Tuesday, September 11

Born In The 80s - Part I

If you are born in the 80s:

·         You were glued to television, especially doordarshan.

·         You love talking about serials like Chandrakanta, fatichar, Zabaan Sambhal ke, dekh bhai dekh, Hip Hip Hurray, Stone Boy, Udaan, Alif Laila, bharat ek khoj, the sword of tipu sultan and no surprise if you still remember the complete title track(song) of the serial Chandrakanta.

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·         You get excited when you listen names of cartoon shows like Tale Spin, Duck Tales, Alladin, Alibaba Aur Chalis Chor, Gayab Aaya, panch tantra stories, he man, superman, spider man, dr. Snuggles, Popeye etc.

·         You still love to talk about your childhood days when you hated school just to realize today how much fun it really was.

·         You love to share the stories when your days were divided on the basis of programs that ran on television. How Wednesday was reserved for programs like chitrahaar, Hindi feature film (with unending breaks) on DD and Friday nights were tagged as horror nights.

·         You grew up watching amazing programs like Chitrahaar, Surubhi, Shanti, Swabhiman and remember every week there used to be one Hindi feature film with annoying 15 minutes news at 8:30 on Doordarshan.

·         And from Punjab, you were there when Operation Bluestar took place. Your family has seen it but since then you never discussed about it with anyone but always felt that you knew a lot about it and were part of this dreadful event.
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·         How can we forget the mythological serials like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vikram Aur Betal that used to air on Doordarshan every Sunday? I still remember the days when having a TV in the house was a big thing and how the whole colony would gather at one place to watch gods on small screen. Only time of the day when roads will run dry. As we grew up, we replaced Lord Ram’s face with that of Arun Govil and Deepika became Sita for all. (Here’s an interesting observation, close your eyes for few seconds and imagine the picture of Lord Rama or Sita, what do you see? Has to be Arun Govil and Deepika!!! – Interesting, no, just the 80s effect :P )

·         You were there when cable TV took over Doordarshan. The first music channel that we had then was MTV (with programs like SELECT, Most Wanted) and Zee TV had few famous programs like Chakravyuh, Tara, Zee Horror Show, Hum Paanch, Hip Hip Hurray, Campus. Remember that song ‘When Cigarette in my hand, I felt like a man' first aired on doordarshan but later was popularized on Zee TV. How many of us thought that it was an original compilation by an Indian!

·         You know who Ramsay brothers were and admit it all of us loved their horror shows and thanked them for scaring the hell out of us.

·         You have a story to tell to your cousins even today about the ghosts (demons) you saw in an abandon house in your society or the rumours you heard about a place or a house when you were young.

·         You can recite the rap song ‘Stop that’ from one of Govinda’s flick even today. And how about our very own Indian rapper, ‘Baba Sehgal’, I am sure people still remember the tune of ‘thanda thanda pani’ and ‘dil dhadke mera dil dhadke’.

·         How we used to dance to the tunes of ‘tu tu tu tu tu Tara’ from Bol Radha Bol and ‘tu cheez badi hai mast mast’ from Mohra.

·         How many of us remember sitcoms like I dream of Jeanie, Dennis the Menace, Silver Spoons, full house, Different Strokes, The 3 Stooges, Double-O-Slip on Sony entertainment television.

·         There is atleast 1 flop movie that you must have seen a thousand times when you were young. My movie was ‘heera lal panna lal’.

·         One thing we never hated no matter how many times we had was - ‘2 minute maggi noodles’ and we still love it.

·         Birthdays were celebrated by not cutting cakes but pastries.

·         Dad would take entire family for a picnic on that old scooter meant to hold only 2 members.

·         Going for a movie meant either booking an upper stall, lower stall or Balcony seat which would cost nothing more than 15, 10 and 20 respectively.

·         When the telephone system was in its infancy, how we would dial and make blank calls to unknown numbers and run fast to receive call if it ever rung.

I’ll keep adding to the list as I remember more from the past.

If you are born in the 80s and have anything to add to this post, all thoughts and reflections are welcome!

Thank You.


  1. Nostalgia nostalgia nostalgia!!!!! Awesome post. You took me back to those goooodd old days.

    Some of the things I can add is: Small wonder, Mowgli, and the simple ads of bajaj, dhara and cadbury's. Gosh I can remember so many ads. I really loved those days. Good old days
    This is such a great post!!!

    1. thanks for liking the post jenny .. yes it happened by chance while i was watching videos on youtube the idea of writing this post triggered ..

      yes i'll be adding to the list in 2nd part of the same post very soon :P


  2. Where is Superhit Muquabla ya? That was one program I watched non-stop for years! I remember Junoon, Kanoon, Kismat, Hum Paanch, Zabaan Sambahlke, Wonder Years, Small Wonder, Giant Robot, Crystal Maze, Batman, etc. Actually, I was not much of a TV person. I used to watch just one hour of TV every day. We had more important things to do - Like playing cricket, many indoor and outdoor games, etc :)

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    1. yes Rajesh .. thanks for mentioning about superhit muqabala .. will definitely go in my 2nd post of the same series ..

      oh yes crystal maze and g.i.joe i was a big fan of these programs .. and i believe that crystal maze was the first reality game show every presented on small screen ..!

  3. OH YES.. I was born before the 80's so I know all about it too :) who can forget CHandrakanta .. YAkooooooooooooooooo :) there were so many GOOD serials that came in those days , Buniyaad - tamas - and the college ones .. Subah etc etc

    so many memories came back thinking of those good days..

    although i cud watch tv only for an hour then it was so much FUn


    1. buniyad .. offcourse, i knew i was forgetting something .. thanks Bikram veer ji...

      Only 1 hour , we were hooked to tv for hours and studied only for an hour ..lol :P


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