Olden days

There was a time when things were lot less complicated…

when finding a parking spot on Tariq Road used to take a couple of minutes…

when mobile phones did not exist and you could walk on the beach for hours without getting that “phonecall”…

when Lucky Coach used to charge 4 rupees to get from Malir Halt to Clifton…

when you could spend hours at Sagar Video Games at Boat Basin and purchase tokens for a rupee…

when a soft cone at Snoopy used to cost 10 rupees, a burger at Mr. Burger used to cost 15 rupees, and a bottle of pepsi was for 4 rupees…

when “Live Wires” was the most popular band in town, and “cha gaye hain badalon kay ssaye” was the national anthem of Karachi…

when “Thunder Cats” was the favorite TV show among kids…

when there was no CLI on landlines and you could randomly dial a number to try your luck and have a conversation with a charming girl…

when girls used to wait for such phone calls…

when you could fill up your car with petrol for only 200 rupees.

69 Comments so far

  1. sadia (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    Every family is different. illusions is lucky to have a great extended family (like mine)so we assume living together is great. Some people however are not so lucky and for them the joint family system is complete hell. Particularly id say for women but really for everyone.


  2. shobz (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    we have to stop living in the past coz its all over. it was inevitable that inflation would cause prices to rise and things would never be the same again. i do miss all those great times when everything was all right. at least we have some good memories of the past which we can hold on to. we cant bring the good old times back but we can relive them in our head.


  3. KhiTorPitt (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 3:14 am

    After reading so many comments I have also decided to add some.

    Since I am a bachelor living all alone here since years, I dont have any experience but I know our culture and society so in my opinion I would say that “live separately but stay close to each other, or in other words dont live together and not having good relations”. Kaisa ? :)

    Kahan say kahani shuru huwi thi aur tum logon nay kahan tak pohancha di hai.
    Umar … well done … good post.
    My vote goes to this post for the best post of the week. The credit doesnt goes just to you, its all the ppl who have given good comments.


  4. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 7:00 am

    @Illusionsfs,

    Perhaps your idea is stupid to me! So do not judge what I am saying. I have been through it and I did not see any compassion when I lived with my paternal side. So look at things from other perspectives too. It is not always easy to live in joint family. Not everyone has had the great joint family experience you had! So I’d rather have you ask why I believe in that rather than saying my view is stupid. You cant understand how I see the world and neither do I know how you see it, so live and let live.


  5. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 7:03 am

    And why do you see it as you are right always, Sadia and Saima have said some wise stuff. Please take a note.


  6. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 7:03 am

    And why do you see it as you are right always, Sadia and Saima have said some wise stuff. Please take a note. There is the problem in our society of being constantly defensive. Others have views and experiences too!


  7. Darthvader (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 8:31 am

    TOOSOO , YES TOOSOO – Life is so incomplete and hollow like a freaking dholki without Toosoo falooda. a great watering-hole it was too.
    damn it Anathema , i think i am gonna cry me a river now .


  8. Adnan (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:17 am

    Aussia: sadia said something which is not compatible with your statment.


  9. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:32 am

    Aussi_Paki & Saima Baaji: I didnt mean to cause no harm to any of your feelings. Actually you are right, it cant be good for all of us. And all of us have unique different experiences. And yes I do consider myself lucky to have enjoyed good joint family life. Behno, take it easy lol. Its not you who are stupid, its me :D . . I think I am still living in illusions and fantasies that everything is perfect and its perfect for everyone.

    DV: Its Tooso, not toosoo. Great Falooda though, lekin only when they put in fresh fruits (which happens most of the time)

    Behno, mein shama chahata hon.


  10. sadia (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    forgiven, fogotten mr illusions. Adnan misunderstood, I was supporting aussi, – my own family worked well but we are certainly just lucky, that doesnt mean its not a bad system.


  11. saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    illusionfs,

    Don’t be apologetic and Feel free to express yourself, its great to hear point of views logically or (emotionally )as long as they are honest and not just for degrading people…..and c’mon , i am not so vulnerable that point of views will hurt me…..
    BTW on a lighter note, I know many great women who have lived in a joint family system and (proved to be )and are a great BAHU or BHABI or SAAS or NANND, etc., etc.,…. but “their joints” started aching rather early in life because of the physical and emotional stress in keeping the family ‘joint’ is also a reality.

    And on YAADAIN note….gurumandir had the best “gnney ka juice”, shop was next to newtown musjid and no one has still been able to beat the “bohri bazzar ki chaat”, without which my college life wud have been spiceless as that was the only ‘Spice’ allowed….well lets add the finger chips called SLIMS which was for RS.1/-, until I left college in 1988.


  12. saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    illusionfs,

    Don’t be apologetic and Feel free to express yourself, its great to hear point of views logically or (emotionally )as long as they are honest and not just for degrading people…..and c’mon , i am not so vulnerable that point of views will hurt me…..
    BTW on a lighter note, I know many great women who have lived in a joint family system and (proved to be )and are a great BAHU or BHABI or SAAS or NANND, etc., etc.,…. but “their joints” started aching rather early in life because of the physical and emotional stress in keeping the family ‘joint’ is also a reality.

    And on YAADAIN note….gurumandir had the best “gnney ka juice”, shop was next to newtown musjid and no one has still been able to beat the “bohri bazzar ki chaat”, without which my college life wud have been spiceless as that was the only ‘Spice’ allowed….well lets add the finger chips called SLIMS which was for RS.1/-, until I left college in 1988.


  13. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

    Np Illusionsfs. Yes Adanan thats what I said, Sadia appreciated the fact that she is lucky to have a nice joint family, yet she understood not everyone does.

    Cheers.


  14. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    Saima, are slims still available in Karachi :D?


  15. GI Joe (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

    umar! dude!! ur OLD.


  16. saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    Aussi_Paki,

    yes! “slims” is still available with the slight difference in packaging, but same old taste, brought some back from my recent trip to karachi….available at Agha’s.


  17. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

    hmm thanks heaps Saima =D. I’m sorry but I have forgotten, where is Agha’s?


  18. qu3st81 (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    why dont i see my comments here?tried posting here only to find them moderated to the limit they disappear.and i dont think what i write is offensive either,knowin from the comments ive read above.


  19. naved (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 6:11 pm

    wow…man seriously i wish i was born durin those times…..seriously da problem wit ppl these days and when you ask someone for help… they swear at you and stuff…i mean that this wasnt that pakistan people who really fought for the country gave us..indeed its us spoiling everything that could ever be called that beauty of pakistan..anyway guys i am gonna shift to paki…i am in abu dhabi right now and am really in need for good friends out there….till then

    peace out everyone

    naved …..kissmybullet@hotmail.com….. i need help guys…wanna get in a good college n forming a band



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