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Just want to bring a smile to the reader's lips - and an occasional thought. Will try to stay away from controversial topics - rather create my own! And would definitely welcome comments. :-)

Sunday, November 19, 2006


Nov 18 is a rather special day in my life. Precisely 24 years ago, we got our first TV set home that day. Now you may think of me as some sort of a weirdo for remembering such a date (especially when I cannot remember the birthdays of close friends, at least on time), but let me explain....there is a good reason not to forget the date. Nov. 19 is when the Asiad started at New Delhi (remember Appu?) We got the TV just a day before - as JIT as it gets. Of course, you may wonder why I remember the date when Asiad started. Its because it was also the then PM, Mrs. Indira Gandhi's birthday. And even at that age, it seemed too much of a coincidence to me.

Now don't ask me why I remember Indira Gandhi's birthday. I just do!

Remember those days, my friends? When there were roughly 5-6 brands of TV available - EC, Bharat, Weston, Beltek, Webel, Uptron, Sonodyne (reader, please add from memory if you can). Did I say available? There used to be a waiting list actually. And we had quite some wait since ours was a color TV - just launched in the market. We wanted a Weston, but ultimately had to settle for Beltek. It did well, actually, finally bowing out only in 1997, a good 15 years in service. Those were the days when acquiring a fridge, TV, telephone etc. was more than getting a consumer durable (the term probably did not exist then). It was acquiring a new status. Those were the times when neighbor's use of protagonist's fridge to make icecream was the subject of many a short story. You could boast about getting to drink cold water after a game of cricket because your dad had bought a fridge, its another matter altogether that your mom would not allow you to touch the fridge. You gave your neighbor's phone number for getting urgent messages (and I am not referring to text messages) delivered. And you befriended someone especially so that you could go over and watch saturday evening's hindi movie on his TV.

It almost seems another age, though it is just a decade or two!

Do I miss that age? No, I don't. And yet, coming to think of it, it had its own charms. Of course, I don't know how much of the charm was also because of my age - childhood is never as bad in retrospect as we might like it to be.

Ok, let me see how many pre-1992 hindi TV serials can I recall top-of-the-mind (arbitrary cut-off because thats when I went to stay in a hostel and lost touch with TV). Hum Log, Buniyaad, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Mr. ya Mrs. Ados Pados, Khaandaan, Ek Kahani, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Katha Sagar, Darpan, Shrikant, Wagle Ki Duniya, Mungerilal ke hasin sapne, Daane Anaar Ke, Flop Show, Nukkad, Show Theme, Idhar Udhar, Circus, Fauji, Ghar Jamai, Naqaab, Satyajit Ray Presents, Malgudi Days, Intezaar, Karamchand, ....... phew!

Dear Readers, please contribute. :-)


At 8:17 AM, Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

i remember ig's b'day too. nowadays it's the birthday of a close friend's daughter (who i'm happy to say i get along v well with :-)

and we had an uptron. b&w. it had screen doors which you could close. i went to watch the final of the asiad football, and came back wondering if it would play my cheers back.

keep posting...

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Iqbal Kaur said...

a few more additions to your list -Subah, Wah Janaab, Chunauti, Qile Ka Rahasya, Rajni, Udaan, Aa Bail Mujhe Maar, Vikram aur Betaal, Tenali Rama, Mirza Ghalib, Muzrim Haazir Ho, Bhaarat Ek Khoj, Chanakya. And how could you forget to mention Chitrahaar & Rangoli? What about the toon-serials like Spiderman and He man?

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous thbpthh said...

>>Sigma (featuring the evergreen hottie Milind Soman)
>>Nirmala (based on Premchand's book)
Jungle book
>>Muzrim Haazir ho ( Starring Nutan. It had an amazing song(?) called "Hun-huna-hun-huna")
>>Byomkesh Bakshi (my all time favourite)
>>Reporter (with Shekhar Suman)
>>Mr. Yogi
>>Turning Point (Science based show with Girish Karnad)
>>Gul Gulshan Gulfam
>>Potli baba ki
>>Chutti chutti

And last but not the least.. Krishi Mangal..hehehe..

I'm not sure if all of these were before 1992.

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Abi said...

I've never been a great fan of Hindi serials. But I would like to add to your list of TV Brands: Dyanora!

At 12:57 PM, Blogger RJ said...

Solidaire, another TV brand
Barrister Vinod ( A forerunner of Karamchand )

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Nandhu said...

nice story. i remember when we brought our first tv too, but i have forgotten the date, unlike you!

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Arundhati said...

I used to love the serials called Kashish and Pachpan Khambe Laal Deeware..and my family hated me for loving these two, for they were extremely slow moving, romantic kinds..sigh!

At 1:15 AM, Anonymous Vani Murarka said...

One serial from those days that I really liked was called "Kachchee Dhoop" directed by Amol Palekar [most probably]. Then there was a Pride and Prejudice adaptation [don't remember the name and I did not like that serial].

At 12:48 AM, Blogger smitha said...

Some more additions to the list of serials:Phir Wahi Talaash,Mulla Nasruddin, Tamas, Ek Do Teen Char, Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan,Dada Dadi Ki Kahani and so on. For a comprehensive list, see http://www.pha.jhu.edu/%7Esundar/tp/serial.html#g

At 10:48 AM, Blogger sammy nair said...

A surprised Sunjay Dutt woke up on 11th January to read in the Mid-Day that he had married Manyata on 19th November. Wonder if it has anything to do with Indira Gandhi's birth anniversary

At 2:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 blogs are due:
a> apology for not blogging for so long
b> the new blog

At 4:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We still own a Dyanora set that is fine and still working..I would never trade that one even for the latest plasma screen ones.:)

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Sriram said...

Chanced upon your blog while browsing for old hindi serials. Check out the orkut community on Old DD serials. Lotsa traffic over there.
And like I said there just one channel back then and so much to watch and enjoy and now, so many channels and nothing worth the effort.

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone has the opening score and background music of Tamas? I have hunting for it for ages:(

At 9:56 AM, Blogger The world is not enough said...

Hi All,

I just cant express how good i felt when i saw this blog.
Yes .. those were some days .. wernt they?

The oldest i remember is "Gul Gulshan Gulfam". I was too young then. And probably the first of the serials i can recall.We had a Konark TV then. Served us for 14years. Had a "Yashika" Picture tube in it. One of the best. Manufactured in japan. Most of the TV's back then used this make. I learnt this from a Electritian if i may call him, who worked in the "Konark TV company", and then was jobless because the company closed down.

I remember most of the serials mentioned in the comments.

I wonder if any body remembers the addvertisments of those days.

Following is a link to my blog. I hope you all will enjoy.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger finetuner said...

Hi, I cahnced upon this .. great site to be nostalgic! I remember most of the serials Pankaj has outlined plus in 1987 DD launched Subah - it was about drugs in colleges and became a major hit. It was the only serial where R.D. Burman gave his music and sang the montage .. another one was Chunauti... we had a televista b/w TV then.


At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to add to the great serials of dd some more names like Mr and Mrs, Indradhanush, Hum panchi ek chawl ke, Neev, Mungerilal ke hasin sapne. I was quite a kid at that time and remember that we had 2 tv one was of Toshiba and other of Texla. but worked formore thatn 15 yrs

At 7:58 PM, Blogger venkatbabu said...

It was nostalgic trip down memory lane. I remember watching the serials yeh joh hai zindagi, hum log, hakke bakke, udaan, Neev, chunauthi, Nukkad, Jeevan Rekha, Guldastha, Mungeri lal, Hum panchi ek dal ke, Phir wahi talash, Honi unhoni, Intezaar, Fauji, circus, doosra kewal, Dil dariya, ek do teen char, spider man, the list goes on like this, what an era!

At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm..i can remember Udaan so vividly,I almost tasted her victory and her fight in court,gonna be 30 next year but still in love with the Phir wahi Talaash "Malika" .Boy all those crappy serials in Zee and Star can never compare

At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One name i was finding in the list of all and that is of 'Sanjha Chula'.

Thanks anyway for giving me back my childhood for few mints.

At 4:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Manoranjan and MayaJaal ... about a Bholaram and shobharani

Praveen M

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous shahrukh katpitia said...

hi... i love the way u wrote abt it.. if u do read my comment then plz do reply me back on my mail.. u have brought all the old lost memories back..



At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

also street hawk and faster fene..:)

At 2:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pride and prejudice adaptation was called Trishna.

At 5:33 PM, Blogger navazshahrukh said...

I had a nostalgic trip down memory lane...The passion with which you wrote this blog deserves appreciation... Superb... Loved it...I remember watching the serials yeh joh hai zindagi, hum log, udaan, Nukkad, Mungeri lal ke hassen sapne , Honi unhoni, fauji, circus,spiderman, tenali raman, mirza ghalib, rajni, the list goes on and on... what an era! Thanx pal...


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