Down Memory Lane

When I walk down memory lane, I find how I lived as a child compared to today’s kids.

I rarely found myself alone as a child. In the family I was always accompanied by my siblings and parents and outside the house by friends and neighbors.

Let me enumerate some ironic facts as follows:

1. After coming from school, I used to play till evening. I never went to tuition or coaching classes. There was no TV, Internet, DVD etc.

2. I played real sports with real friends. There was no play station or video games.

3. Me and my friends/siblings used to make our own toys and other items to play with. We had no knowledge of worldly things and sports.

4. I used to go to my friends house uninvited and my friends used to come to my house anytime and have dinner or breakfast together. We didn’t have any phones or cellphones.

5. I never worn a helmet while cycling, but had no accident. Bikes or scooties were rarely seen on the roads.

6. Nothing happened to my feet even after walking and roaming around barefoot.

7. If I ever felt thirsty, I would drink water direct from tap. There was no bottled mineral water or RO filter. The Ganges water was not polluted.

8. Whenever I felt thirsty, I would drink water directly from the tap. There was no bottled mineral water or RO filter. The water of the Ganges was clean.

9. I never got ill or infection though I used to share same glass of juice with three friends or siblings.

10. My parents never gave me any supplement to keep me healthy and fit. They were not that rich, but they provided a natural complement of love and affection. I used to enjoy family time and relationships.

11. I never put on weight, although I used to eat a lot of rice and rotis every day.

12. My childhood photos may be black and white, but the memories are still colourful.

I used to listen to my parents and now I have to listen to my kids too. But I enjoy life and its transitions which give enough material to read, write and talk and also to feel feelings both inside and outside.

–Kaushal Kishore

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  1. Brilliant, Kaushal ji. Every single line is true and perfect. Love reading your unique posts. Your poems are too good. ♥️♥️♥️♥️😊😊😊😊

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    1. You’re right, changes are so fast and frequent. Changes are inevitable, but what matters is how these changes transform our life. Thank you, Ashley for sharing your kind thoughts 🙏💐

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    1. You see, we may grow adult, but a child remains alive. We suppress that child under the cover of maturity and wisdom, as it’s better to accept the reality and proceed accordingly.

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  2. What a wonderful childhood you had, Kaushal! I am not surprised that you have
    so much material stored to use in your writing. I think that parents who create a paradise environment for their children will live in their and future generations memory forever.
    That is one of the reasons I revere your beloved mother.

    PS. Bollywood missed a beautiful actor! I know, Kaushal who gained him!

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    1. Thank you, Joanna, for your touching words and deep reflections that I truly appreciate. I feel elated that you think so about my mother and childhood. It shows your graciousness. Your PS is interesting, but what has been, has been. I’m happy where I’m.


  3. What a beautiful post! And the portrait of that young chap is adorable. Your walk down memory lane reminded me so much of my own childhood. Play and learning was our business, so to speak. Thank you so much KK for sharing your wonderful childhood memories!

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    1. Thanks so much, Khaya, for your wonderful comment that I truly appreciate. I’m happy that it resonates with you. What I find from the comments received so far that conditions remain the same across the borders.

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    1. The first and foremost thing of that time was the close affinity, mutual trust and happiness in abundance. Thank you, Dhirendra ji for your kind comment! I’m glad that you find it relatable. Greatly appreciated!

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  4. Yours was a healthy childhood! I can relate to it. We were always outdoors playing, exploring, riding bikes, and fighting with each other. Our TV time was limited, which made us appreciate the programs we watched even more. A movie like “The Wizard of Oz” only came on TV once a year. It was an exciting event every spring. We never went to the doctor unless it was absolutely necessary.

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    1. Very true, Dawn, those were the best days. Your reflections are so genuine that I can feel every word. I’m so happy that you find it relatable. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

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    1. I appreciate you for pointing out the risk factor. Yes, Nancy, we used to take without knowing it. Now there is a full subject of risk management. Thank you for your kind comment. I’m glad that this resonates with you 😊

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  5. You had such a delightfully beloved childhood surrounded by friends and family. You felt safe, protected and had parents that gave you room to find yourself. The photos are a real treat, wow what a beautiful young child you were KK. The children look like they are having fun too. I am happy for you. Thank you for sharing these parts of your childhood, beautiful KK. Love and hugs, Joni

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    1. Yes, Joni, those were the happiest days of my life, free from any tension or worry. I’m glad you liked the memories and pictures. Thank you for your more than generous comment that I truly appreciate. Stay blessed 😊💖


  6. My mom’s childhood was much the same as yours, barefoot with lots of siblings and friends playing their own made-up games together until dark, lots of activities that are now considered “too risky”, lots of love, no TV (by choice) or movies or internet … I love the picture of you as a child. Thanks for sharing these beautiful childhood memories.

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    1. I’m glad you liked my photo as a child. And you’re right, earlier parents were not so overprotective. We used to take risks in climbing trees and picking fruits. Helicopter parenting is a new trend. Thank you for sharing your kind words and deep reflections!

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  7. Ah what a beautiful piece, dear KK!!! Thank you for sharing this part of your journey. I love all the points you touched on and the personal stories too!!!! That line about your photos being black and white but life still being colorful is just GENIUS. Amazing amazing post, dear friend. Truly enjoyed 🤍🤗🤍🤗

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    1. So happy to hear that from you, Grace! It’s a matter of great satisfaction that you liked my childhood memories and especially black and white photos. Thank you so much for your generous words, as always 😊💖💖

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  8. Strongly connected what u hve’bn quoted ….An old image of yrs(u we’re looking handsome and still u r)…
    And some days back PM MODI JI also showed concerned about this and his discussion with the school they are excessively used the mobile phones while watching reels and other contents on the social platform…..

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    1. First of all, thank you for your kind appreciation of the childhood photo. I’m glad that this post resonates with you. Moble has become a necessary evil. But again we have to restrict its usage for our own benefits.

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