One of our favorite pastime is watching some old 80’s and 90’s Hindi, Kannada songs, or an old movie snippet on YouTube. Both me and Dear Husband are from Bangalore and we share similar backgrounds be it in terms of food, school, friends, movies, Bangalore city etc. Even though our choice and taste of songs do not resonate, we still enjoy the moments of those good old days. Listening to old songs brings back fleeting memories, whereas visually looking at the song streams through old memories and helps gush out those warm, comforting time of our lives.
Invariably after viewing the old songs we have an outburst of conversation about the movie, the plot, the actors, restaurants, family, friends etc. It is a blissful feeling to discuss and share those warm cherished feelings with a loved one. However at the end of it all there are two observations that we usually make:
- The ever spirited affirmation that time flies so fast and that we are growing old too soon.
- The inevitable feeling that those were such good old days with happier and simpler times.
When I look at these old songs, the first thing that strikes to me is the simplicity and the down to earth themes. There is this aura of naturalness be it the story or the actors and it is so easy to relate to them. Everything seemed to go with the flow and there is nothing artificial, brazen or over-the-top.
The more I think about these times the more I get transported down the memory lane. With regards to the entertainment like television, radio etc we did not have many choices. There was only one channel for years called Doordarshan, and that was not a 24 hour channel either. Yet we waited with baited breath to watch Chitrahaar and serials like Hum Log, Buniyaad, Nukkad, the weekend movie etc. Cable television and internet was nowhere in the picture and even buying a TV Remote seemed like a waste of money.
Was life really happier then the way it appears now? It’s hard to tell and cannot conclude for sure. It might be easy to think of it that way because those were the times in the past that are long gone or maybe because we were carefree kids at that time with no real responsibility of the worldly affairs. But whatever it is, it is a wonderful feeling living in the realms of nostalgia albeit a small time.