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14 May 2011

Things to make you feel old (if you grew up in India)

Judging from my last post and this one, I’m filled with nostalgia these days. I think that’s the effect of summer in Delhi, which I haven’t done in YEARS. Reading this list online, made me think I should do a similar one for people born in India. Feel free to add on in the comments!

1) I'm a Complan boy, I'm a Complan girl!
And then they grew up big and strong from drinking all that Complan.

2)  Campa Cola:

3) Appu of the Asian Games (he was on my 3rd birthday cake!)
And now (look how jazzy he got)
4) Stretch jeans went out and came back into fashion
5) Thankfully, the shoulder pad remains elusive:
6) Remember her?
This is what she looks like now (psst: she’s 35)
7)  This happened 17 years ago:

8) That’s also when she died and it was all over the press:
9) Attitude is everything:
10) She is now 45.
He’s 56:
And she used to be adorable:
And grew up HAWT.
11)  Hamma, hamma hamma hamma.
Not so hamma:
12) Yeaaaaaaah. Baba Sehgal.
13) And Apache Indian. (Who recently performed at Blue Frog).
Who now looks like this:
14) Remember how we were convinced the LD would replace the video cassette? And all those people went out and bought expensive LD systems and I was all jealous because my parents didn’t see the point? WHO’S LAUGHING NOW, BITCHES?
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images (2)

And a picture of me in 1983 and 2011, just for fun. (No, I don’t know what I was pointing at either.) (But that’s the kind of swimsuit I’ve been searching for).

That’s about all I can think of, for the moment. I’m sure I’ll edit and add more stuff to this later. In the meanwhile, add what you can think of, and I’ll see if I can hunt out images.


  1. eM,
    The Complan boy is not Aftab, it is Shahid Kapoor

  2. oh lord. i so didnt need this, less that 28 days days form turning 24!

    o.l.d is right.


  3. viva la gen x!

    not sure about the LD thing..LD's were never quite the craze in Bangalore.....cassettes and cd's...that was the progression

  4. V soon CDs will be a past with the speed they are being replaced by other music devices. Check this youtube link
    Amir, Aishwarya and Mahima in Pepsi ad of yesteryrs. Amir now proudly endorses Coke..:-)

  5. I also grew up watching Mahabharat on DD on Sundays, and singing "jungle jungle pata chala hain, chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai"

    1. gud 1!!!! me too..i love thos moments....

  6. Nice collection. We are now old enought to say, "Jab ham chhote they. .."
    I never realised how much older I am actually getting!

  7. ooh i think u looked majorly cute in ur kidde photo ...and ditto now :-)

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  9. Here ya go. This bathing suit looks pretty similar. My shopping addiction should help someone.

  10. Nice post!! You looked so cute!
    Have been meaning to comment on your blog since ages! Love it!
    By the way, I absolutely LOVED Confessions of a Listmaniac. Being a teen myself it's so rare to find a Indian YA book which you connect with. Neither kiddie nor OTT!

  11. India in the 90's- Highly underrated. Great post.
    And whoohoo HOOOO on the swimsuit. Too much cuteness :)

  12. I love this post so much!!!! Thank you for posting it. :)

  13. I love this post so much!!!! Thank you for posting it. :)

  14. I've always wanted an Indian version of that list!!

    But I guess I'm too young for most of these stuff. Campa Cola? Huh?

    But yeah the baby picture of you is ADORABLE. Definitely up there on cutest baby pictures ever! :)

  15. gah. a reminder of becoming old. as it is i find myself prefacing statements with "When i was young..." :P
    however, awesome list! especially the last picture. adorable :)

  16. Check out this Etsy Shop -

    Plenty of retro red polka dot swimsuits handmade!

  17. Aishwarya Rai after 17 years... Still hot and photoshopped!

  18. Gosh she really did grow BIG drinking Complan!!

  19. Awwww really does make me feel old! But I didnt grow up in India so would love to know what 'The Indian virgin needs no urgin' is!! Hahahahha what a tagline!

  20. aww.. nice post !! made me go back to my childhood days...
    when we used to just remembr 7 digit landline numbers of those close to us..
    now we hav 1000s of 10 digit ph numbers on our contact list whom we hardly call...

    btw u luk cute in dat swimsuit!!:)

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  22. Nostalgic posts are always wonderful. Now the times are different, children grow so fast. The best thing to interact with people of you age is they share more or less same nostalgic feelings and same taste in childhood.....

    I have written one similar post, Advertisements: i grew watching. CHeco out, i am sure you like the ads especially, dairy milk, sunny scooty, liril...

  23. ^^^ Ah,my first comment in the last 3 yrs at your blog!

  24. Here's my list of things:

    1) Mahabharat
    2) Duck Tales (Uncle Scrooge diving into the pool of gold) and Tales Spin (Balloooooooo)
    4) Ali baba aur Chaalis chor
    5) Evening TV time in the following order - the 3 stooges, silver spoon, different strokes, I Dream of Jeanie and Bewitched
    6) Fatafat golis, Chiklets, Big babol
    7) Chacha Chaudhary, Pinki, Nagaraj
    9) Saturday eve feature film, Chitrahaar, Surabhi, Rangoli
    10) WWF Trump Cards

    Im soooo nostalgic :)


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