60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India

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60 Things That Defined:

60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In   India

Getting a brand new geometry box was the only good thing about the end of the summer.:

Getting a brand new geometry box was the only good thing about the end of the summer.

And thats also when Nataraj suddenly became everyone’s best friend.:

And thats also when Nataraj suddenly became everyone’s best friend.

This is how you decided whether someone deserved your friendship, love, affection, marriage, enmity, or sisterhood.:

This is how you decided whether someone deserved your friendship, love, affection, marriage, enmity, or sisterhood.

There were a lot of top notch beverages competing for your attention:

There were a lot of top notch beverages competing for your attention

But, after a long day of school, nothing was more refreshing than a chilled glass of this::

But, after a long day of school, nothing was more refreshing than a chilled glass of this:

You didn’t have Halloween, but all the “Fancy Dress” parties more than made up for it.:

You didn’t have Halloween, but all the “Fancy Dress” parties more than made up for it.

This was the #1 use of doorways in your house::

This was the #1 use of doorways in your house:

And you were a pro at climbing up any mango tree, ever, no matter how tall.:

And you were a pro at climbing up any mango tree, ever, no matter how tall.

Everyone had an ugly, metal Godrej almirah somewhere in their house.:

Everyone had an ugly, metal Godrej almirah somewhere in their house.

This dude was terrifying and you genuinely had nightmares about him. Thanks, Onida.:

This dude was terrifying and you genuinely had nightmares about him. Thanks, Onida.

But this girl – so relevant, so witty – was (and is) your rolemodel.:

But this girl – so relevant, so witty – was (and is) your rolemodel.

Lunch =:

Lunch =

Carried inside of::

Carried inside of:

You could recognize these smells anywhere, anytime.:

You could recognize these smells anywhere, anytime.

And you’ll never forget what the solution to a “Kamar dard” is::

And you’ll never forget what the solution to a “ K amar dard ” is:

You became a pro at painting and repainting these stylish Batas every few weeks.:

You became a pro at painting and repainting these stylish Batas every few weeks .

This is what Sundays looked like::

This is what Sundays looked like:

You caused your middle finger some serious harm trying to get good at this::

You caused your middle finger some serious harm trying to get good at this:

And you knew the first line of every song, from all your bus antakshari sessions.:

And you knew the first line of every song, from all your bus antakshari sessions.

When everyone had a badminton phase, the coolest kids had Yonex racquets.:

When everyone had a badminton phase, the coolest kids had Yonex racquets.

For most of your childhood, you thought this phrase legitimately meant something.:

For most of your childhood, you thought this phrase legitimately meant something .

Same with this bizarre approach to population control::

Same with this bizarre approach to population control:

This was the secret of your energy.:

This was the secret of your energy.

Unless, of course, you were one of these people::

Unless, of course, you were one of these people:

Or into one of these::

Or into one of these:

Your birthday, A reason to wear your nicest outfit to school, and hand out candy to everyone.:

Your birthday, A reason to wear your nicest outfit to school, and hand out candy to everyone.

This was the most delicious thing that anyone could possibly cook in two minutes::

This was the most delicious thing that anyone could possibly cook in two minutes :

Seriously, every time you saw this happen on TV, you needed it to happen for you in real life.:

Seriously, every time you saw this happen on TV, you needed it to happen for you in real life .

“Elemenopee” was the longest letter in the alphabet.:

“Elemenopee” was the longest letter in the alphabet .

Power cuts were a glorious time when you were exempt from doing homework and had no choice but to go outside and play in the dark.:

Power cuts were a glorious time when you were exempt from doing homework and had no choice but to go outside and play in the dark.

As difficult as these were to get open, they were always worth it::

As difficult as these were to get open, they were always worth it:

And these > M&Ms.:

And these > M&Ms.

Thanks to your various school uniforms, you know words like “culottes” and “pinafores.”:

Thanks to your various school uniforms, you know words like “culottes” and “pinafores.”

Unless you had one of these stiff-dupatta uniforms.:

Unless you had one of these stiff- dupatta uniforms.

Either way, “color dress” or “free dress” days were the best days.:

Either way, “color dress” or “free dress” days were the best days .

You learned patience by waiting for your sparklers to light on Diwali.:

You learned patience by waiting for your sparklers to light on Diwali.

(That patience came in handy while reloading this questionable toy.):

(That patience came in handy while reloading this questionable toy.)

And you honed your reflexes by dodging water balloons on holi.:

And you honed your reflexes by dodging water balloons on holi .

There was one of these somewhere in the city, and you got to go there when you needed special books.:

There was one of these somewhere in the city, and you got to go there when you needed special books.

This godsend, masquerading as a digestive pill, was the most delicious thing you would ever eat.:

This godsend, masquerading as a digestive pill, was the most delicious thing you would ever eat.

“Akar bakar Bombay bo…”:

“ Akar bakar Bombay bo …”

These were the most superior “soft drinks.”:

These were the most superior “soft drinks.”

These men were in your living room more often than most of your family was.:

These men were in your living room more often than most of your family was.

There was nothing in the world as mouth-meltingly soft as a Marie Biscuit dipped in hot chai.:

There was nothing in the world as mouth-meltingly soft as a Marie Biscuit dipped in hot chai.

Amar Chitra Katha’s Birbal was the smartest person you’d ever heard of.:

Amar Chitra Katha’s Birbal was the smartest person you’d ever heard of.

Whenever a relative came back from a trip abroad, you invariably were gifted some of these::

Whenever a relative came back from a trip abroad, you invariably were gifted some of these:

You could recognize this kid anywhere::

You could recognize this kid anywhere:

Everyone became an expert boat-maker during the monsoon.:

Everyone became an expert boat-maker during the monsoon.

Every Indian girl secretly tried these on from her mom’s stash.:

Every Indian girl secretly tried these on from her mom’s stash .

And every Indian boy regularly “borrowed” some of this from his dad:

And every Indian boy regularly “borrowed” some of this from his dad

One hour of your school week was dedicated to social service or “Socially Useful Productive Work.”:

One hour of your school week was dedicated to social service or “Socially Useful Productive Work .”

This was a classic torture device used by moms::

This was a classic torture device used by moms :

This cigarette-shaped candy, as problematic as it is in hindsight, made you feel cool as hell::

This cigarette-shaped candy, as problematic as it is in hindsight, made you feel cool as hell :

Before you knew what the word “ambassador” meant, this is all it was::

Before you knew what the word “ambassador” meant, this is all it was :

You could finish a box of these in one sitting::

You could finish a box of these in one sitting :

When some well-meaning relative bought you a laser pointer, you used it to terrorize your neighbors for weeks.:

When some well-meaning relative bought you a laser pointer, you used it to terrorize your neighbors for weeks .

You will never forget the tune of the “washing powder Nirma” song.:

You will never forget the tune of the “washing powder Nirma ” song .

You couldn’t wait to lick your fingers clean after eating these…:

You couldn’t wait to lick your fingers clean after eating these …

You learned all your business skills by trading cricket cards…:

You learned all your business skills by trading cricket cards …

You had these stacks of classic soundtracks somewhere in your house.:

You had these stacks of classic soundtracks somewhere in your house .

Around sixth grade, everyone’s hands were constantly covered in ink from learning how to use these::

Around sixth grade, everyone’s hands were constantly covered in ink from learning how to use these :

And in seventh grade, everyone got Slam Books and found out who their true friends were.:

And in seventh grade, everyone got Slam Books and found out who their true friends were .

Managing to squeeze a full-sized cricket game into a gully of any width was everyone’s special skill.:

Managing to squeeze a full-sized cricket game into a gully of any width was everyone’s special skill .

Nobody seemed to ever buy these matchboxes, but there were always some lying around.:

Nobody seemed to ever buy these matchboxes, but there were always some lying around .

This was the most tedious back-to-school activity::

This was the most tedious back-to-school activity :

Touching your distant relatives’ feet was an investment well worth the returns.:

Touching your distant relatives’ feet was an investment well worth the returns .

You felt like a professional acrobat every time you climbed into these top berths.:

You felt like a professional acrobat every time you climbed into these top berths .

And if you ever overexerted yourself with any physical activity, there was always a white powdery savior::

And if you ever overexerted yourself with any physical activity, there was always a white powdery savior :

Every Independence Day, you proudly pinned the tricolor to your school uniform…:

Every Independence Day, you proudly pinned the tricolor to your school uniform …

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