Thursday, November 27, 2008

Old is Gold – Nostalgic Memories from Doordarshan Era

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I still remember the first time I saw a television. It was on November 2nd, 1984 when my father took us to a house to see the slain body of then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, two days after she was assassinated. There was a huge crowd in that house as it was the only television in the whole area.
Times have changed. From luxury it has become a necessity. If 2 decades back a black and white TV was the order of the day, now a huge TV with so many sophisticated features is the order of the day. Twenty yeas back there was no choice, one television channel – Doordarshan and a standard set of programs. But did I enjoy it? Yes a lot and I feel the quality of programs was more superior to the present.
I was watching on Youtube some of my favorite programs that used to be telecasted in Doordarshan. It brought back so many old memories. The whole family eagerly waited for the weekend so that we can see a movie, eagerly looking out for the name of the movie that is going to be televised, waiting for the news hour, the news anchors like Neethu Ravindran, Githanjali Aiyer where household names – so many memories come and go as I watch these. I am sure those who have grown up watching Doordarshan in that period will also feel the same. Here are some of the old Doordarshan clippings.
I have seen this at least 300 days a year since we bought a TV - the introduction music just before the channel starts airing the programs. Here it is.
Now to know the world news the only option available was the news broadcast in All India Radio and the Doordarshan news at 9.30 pm. Hearing the music just before the news, I used to be present to have a peek at the world news. See how simple the news was with no masalas or sensationalizations.
Those days cricket was like a religion and I was a fanatic follower of it. If I could see Kapil Dev or Gavaskar or Srikanth in an advertisement or in some other program in Doordarshan I could be jumping up with joy. In addition to cricket I used to follow hockey, football and tennis. When Doordarshan made a short film about national unity with the most famous national players my joy knew no bounds. I used to wait for this short film to come mostly as fillers between two programs. See this and enjoy.
Few years later this national unity short film was modified to include the famous film stars, musicians in addition to the players. A beautiful song with meaningful lyrics was composed and that song became my favorite song. Even when you see that song now it hasn’t lost that magic touch.
As fillers a lot of film division short films were televised and my favorite was the one that spread the message “Unity is Strength”. So simple theme, so simple lyrics and music. I just love this.
As a kid I loved watching cartoons and my favorites were Mickey and Donald, Mowgli and He Man and the Master’s of the Universe. Watching the title song of Mowgli and He Man and the Master of the Universe now has literally taken me back to my childhood days.
Every night at 9pm there used to be a Hindi serial: Nukkad on Monday nights, Buniyad on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Ek Kahani on Wednesday night, Yeh Jo Ha Zindagi on Friday nights. Even though I couldn’t understand Hindi well those days I used to watch most of these, especially Nukkad and Yeh Jo Hei Zindagi. They were great serials.
I haven’t traveled a lot across India. But I used to watch Surabhi every week. That helped me to understand India better, our culture better and our people from various states better. Who can forget the anchoring by Renuka Sahane and Siddharth Kak.
I can go on and on. But let me stop it here. For a comprehensive list of programs during this time click here.
Recently I got this forward mail that was really thought provoking. Here is that forward.
How did one survive growing up in the 70's, 80's and 90's?

We had no seatbelts, no airbags
, no toilet papers and sitting in the back of a truck was a treat…
Our baby prams had the most gorgeous lead based colours…
No such thing as tamper proof bottle tops…
Opening kitchen cupboards was a breeze… as safety locks were unheard off…

Cycling was like a breath of fresh air…

No safety helmets, knee pads or elbow pads, with plenty of cardboards between spokes to make it sound like a motorbike…
When thirsty we only drank tap water, bottled water was still a mystery…

We kept busy collecting bits & pieces so we could build all sort of things … and we were fearless on our bikes even when the brakes failed going downhill…

We were showing off how tough we are, by how high we could climb trees & then jumping down….It was great fun….

We could stay out to play for hours, as long as we got back before dark, in time for dinner…

We walked to school, or sometimes we even rode our bike.

We had no mobile phones, but we always managed to find each oth
er….

How? No one knows…

We lost teeth, broke arms & legs, we got cuts and bruises and bloody noses…. nobody complained as we had so much fun, it wasn't anybody's fault, only ours

We ate everything in sight, cakes, bread, chocolate, ice-cream, sweet sugary drinks, yet, we stayed skinny by fooling around.

And if one of us was lucky to find a 1 litre coca cola bottle we all had a swag from it & guess what? Nobody picked up any germs...

We did not have Play Stations, MP3, Nintendo's, I-Pods, Video games, 99 Cable TV channels, DVD's, Home Cinema, Mobile phones, Home Computers, Laptops, Chat-rooms, Internet, etc ... BUT, we had REAL FRIENDS!!!!
We called on friends to come out to play, never rang the doorbell, just went around the back…

We loved being let loose in the big bad world…without bodyguards…

We played with sticks and stones, played cowboys and Indians, doctors and nurses, hide and seek, soccer games, over and over again…

When we failed our exams we were given a second chance by simply repeating the same grade…without visiting psychiatrists, psychologists or counselors…
Such were the days…

We had freedom, success, disappointments and responsibilities. ..

Most of all, we learned to respect others…


Are YOU from that generation?? If that's the case, email this to all your friends from the same era…
Maybe this message will help them forget the stress that surrounds us these days….and just for a few moments puts a smile to their faces as they remember what life was really like in the good old days……

HAVE A SUPER DAY...!!!! with Golden Days Value....!!!!!!!!!

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16 Comments:

Blogger Nikhil Narayanan said...

Hi
Seemed like you ended it abruptly?
Still, good one.

Anyways, a compilation here
http://plz-dont-read.blogspot.com/2008/08/nostalgia.html

-Nikhil

November 27, 2008 7:15 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Nikhil,
I went back and read that. yes I also felt that. I changed it slightly and added the blog site you refered in my blog.

November 27, 2008 7:37 AM  
Blogger അങ്കിള്‍ said...

Interesting.
'Hum Log' is missing from the list pointed out by Nikhil.

November 27, 2008 9:59 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

hey, great compilation...
thanks for the chance to revisit the golden memories..:)

November 27, 2008 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Sarath said...

I was a big fan of the detective serials telecasted in doordarshan..like Byomkesh Bakshi, Karam Chand, Reporter, Tehkikaat :D !
There was the 'action-military' genre serials like Paramvir Chakra and Fouji, which was Sharukh Khan's debut on-screen !!
Then there was the classic Malgudi Days of R. K Narayan...the theme music of which still rings in my ears :D. I recently got a DVD compilation of the same.

November 29, 2008 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post.

But I miss the "Sorry for the Interruption" signal and the mournful music, and the man who used to do stuff with a handkerchief when the cricket matches were rained out.

November 29, 2008 5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stuff like peacocks and parrots... Hope you know what I mean.

November 29, 2008 5:55 AM  
Blogger Prashant said...

Watching the two national unity songs again after so long left me misty eyed and wondering aloud why a great country with so much diversity suffers from these violent acts of terror based on hatred of one another. Those were definitely my favourite tunes on DD growing up as a kid, and only later did their true meaning sink in. I wish we could all unite and face the future together. Thanks for posting this.

December 01, 2008 2:12 AM  
Anonymous Vinayak said...

Hey!
Nice post!
I suggest you get it listed here:
http://www.ghushe.com/doordarshan/blogs.html

It a page having links to similar posts on Doordarshan and is run by the owner of the Orkut's largest Doordarshan community(I think you already are a member). Just drop in a mail to the email id given on the page.
I wrote a post on DD Days last year and the owner of that page was gracious enough to add my link to the page.

And yes Doordarshan was the best!
Tc

December 13, 2008 3:57 PM  
Blogger Kamana Sharma said...

Amazing to see how times have changed so much in 20 years. Loved the videos :)

May 15, 2009 5:09 PM  
Blogger Pete something said...

Awesome Post!!!!!!!!

January 21, 2010 9:06 PM  
Blogger sanjay said...

very nice.... gets us back to good old days ....

November 13, 2010 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Yuvaraj said...

Hi Friends,

I wish it was only our generation (who were born during the midst and late 70s) that experienced both the eras, pre-computer and post-computer. And lets be proud that we had contributed a lot to invent present and fast growing technologies. I still remember where my father uses to fine-tune a old delhi radio to listen to morning news. When a second-hand Dynora TV was purchased, I was never allowed to touch it as it was considered the most precious thing at our home then. Now my 3 year old child better operates my mobile phone than myself. I personally feel that I am getting outdated, really not able to compete with the upcoming younger generation, not that to say I am old in terms of age. Of course old DD serials are more than golden memories. I loved them all, especially the Sunday, TV day. And one more thing, I use to rise at 7'0 clock on Sundays those days and my parents called it a late morning but I guess most of the children wake up around this time now. Those days I use to go to sleep by 8.30 pm. We were not stressed-out in our schools, we played real play grounds, made real friends and a lot more. But today all the play grounds are converted into real estate plots. So sad! children do not have space to play now. Hope to live my childhood days once more...hum...I still waggly remember a TV serial, probably an English version dubbed in hindi, story about chocolate house and some magical and fictitious one. If someone remembers it please let me know, yuvarajrao1@gmail.com.

February 21, 2012 6:23 PM  
Blogger sarbani mandal said...

I think that the world of sport just before the hindi feature film vikram betaal are still in my memory the 9th asian games anfd the song swagatham shuba swagatham is humming in my mind the lalithaji of surf vinod khanna dimpe kapadia in the cinthol ad and of course the cinkara ad of javed jaffery goldspot torinio limca bullet ad sprint ad of soft drink godrej the one one bright spot in a mans morning mohan bhandari of khandaan basesar ram of hum log many many more are still afersh in my mind.....

August 05, 2012 10:22 PM  
Blogger sarbani mandal said...

Thanks fr ur valuable thoughts

August 05, 2012 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Srikanth said...

What an awesome post.. really took me back to those good old days.. how less sophisticated we were.. but how much happier we were...How I wish we could return to those days, where life was slow but was so much more fun... wish we could relive those days again..

Thanks again for rekindling old memories :)

August 09, 2012 10:34 AM  

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