Summer always used to be full of excitement for us. In the Early 90’s, Indian Economy was just saved from getting imbalanced and LPG Reforms were about to take its root in the Indian Socio – Economic sphere. And here we were, unaware of any of it, in our own world. I’m sure most of the late 80’s and early 90’s people will relate to this article about how exciting the Summers of 90’s were and how it is now!
How excited we used to be to get up at 6.00 am in the morning. Not to study for the exam or to complete the remaining homework, but to play Football or Cricket with the friends. Ten minutes late and we used to get pissed off with the latecomer. And if he was the one who had kept the football or Bat/Ball the previous day and did not turn up at the right time, then the treatment used to be worse. It was a time of innumerable informal and controversial Inter-School or Inter-College Football or Cricket Matches. And trust me, our Interest used to be much more in playing Cricket or Football back then, than watching the contemporary IPL and EPL matches.
How excited we used to be by looking inside the store room for the old and dusty video games inside the cupboard and the cover less Cassettes. This used to be the major part of our afternoons except from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm when Pokemon and Bey-blade was the priority. Playing Video games was sort of a get together in the 90s because we were allowed to go out in restaurant very rarely. The venue for the 90’s kind of get together used to be somebody’s house. The kids from the Neighborhood and School used to plan a day each at a Friend’s house staying together for most of the day. Contra was the Counter Strike, the DOTA, The Age of Empires, The Assassins Creed of 90’s and winning it would be nothing less than an achievement. Playing the same Contra today in my Laptop using simulators doesn’t bring back the joy of playing it on the Video game in a double player mode with my brother or a friend. Although it brings back many memories. Summer was a time when the frequency of playing games used to be on its peak. Playing hide and seek, “Nadi ya Pahad – River or Mountains”, Sankhli (Chains), Marbles ( Kanchey) was an integral part among the children of neighborhood. Playing hide and seek inside the home or outside was always fun. It was awesome during the load shedding hours at night. Though gradually, the frequency of outdoor games were replaced by Playstation and Computer gaming.
How excited we used to be while filling the Ice trays in the Freezer. It was definitely not for pouring it into the glasses of wine or beers. The reason was as simple as applying it on the face to get a relief from the scorching heat or putting it in the clothes of your sibling just for fun. And it was followed by a period of terror where you had a hinge that your sibling is planning a revenge for it but you don’t know when and where. I’m glad there was no “Gangs of Wasseypur” influence at that time. And how can we forget our numerous attempts to make a home-made milk-maid Ice-cream which only few people were successful in. Utilizing the number of attempts has been a legacy for me since then it seems. 😛
How excited we used to be, quite paradoxical as it may seem, to write every last paper of every exam that we’ve given in our student life. Be it 10th, 12th or Graduation, we always yearned for the exams to get over only to find out that we miss the school / college more in that period. And we definitely cannot forget the numerous recreational hobby classes – Dance, Guitar, Tabla, etc. which wouldn’t let us feel the void. It would give us an opportunity of making new friends there. Though, very few of the children continued the same classes throughout the year.
Summer trips were always fun. Visiting cousins, grandparents, relatives, friends always used to be exciting. In school life, the trips were mostly of 2 kinds – 1) Visiting the Grandparents, Cousins, Uncle and Aunts and 2) Visiting a destination with parents and relatives. Playing cards with the cousins, lots of gossips, introducing them to our regular friends and making sure they had a great time used to be a priority. Summer trips with the family will always be the best thing ever. If you are a 90’s kid, just go back and see the old photo albums. You’ll see that more than half of the albums belong to all the trips combined. In the gradual years, most of the proportions of the first and second kind were reduced to the newly added type of the vacation – Vacation with friends. This doesn’t mean that the significance for the first two decreased but that the time had to be divided equally in proportion to all three of them.
This used to be the Summers for most of us. Unlike now!
Now that we’ve grown old and become responsible! Now that we’re in 20’s and are supposed to make the best decisions for our lives, get settled and marry! We live as if our life depends on 3 days – 1) Weekend and 2) Salary Day. We don’t want to get up early and we even don’t want to be late in the office. We want to get credited for the work we do, but we also curse about how boring our job is. We want to go on vacations, but we reluctantly resume the job on the joining day. We want to pursue our dreams for Higher Education or getting a switch in another company but we don’t want to squeeze time to study for it! We tend to procrastinate. We complain and forward messages about how we’ve lost contact of some of the friends but we don’t like their picture or status on facebook, texting comes later. The visits to our relatives or cousins have decreased and been replaced by excuses.
When I introspect my summers of 90s and compare it with the summer of 2016, I can see a huge difference between my perspectives about life back then and now. Back then, I wasn’t mature enough even to understand what the word “perspective” means. At least now, when life has so many challenges for me, I’m mature enough to understand that I can draw the qualities that I had back then to improve who I am Now.
Metaphorically, if I did not like a game while playing a videogame, I could change the Cassette and play another game anytime. If I did not like to play videogame altogether, I could always get out and play Football or Cricket. Similarly, if I am unsatisfied of my job or if I want to pursue Post Graduation, I can always study hard to get an Post-grad seat or switch to another job. If I want to call my friends to play card or videogames without any ego (because we never understood what was ego), I can also call them now even after years and remember all the good times I had with them. Or we can pay a surprise visit to our relatives, just to let them know that priorities have changed but we still have got time for them. If my parents can plan trips during vacation, even I can plan a trip for us all and create more memories for them. Yes I’ll have to cut my trip with friends but even they realize the significance of a trip with family. I can call my grandparents, my relatives, my cousins, my friends and ask them if they’re doing well. I can text them and make groups on Whatsapp though not frequently but regularly. I can plan to hangout with them and take as many pictures whenever I meet them. These are some very fundamental things which even we can teach ourselves. It motivates us from within in our life and we do not require an outside inspiration or motivation for us. We can learn many things from ourselves. The question is – Do We? Having said this, the most important lesson that I’ve learnt from my little self is that
If I can enjoy my life being stress free back then, I can enjoy my life even now, even with stress.