An Old Curiosity Stop

Silverine has tagged me on her ingenious new idea. Its the Wonder Years Tag as she calls it. She says wonder years is from 1-12, though for me things were pretty clear then and the wonder years are now. But Silverine’s property rights are Silverine’s property rights and here I go.

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”

Badly wanted to put this out here for a long time. The tag continues,

Rules :

1. Write 8-10 things about childhood that you miss.
2. Write 8-10 things that you disliked about childhood.
3. Tag a few people.

“childhood is 1-12 years ” – Silverine, proprietor.


What I miss about childhood

1. Our kids gang used to have these early afternoon fishing trips to the streams nearby. Never caught much fish , but it was fun and we had lot of bubble-gums.

2. Festivals at the local temples used to be our licence to stay out at night. It was fun with the open air movies, mimicry shows and all those big elephants. This was before cable TV.

3. Our gang had a hideout – an old house – where we stored all our illicit stuff like chewing gums, guns, hotwheels, trump cards, Debonair mags et al. My friends dad razed the place back in ’95.

4. Those temple elephants. They ate like hell and bathed for hours,we used to sit and watch.

5. I dont know where I lost it, but I was a pretty good story teller. My friend and me used to fake hollywood movie stories which obviously the lesser mortals wouldnt have watched. All our stories had Babu Antony and Jackie Chan as heros.

6. At my Grandparent’s, they had cows and hens and dogs and rabbits and lovebirds. It was like some zoo down there for the city dweller moi. Both of them are not there now. I miss them.

7. I miss the serenity of those late evenings when Amma used to switch off the lights, light the lamp and chant her prayers. The smell of fresh cinthol on me and sandalwood around. After running away from her all day long, finally I snuggle close to her.

8. I had all the time in this world. Gaze at those awesome pics in the pile of books dad used to buy every month, make all kinds of crazy elephants with clay, play football in the rain, play with my big crazy dog and still it would be just time for lunch.

9. My kid brother and me acted as if we were some two men mafia. Omerta n stuff – no secrets divulged to parents or anybody else. Ya, this is still the same.

10. The gang – the whole gang in temple road.We shifted when I was fourteen. I miss them all.

What I disliked about childhood

1. My friends sister – she used to ‘report’ all our stuff to our parents. We used be in lot of trouble because of her over the years. All of us hated her guts. We used call her ‘Dakini‘ – the witch.

2. We had these gangs everywhere – sometimes it was crazy with leader, vice-leader n all. I missed out on a lot of would-have-been friends ’cause of this in school and at home.

3. Drinking milk . yuk !

4. Some stupid calvin stuff like the poster in our hideout “girls and dogs should not come inside the hideout” – it was just meant for my friends sister but overall we missed out on some very pretty girls ’cause of this attitude.

5. I hated it when Amma called me a daylight robber for small leaks from the grocery bill. How did she expect us to get those nets and hotwheels and guns. mallu blondes never get it.

6. School. Thank you for everything but not again.

7. Visiting relatives’ houses. “Shalini ammayi is pregnant, I’m going there,dress up and come” Why should I go, it was so boring ! and why should I be punished for what Jayan uncle did ?

8. Our collection of fourty seven Hotwheels cars were stolen one day. I cried with all my anger. My friends sister was up there in her balcony. I yelled at her “you will die, surely die, edi kalli patti” . It wasn’t that poor soul and I knew that. That day I got lynched by mom and surprisingly Dakini came with her mother and saved me. She said I didnt use any bad words. Once and for all we made peace with each other. Nowadays I call her chechi instead of Dakini. But I hate all that happened that day and I still dont have a clue where the cars went.

Now the cruel part, I tag –

1. Alex
2. Velu
3. Bombay Dosti
4. Alice
5. Starry
6. Neermathalam

Do it guys, its fun !!

22 Responses to An Old Curiosity Stop

  1. silverine November 3, 2006 at 3:35 am #

    No 7 on your hate lits: ROFLMAO :))

    I felt bad when I read about the cars being stolen. I lost 110 Golden Key comics, the daffy duck, bugs bunny et all comics. I still don’t know who took them. It was precious because I had bought them with my pocket money πŸ™ So I know how you must have felt.

    I was a champion thorthu fishergal, my record is yet unbroken :p My grandparents place is still a zoo and I still love those animals πŸ™‚

    Really good read!

  2. alex November 3, 2006 at 4:57 am #

    So sad, pretty girls didnt come to your hideout.;)

    You had debonair magazines, back in childhood(1-12yrs), eh??????

    Great man. LoL.hahhahah

    Yes, a cruel tag, Will try to retch out all that i rememebr as soon as possible. πŸ™‚

  3. Anonymous November 3, 2006 at 6:06 am #

    Man …. you are just awesome !!!!!!!!

    You made my day. ;)))))

    ~NJ

  4. Jiby November 3, 2006 at 9:10 am #

    aah…u made me nostalgic…i feel like crying over all that lost innocence. maybe some day we will relive it through our children.

  5. alex November 3, 2006 at 9:10 am #

    The tag has been completed with cruelty. πŸ™‚

  6. silverine November 3, 2006 at 5:56 pm #

    p.s forgot to add…the picture of the cute lil gal is really awesome ! πŸ™‚

  7. starry nights November 3, 2006 at 5:56 pm #

    very well done tag. took me on a trip down your childhood. Thanks for tagging me .I will try and do it Asap. Missed out on the pretty girls because of the sign. when we played we put up signs also, saying only girls allowed. maybe missed out seeing some interesting boys also. thanks made me laugh.

  8. b v n November 4, 2006 at 12:09 am #

    silverine, fishing seems to be everyone’s favourite πŸ™‚ and it was a great tag for sure. its one of my fav photos πŸ™‚

    Alex, there was one pretty sixty yr old girl who used come for cleaning the place :). btw did I say Debonair, i meant Balarama and thnks for taking it up dude

    Nina, Thank you πŸ™‚

  9. b v n November 4, 2006 at 12:14 am #

    Jiby, true sir….but somehow i feel more nostalgic abt campus,its like more memories out there

    Starry, thank you and you are too good at tags, so looking fwd to it. Not just the sign,girls used to play stupid games back then.but then some of them were pretty πŸ™‚

  10. Arjun Ramakrishnan November 4, 2006 at 12:52 pm #

    really enjoyed reading this…

  11. Velu Nair November 4, 2006 at 8:22 pm #

    Hehehe… I loved milk!! πŸ˜‰ Was the odd one out among all my friends who hated it like anything!!
    πŸ™‚

    Which reminds me of something else that u mentioned – TIME!! Strange indeed, now that u bring it to my notice. There was so much of it, an awesome lot of it, to be spent lazing around. Ah! Miss those times, so much. And now I do nothing, and still have no time left…..

    Theres nothing cruel abt tagging me with this one, if u ask me. I am sure I am gonna love it!! Would be taking it up righto!!
    πŸ˜€

  12. Bombay Dosti November 4, 2006 at 9:42 pm #

    Thanks for the blog. Although I started it with a bored calvin look, by the time i reached my tenth point, I was loving it, imagining – na, reliving those special moments of my life and today I just realised they were special moments – all those daily moments of a sweet childhood. thanks again

  13. abhishek November 5, 2006 at 5:34 am #

    “Shalini ammayi is pregnant, I’m going there,dress up and come” Why should I go, it was so boring ! and why should I be punished for what Jayan uncle did ?”

    That was the clincher.

    Where did you get that picture? It’s just awesome.

  14. alex November 5, 2006 at 6:47 pm #

    I see you have got a liking for 60 year old. πŸ˜‰ LOL

  15. Neers November 6, 2006 at 5:07 am #

    ur childhood definitely sounds fun… but it wud be.. if u are in god’s own country!!

  16. b v n November 6, 2006 at 6:13 am #

    Arjun, thank you !! and welcome πŸ™‚

    Velu, well said and looking fwd to your piece πŸ™‚ “And now I do nothing, and still have no time left.” – Amen !

    Bombay Dosti, your tag was reely nice ! glad to know you enjoyed it.

    Abishek, i hope my mother never reads this…nor does shalini ammayi πŸ™‚

    Alex, i need to be more careful with you dude…LOL

    Neers, it sure was fun…then we had bad times too but hell, no curfew πŸ™‚

  17. alex November 6, 2006 at 4:22 pm #

    πŸ˜‰ LoL

  18. Neers November 8, 2006 at 7:11 am #

    n why dont you read?? πŸ™

  19. Velu Nair November 12, 2006 at 7:30 am #

    Came around looking for a new post!
    Where art thou??
    πŸ™‚

  20. b v n November 12, 2006 at 7:44 am #

    maashe, i’m trying out something on my other blog :)..ellatinum koodi samayam kittande πŸ™

  21. neihal November 22, 2006 at 8:16 am #

    nice tag.
    one new thing I learnt abt you from this tag…you love elephants.
    of all the memories from my gang days …the one that stands out the most…is when I slapped this girl so hard…she had to be hospitalised…no kidding…and as ashamed I am …I have to admit I felt very proud of it.

  22. Sasi Kumar December 15, 2006 at 7:24 pm #

    interesting

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