You know you grew up in Pakisan in the ’90s if…

Just got this amazing forwarded email from a friend, and although not applicable to only Karachi, it applies to the whole of Pakistan. I am posting it here because most of the people here would be able to relate to it.

You know you grew up in Pakistan in the 90’s when:

– Evenings on STN/NTM were the highlight of your day.

– The Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Captain Planet were dubbed in Urdu.

– If you were lucky, you had a dish, and you’d watch Disney Hour dubbed in Hindi on Zee TV and write to the host Vishaal. And you never missed “Hum Paanch” (Pa-Pa-Pa-PAANCH! ) or Tu Tu Mein Mein either.

– You played “Kings” in school (the game where the first person to yell “Kings” would try to step on someone’s foot. Then that person would try to step on someone else’s foot and so forth).

– Playground feminism took form in the shape of “Queens” (essentially the same thing as “Kings”) and “Kish,” that weird jumping game that involved two teams and a loop of elastic (usually made out of a few shalwars’ worth of
elastic tied together, snuck secretly because the mums would get sick of their daughters wasting a perfectly good roll of elastic.)

– Guys only ever played cricket and football, depending on what world cup was going on at the time.

– The only co-ed sport that was ever played was dodgeball (called Dodge the Ball) and girls were actually pretty good at it.

– You played Dark Room, Tilo-Express, Oonch Neech, Chor-Sipahi and Chupan Chupai.

– You decided conflicts not by rock-paper-scissors , but by Pugan-Pugaai, In Pin Safety Pin, or Akar-Bakar-Bambay- Bo.

– 5 words: Assoo-Panjoo- Haar-Kabootar- Doli.

– Anyone owning a real Barbie or Hot Wheels was a source of envy and admiration.

– “Bil Patori naasa chori aadhi mithi aadhi kori I’m sorry I’m sorry” means something to you. As do “ZAAAAAYYYMEEENAAAA !!!” and “Mein kon hoon, mein kya karoon, mein kiss ko khaaon” and “Ulloo ulloo hello, ulloo ulloo hello.”

– You wished you were Imran or Moattar from Ainak Waala Jin.

– You had nightmares about Bil Patori and Haamoon Jadoogar.

– You drank Frost juice with Super Crisp chips. And then when you were done, you’d chuck the juice box on the floor and jump on it to burst it.

– “Idiot,” “Shut Up” or “Badtameez” was your first cuss word.

– There was never a line at the canteen. Instead everyone drove the canteen wala mad by screaming at the top of their lungs.

– You were cool if you could finish a whole pack of Crunchies or Slanties without showing any signs of weakness, including drinking water afterwards.

– You picked out only the chips from your mum’s Nimco.

– You remember RC Cola and how no one liked it.

– It was taboo for guys to drink Mirinda/Fanta because it was a GIRL’s drink.

– You idolized Imran Khan even though he was retired when you were 2 or 3, and wiped your face with your Pepsi bottle or Frost juice because he did it in that ad.

– Wasim Akram’s “mein cigarette nahi peeta” ad made half ur generation vow to never smoke (the other half just missed out on good stuff).

– You had to ask “Ma’am/Miss may I come in” before entering a class, and you had to stand up to answer questions during a lesson.

– Cordless phones were the coolest things.

– You went crazy when your dad bought his first ever mobile, and you wouldn’t shut up about it to your friends.

– You carried around a cordless phone in your bag/pocket pretending it was a mobile phone, because heck, they both looked the same back then didn’t they?

– You begged your parents for a walkman and then bought tapes of Junaid Jamshed, or if you were really cool, Junoon.

– You went to a Junaid Jamshed concert in a PAF building or a Junoon concert in PC.

– You remember Fakhr-e-Alam hosting the Top Ten on NTM and his “Bhangra Rap” was always #1.

– #2 was “Jaadoo Ka Charagh” by Awaz and #3 was “Dohlna” by Shehzad Roy.. #4 was “Mann de Moaj” by Hadiqa Kayani, the only cool female-singer in Pakistani (and that was her only song for a long time, till she sang Dupatta Mera Malmal Ka.”)

– You were really sad when Awaz split up. And later you took sides between Haroon and Fakhir, and if you liked one you had to hate the other.

– You remember waking up early in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays (back when they weren’t weekends) before school to watch English cartoons on Star Plus (before it got taken over by the Indians).

– You still hold a grudge against the Indianization of Star Plus after all those years.

– You remember celebrating when they changed the weekends to Saturday and Sunday because it meant Friday was a half-day.

– You remember crying because of it if you were older, since the schools would make you come on Saturday for a full day anyway.

– You played Sega-Mega Drive, Atari and Super Nintendo.

– You played Mario Brothers like there was no tomorrow.

– You remember the Nintendo game where you had to shoot ducks with an actual gun-shaped joystick and thought it was the most amazing thing ever.

– Your life was never the same again when your first Windows 95 was set up in your house.

– You played Dave 1 and thought level three was the hardest thing in the world. Then you upgraded to Lion King (probably from a Power Games CD bought out in the street).

– You shafted Polka Ice Cream when Walls became popular. And yes, admit it, you used to wait for the Ice Cream wala in the afternoon and bought Paddle
Pops from him.

– Walls wasn’t as good as the Challi Walla (end there were rumors that people loved them so much because there was chars in the masala).

– The boys watched Captain Majid (some daring girls did too) and the girls watched Jem (so did some guys, for that matter, and hid their interest under the pretext of making fun of their sisters).

– Cartoon Network showed good stuff like Johnny Bravo and Johnny Quest before crap like Cow and Chicken ruined everything.

– You had “kutti” (pinkie finger) with your enemies and “sulli” (index+middle finger) with your friends.

– Our idols were either the guys from Alpha Bravo Charlie or the guys from Teen Bata Teen.

– It’s “copy,” “rubber,” and “dustbin.” Or rather, “duss-bin.” And “desk” was once “dex.”

– Your childhood was over when they made you stop using pencils and start using fountain pens. And you always made a mess filling the ink.

– You watched Small Wonder, even after it was dubbed in Hindi by Star Plus.

– You wanted to be on the Crystal Maze, The Legends of the Hidden Temple and such game shows.

– The coolest clapping games were “Cham Cham Cham,” “O Pillar,” “Zig Zag Zoo.”

– You were on the top of the food chain if you were made monitor (and you very easily abused the power too, by chucking chalk and dusters at people).

– Sit/Stand, Murghi, and sitting in the bad-kid section was the usual punishment. And the good girls would sit with the bad boys in a vain attempt to civilize them.

Add your own thoughts!

60 Comments so far

  1. Faisal (unregistered) on September 8th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    simply awesomistic!!! I feel like crying for some reason :(

  2. aysha (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    OMG…i simply love this…it feels like yesterday only…there was ‘country country’ ‘FULL STOP’ and ‘King king’ aswell to add to the list of games:)

  3. a.xya (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    oh my God…most of it so true…so nostalgic…its hard to believe that times have changed so much….one more thing to add….
    remember the chadda group? that strange mysterious group of oilyy skin guys that would suddenly appear out of no where?….God that was freakyyy…i wonder where they r now? :p

  4. Concerned (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

    I heard alot abt the chadda group but never saw one, was it actually real or just a rumor.

  5. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    sucking and licking Gola Ganda
    with ur school tie tied around ur head was the coolest thing among bad boys of school.

    Also hanging school bag with bag belt on ur head, that was fun too.

    And also not forgetting the Commodore 64 fever.


    And also

  6. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 10th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    lol @ chadda group

    there had been many such kidna groups like hathora group etc.

  7. Sobia Shuaib (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    lol. i remember they had a Ninja Turtle contest on STN. The first 1000 callers to call and name all 4 turtles would get their poster. I won! that was one of the most exciting days of my life:P

    I’m not in Pak anymore, but don’t the kids today still play kish and dodge the ball and king king? i visited last year, and me and my friends (all in our twenties now) played king king for old times sakes. my foot hurt for two days :D


  8. Sobia Shuaib (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    lol. i remember they had a Ninja Turtle contest on STN. The first 1000 callers to call and name all 4 turtles would get their poster. I won! that was one of the most exciting days of my life:P

    I’m not in Pak anymore, but don’t the kids today still play kish and dodge the ball and king king? i visited last year, and me and my friends (all in our twenties now) played king king for old times sakes. my foot hurt for two days :D


  9. junaid naseer (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    Hmmm ! The Nineties were a great decade,(second only to the Eighties-I don’t know why I like the Eighties so much even when I was only born in 1985). I loved NTM and all the English cartoons and programs aired on it. Saber Rider,Thundercats,(I loved them more in English then the dubbed versions-that made them stupid) By the way a lot of that stuff was from the eighties-no wonder I like the eighties so much. PTV used to show some decent cartoon programs back then not to mention some good drama serials. I remember school being closed for a week coz of Qazi sahab giving “Dharna” at Islamabad against the Benazir govt. before the BB. govt. went down in 1996. And the political drama of PPP vs PML, where every other year the entire family (all the chachas,tayas,etc ) would rush to our native village in Taxila to cast their votes… well the excitement went away and now they don’t give a damn to any party or govt.I was addicted to TV back then-like I am addicted to PC now. The whole atmosphere of that era was something amazing. The Vital Signs were big. There videos were nice. The were others like Awaz, the Fringe Benefits, the Yatagan,…(endless list) not to mention the rising maestro- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.FM had just started… Then we got SPTV and it was gr8… (GOD I was hooked to TV back then…) No internet, no PC,…

    Pakistan were World Champions in cricket, hockey, squash and football. India-Pakistan matches were really big, unlike nowadays. Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Waqar Younis, Amir Sohail,…(remember M.Zahid took a 10-for on debut, back then he was the quickest)

    Diana came to Pakistan and then when she died in France her death was broadcast live on Pakistan channels. Imran married Jemima and his fundraising campaigns for Shaukat Khanam Cancer Hospital. No Usama – Al Qaeda back then…

    Lollywood enjoyed a little god period with some decent films like Jeeva, Sargam, Sangam, Chief Saab, Mushkil, etc (I am not into films but people say they were good so they must be good)

    and oh yes the PTCL call had an infinite time. You talked for 5 minutes or 2 hours you were charged the same money for the call.

    No cable operators back then at least not so openly available ones around our home in Rawalpindi, just dish antennas…

    oh well !!! it’s gone – lost forever

  10. junaid naseer (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    oh and forgot to mention the atari-i was hooked on that too and then came the sega nes and mario bros.

    and well all those games that kids played like-country country, unch neech,…

    kahan chala gaya wo sub

    aur mera tau school bhi ub wahan nai raha-(it shifted to another building)

    not so many cars on the roads back then…
    and it used to be a little cooler at least in the winters…

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