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Celebrating A Nostalgic Children’s Day

Our childhood still holds the strongest and the warmest place in our hearts. Growing up in a country like India as a child before the turn of the century had its own magical charm. Technology had not invaded our sanity and brands were producing things that took a special place in our memories. Here is a list of few such things that will take you back to those glorious years:

  • Staying up till 10 o’clock was considered super late and was a luxury only during holidays.
  • Speaking in English was gaining momentum in schools and the strict rules helped us look cool.
  • Video games were brought out only during vacations when the scorching heat kept us indoors. Kids actually stepped outdoors every evening to play fun games.
  • Cartoons shaped our imagination. We still cannot get over Duck Tales, He-Man, Superman, Tail Spin, Aladdin, Dennis the Menace, Chip & Dale, Spiderman, Mickie Mouse, Small Wonder & more.

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  • We all participated in some terrible fancy dress competitions (and won them at times).
  • Carrying a new pencil box or any other stationery to school was considered an important day.
  • Tape recorders and radio kept us entertained in those days. And we were a pro at getting the tape fixed using a pencil.
  • TVC’s gave us enough easy-to-hum jingles. Moreover, we still remember many of those ads.
  • Prime time TV meant Byomkesh Bakshi, Zabaan Sambhal Ke, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Shaktiman and Shreeman-Shreemati. Sunday mornings were dedicated for Chandrakanta and Mowgli followed by a movie on Doordarshan.
  • Reading on gadgets was never thought about. Our bookshelves were full of Champak, Suppandi, Archies, Chacha Chaudhary, Nanadan & more.

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  • We started using pens in around the 5th grade after months of copywriting.
  • Cars meant either Fiat or Ambassador.
  • Owning a fancy cycle in bright colours was a thing to flaunt. Taking them to a puncture shop was a task though.
  • Railway tickets meant queuing up for hours.
  • We actually had a 25 paisa coin and used it to buy things as well.
  • Curly wires and big dials described the telephones then. Cordless phones soon became a status symbol and even then, we never saw a smartphone coming.

From finishing homework as soon as holidays begun to enjoy the rest of the days, to treating ourselves to candies and chocolates like Kismi & Mango Bite, and biscuits like Parle-G, and beverages like Frooti, we all have a plethora of memories to cherish.

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This Children’s Day, why not relive those beautiful days by creating something made from those food items then?

Parle-G and Bournvita Parfait

Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon Bournvita
  • Crushed and powdered Parle-G biscuits
  • ½ cup seasonal fruits (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup nuts (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • Honey as required
  • 4-5 mint leaves

Method

  • For chocolate syrup: warm the milk and mix Bournvita in it till it dissolves completely. The syrup should be a little thick.
  • For the yogurt: add the fruits and nuts in the yogurt and mix well. Adjust sweetness with honey as required (kindly note that even the chocolate syrup will be sweet).
  • In a wide glass, add 2 tablespoons of crushed and powdered Parle-G and set it at the base with the back of a spoon. Add a teaspoon of chocolate syrup to it. Cover ¾ of the glass with the yogurt mixture. Pour the chocolate syrup over it and garnish with mint leaves.
  • Serve chilled.