
listened to all over India. turn ur A.M. radio
on!
@Neha 8/21/2005 9:22 PM
Yes, that was Karamchand the jasoos.... wih
his secretary Kitty, and his trusted gajars
Milind
8/21/2005 11:10 PM
@monstrous: you are 23 and in hyderabad. delete
the maruti contest rumour i was speaking of
took place around 1984. you were 2 years old
then! takes pretty long for a rumour to head
south, does it?
Salil
8/21/2005 11:20 PM
Hehehe!

There was no internet and email then, so


Irshad chain letters would take some time to reach I
imagine
8/21/2005 11:37 PM
When I was in school.. there was a rumor
going around that there were few 1 rupee
coins that had 'H' or 'M' or 'T' letters inscribed
on them. Whoever manages to collect 3 coins
having with those letters to complete the
Kaustubh "HMT" would get an HMT watch free !!!

I remember 8/21/2005 11:48 PM


when Bohemain Rhapsody was released, full
country had the craze. even with their black &
white TVs. Freddie was a living role-model for
the whole of the country
Coddie

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whoops! 8/22/2005 12:10 AM
almost deleted the first post in the thread by delete
mistake... the delete link is too close the last
Bombay page link.
(6844 members)

can't believe this topic is over a year old now.


Salil
Radio 8/22/2005 1:10 AM
I remember Cricket commentary became
famous because of one person Anand
Setleward , we used to imitate his style in
school during match.
Pravin Da
The best program on radio was cricket review
from Vijay Merchant , he was a good orator.
8/22/2005 2:04 AM
Radio made Jhumri Talaiiiya famous......

Yadnya
8/22/2005 2:54 AM
who remembers when Bret Hart got screwed
at survivor seris in 1997

Coddie
8/22/2005 4:39 AM
does ANYONE remember thsi radio ad?

"mummmy! ho gaya! dho do! "


Lemon i dont remember what product it was for.
8/22/2005 4:56 AM
I am guessing it must be for laxatives

Advait
8/22/2005 5:13 AM
I remember there was an add on radio at 10
at night

ladies voice Karona ... , karona .. then there


was male voice CARONA JUTEY (SHOES)
Pravin Da
CARONA SHOES WAS FAMOUS THEN.OFFICE
WAS AT FORT HANDLOOM HOUSE BLD.
@cody aka freddie fan 8/22/2005 7:38 AM
queen never released an album named
bohemian raophsody.. it was a song off thier
"night at the opera album" which came out in
1975 and u were born in 1990 so u cldnt
Freebird possibly remember how it was when it came
out unless memories frm your previous life
carried fwd :D P
8/22/2005 12:31 PM
I know all of that
I read it in Wiki
but it was the video-craze which Bohemain
Rhapsody created that gave the band all the
hype. It had stayed on as #1 in Many
Coddie countries for a long period of time. I hear the
song daily since the past 2 years & never get
tired of it.
@salil 8/22/2005 3:34 PM
That would have been unforgivable!!!

Milind

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8/23/2005 2:16 AM
Does anyone still have those small bottles of
Thumbs Up ? I have the bat and the ball
Bombay which i got in exchange for the bottles. Would
(6844 members)
love to get my hands on the small bottle
Advait though.
8/23/2005 2:26 AM
Advait,
I was at a club on Saturday where they gave
us the small Thums Up bottles when we
orderd a cold drink.

Vikram Was prety awesome until they charged us


30Rs. for them.
8/23/2005 4:32 AM
Vikram,

What did u do with the bottles once you were


done drinking . Did u get one home by
Advait chance.
8/23/2005 4:50 AM
advait i think vik means the old 200 ml delete
bottles, not the mini thums up you were
asking about. i have a strange uncle who once
actually drank (and immediately spat out) the
coloured water that came in those mini thums
ups. personally i thought the li'l thrils that
Salil came out before the mini thums ups were
more well finished, proportionate and cute.
you got those in exchange for 6 thril crowns.
8/23/2005 4:58 AM
been really long, so time to fish out another delete
random memory. these guys with what looked
liked fish tanks strapped around their necks
walked around peddling balls of pink candy
floss from them. the top of the fish tank was
modified into a wooden pinball game. i
distinctly remember the plunger for the pinball
was made out of a toothpaste tube cap, and
the cups were simply semicircular arcs of
nails. street food was forbidden for me
Salil through most of my childhood but that didn't
stop me from watching other kids either
buying a ball of candy floss for 5 paise, or
taking a chance with 10 paise with the pinball.
nowadays you still see the stuff but it's now
sold out of a large, boring plastic bag.
8/23/2005 6:15 AM
Damn ... spent the whole afternoon
wondering how anyone would be happy with
that small quantity of cold drink
....aaaaghhhhh !!!
Advait
8/23/2005 6:22 AM
we used to have those erasers put inside
small plastic toys.. like bunny etc.. There were
some small cricket bat shaped toys which had
those erasers in them.
And they were perfumed..
Kaustubh
8/23/2005 6:27 AM
I remember making walky talkies (like the
ones they used in Star Trek) with empty
match boxes and rubber bands ....
I remember reaching cinema halls well before
time to catch the films division
Advait documentaries. They even had one of the
1985 Bombay test match between India and
England
on stationery.. 8/23/2005 8:54 PM
I remember being extremely envious of was
these extra-long pencils with a little plastic
hand at the end. My folks never let me get
one, branding them "dangerous".
Dylan
8/23/2005 9:55 PM
That reminds me of the long plastic hand that
is available these days for scratching your
back. I bet they got the idea from the long
pencil with a plastic hand.
Advait

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8/23/2005 11:09 PM
I remember we used to have on long pen type
made of wood /bamboo type which is called ‘Boru’
Bombay we have to sharpen its end and dip in ink and write
(6844 members)
, as improving handwriting , this was compulsory at
Pravin Da
our school drawing period ,before switching to ink
pen at 7th std.
There were ink pens with ‘nib’ , ink of ‘camel’ brand
was famous for that , there was ink filler , daily
morning filling ink before going to school in ink pens
, fingers getting blue , some time pens getting leak
, shirt getting stain with ink were common. Ball
point pen were not allowed in school of course there
were no gel pens .
Parker pen was hero no 1
just got one nice e mail 8/25/2005 1:26 AM
When gulli-danda and kanche (marbles) were more
> > > > popular than cricket ...
>>>>
> > > > When we always had friends to play aais-
paais (I Spy),
> > > > chhepan-chhepai and pitthoo anytime ...
>>>>
> > > > When we desperately waited for 'yeh jo hai
jindagi'
> > > > ...
> > > > When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, dada
daadi ki
> > > > kahaniyaan were so fulfilling ...
>>>>
> > > > When there was just one tv in every five
houses and
>>>>
> > > > When bisleris were not sold in the trains
and we were
> > > > worrying if papas will get back into the
train in time
> > > > or not when they were getting down at
stations to fill
> > > > up the water bottle ...
>>>>
Pravin Da > > > > When we were going to bed by 9.00pm
sharp except for
> > > > the 'yeh jo hai jindagi' day ...
>>>>
> > > > When Holis & Diwalis meant mostly hand-
made pakwaans and
> > > > sweets and moms seeking our help while
preparing them
> > > > ...
> > > > When Maths teachers were not worried of
our mummys and
> > > > papas while slapping/beating us ...
>>>>
> > > > When we were exchanging comics and
stamps and
> > > > chacha-chaudaris and billus were our
heroes ...
>>>>
> > > > When we were in nanihaals every summer
and loved
> > > > flying kites and plucking and eating unripe
mangoes
> > > > and leechis ...
>>>>
> > > > When one movie every Sunday evening on
television was
> > > > more than asked for and 'ek do teen chaar'
and
> > > > 'Rajni' inspired us ...
> > > > When 50 paisa meant at least 10 toffees
...
>>>>
> > > > When left over pages of the last years
notebooks were
> > > > used for rough work or even fair work ...
>>>>
> > > > When 'chelpark' and 'natraaj' were
encouraged against
> > > > 'reynolds and family' ...
>>>>
> > > > When the first rain meant getting
drenched and playing
> > > > in water and mud and making 'kaagaj ki
kishtis' ...
>>>>
> > > > When there were no phones to tell friends
that we will
> > > > be at their homes at six in the evening ...
>>>>
contd 8/25/2005 1:26 AM
> > > > When our parents always had 15 paise
blue colored
> > > > 'antardesis' and 5 paise machli wale
stamps at home
> > > > ...
> > > > When we remembered tens of jokes and
were not finding
> > > > 'ice-cream and papa' type jokes foolish
enough to stop
> > > > us from laughing ...
>>>>
> > > > When we were not seeing patakhes on
Diwalis and
> > > > gulaals on Holis as air and noise polluting
or
> > > > allergic agents ...
> > > > the list can be endless ...
Pravin Da
> > > > on the serious note I would like to
summarise with ...
>>>>
> > > > When we were using our hearts more than
our brains,
> > > > even for scientifically brainy activities like
> > > > 'thinking' and 'deciding' ...
>>>>
> > > > When we were crying and laughing more
often, more
> > > > openly and more sincerily ...
>>>>
> > > > When we were enjoying our present more
than worrying
> > > > about our future ...
>>>>
> > > > When being emotional was not
synonymous to being weak
> > > > ...
> > > > When sharing worries and happinesses
didnt mean
> > > > getting vulnerable to the listener ...
> > > > When blacks and whites were the favourite
colors
> > > > instead of greys ...
> > > > When journeys also were important and
not just the
> > > > destinations ...
>>>>
> > > > When life was a passenger's sleeper giving
enough time
> > > > and opportunity to enjoy the sceneries
from its open
> > > > and transparent glass windows instead of
some
> > > > superfast's second ac with its curtained,
closed and
> > > > dark windows ...
> > > > Wo choti choti khushiya, small pleasures,
those corners of
galli
with
this guy really killed this thread 10/26/2005 6:42
PM
or what?

Sat
10/26/2005 10:24 PM
wat a stupid topic to post.come on guys grow up.

sayeed
10/27/2005 5:55 AM
hey sat sunday

Pravin Da that was an email I reced long back


11/23/2005 5:48 AM
*koff* *koff*

Sat
11/23/2005 9:02 AM
Sat feeling nostalgic ?

Milind
11/23/2005 8:51 PM
I Remember the school days with no tension around
and the careless college days.

Aalok
11/23/2005 9:46 PM
So I woke up this morning singing the theme song
of "Superhit Muqabla" hosted by Baba Sehgal.

How sad is my life!


Vikram

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@Vikram 11/23/2005 10:57 PM
It would have been sadder if you had been
humming one of Baba Sehgal's atrocious rap songs
Bombay
(6844 members) Milind instead
Baba Sehgal...aka BS.. 11/23/2005 11:47 PM
Manjula Manjula Manjula Manjula Manjula Manjula
Manjula Manjula.
Irshad YO!
11/24/2005 12:33 AM
Aaja meri gaadi main baith ja..

this was also baba sehgal i guess!!

Aalok
11/24/2005 12:47 AM
Now that we have Billboard Top 200, Superhit
Muqabla is SAD..phew
Gopi
I too remember 11/24/2005 1:10 AM
Playing Dabba ais pais (I spy) or thappo,
playing cricket with strabeg rules and stranger
terms; underrum (under arm), and overrum, tiffin
(tip and run),
and most common, bahar full toss out, one tappi
out, kaach ko kaise bhi laga to out.

I remember going in school buses and listening the


Nirav first NON VEG JOKE (from school seniors)

I remember playing holi before school final exams,

I remember my dads Lambretta scooter ...


Am i crazy ... 11/24/2005 2:48 AM
to go thru first 450 posts ...

or just feeling nostalgic


anyways great thread .. might read the rest
sometime later
Nirav
hope orkut has a better navigator allowing to visit
page of your choice rather than previous and next
11/24/2005 3:06 AM
Lambretaa reminded me of my rides with my
dad....and the gunny bags full of sand that we used
to get back at home to play with from juhu
chowpatty.. ..WOW..whataaa life!!!!
Yadnya
11/24/2005 3:18 AM
i'm pretty new & young to all of u,but does anyone
remember "Indus creed/rock machine".amazing
Anoop music.still heard & admired!
Neighbourhood Star Library 11/24/2005 3:21 AM
where i would rent asterix and tintin comics (as
they were too expensive for middle class children)
and when i first went in crossword, i read the
complete Menhir and Co.

did the same 2 days back. Read the complete Sky is


Nirav falling (latest asterix comic by uderzo, goscinny is
dead)
in a book shop at Wurzburg
number 900 11/24/2005 3:36 AM
ok finally browsed thru the entire thread,
and yeah spent 3 hours doing this instead of some
assignemnt.

But time well spent.


Nirav
Need to visit orkut more often

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gaalis at age 8... 11/24/2005 5:04 AM
Bombay you bloody basket.
(6844 members)

Sat
@Dil 11/24/2005 5:10 AM
"and the gunny bags full of sand that we used to
get back at home to play with from juhu
chowpatty"

thats why we were wondering where all sands of


Pravin Da chowpatty gone!!

have you got any precious stones or cakes along


with sands!!
hey !! 11/24/2005 6:39 PM
HEY ALL !!!
I have been on this thread for days now , trying to
get thru each and every entry , i think ive read
about the frst 400 o so. n trust me , some day il
finish it all !!! wenever im nostalgic n miss bombay
, i cum up here , read a few more entries and so
on... but i have 2 say , awsum awsum awsum !!!!!
Salil , Vikram , ash , milind , pea jay and the others
,... I hereby announce u as the Gods of Mumbai
!!!!!

I Lurvve I wasnt even born that long ago , but styl , wat a
SyDneY great read !!! Tho as I move on and read the later
posts,I can recollect sum of them ones which wer
memories of my childhood tho not very long ago
!!one of the best threads no doubt , keep it up guys
!! Its been goin on from may 2004 if im right ,
hopefully its here 2 stay , so il have sum stuff 2
post too sum 10 years down the line .

In all , LOVED IT !!!


11/24/2005 6:43 PM
Salil , Vikram , ash , milind , pea jay and the others
,... I hereby announce u as the Gods of Mumbai
!!!!!

Milind
Dhanyawaad, vatsa... ayushyamaan bhava
@Pra Da 11/24/2005 7:10 PM
Lolz...naaaa..those days were free of stones and
cakes....
they were full of smiles and laughter...

Yadnya
11/25/2005 4:01 PM
I agree with you , there were smiles and laughter
on sands!!
when there used to be vacation for school
Pravin Da we used to go to our grand pa house at Agar Bazar
(near SiddhiVinayak temple)and every evening he
used to take us to beach
(atleast 5-10 children from the bldg)from Kirti
college end ( 5 mins walk from grand paa house)
the excitement of going to beach was such thet we
children used to be ready by 4 pm (when he used
to take us at 5 pm)
once we go there we used to play , and there used
to compitition of building sand house , tunnel , fort
etc
as the sky becomes dark one person carrrying one
round vessel with lamp(panti)on the top of head
shouting 'hiyo' 'hiyo'we used to closely watch him
but dont no what he used to sell
i used to wonder what he is shouting , once when
my grand pa called him and bought kulfi from
him.it was yummy !!a small piece on banana leaf.
After many years I came to know that he was
shouting 'kulphiyo' kulphiyo'
i remember ... 12/5/2005 6:48 AM
paying my first bribe to a traffic cop

speaking in fractured marathi

ah those were the days before i perfected


Nirav "Rahu dya na saheb, kahi laahn adjustment karu
yaa"
@Laxmi 12/6/2005 9:32 AM
how come the MHP of Bombay community is not
included?

now I will gather other MHPs & file a lawsuit against


Coddie you for under the violation of the MHP Penal code:

law no. 39: not including the name of the MHP


whereas including the name of some jackasses.
12/6/2005 6:08 PM
No offences meant to anyone in particular !!!!!

I Lurvve
SyDneY
12/7/2005 6:58 AM
Laxmi- gr8 u read 400+
if u continuing reading and posting then it will be of
sense to everyone
Pravin Da
and nonsense to cody

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Hats off...... 12/7/2005 12:51 PM
Great thread ...... I'm fairly new to this community
and the only reason I joined was for threads like
Bombay these.....
(6844 members)
you can take the bombayite out of bombay but
you'll never take bombay out of the bombayite.......
it sometimes annoys the hell out of non-bombayite
indians
And my share........There'd be golawallas in
Bhavik summer selling sherbet flavored ice chunks
dripping in chilled juice........ Kaala Khatta was a
pretty popular flavor. we'd take our own glasses
and the golas were for chaar-aana each,........
somehow fancy ice-cream parlors and coffee shops
just don't compare...
BALBIR PASHA 12/7/2005 6:51 PM
this may be a change from all the nostalgia
ever wonder what became of the BALBIR PASHA
KO AIDS HOGA KYA ? campaign 3 yrs ago?

Bhavik
12/7/2005 7:42 PM
i remember dhituklya from kilbil on tv
and santakukdi the gujrati kiddie programme..
and whats the good word..on sundays by Sabira
Merchant
and Magic lamp on sunday mornings...
BAlbir Pasha ko AIDS !!! 12/7/2005 7:43 PM
Kya balbir pasha ko AIDS 3 saal pehle hua tha ???
How fast does time go by ??? Ab kya haal hai janab
ke ????

I Lurvve
SyDneY
12/7/2005 8:16 PM
I remember wearing the AIDS awareness band for
a monh now...

mine one says 'Freddie Mercury 1946-1991'


Coddie spreads awareness as well as a tribute to the
greatest Indian ever
12/8/2005 1:13 AM
Swati some more to add
Chaya geet , chimanrao gundya bhavu, gajra,
phool khilehai gulshan gulshan –Tabassum
Pravin Da yeh jo jindagi, hum log, yakub sayyed and baban
prabhu’s haas paridhaas,
Doordarshans start music- shahanai ,news readers
sarita sethi , harish bhimani,pradeep bhide,bhakti
barve
I remember on radio 12/9/2005 3:07 AM
Bhoole bisere geet

and the commercial


Bhoole bisere geet ke prayojakta
"washing powder nirma, washing powder nirma ...
Nirav
dhoodh ki safedi nirma se aayi ..."
12/10/2005 5:55 PM
patel roadways
patel roadways
kangaaroo hai kangaaro
kangaaroo hai nishaani
lollllllllllll
12/10/2005 5:55 PM
oh and how can i forget??

baabbuuubhaii jagjivandaas lol


bhavik 12/10/2005 6:04 PM
we used to put some salt on the malai kulfi ( the 25
paisa variety sold outside our school at lunchtime)
and watch it curdle and point at the malai bits
thinking they were worms. lolll

( we did that with earthworms too :( )

oh and the supari wala with his aluminium


dabba..the khajur supari..

the laal imli wala..who'd wrap up the imli with salt


in the filthiest bits of newspaper

the high we got from jumping off the BEST bus at


the signal next to our school..to avoid walking from
the bus stop

damn..why do we grow up???

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12/11/2005 3:00 AM
Swati !! Swati!! so nice ..
nice to remind me , we used to do on (salt)
ice cream seniors used to say there are kida
worms in it so used to beleive and try to see
worm, we used to call ice candy ,
icefrut.There were Bum gola (round ice candy
Bombay red one), long cone culfi with stick.
(6844 members) That cycle icecream wal with ganti and
rectangular box with 2 small opening
we used to climb the box and peep inside
through small opening for choice to select -
colour and variey of ice candy ( but i could
never see anything inside as it was dark).
orange and mango were favorite , then came
white milky (taste was horrible)

about the imly thing type there were red bor ,


green badishape , karwand , and dongarchi
kalimaina , aamm paapad(seasonal)were sold
opp school with typical cane stand crossed
Pravin Da sticks , girls used to crowd around.
and that sharbat wala , 10 paise per glass
with kalingad(water melon)sabja,
he used to clean glass in one bucket , after
some time his bucket water used to look same
as sharbat , and we used to say he makes
sharbat with same liquid.Then we never feel
like drinking but afer football match we were
tempted to drink that sharbaat

and that felow at the corner with a thick


wooden long stick with sticky chocholate
wound at the top with plastic covering with 3-
4 colours stripes , he used to pull that stripe
and make diff shapes like watch , ring , flower
of it and give
(it tasteslike pepermint)
also there were pink kapus (sugar gola)on
small stick.
12/11/2005 8:19 PM
I think those colour stripes are still available
in Mulund... don't know what the hell is an ice
candy though.

Coddie
12/11/2005 10:20 PM
ice candy and icefruit are just colloquial delete
names for ice lollies, cody. but pravinda, what
exactly is 'dongarchi kaalimaina?'

Salil
12/11/2005 10:34 PM
the early mornin show on radio AIR FM stereo
& a host of amazin rj's-my favourite being
Anoop kiesha lobo.so many others playin gr8 music-
noel,phali& so many others.miss them.
12/12/2005 1:16 AM
The Ripe Karvand with small seed inside is
called kali maina –or dongarchi kalimaina it is
dark in colour when it is cut it oozes red or
pink liquid we used to call komda ki komdi
(cock or hen)(I don’t know the name in eng-
Pravin Da
karvand is used in pickle which is round green
in colour if broken white milk like liquid oozes
out) u get these during april-june.
good old school times 12/13/2005 11:57 AM
i remember:

- 75 paise samosa with 25 paise paav


- tomato flavored simba chips
- yummy potato shells by monginis
- eating imli, raw mango, peru and sauf from
the hawkers outside school
- seeing stone boy on tv
- being crazy fan of chintu(rishi kapoor) and
Shweta imitating his dance in om shanti om from karz
- dancing on tamma tamma loge from
thanedaar..hahaha...i even got prizes for this!

oh those good ol days!


Ads: 12/13/2005 2:11 PM
Does anyone remember those wonderful ads
on tv...

1. Jab mein chota baccha tha badi shararat


karta tha...fir bhi meri chori pakdi jaati...jab
roshni tab bajaj!!
Shweta
2. Kabir Bedi hosting a quiz show and ending
it with " Full points to you and JK Tyres!!"
Awesome Thread! 12/13/2005 2:22 PM
I have comment here that this is an
absolutely mindblowing thread. Kudos to all
author Salil and all the regular contributors
Vikram, Ruchi, et al!

I spent almost 4 hours going through the


entire thread..and it was just worth reading
Shweta through everyone's experience and reliving
my own!

Truly, once a bombayite always a bombayite!


more school nostalgia 12/13/2005 4:27 PM
yeah swati - the kulfis were kinda neat and
affordable too
i remember hari saunf and then having cold
water after that - it was awesome
too bad its all never coming back, and i feel it
right now more strongly then ever. i mean
Bhavik here i am sitting in a starbucks sipping latte
and having fake and polite conversations with
random starngers with no real meaning.....
damn i wish there were a time machine just
like the serial indradhanush......
12/14/2005 5:25 AM
bombay is still one place where u can have a
wonderfully happy day with just 100 bucks in
your pocket..and do sooooooooo much
too..even today.

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bhavik 12/14/2005 5:26 AM
try delhi after bombay
Bombay u'll know what i've suffered :(
(6844 members)
12/14/2005 5:36 AM
ohhhhhhh we forgot 'buddhi ke baal' lol

12/14/2005 8:06 AM
Swati- buddhi ke baal there was some confusion ,
recently there was an add on TV where a girl is
standing and another says wo dekh buddhi kaa baal
etc etc
but it was pointing to Pink sugary puff type ona
Pravin Da
stick or now a days they give in plastic.
but according to me it was creamy soft thread like
moulded round or loose sugary.
School days 12/14/2005 8:40 AM
I remember when the Josh movie was released,
everyone was making their gangs in school. We
used to beat up other gang members & such.

Feel funny thinking how it would have looked


5th/6th graders beating up each other via gangs.

The post-puberty 'I am cool' period is also kinda


Coddie hilarious...

all the kids act like WWE Wrestlers, or actors or


singers to impress the girls & they with each other
about what type of porn they prefer & such... weird
but funny
12/14/2005 3:52 PM
Wow..could this get more evocative:)
U bet it took me a good 2 hours to read the entire
thread..being in accordance with the ads and
serials..All apologies if I am repeating anything but
here I go...I remember this very silly but catchy
tune of nirodh played just before or after the news
at 8.40pm "zarasi saavdhani zindagi bhar asani."
and then there was saptahiki(that 2 min music was
something)..with Bhakti Bharve hosting it at times..
and then phool khile hai gulshan gulshan.Udaan
with that "lalitaji"..
I will never forget the taste of golas at Juhu and
that was the only place that sold Bhel with this
Happlicious certain kind of mangopieces in it(parrot nosed) and
it tasted heavenly. and khau gulli in town where
they sold the most amazin ghanne ka juice and the
hawkers would say"jueeece"
Also speaking about the Thums up series.. I dunno
but was it then when the rage of "Flickers" started
where Gavaskar was shown drinking it..man
everybody wanted to own one
Sigh..i miss it too much
12/14/2005 6:49 PM
i remember those days
i remember during drawing period
water colour from camel with digene tablet type
/shaped colours we could afford and all that dish
with cups and cofee coloured solution and all mix
ups in that colours but my rich friends used to have
tube colour and bottle colour as it was called.
Pravin Da
similarly pink bordered note books were called
DELUX were top variety Rajat name was famous

now all that has become relatively cheap


ENERGEE 12/15/2005 10:29 AM
fortunately ENERGEE by AAREY dairy is something
from our childhood that's still available and popular
as are a lot of other things......
anyone listing?
Bhavik
takin cue frm swati !! 12/15/2005 12:15 PM
HO man.. this thread is probably one the most
compelling threads tht i have come across on
orkut...SALIL'S brainchild..promoted by others as
well...NEAT STUFF PEOPLE...though mes not tht old
i guess..mes jus 21...but i can relate to most of the
stuff...
Vishal
BOMBAY...not for nothing YOU R D BEST !!
ORANGE ad 12/15/2005 4:55 PM
The ORANGE commercial that ran about 2-3 years
ago with the boy and his puppy was really neat.......
"You and I in this beautiful world...."
Anyone has any links to this ad?
Bhavik
12/16/2005 8:42 AM
i remember the programmes "Giant Robot", "He-
man", "Gaayab aaya" on the national channel. the
movies every saturday evening.
i remember Uncle Chips. Man, the Paapri Chat
flavor was to die for.
Kevin i remember Gold Spot. Would love to have it again.
i remember the Bombay bombings, the riots, the
curfews.
i remember the WWF craze.

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@Kevin 12/17/2005 9:21 PM
let me explain to all of you the WWE Craze.
Bombay I assume you are over 16, so no longer interested...
(6844 members)
once you are not interested, you figure out that was
damn pathetic & with only a few good wrestlers
(The ones who entered around mid 80's - mid 90's)

However, the younger generation when watching


WWE also obviously sees the half fake audience
cheers for certain 'face' (good people). They all feel
he is very cool & they should be like him (hence,
the imitations). When they reach puberty, they give
attention to the divas & act like their 'boyfriends'
they think they will get these type of girls doing so
(regardless of them being 12-14 & hitting on 19 yr.
old girls... you girls may be accquainted with this,
Coddie the little boys in photo-printed Tees & spiked hair,
with some freckles & usually a canvas pant callin
you baby or trying to simply talk to you, asking for
directions when they know em very well).

They will act like idiots till they start discovering


some other work or have a load of studies or so
on... after a few years, 65% of em realising what
assholes they were & then decide to be a rocker
worshipper or something, hence falling into another
fad whilst giving gallis to the wwe...

strange, but its true...


12/17/2005 10:07 PM
wwe is bullshit!!
used to rock when hitman, hulkman, machoman n
all were dere.. now utter shit..
Sagar
where have all the sparrows gone?
12/17/2005 10:39 PM
Came back to India after 3 years this month, and
one thing I noticed s that there just are no sparrows
here anymore... I remember the times in my
childhood when sparrows would come and have a
dust abth in the patch of garden in my building...
Milind some even dared enter our flat and made a nest on
top of our wardrobes... but now dont seem em
anywhere at all... hope they haven't become
extinct...
@Milind 12/17/2005 10:49 PM
I agree with you , even my gallery used to be
sparrows maternity home.
But its not that extinct, last time I saw in Malabar
hill areas , shivaji park
Pravin Da
but in suburb its almost extinct , the reason I heard
is because of Mobile phones tower and waves!!
12/18/2005 2:20 AM
u guys make me feel so small...
dun rememebr much of all tat but yea... rememebr
that NCERT animated ad tat used to come on DD
n the doordarshan song n range logo which wud
come b4 Mhahbharata show on sundys...thse were
Marin days :)
12/19/2005 12:57 AM
Before the Israelis blew up the ships in the Red Sea
in 1967 and forced the world to use long range
passenger jets, it was fun to read the Shipping
notices at the back of the Times of India. A typical
route was Sydney, Fremantle, Singapore, Colombo,
Bombay, Aden, Suez, Piraeus, Naples, Marseille,
and Tilbury Docks (London). There were shipping
lines such as P&O, Chandris, Lloyd Triestino etc. I
remember the P&O ships of the day, such as
Orsova, Oriana, Orion, Oronsay, etc. They were
serviced by Mackinnon Mackenzie when in port.

In 1962, my uncle having done his CA exam and


served time with AF Fergusson & Co on DN Road,
decided to go phoren for a couple of years. He was
Ash to sail on the Orion. He was given two guest passes
(like the platform tickets sold to people sending off
train pax). He gave one to his mum and I seemed
to score the other one. (As a precocious 10-yo I
imagine I made a nuisance of myself to get it).

He had gone aboard a while before the guests were


allowed on board. I went with my granny and tried
in vain to find his room, gave up and came down,
having wasted the ticket. My granny wisely decided
to stand at the railing until he came up and met
her. When the ship later pulled away, it was quite a
sight to see hundreds of passengers waving to the
people on the dock.

Thanks to the Israelis, when he returned two years


later, it was on Air India's shiny, newish 707 named
Kanchenjunga (planes had names back then). The
pax used to get a little booklet with tips on how to
use the amenities, e.g. a picture of the AI
maharajah lathering up his beard and holding an
electric razor to it with a note NOT to do this! The
same plane a few years later was carrying Homi
Bhabha the atomic reactor supremo when it crashed
on Mont Blanc...
12/19/2005 1:08 AM
In the early 70s, there used to be a ship owned by
CY Tung (father of the HK boss Tung Chee Hwa)
called the SeaWise (get it?) University. It sailed
around the world with a bunch of rich kids who got
one hell of a geography education.

We heard from someone that you could get a


visitor's pass to see the ship from Mackinnon
Mackenzie (who else?). So I went to have a look. I
had never seen a green blackboard before, so that
was an education in itself. There was a tuck shop
selling all sorts of phoren sweets and gum but it
was shut. Then we came down in time to see the
rich kids returning to the ship with some local
souvenirs.
Ash
I still remember what looked like a dark Sardar
teenager being grabbed by the police as he tried to
get on board. It turned out that he was a black
American kid who had bought a turban. No wonder,
turban on head = Sardarji, right? They were not
amused.

Some years later, the Seawise University caught fire


and was wrecked.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seawise_University
@ milind 12/19/2005 2:23 AM
I live in Borivali and thankfully there are still some
sparrows to be seen around. Have lost the squirrels
though.
Advait
Dental hygiene 12/19/2005 2:28 AM
In high school one of my friends was Rustom
Avasia, the brightest kid in the class. His parents
Banoo and Minoo were dentists and had their
business at home in Tapia Building near Sir
Hurkisondas Hospital. The drill was operated with a
foot pedal. Thankfully I was not a patient of theirs.

Ash When I went to the countryside, a toothbrush was a


twig that one chewed to get the end fibrous and
then you savaged your gums with it.
Some people used Colgate Tooth Powder, which you
placed on your left palm and used your right index
finger to apply it to your teeth.

Sometimes we used a black tooth powder called


Monkey Chaap. It was made from charcoal and
camphor and it's a miracle I have any teeth left.

When I went to NZ and checked in at the dental


school in Dunedin for a free checkup, the professor
called all the students to look at my teeth. I feared
the worst, but he told the students "See what a
healthy set of teeth looks like.".

One year and a few non-veg meals later, I had four


molar fillings! It would seem that my Bombay
regimen of eating veg food and washing my hands
and gargling afterwards was good for the teeth, but
I wasn't as good with cleaning my teeth after my