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    Made many blog entries on this subject. Including one where I slept in the same room as a sack of durian, got fever and till today I am alergic to durian, king of fruits here. Sad.

    Actually, can relate to the ones NOV posted. Birthday at 21, my hands were shaking cutting the cake for the first time. Still got scars from bike injury. Childhood buddies are still the closest to me. Oh those asthmatic era....
    " நல்ல படம் , சுமாரான படம் என்பதையெல்லாம் தாண்டியவர் நடிகர் திலகம் . சிவாஜி படம் தோற்கலாம் ..சிவாஜி தோற்பதில்லை." - Joe Milton.

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    unfortunately I was mostly home bound ... the perils of being born in a business-oriented family
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    Things I miss.

    Letter writing. The wait in anticipation for the reply that takes days, weeks, months. The automatic smile when dads walks in with envelopes that doesn't have windows in them.
    " நல்ல படம் , சுமாரான படம் என்பதையெல்லாம் தாண்டியவர் நடிகர் திலகம் . சிவாஜி படம் தோற்கலாம் ..சிவாஜி தோற்பதில்லை." - Joe Milton.

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    TO THOSE BORN IN 1930 – 1979
    First, we survived being born to mothers who had no maids; they cooked, cleaned while taking care of us at the same time

    We took aspirin, candy floss, fizzy drinks, shaved ice with syrups and diabetes were rare

    Salt was added to Pepsi or Coca Cola and Sinalco

    We brought empty bottles to hospital to be filled with cough syrup

    When we were children, we were experts in cycling even when our feet could not touch the ground

    As children we would ride with our parents on bicycles, the richer ones in cars with no seat belts, no booster seats and no air bags

    Then we drank water direct from the garden tap and not from a bottle

    We would spend hours on the fields under bright sunlight flying our kites, without worrying about the UV ray which never seem to affect us

    We go to the jungle to catch spiders without worries of Aedes mosquitoes

    With mere 5 pebbles (stones) would be an endless game

    With a ball (tennis ball is best) boys would run like crazy for hours

    We even caught guppies in drains/canals and when it rained we swan there

    We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle and no one actually worry about being unhygienic

    We ate salty, very sweet and oily food, candies, bread and real butter and drank very sweet soft coffee/tea, ice kacang, but we weren’t overweight. Why? Because we were always outside playing !!!

    We would leave home in the morning and play all day till streetlights came on

    No one was able to reach us all day and we don’t have hand-phones to bug us and we were ok and we were safe

    No cell phones, no personal computers, no internet, no Nintendo games, no DVD but we had FRIENDS!

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and just yelled for them

    We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still continued the stunts

    Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all

    AND YOU ARE ONE OF THEM! CONGRATULATIONS!
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    Adhirasam – Deepavali Nostalgia of Bygone days


    My earliest memories of Deepavali begins with the making of the dough for adhirasam. A few days after Saraswathy Poojai, my father would start making the dough, launching the start of Deepavali celebrations. Adhirasam is a must for Deepavali, and those days in Penang at least, everyone made golden coloured adhirasam unlike the brown, doughnut-shaped adhirasam of these days. Sadly the white sugar adhirasam is no longer seen.

    Father would make a large amount of the dough and leave it to season in a huge claypot. After this initial ritual, the making of the rest of the palagarangal (goodies) would begin. Always, they would be the same goodies – murukku (always kadalai murukku, not ulundhu murukku), Omappodi, sEvu and pakada. He would make massive amounts of these goodies, for they were to be distributed to customers, neighbours, friends and relatives on Deepavali day. Thus one palagaraam-making would entail a whole-day affair. Mother would be relieved from the kitchen, but not spared from work or nagging. All children would be involved and the whole process would be like an assembly line with each child being tasked with one process. Palagaraam-making will end with the frying of adhirasam, just before the big day.

    On normal days, father would wake up before 5am and would cycle to the wholesale market to buy fresh produce, to sell in his sundry shop. A few days before Deepavali, he would come back from the market smiling. New clothes for everyone! What sweet memories that brings back to me now!

    And then Deepavali would arrive! All in the family would be woken up early to have the ritual bath before sunrise. We would all assemble at the prayer room, where all our new dresses would already have been dotted with turmeric. Father would then “put sambrani” for the lamp, new clothes, gingelly oil and the seeyakkai (traditional shampoo), before giving oil to each member of the family. In the meantime, a huge metal pot of water would be boiling and each of us would take some and proceed to bathe. (The oil is believed to be Lakshmi and water, from Ganges.) As there was only one bathroom, it would take a while before all nine of us would be ready.

    And then prayers would begin – that would be the most elaborate prayers we would have had all year round. Once prayers was over, father would launch the celebrations with the lighting up of fire crackers – this was before it was banned. We would then sit down for breakfast for a once-a-year treat of Nescafe. Mother will continue to serve steaming hot thosais and then we would partake of the palagaaram. Soon, the packing of the palagaaram would begin and we, the children would start making rounds delivering those palagaaram to all and sundry.

    My children too grew up with all these rituals - from making palagaaram to early morning oil-bath ritual; nothing is missed or compromised. For what is man without culture. Hopefully, this tradition will be passed on to future generations.

    Adhirasam – such sweet memories it brings.

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    Dedicated To All those Born in 1940's, 50's, 60's.

    Without any maids, our mothers cooked, cleaned and took care of the whole family. They still had time to chat with neighbours.

    Everyone had candy floss, fizzy drinks and shaved ice with syrups. Diabetes were rare and aspirin/panadol cured all illness.

    We rode adult's bicycle to school, the richer ones had their own mini-bikes. Ironically, we all had problems with our brakes, and after running into the bushes a few times, we learned how to solve the problem.

    Prefects were a fearful lot ...more fearful than the teachers. Detention class was like going to prison for a day. We had "public canning" in schools.

    NO ONE ever won the big prices on "Tikam". It was a scam but it did not stop us coming back for more.

    Motorbikes were rode without helmets. It was rare to ride a private taxi. Taking a bus was luxury - we either cycled or walked everywhere.

    We drank water from the tap and NOT from bottles.

    We spend hours in fields under the sun, playing football or flying kites, without worrying about UV ray. It did not affect us.

    We roamed free catching spiders and did not worry of Aedes mosquitoes. We kept our spiders in match boxes and ready for a fight anytime.

    With mere 5 pebbles, girls played endless games and with a tennis ball, boys ran like crazy for hours.

    When it rained, we swam the drains & canals to catch "ikan keli", none of us were dissolved in rain.

    We shared one bottle of soft drink with friends, NO ONE actually worried about catching anything.

    We ate salty, sweet & oily foods, bread had real butter and sometimes condense milk. We enjoyed very sweet coffee, tea, and "ice kacang" but we were not obese because....... WE WERE OUT PLAYING ALL THE TIME!!

    We left home in the morning and played all day till hunger drove us back home. When needed, our parents knew how to find us. NO ONE actually watched over us and WE ALWAYS WERE SAFE.

    WE DID NOT HAVE HANDPHONES BUGGING US. We rode bikes or walked over to a friend's house and just yelled for them!

    We did not have Playstations, X-boxes, Nintendo's, multiple channels on cable TV, DVD movies, no surround sound, no phones, no personal computers, no Internet. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! Our TV was black and white.

    We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and we still continued the stunts.

    We did not have birthdays parties till we were 21, that is when we started to take noticed of girls.

    We have not heard of the word "Bumiputra". We only knew our friends by names. Their parents were Pak Cik and Mak Cik or Uncle and Aunty.

    In badminton, we did not change the shuttle as long as it was in flight. Regardless of how many feathers were left in the shuttle, our game continued... but still Wong Peng Soon and Punch Gunalan made us proud in Badminton.

    Match-boxes were always "chilly" or "king kong" brand...to own a box of matches from a hotel was something great.

    Regardless of whether we could afford one, we always knew Maths tuition was $10.00 a month.

    All parties were held in the Town hall.

    We felt please to see a policeman and we were always edger to tell police everything we saw.

    Morris Minor and Volkswagen beetle were on our roads...driven alongside Kingswood, Vauxhall, Opel and Chyrsler. Executives of companies drove Peugeot 504. Japanese cars were considered "inferior". There were no traffic lights only roundabouts.

    The whole kampung came together during kenduris and all took turns to "kacau dodol". Chinese, Indians and Malays were all part of kenduris and all of us spoke Malay.

    Our favourite local performer was Rose Chan and the Beatles were the most popular band. John Wayne's westerns on Sunday Cheap Matinees were 25 cent per show.

    Malay weddings had joget sessions in the night, it was the only time to ask the Malay lady for a dance.

    Ketupat were NEVER plastic wrapped.

    Football was played barefooted in torn-filled "padangs", rain or shine... but still Santokh Singh, Soh Chin Ann and Mokhtar Dahari made us proud, we actually beat South Korea in football.

    JPJ testers instill fear and were highly respected...

    Susu lembu was delivered to our house by our big, friendly and strong "Bayi" on his bicycle. All "jagas" were "Bayi" and no place got robbed.

    "Laksa" and "Putu Mayam" man came peddling. "Kacang Puteh" man walked balancing on his head top, 6 compartments of different type of murukus.

    We played "gasing", made our own kites & had kite fighting with glass glued threads and made wooden guns & used seeds from plants for bullets.

    Kang Kong was free…easily harvested by riverside. "Kembong" was 30 cents a "kati" and nobody wanted "ikan pari".

    When the Circus came to town, everybody went to see it. It was the best LIVE show I ever saw.

    Usually we did not have to BUY fruits; they were self planted or given by neighbours or friends.

    The idea of parents bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. Our parents actually sided with the law ! Nobody knew about child psychology!

    Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

    The past 40 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned ......HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

    And YOU are one of them!

    CONGRATULATIONS!
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