Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Things I Hated as a Child but Miss as a Grown Up

Oiled my hair after a decade. And what’s strange about it...I wasn’t even forced. I actually volunteered for it when Ma arrived last weekend. Funny how things you absolutely hated as a child, become acceptable....to the extent that you “miss them”, as a grown up. Here’s my list of top-10 things-I-hated-as-a-child-but-miss-as-a-grown-up:

  1. Patla macher jhol and bhaat (mild fish curry, Bengali style, with rice)
  2. Oiling my hair
  3. Having house-guests who took over my room (and sometimes my life)
  4. Loudspeakers playing “popular” Hindi/Bengali songs during pujo
  5. Having nosy neighbours who would drop in any time of the day and sometimes stay back for dinner
  6. Uchchey bhaja with kasundi (fried bitter gourd with a mustard sauce, popular in Bengal)
  7. Having to do any sort of art and craft (how I hated my SUPW classes!)
  8. Visiting relatives and spending whole evenings listening to them complain about some other relative or praising their own kid
  9. Rituals and traditions (not of the “fasting” variety...but of the “make-yummy-food-and-decorate-the-house-and-wear-traditional-clothes” variety)
  10. Being told what to do (so much easier than having to decide)

Image below stands proof of #9. My first Laxmi Puja at home.

5 comments:

Saroni said...

sJust the other day i was wondering wen wud i get to read ur nxt blog....n here it is! :)

As usual its vry astute observation on ur part regarding things we miss as grown ups. I wud like to add 1 more. A totally lazy carefree blissful Sunday!! :)

Nw even thts a rarity cos on the 1 off day at home...we still have loads of chores pending ovr the week to do. I miss those Sundays of my childhood when my only worry was to not miss out on my fav tv show or cartoons. :)

Basabdatta said...

Well, I am actually relieved that I don't have to do SUPW projects anymore. I would rather go for the lazy summer vacation afternoons with Asterix/Tintin and lebur achar!:)

Scribbler :) said...

@Saroni - I know what you mean. I'd love a chore-free Sunday too :(

Basabdatta - Love the sound of that! But surely you didn't hate those lazy afternoons with lebur aachar as a child!

life.......surprises me every day! said...

Its so fascinating to read ur bolgs...they are really wonderful and feeling nostalgic for the good old days are mesmerizing.But i am re-living my childhood with my little daughter,trying to do exactly wht maa did when we were in school...its so enriching!!!

ritika said...

and why haven't you been writing? how about a Bangkok post?