Generation to Generation – 2

23 Sep

Feeling really silly…

Every generation thinks that they had a better time than the ones that followed. How many times have you heard your dad or your grandfather start a sentence with “During my times….” and you groan…

How many times have YOU started to say to your son or daughter “You see, when I was your age…” and immediately heard the sound of snoring…. I am willing to bet that you’ve done it quite a few times.. me too.. guilty as charged…

So heres a highly exaggerated version how different generations view things…

Going to School:

Me to my son: When I was younger we would have to cycle to school and anywhere we want to go. We didnt have cars and didnt know what Air Conditioning was. I had 2 sets of uniforms…

My Dad to me: When I was younger we walked 5 miles to school… barefoot…we had one set of clothes to wear that was handed down from my elder brother (basically clothes seem to be stitched for the oldest kind and worked their way to the youngest. By the time the youngest wore it, it was only a couple of threads)

My Granddad: We went to school in another town and had to walk through a forest that was filled with tigers (I exagerrate of course but you get the idea)…we had one set of clothes that we spun yarn and stitched ourselves…

My Great Grandad (probably): We had to grow our own cotton… then yarn it and stitch our clothes…

On Eating Out:

Me to my son: “I could get Dose, Coffee and Rava Vada at Vidyarthi Bhavan for One Rupee and Five Paisa…”.. My son (yawning): “Never seen a Five Paisa…”

My Dad to me: Dosa was 1 anna…another 2 paise for benne and coffee… the guy at the restaurant would throw in a sweet for another paisa…

My Granddad: Dosa was ondu kaasu.. and that too with benne..another kaasu for Idly and Vade and filter coffee… the cook used to freshly do the dough for every dosa ordered…

About Food etc
My Dad : When we were growing up each of us (brothers and sisters) had his/her own cow.  When I was your age, I would eat only fresh vegetables. In fact we’d cook them while they were on the tree…

My Grandad: Not only did we have our own cows.. we each had a buffallo as well… and a guy who milked them…I used to drink 5 litres of milk, eat 5 kgs of vegetables…and 10 laddus in one sitting (I guess the other 10 were eaten standing)

About Respect

My Father: We never spoke when our father was around. We only spoke when we were spoken to. Never made any noise at home .. (yeah right !!!)

My Grandfather: Our father was so strict that we only spoke twice in our entire life… once when I was 6 months old and the other 60 years later…


15 Responses to “Generation to Generation – 2”

  1. Valsala September 23, 2008 at 4:19 am #

    Hey, its not that the older generation thinks that they had a better time…. they just want to make you totally aware of hat an easy time YOU have of it… (maybe a spot jealous too?)

  2. Nikhil September 23, 2008 at 6:32 am #

    Hahahaha!!! Its a funny thing, this generation ‘gap’… I’m sure I’d tell my great grandson “When I used to shuffle my iPod…” and he’d start snoring! 😀

  3. Veena September 23, 2008 at 8:49 am #

    Vijay, too good. I was continuously laughing throughout the post… Each and every para is priceless.. I should say, you turn your experiences very creatively to a blogpost….

    Probably I shall save this post and share it with my grand children and they would make a comment, how could you browse internet/check blogs using a desktop/laptop !! huh!!??…

  4. Ram September 23, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    Too good! hehe
    Sure, I have heard it from my dad and chikkappa. and well, umm… umm… ye yes – i mention about such to my 3yr old whether she really understands or not! 😉

  5. BlueMist September 23, 2008 at 11:08 am #

    LOL that was way funny 🙂 Enjoyed it !!

  6. some body September 23, 2008 at 11:57 am #


    i *knew* i had seen the same title before. sure is surprising that wordpress failed to auto-link the posts!

    you need make a comparison of phones/phone calls.

    grandpa: we never had a phone, nor did we need one.
    pa: when we called bengalooru from mysooru, we used to make trunk calls.
    you: i used to connect through a phone operator to call india from the usa.
    kid: what’s a phone operator?

    – s.b.

  7. Vijay September 23, 2008 at 12:04 pm #

    @Valsala: Dont think so.. I still think I had a better time than my son… though he’ll disagree…
    @Nikhil: .. and you’ll say “in our days we made do with broadband”
    @Veena: Thanks
    @Ram: Been a long time… Yes I do it all the time
    @Bluemist: 🙂
    @SB: Good catch man.. Title has been changed.. you have a fantastic memory.. aaah I remember the trunk calls.. we’d book an “Urgent” call in the morning and it would be patched through sometime towards the evening…

  8. Gowri September 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    How true. I say that to my kids too. “When I was your age, I used to bhah blah blah. “. Seriously, I do think we grew up in better times than our kids are. India was a socialist country. Terrorism/crime around the world was not as rampant. I used to walk down a lonely road to school all by myself when I was in 4th grade. It was such a simple world then (like in movies like ‘Golmaal’, ‘chitchor’). I was very young when those movies come out but when I see them now, I can relate to the India from back then. Sigh.. the good old days. The throw ball matches, the “ring” matches, and the lagoris with a whole bunch of kids near our house in the evenings.
    When I was in college, I used to leave early in the morning for an internship and come back at 7 PM in the evening. No cell phones, no access to office phones and my mom never worried. Mind boggling! I was thinking of getting my 8 yr old a cell phone when she was in the summer camp. I would have but the camp counselors objected.

  9. praneshachar September 23, 2008 at 11:16 pm #

    nijavagalu great imagination and superb write up
    really enjoyed and some of them are really cool and true and some u hv added to make everyoe of laugh. yah now a days people have time to talk laugh cry etc. etc., so le all laught it out
    congrats for a creative post and true to the core innu munde bahala kelodide junior inda husharagiri nam kaladalli andre ashte!!!!!!!! hogi daddy adya kala net itha mobile ith nivella hege jeevana madta idra gottilla!!!!!!! nikhil oovacha

  10. shivya September 24, 2008 at 1:29 am #

    haha, very interesting 🙂 i actually think the grandad generation was a lot more fun, walking through jungles with tigers!

  11. Vijay September 24, 2008 at 9:48 am #

    @Gowri: Things have certainly changed
    @Pranesh: Thanks
    @shivya: lol.. as I mentioned I made it up.. but you are right that would be fun… 😀

  12. xylene September 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    haha. things have sure changed.
    20 years from now.
    Me : We had one laptop and a desktop during our days.
    Son : zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    Me : We had to go to the ATM to collect cash.
    Son : zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz whats an ATM?
    Me : We had autos for city transportation.
    Son : Auto? The one that is on display at the museum?
    Me : We had cellphones then.
    Son : Whats a cellphone?

  13. neela September 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    too good!

  14. megcloud9 September 24, 2008 at 6:34 pm #


    superb !

  15. D.coy September 30, 2008 at 11:23 pm #

    I can think of a few more we could say in the future:

    1. When we went for studies in America, we had to change 3 planes.

    2. We had only 50″ TVs and we did not get flat screens till I was 30. Dish used to give only 400 channels but we managed somehow.

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