For all of us born around 90’s we have seen the set of hippie culture and rise of modern culture. This is the bucket of 20 things that were so prominent in our childhood but then went missing as we grew up!
Remember listening to the cricket commentary on All India Radio? When AM band broadcast-ed with ridiculous disturbance. When advertisement mean “Yeh BSNL Chowka! Connecting India!” To this date radio exist in dashboard of our cars and application of our smartphones, but the way we perceived, radio has lost its touch.
2. Alarm Clock
When was the last time you kept alarm on your table clock? Or may be when was the last you ever had a table clock. Smart phones have killed another long standing friend of our child hood. When there used to be discussion about who has the loudest alarm and which alarm has most melodious tune.
3. Film camera
Times when 36 had a specific meaning. When every moment was captured with lot of thought and admired in photo albums for years. When we eagerly waited for the film roll to end so that we could get the camera film developed. Every photo was valuable in its own.
4. Silent Movies
I remember watching Pushpak, the movie didn’t have a single dialogue. Still manages to humor everyone. Don’t exactly know when this trend ended. But we do miss those silent black comedy of Charlie Chaplin, wish there would be another of same kind.
5. Video Games / Hand Held Games /Board Games
Tetris, Contra, Mario, Circus, Monopoly, etc all these meant so much for us. When we would go from one shop to another in search of 999 in 1 games embedded into a plastic case. When we would play the hand held games till the buttons screwed up and then press them harder to make it work.
6. VCR Players and CD Players
Though VCR players are long gone, memories are still afresh watching the magnetic tape run the movie on the TV. When three CDs made up one movie and the temper that crawled in when the cd got stuck at an important stage of the movie. With VCR and CD Players gone are the shops who rented a move for 30 bucks a day! Still can’t believe paying 30 bucks for a movie?
7. Dictionary / Encyclopedia
They used to be a vast source of knowledge when the world was unheard of Google. In countries like India it still existed till internet on cellphones and faster bandwidth took over. Now the Appendix of the Encyclopedia and Dictionary is Google Search Bar.
8. Phone Books / Address Books
The last person I saw keeping an address book was my mom. But then again after she learnt operating a mobile she too got rid of it. There was a time when the person carrying two address book meant he was pretty known person. When each phone number settled in the diary alphabetically. Times change, now it’s all about quick search and last dialed.
9. Telegram and Fax Machine
Well if there is something that has gone extinct and we should mourn about is Telegram. In its golden days it was a royal way of sending both good and bad news. Unless recently the government shut its door on telegram. Though I never actually telegrammed anyone I deeply regret its departure.
10. Study Lamp
There was a time when well past midnight or at dawn when whole of the hostel was sound a sleep there used to be one night lamp lit at the corner of the room. The mark of studious student and the asset ever student cherished.
For what has been one of the most notable human invention, maps have drastically changed in past decade or so. Times when searching a place took ample of time and then navigation was done through fingers, while the distance was calculated by scale. Google Maps has by large made the maps extinct.
12. Floppy Disks and CD’s
Dave.exe, copying this one file in 1.44 MB floppy disk from on PC to another would mean world then. Then came time when 100 songs fit into CD would make you sound like a pop singer. By far the times are gone when it was cool carrying Floppy Disk or CD case. Mass Storage Device have dig a grave for optical storage.
13. Call Booth / Pay Phones
This was pretty much visible by year 2000 that pay phones are going to rags. With mobile tariff drastically reducing and low hardware costs no one wants to pay a buck for a minute call.
14. Puzzle Books and Comics
Remember walking into used book store to grab an old comic? When reading one comic a dozens of time and then reading it again. When puzzle books like word search and suduko were solved on paper? Times have changed. Though comics still have hold on the children the puzzle books have gone scare.
15. Cassette and Music Store
With coming of iPod meant the death of Music Store one of the best examples for Riches to Rags is Planet M. The small portable gadget could fit in thousands of songs which quiet literally threw Cassettes out of market and so were the players that played cassette (We used to call them ‘Tape’).
16. Clocks and Calendars
I wished this could have been merged with Alarm Clock. But then there is a difference. While Alarm Clocks have completely lost their place in our house hold. Clock and Calendars still make a rare existence. But the way we perceive them now is quiet different, for times were when there were three to four wall mounted clocks and calendars now a days you’ll be glad to find one.
17. Dial Up Modem
That soothing dial tone of late 90’s! How can one not miss that? To pleasure of your ears I have here is the link to the audio. That time when opening a website was a herculean task and with each image displayed was immense joy to one. When playing a 30 second video was the most difficult thing to do. RIP 56 Kbps modems!
18. Hand Written Letters
Something that we would always miss in coming years and ages. We have advanced ourselves to quicker means of communication and with advent of messengers it has become easier to keep in touch with friends and family. One downside of the fast connect world is that we would always regret is slide of the hand written letters. No means of communication could make up to what letters conveyed.
19. Intense and Lively Conversation
Late on my list, but the most important one. We have lately lost the most important aspect of being human being, The Human Connect, until mobile phones took large chunk of our time we did give time to talk to people whom we live and stay around with. But then we lost it.
I leave the 20th item on my list empty for the readers. Please feel free to add up your suggestion to list in the comments below. I will make sure your point is added in the revised version of this blog.