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Sunday, January 15, 2012

whatever happened to???

Guess one of the things about growing old is that, more and more, you start asking, whatever happened to...??

Like, I wondered the other day, whatever happened to Rajesh Khanna? I know he's alive somewhere, but why is there no mention of him, no pics of him in the media or any other place?

Whatever happened to transistors? I used to see people, atleast workers, carrying them around a few years back, but all i see now are car radios, and people listening to radio on their mobiles. Guess the transistor, with its extendable antenna is now history...

Or, whatever happened to music videos? I remember it was mandatory to release the video with every new rock or pop song, but i dont get to see them any longer...all i see on TV is the Michael Jackson/Lionel Ritchie stuff, or Enrique Inglesias' old videos...do they release them anymore, i wonder?

And, whatever happened to those weekly music countdowns? everybody, whether BBC Radio or MTV or V used to have them, and it was a nice, comfortable way of knowing what's on..but all I can see now are reality shows on MTV...

And, whatever happened to "stickers"? As a kid, in school, we used to crowd around any kid who brought a big Richie Rich sticker to school, and our dreams at night were of stickers. The kids now could not care less about stickers, and i do not see them any where...

Or, does any kid collect anything anymore? We used to collect stamps, or cigarrette cases, or marbles, or coins, or matchboxes. Every kid was supposed to have a 'hobby", usually something to do with collecting : when you got to know a kid, you would ask him his name, and then his "hobby". I remember my daughter collecting Barbies, and then "Tazos", shiny discs that came with chips. Wonder any kid has time to collect anything now, what with the SMSing, the Facebooking, the tuitions and the TV.

Guess our parents would have a hell of a lot of 'whatever happened to....??" cropping up everyday, and that, more than anything else, binds them together, this growing old with the memories of an era which has gone by....

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