Saturday, 26 March 2016

Revisiting Those Childhood Sundays


Unlike these days, Sundays in the early Nineties  were kind of different. It was fun day for us, we played lot of cricket at the nearby playground. Sundays were comparatively relaxing for my mother. The other days must had been tough for her as far as mornings were concerned, breakfast, lunch boxes for three kids and also for my father. On Sundays it was my father who used to wake up first in the house. He never missed Rangoli, an Indian music television series aired on DD National every Sunday morning.  The Bollywood songs played during Rangoli those days had a typical pattern. It usually started with a classic song from a Black & White movie.  My father was crazy for such songs and sometimes even loved to repeat the words after the singer, usually when there’s no one around. Every Rangoli episode included couple of Kishore Kumar melodies, and the program usually ended with a latest Bollywood super hit song. Well, I always tried not to miss the last one.

After Rangoli we had a few minutes of privacy for breakfast. Soon, our TV room started to get filled one by one, mostly by strangers and some known faces. This was the kind of situation which people who grew up in the early Nineties in small towns might have experienced. TV was still considered a luxury those days. Those were Pre Cable TV days and Doordarshan (DD) dominated the way people were entertained. Everyone just eagerly waited to watch Mahabharat  which was aired in the Sunday morning time slot. Mahabharat  is considered to be one of the longest work of its kind in the world. The epic contain about 110,000 couplets in eighteen sections. There is also a 19th section named Harivamsha. The Bhagavadgita, a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna, is a part of the Mahabharata. It’s a very interesting mythological story with lot of action and thrill. Each episode ran for approximately 45 minutes and began with a title song that consisted of lyrical content and two verses from the Bhagavad Gita. The title song was sung by singer Mahendra Kapoor. The title song was followed by a narration by Indian voice artist Harish Bhimani of a personification of Time, detailing the current circumstances and highlighting the spiritual significance of the content of the episode.

As soon as Mahabharat ended we rushed to the playground. Within minutes everyone would be on the ground. We played cricket for the next three to four hours, and then returned home. After bath we used to enjoy the Sunday special sumptuous meal, and  immediately after lunch I would enter the TV room. I could remember few glimpses of the 'News for Hearing Impaired' on TV.  Immediately after the News they would telecast a regional movie with English subtitles.  I remember watching regional movies, particularly Assamese,  Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi on Sunday afternoons. Some of those were award-winning movies.  But after watching for an hour we again used to go to the playground and played cricket for another couple of hours.

When we returned home in the early hours of evening we would watch the last part of ‘The World of Sport’. It was a sports program that was aired every Sunday afternoon anchored by the legends like Anupam Gulati and Dr Narottam Puri. I had very little time to get fresh, followed by evening snacks. I had to finish my food in a hurry as I could hear the title song of ‘Vikram Aur Betaal’. It was the serial I never missed. The series contained stories from Indian mythology which were presented in an entertaining way. The concept of the program was based on Baital Pachisi, a collection of tales about the legendary King Vikramāditya and the Vaitaala, a ghost.



After ‘Vikram Aur Betaal’, just like morning once again our TV room got occupied by strangers and known faces. Everyone just waited for the Sunday evening movie. DD used to broadcast only one movie per week. Usually they used to telecast old movies but on some occasions they showed recent ones as well. Sunday evenings were like festival, celebration time, and friends and neighbors used to participate together. But as far as I remember there were very few Sunday movies which we watched from start to end. Every time the power would go off and we all went out for a gossip session. As soon as the power came back everyone rushed to the TV room once again. 



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23 comments:

  1. And mowgli! And mile sur mera tumhara! Your post brought back so many memories!

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    1. Yes Mowgli :) "mile sur mera tumhara" is a song I guess. Glad you enjoyed the post and could refresh your good old memories. Thanks a lot for dropping by, Priyanka.

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  2. I can still recall all those old serials which we used to watch when we were kids........ #feelingnostalgic

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    1. Aha, long time :) Yes, old TV serials were quite good actually.

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  3. Ah that Doordarshan sign! I so fondly remember running to my neighbor's house to watch Rangoli :) Great post..Brought a smile to my face this morning :)

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    1. Yes, watching TV with neighbors was fun those days :) Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for dropping by, Hema!!

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  4. And I remember johnny and the flying robot and Star Trek which were my favourites!!

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    1. I remember there was one Indian version of Star Trek, Sigma I guess :) Thanks a lot for dropping by, Bhavani.

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  5. Mowgli! Dekh Bhai Dekh, Shrimaan Shrimati, Vikram Betaal.. the list is endless.. such a nostalgic post! Thanks for this beautiful flashback!

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    1. Yes, old DD serials were so nice. I watch sometimes on youtube, but watching such serials those days were different. Glad you enjoyed the flashback :) Thanks a lot for dropping by, Divsi.

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  6. I'm glad that you had a happy childhood.

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    1. So nice of you Carlyn :) Yes, I really had a happy childhood. Thanks for dropping by!!

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  7. nostalgiccccccccccccccccccccccc... brought back to many memories .. while in school we were allowed to watch an hour of TV on sunday morning and Star Trek use to come then...

    We had such lovely funny beuaitful serials then and look at the class now .. inspite of technological advances the state of our Tv and serials have gone back so many many years ...

    who can forget hum log , or buniyaad and dekh bhai dekh.. and even the college student life serials...


    Bikram's

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    1. Glad you liked the post Bikram sir :) Fortunately for me there was no strict one hour TV kind of rule, at least on Sundays. Yes, old serials were too good, down to earth kind of. Humor was also great, remember Fatichar, Tenali Rama, Flop show, Mungeri Lal ke Hasin Sapne and all. Thanks a lot or dropping by, Bikram sir.

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  8. Nostalgic indeed! reminded of good old days! :D

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Deepa :) Thanks a lot for dropping by.

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  9. Oh those lovely days from back then. One wishes they could be relived forever!

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    1. Yes Rakesh, those lovely Sundays we can cherish for ever. Thanks a lot for dropping by!!

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  10. Thanks for sharing.. Nice article..

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    1. Thanks Arun :) Glad you liked the post.

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  11. Interesting post, brought back a sweet memories...

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post and could refresh your good old memories :)

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