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This wonderful  Bollywood themed Blog Hop triggered the voice of my soul and musical memories flooded  my mind.

The past holds soothing memories that enliven my present.

After all  “ Har Ghadi Badal Rahi hai Roop Zindagi….”

My childhood memories are soaked with lilting tunes of Bollywood songs which I heard either on the radio or through my father’s enviable collection of cassettes. Radio programmes based on songs, narration of a movie’s story, cricket commentaries etc were much awaited. Cassettes were either bought or recorded. After hearing them for the umpteenth time I eventually remembered the next song that would play in a particular cassette. It was joyous to rewind and listen to my favorite song again and again.

Life was very simple then.

With the advent of television came Chitrahaar, Rangoli and the Sunday movie. Pin drop silence and concentration were mandatory.

How can I forget Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana? As kids we were given the duty to adjust the antenna.

Sunday mornings reverberated with the sound of “Signal aaya kya ????”

“Nahi!!!!!Thoda aur ghuma antenna”.

After numerous adjustments we would happily settle for the poor reception. Patience was a virtue then. Can you imagine anyone sitting peacefully today, if they did not get what they wanted?

Families and neighbours gathered around the TV sets for these programmes. Nowadays  people do not even sit  together at the dining table.

Family gatherings were incomplete without a lively Antakshari session. It would eventually end in heated arguments about the lyrics. The starting letter of the song would be debated earnestly. These memories still bring a smile on my face.

Animated conversations based on a new movie, or a song and its lyrics were an interesting part of our life . If someone had watched the movie in the theatre he was equivalent to God! Each detail of the movie was discussed, dissected and savoured. It brought people of varied age groups together.

Music is after all the universal language of mankind.

No matter how accessible songs and movies have become now, I still hold on to the memories of a life where we celebrated moments.

So much has changed since then. No wonder “Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jate hai jo mukam,wo phir nahi aate.…”

How can I forget the photographs taken by my Kodak camera. One reel would take 36 photographs. Thanks to it I have numerous albums full of memories of togetherness. In fact getting the photographs developed was another source of excitement. It broke our heart if they did not come out well.

Life was simple and contentment was easy to achieve. Small things gave immense joy.

Today, as I sit warmly snuggled in a blanket on a snowy January evening in Shimla, sipping a fragrant cup of kahwa,various questions arise in my mind.

When we bought our Radio-cum-Cassette player a license was needed. I wish it was mandatory right now too, looking at the negative effects of free access to media.

Where have these joyous moments disappeared in the mad rush for unrealistic achievements?

Why have we drifted apart from each other and hidden behind the facade of social media?

Come on friends in this New Year – 2020 let us resolve to celebrate each moment of our life….

This post is a part of #ALPxGUN BlogHop #BollyExpress hosted by Alpana andPraGun and sponsored by – UnorthodoxpeepsRangPotliExploreKidsWorldSoulfulFood and Praggatti Rao

#ALPxGUN BollyExpress Bloghop

Published by Pashmeena Chowdhary

May you live in such a way,that others will say,"She is a woman,who though ordinary,somehow stands out and has a beautiful story to tell." 😊 (Daisaku Ikeda)


  1. I loved the line, I still hold on to the memories of a life where we celebrated moments. your post is so refreshing and it has opened the gate of memories. I also remember recoding songs in a cassette so that all the ones I loved were there! Then rewinding and listening to them so I could remember the lyrics. What lovely and simple days. I miss them. You are right, we have set u realistic expectations and miss the simple yet beautiful things. I simply loved your post!! Thanks for this

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  2. Wow, pashmeena such nostalgic post you had written.
    The rewinding of cassette and antenna ka adjustment, chitrahar, rangoli ke gaane and kodak capture moments.
    You actually took me back to those simple yet fulfilling moments of life. I’m sure gonna open my box of pics & cassettes today to refresh the days.
    Glad to have your post on #ALPxGUN #BollyExpress.

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    1. This was the best post I read today,took me to my childhood n also letting me know his small n simple things mattered. Loved Ur style of writing. This write up was too gud

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  3. Hi Pashmeena, I love and remember those times. I used to wait for Sundays and watch Mogli and sing along ‘Jungle jungle baat chali hai pata chala ki jaddi pehen ke phool khila hai phool khila hai’
    Oh my god, miss them so badly.

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  4. Ooo.. Pashmeena, Kya bolu? Your post made me nostalgic. It brought smile on my face but with a touch of emotions overflowing. You captured every details so beautifully. I often tell my daughter about these things and those golden days. Lovely post. Simple yet heartfelt. Thanks for writing it and also for participating in #ALPxGUN #BollyExpress

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  5. Feeling Nostalgic…..Loved your post Pashmeena, After reading I am still roaming into my childhood days, feel of those Sundays is badly missing now a days. Wish could rewind some moments of our life.

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  6. A trip down the memory lane… nostalgic …… there was constant smile on my face as i was exported to my childhood days…so well written… keep it up…

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  7. Lovely write up…….A thought provoking conclusion….we we have really drifted apart from each other and finding refuge in social media. There is loneliness creeping deep in the lives of the people. Your post is a reminder of the golden period that I as a child was fortunate to have. Bollywood songs specially of our times…timeless classics still alive within us. Possessing the maximum number and the latest cassettes was a proud gesture. We wouldn’t think even in dreams living without those most valuable possession but where did they disappear proving that nothing is permanent but only the change is. Loved your post and revived many memories and moments……….

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  8. Thanks ma’am 😍😍😍😍 for taking us back to our lovely childhood days..adjusting anteena…I hv done it many times…we had time for everything…but today we are so busy making more friends on social media…rather than spending time with people who are close to us…

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  9. Chitrahaar, Ramayan… These are things long forgotten somewhere in the daily grind. Good you brought it up. So many memories attached with them. The signal, yes…
    These simple pleasures are completely missing

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  10. What a lovely post that took me to my childhood.. It is so sweet how most of us who were born in the 80’s lived such a similar childhood..Those were some good times

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  11. Wow Pashmeena, ye kya kya yaad dilaa diya aapne. So many memories, tape recorder, cassettes, that reel wala camera, reel ko wash karvane k liye dena, Ramanand Sagar ki Ramayan (uske jaisi dubara nahin bani). Just wow!!!

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  12. Ma’am wow. U rolled me in the memories that i had in the school with my friends and my childhood friends. Though i left the school but those memories will never be forgotten……
    U really made me emotional 🥺🥺

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      1. There were more memories that we had together in class 9 though i have read from u only for one year but that year was so adorable ❤️💙

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  13. Great Pashmeena! Simple yet soulful writeup. Each line was easily relatable taking me back to olden golden days.
    Recently while clicking pics with mobile I was just remebering that how those 24 or 36 photos clicked from a Kodak camera were a priceless possession as compared to today’s sea of photographs.

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  14. Wow diiii…. Amazing post….. Went to flashback when we use to adjust the antenna, watching chitrahaar, getting up on Sunday morning to watch Rangoli n many more things

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