Do you remember the respite that drinking Mom’s Rasana and Grandma’s Shikanji provided in the sweltering heat of summer? And wasn't it just wonderful how Milkshake and Roohafza Milk replaced the distasteful Milk?
*Sigh, good old days*
Nothing can compare to leaving home at daybreak and returning in the evening after a fun-filled day playing Cricket, Football, Kho-Kho, Ice Water, Chain-Chain, Hide-and-Seek, Pakdam Pakdai in the Sun.
We all remember the numerous hours spent reading comics, don’t we? Oh, how Archie and his Friends fascinated us with their enviable American lifestyle, and how Champak, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha transported us to a world where animals spoke! Chacha Chowdhary fascinated us with his fantastic adventures, and Tintin and Asterix took us to lands far beyond.
We've all watched Godzilla and Jurassic Park on those bulky, black video cassettes. What fun it was renting and watching movies on the VCR with the whole Family crowded around the TV! Nostalgia much?
Back in the days when technology hadn't stolen us away from ourselves, playing Carrom, Ludo, Saanp-Seedi, Antakshari and Dumb Charades with Family was how we survived long power cuts and many warm, lazy nights.
Cousins are our first friends. Surely, we all have fond memories tucked into bed with cousins of all sizes and shapes, giggling at whispered jokes, making shapes on the wall, and the game of cards before bed. Also not to forget the tents we made out of bed-sheets and trying to be all creative with ideas bursting out of our excitements!
Chances are we all had our little walk-man that we so loved and treasured. Don’t we miss roaming around the house plugged into our walk-man and pretending to be deaf to the world? And I’m sure we've all played Daler Mehendi songs on the ‘deck’, and danced to ‘Tunak Tunak Tun’ with friends.
Summer Holidays of those days were a time spent close to nature. Summer was a time when we felt a sense of freedom, and chose to spend our time out of the house climbing trees, swimming, and running around, being one with nature.
All of us put off doing Holiday Homework until the last day. Who wanted to waste their time solving silly Math problems during vacation? Sure enough, the last week of the holidays turned into a busy time with our Mom and elder siblings frantically making our charts and files.