My first blog: The good old days in Lahore…….

Close your eyes, and go back in time…. Before the Internet, VCD and DVD. Before semi-automatics machine guns, joyriders and crack …. Before X-Box, PS-2, SEGA or Super Nintendo or Video Games… Way back….

I’m talking about Hide and seek (Chhupan Chhupaee) in the park or on streets of Lahore. The corner shop, Butter Scotch Candy, Mitchells Milk Toffee, Jubilee, football with an old can, jumping in enormous puddles, Building dams. The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass. Mayfair bubble gum. A POLKA ice cream pop cone on a warm summer night,

Wait……Watching Weekday 5pm evening or Saturday Morning cartoons… short commercials, The Tom and Jerry, He-Man, Captain Caveman, Waltron, Walligator, Danger Mouse and Pink Panther. Or watching 7pm NTM transmission blasting off with Thunder Cats. Staying up late for Night Rider, Air Wolf or Power of Methew Star. Watching nice Urdu Plays like Un Kahi, Tanhaiyaan, Sunehray Din, Aangan Tera.

Remember that?

When around the corner seemed far away, and going into down town or Liberty Market seemed like going somewhere. A million mosquito bites, wasp and bee stings. Sticky fingers. Walking to school, no matter what the weather. Running till you were out of breath. Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.

Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights. Climbing trees, building igloos Ice Lolies out of tiny amounts of ice from fridge/freezer walls and corners. Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for the giggles. Being tired from playing… The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

I’m not finished just yet…

Eating raw jelly, orange squash, ice pops, chocochums, top pops

Remember when…

You knew everyone in your street – and so did your parents! It wasn’t odd to have two or three “best” friends. You didn’t sleep a wink on EiD Chaand Raat or Christmas eve. Afraid of Neighbor

10 Comments so far

  1. Darwaish (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

    this really brought back some wonderful memories :).. see life is no longer a simple one and i miss that!

    100 Rs was actually my pocket money when i was in school.. many many moons ago.. and yes, it used to be ALOT of money to spend!

  2. Z. Jay. (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2005 @ 10:35 am


    What have reminded me of !!!

    A sobbing Portlander :((!!!!!

  3. Fawad Niazi (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 11:53 am

    Yes I remeber and miss a lot !! :(

  4. rehman (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 1:29 pm

    very nicely written. And yes, i miss those times too :(. somethings should never change

  5. MAHBOOB AHMAD (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 8:01 pm

    ooooooooooo u missed sumthing
    going into the video shop and spending ur pocket money on those big video game boxes like street fight
    also playing baawon wala football

  6. Omar Ud-Din (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 11:17 pm

    Hello neighbour! (Not really.. but my family lives in Model Town)

    Even if it’s a couple of years since all that happened I really liked your trip down memory lane. A cool breeze in the overpoliticized blog djungle.

    Thx, and best wishes.

    Omar Ud-Din
    Co-paki, Stockholm, Sweden

  7. Caveman (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 8:51 am

    I remember those good old days and even earlier, when PTV had only 1 b/w channel and the transmission sstarted at 5:00 PM and signed off at 9:00 PM. The air battels of the skies of Lahore. When Little Master ruled the cricket World, London – Sydney car ralley. Do you remember those good olde days?

  8. rainman (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 9:01 am

    oh u forgot doing holidays homework in the last week of summer vacations! but nevermind what u forgot to add there were so many little things, things that still glow in our memories…isnt there anything to bring back some of it, a simpler lifestyle? i really miss good ptv plays, seriously! and even top pops! and the fact that i could go pick fruit from trees! the idea of plantation these days is only to plant landscaping plants, its such a pity!

  9. Caveman (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2005 @ 9:09 am

    Omar Ud-Din if you are from Model Town then you might remember Water from the canal via the “khaalas”? or even the big empty space in the middle coverd with salinity, where Socitey used to dump it’s garbage!

  10. Sajid Ali (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2005 @ 8:53 pm

    oooooooh! tha wa so sweet when i read it i lost in ma…no im serious!!!

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