Sights we don’t see any more………

Sights we don’t see any more………

i) A Madari with a bear showing acrobatics.

ii) People wearing red Turkish caps with blue or black side tassels.

iii) Man selling semi-hardened and elastic candy floss shaped in different designs on a stick, outside the school gates and Sister Principal (Nun) chasing him away on a daily basis, down the street.

iv) Churan-wala selling the toasted enflame variety of tamarind churan outside the school gates and Sister Principal (Nun) chasing him away on a daily basis, down the street.

v) Large chunks of cheese and cookies being provided with mugs of milk, during school recess to all children.

vi) The local roadside ear cleaner.

vii) Fruits and vegetable in a “Kanwar” (that scale like thing with a central stick balancing two baskets.)

viii) A Bhishti.

ix) Clothes and shoes etc. being sold according to weight on scales. (Old type).

x) Cowries being used as money.

xi) Women selling steel utensils as barter for old clothes.

xii) Drum beating processions on the roads, throughout the night during Baisakhi.

xiii) Movies being advertised with banners and music on Tongas and Rickshaws.

xiv) “Nand” on the road side. (The oblong shaped large stone tubs for horses to drink water from).

xv) Tonga and Ikka. (In the suburbs yes).

xvi) Ladies necessarily wearing scarves on their heads, armed with parasols, embroidered kerchiefs and an inevitable Japanese Fan in their hand when going out.

xvii) Ladies perfuming themselves and their hair with incense (Bakhoor) smoke. (Not as much in India now, but still popular in the Arab world).

xviii) Hukka, Pandaan and Pikdaan in every house along with Gramophones and radio (old) and lac record discs.

xix) Rope and Niwar Cots.

xx) Fountain Pens and Ink bottles.

xxi) Rooh-Afza served as a popular cold drink.

xxii) Houses with Fire Places and Mantles. Kitchens with a chimney, cemented wood-choolahs and “Koyla Garh”.

xxiii) Cooks lighting a Sigri of coal and saw dust.

xxiv) Cakes of Cow dung on suburb walls as cooking fuel.

xxv) Cool “Tikhur” slices. (“Tikhur” is a root which is ground as a powder and then soaked in water over night till it settles and then cut into bite sized slices for keeping the stomach cool during summers-of course exclusive to people from Baster (MP).

xxvi) Seasonal must haves on the Table-Like-Come Summer and Bel-ka-Sharbat, Kacche Am ka Pana, Thandai, Shikanjee; Come Rains-Pakori and Come Winter-Makke ki Roti, Missi Roti with Ghee and Jaggery, Roganjosh and Paya!

xxvii) Homemade Kaajal.

xxviii) Brothers escorting Sisters to movies and painstakingly sitting the movie out with them. (Not to mention the grumbles and heavy ransoms for as much as escorting to a popular movie.)

xxix) Etc. etc…………

Believe me, we are not really that ancient but we have seen this even in metropolitan cities in yonder years.

Sights we don’t see any more………

Sights we don’t see any more………

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