‘Twas a time when there was no YouTube after 11:00 P.M.
And on holidays, silence until 8:00.
I sat on my little red chair
The Ramayan on Doordarshan
with elders, discussing the story
Behind the incarnation.
I waited for Saturdays and Sundays
the children program
Which made me stick to the screen,
don’t fascinate me anymore.
We also had a radio which brought us
Songs of Lata ji and stories of Manto,
What we call now 50s song but when I listened
Late at night from the radio beside my grandpa,
I heard Lata, Kishore and sometimes
Manna Dey sing Chunariya katati jaye,
Closing lines of which
I see as today’s truth.
It was just a song
Though being a Z generation kid,
My childhood was
Filled with black and whites
Though, I didn’t enjoy Ramayan.
Daily soaps still not attract me.
My grandpa’s radio made me
Love the lyrics of 50s
Whose meaning I didn’t understand as a child.
I miss the world where all I knew
Was running upstairs
On power cuts at night.
I miss the world where my grandma revealed
How stars told them the time
Before clocks came.
Now I know,
Some part of you remain
The way it was
As a child.
No matter how you change
Your likes or dislikes
For the sake of this world,
For I still hear Ek pyar ka nagma
And what we call trending songs
Would be my last resort.
About the Poem “To you, My Childhood”
This poem is not just a nostalgia. It’s actually a measurement of change. What we used to enjoy as a song, is now a reality.
In the second stanza, I have mentioned Manna Dey’s song.
If you can see, this is actually what we see today.
Another theme of this poem is of course nostalgia. Everyone of us miss the innocent days of childhood.
Introducing my grandma in the poem was meant to show experience. Even though they didn’t know as much as we know today, their experience made them rich.
Then the closing stanzas of my poem are dedicated to another aspect. The environment that we experience in our childhood has an everlasting effect.
That was all I had to say about this poem. You can’t find any rhyme or meter today, for it has been written in free verse.
Again I would like you dig out a new meaning of the lines on your own. Remember your childhood days. Look around and see what has changed. Ask yourself, how your childhood world has influenced your present.
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