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22 signs you grew up in the 1980s

Last updated on: April 15, 2014 18:43 IST

22 signs you grew up in the 1980s

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Oh how we miss those blissful and simple times! Don't you too?

The 1990s may have brought prosperity and progress to India.

We got the 100 television channels we'd only heard of.

We got our Coca Colas and Pepsis.

We got the large pay packets we always dreamt of.

And we got our first stock market scam too :-)

But the '80s?

The '80s were simpler times.

Those of us in our 30s will remember what life was like before the great economic liberalisation programme was announced and the world came at India's doorstep.

So here we have it! A trip down memory lane for all you kids of the '80s.


1. You saw this photograph more than any other

You may have been way too young to remember the time it actually happened.

But the 1983 Prudential World Cup victory really was the biggest event in all of 80s :-)


Photographs: Wikimedia Creative Commons

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2. You held 5 paise coins and actually used them!

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There was a lot you could get for 5p you know.

Also how else were you to pay 25p to the bus conductor if you didnt have a 25p coin?

Yes there was a 25p coin too!


Photographs: Arivumathi/Wikimedia Creative Commons
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3. Your dad probably owned a safari suit

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It was the uniform of the 1980s white-collared workers!

Heck even Rahul Bajaj wore one!


Photographs: Reuters

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4. Your uncle/elder brother probably owned one of these

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And he was the coolest fellow you met


Photographs: Abhishek Mande Bhot/Rediff.com
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5. You couldn't begin your school year without this

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Remember when the ENTIRE family would be sitting around the dining table covering your books? :-)

 


Photographs: Courtesy Joker India website
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6. He was the most handsome prime minister

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A pilot becoming a prime minister!?! Unheard of!


Photographs: Express/Express/Getty Images
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7. You spent considerable time in queues...

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Without ever knowing what on earth you were queuing up for!


Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters
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8. Every week you waited for this

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The World This Week was the closest you got to 'international news' as a child!



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9. For this, you waited every fortnight

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And never once you wondered how he got around with his hat covering his eyes.

Nope. Not once! :-)



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10. You thought this was the best freaking thing to happen to TV

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Awaaaay, Giant Robot!




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11. You couldn't care less about this...

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Because you had no clue why everyone was crying!

 



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12. Or this

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Though you were shocked to see a movie star 'act' in a television show!



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13. Talking of movie stars...

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For you, there was just one superstar!


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14. Unless you lived down South

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In which case it was this fellow!


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15. You had arrived in life if you had this

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Officially seated 5 passengers

In reality? 8-12!


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16. But what you really wanted was one of these

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Oh the epitome of cool!


Photographs: Aashim Tyagi/Wikimedia Creative Commons
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17. Chocolate was this

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Ferrero Rocher? who?!


Photographs: Sudeep Bajpai/Wikimedia Creative Commons

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18. And this was the best thing you drank

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The zing thing!



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19. There were a lot of these

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And you went to the terrace every other hour to fix its direction with your dad/uncle.


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20. And this was one classy piece of animation

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You got to watch it every. single. day!



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21. Summer vacations always meant endless hours of cricket

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Oh we would drive our parents mad by refusing to return home!?!


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22. And after that, getting to school on time was the only thing that really mattered

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Regimes may have fallen, wars may have broken out, governments may have changed but none of this really affected you.

Your life was as blissful as ever.

Which wasn't such a bad thing after all, was it? :-)


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