Since every generation has their own share of awesomeness, there are certain things that the 90’s generation did and the coming generation will miss. They will never understand the sublime excellence hidden in these gestures. I am sure, they have their own things to do, but for me, my childhood was the best of both worlds. Just the right.


1. Writing letters / Receiving letters

The excitement of receiving hand written letters can never be expressed. You can express yourself in a liberating way, which will entail every single feeling of yours and especially the delight of saving them.

2. Indoor games / Outdoor games

Oh, the exuberance of playing traditional board games and enjoying hopscotch with your friends will beat the glistening beauty of PS2 / PS4 anyday.

3. Talking on a common phone

The coming generation will never understand the horror of always passing that barrier of talking to your friends parents, before you could reach them.

And then banging it when you were angry

. . . and the triumph of banging the phone out loud.

4. Having physical photographs

Ours is probably the last generation to have actual photographs in a photo album, since the digitalization has taken over quite dominantly.

5. Cartoon Network

Needn’t say anything about this. My childhood can be summarized in the afternoons that I spent watching these shows.

6. Going to grandparents house in summer vacation

All my siblings are taking internship in their summer vacations. They hardly want to “waste” any time. If not that, then they are traveling solo; but will they ever understand the love of grandparents like I did? Spending months at my native place, without any burden? I guess no.

7. Walkman/ Waiting for your song to be played on radio

Today I have everything on my fingertip, but how I miss the delight of waiting to hear my favorite song on radio or walking with that big bulky walkman in the entire vicinity.

8. A notification free life

My childhood was free from facebook notification, twitter notification, whatsapp notification and a lot more. The only notification I cared about was the one that my mom gave to me. Be back by 6:30 P.M.

9. Ignoring the easy way

You can’t just ignore someone these days. The world has become really small. But ignoring back then was way simplar. Just stop picking their calls and they’re literally out of your wing.

10. The unbreakable joy of having Nokia

That unbreakable Nokia 1100 was the pride of my house. I succumb to despair, every time I even think of dropping my “expensive as shit” smartphone, but Nokia, never. I once dropped it from my balcony and it was still working.

11. The joy of discovery

Discovering something new when you digged at play, something new in that hidden chest, something new when you climbed the tree behind your house for the first; if only kids today left video games to enjoy all that.

12. The happiness of cutting away yourself from the world

How would you do that now? Deactivate facebook, uninstall whatsapp, switch off your phone, deactivate your twitter handle and uninstall other messaging applications on your cell and those social media accounts. Phew! Back then, it was easy. Way easier than this.

13. Limitless discussions with huge uncertainty

Today, everything is backed with facts and the moment you get into a discussion, everyone picks their phone to check for facts. Earlier, we had meaningful discuss, poorer on facts maybe, but endless debates and mind boggling storytelling.

14. Going to the library

I still go to them, but my younger brother enjoys his kindle more than spending time at the library. They have smartphone applications to read, kindle, tablet and everything else but a library card.

15. Not being too busy

We weren’t that occupied. We went on spontaneous walks, we sat with our grandparents, we helped mom with cooking but today the life is different. School>Tuition>Art Class>Dance Class. Just a rat race.

16. A username of your choice

And last but not the least, having a username of your choice.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt.