Saturday, February 4, 2012

School Memories Of A 59 Year Old Mother! (Part - II)

First, I thought, I will skip the second part of my earlier post, School Memories of a 59 year old mother! might be boring.   Then, I thought, I had committed (!) and I have to write now! So, here are some more memories!

As I told you earlier, we had one period of drawing class.  This scrap book is from my VI Std. We used to take colour pencil box and water colour paint box to school on the day of the drawing class.  I had done better drawings, but somehow only this book survived! I had some science record books also! Thank god, I was not able to trace them in my old are saved!

Even now, this is my favourite rangoli! I draw this in front of my house during festival days!

I remember seeing these types of drawings in my grand niece's books also, now!

Water colour! The butterflies look funny!

This is not good, but I remember carrying coloured, polish papers to my class! The green coloured paper is inserted inside the pink one!

My children had beautiful labels with the pictures of cricket players etc.  These labels were got from the shops free of cost, while buying note books!

My parents had 5 children! My mother didn't have time to monitor our school work.  Most of the time, we were on our own! We, brothers and sisters were close to each other and we were in our own world.  Somehow, it was fun! We used to play many indoor games like pallanguzhi, 5 stones, daayam etc.  Then, card games like ass, 'gor kaththe' etc. This 'gor kaththe' game (kaththe means donkey in my language, Tulu! Collecting cards to become a donkey, will be the close meaning!) is interesting! For 4 or more players, we use 2 packs.  Distribute 10 cards each. Place the rest of the card pack in the middle. Start the play with A Spade.  If nobody has that card, then start with A arts or A clubs or A dice.  If you don't have the spade, then pull cards from the pack one by one until you get a is fun watching people collecting cards! Whoever has the highest denomination card, starts the rounds.  If you have two same denomination cards, whoever drops the first card, should start the next round. After all the cards in the pack are over, then the game is just like our 'Ass' game. In our game, the player who gave the 'cut' plays first after giving the cut! We call it 'Ramesh Kaththe' too because this cousin of mine taught this game to us when we were very small! Now, all my relatives play this game during get-togethers!

I had this habit of drawing faces everywhere...

This is an old cutting of the players of the 1971 India-England match - I had this cutting in my scrap book! I had written the names of the players too! One more link of the players of the same match is here
People were crazy about cricket in those days too but they had to go to the stadium to watch the match or hear the commentary in the radio! The radio commentators were very famous.  I remember watching some clips in the theatre, before the movie started, before the 'Indian Films Division' documentaries! We used to admire Ian Botham - he was a jovial person and interacted with the spectators while standing near the fence during the match! I think we started seeing foreigners in these clips, otherwise we never came across them earlier, no TV and except in Hataari and one or two other English films, we never came across seeing white people! I got familiarised with the rules of the game from a Tamil magazine, 'Tuglaq' - yes, Cho Ramaswamy's magazine (now, he is famous for his role as a 'think tank/adviser' for Jayalalitha!).  The game was explained with drawings!

I remember while watching the matches in theatres, as soon as the match was over, the spectators used to rush in to the playground and hug the players! If any player makes a hundred, some people would come in and hug the player! Now, the spectators are fenced off!  The players too, as soon as they hit a hundred used to lift their bat, first to the sun/god and then to all the 4 sides - to the spectators and pavilion.  Now, it is to the sun/god and then to just to the pavilion.  They don't seem to acknowledge the spectators...well, most of them.

My teenage hero! He is really very handsome, hmmm?!
Like any young girl, I also hero worshipped a film hero...Dharmendra! I don't know why I admired, he is an ordinary hero for me...better actors were there and are there now (I think so, now!). He is good in comedy than serious acting, I feel so, now! I remember watching his 'Satyakam' (Hrishikesh Mukherji's) and started admiring him! The story was a serious one and a good one! My mother used to take us to movies in those days!  I had a collection of 10-15 pictures of Dharmendra but only a couple of them survived! This one is from an old, famous magazine of those days, 'Picture Post'! I remember getting angry with my mother because she didn't take me to 'Anupama', a Dharmendra movie! That was actually a good movie, I saw it in the TV, may years later, with my mother! My favourite is 'Chupke Chupke'! My sister was a Rajesh Khanna fan! We used to have arguments about our heroes! It sounds silly now!

I had this picture in my collection! The lady on the right looks like Bharathi, but it says Mala Sinha! I don't know why I had Dara Singh's picture ad.!

This is the end of Sandhya's story, for now!



Deepa said...

Oh so cute! A Dharmendra fan....! Were you also like Guddi? :)

Sandhya said...

DEEPA: You asked a very right question, Deepa! I could have added this in the post too! But I was 22 when I got married. This is a write up about my school days to teens!

Yes, my husband is a 6 footer and I am yet to touch 5 feet, half an inch less, still! Got married in 1974 when Jaya and Amitabh married. They were a hit pair. I had a very very long and thick hair like Jaya's too! People were comparing our pair with theirs, esp. in my office!

Destination Infinity said...

I did not have any opinion about movie actors at that young age. Even now, I don't have much! Till my tenth standard, I had no clue of which movies were releasing, I just went to the ones which my parents took me to! I remember watching Independence day, Jumanji and Twister in the same week (in theatre) and I think it was the best movie week in my life. All three of them were awesome, to say the least!

Destination Infinity

Renu said...

Sandhya your drawings are very good.I also like Dharmendra very much..

KParthasarathi said...

An interesting rambling of a post.Dharam was a handsome hero though looks too old now.A light herted actor like our own Gemini or Jaishankar.
Amazing how you retain the pages from the school note books while I always search for the papers relating to even the last year

Harish P I said...

A Dharmendra fan.. Wow.. Chupke Chupke is one of my favorite..

Kavita Saharia said...

I loved the way you boadered your notebook cover with floral drawings,I used to do the same .The face you drew looks neat .And the best thing about today's post is "Dharam ji" ....heee !So cute!

Sandhya said...

DESTINATION INFINITY: Yes, watching 3 movies, that too, very good movies is great, D.I.! No, we were not movie freaks, but my mother used to go to good movies with her cousin. If the movie was good, she used to take us! My father was very particular which type of movies we should watch! I used to like Shivaji movies too, but for hero worshipping,like collecting pictures, Dharam was chosen, why? I am asking myself!

RENU: Thank you, Renu! You too liked Dharam? We are in the same league! Macho man of his time!

KPARTHASARATHY: Dharam is old and we are old too, Partha Sir! Shivaji too was a good comedian...I used to admire, even now admire, his powerful eyes!

I too search for things all the time, nowadays! My books have survived shifting of states and houses! Now, the remnants will be here always!

HARISH: Thank you, Harish! Whoever has watched 'Chupke chupke' will become fans of the movie and its actors!

KAVITA: I was wondering if it looked very simple while posting that picture! But I too liked the bordering habit, so thought someone would notice it! Thank you, Kavita!

Yes, Dharam Gharam is always Dharam Gharam, the Filmy duniya's all-time macho man!

I wanted to name my first son Narendra but my son said 'thank god I am not named after Dharmendra'! But I thought of the name after Vivekananda - his maiden name - hey, is it right, saying maiden name for men?!

Sandhya said...

This is Sujatha Sathya's comment. It doesn't get published, don't know the reason. So, I 'copy pasted' it. Sorry, Sujatha!

"i thought i had commented long back but somehow it isn't visible! :((

well, loved this post - wonderful bag of memories for you to relive"

I had this in my email, Sujatha. Thank you for taking the effort to comment again. I don't know how to include your link into your name!

radha said...

You draw well! And I too remember inserting the coloured paper designs. And collected cricketer pictures - we used to get an album and thereafter a picture every time my parents went to fill up petrol. I knew the life story of all our players then. Who hit the most 6s, who bowled the most maiden overs and so on. No such interest in our present day players at all. Nice post. Would not mind part III also.

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely nostalgic post, Sandhya! Chupke Chupke is one of my favourite Dharmendra movies too!

Now I'm off to read "School Memories Of A 59 Year Old Mother! (Part - I)" which I somehow missed reading! :)

ashok said...

wow! wonderful to go thro

Anu said...

I loved your Kolam book! And that's the one my mom used to put in front of our house! I do have such kolam books, and scraps from my school days! Your art is also beautiful! Never a great fan of Dharmendra. I used to like Shammi kappor's movies..But during my young age, I used to be fan of Aamirkhan! The time when his first movie QMQT got released"

Sandhya said...

RADHA: Thank you, Radha!

Yes, I too remember the statistics of older players than the current ones! I don't even recognise some current players now!

III Part, Hahaha!

MANJU JOGLEKAR: Thank you, Manju! I have got some annual school magazines too! It is fun to go through these school books!

ASHOK: Thank you, Ashok!

VAISH: Thank you, Vaish!

Like Dharmendra, Shammi too is good in light roles. I am a fan of Aamirkhan now! Aamir can do any type of roles!

Bikram said...

I am dharmendra fan too, he is one actor who has been evergreen i must say he gave hits in blakc and white and in colored .. yet he is or was the one who did not get his due anyway ...

I was so bad at arts he he he My arts teacher Mr. DDG did everything ot teach me , I could not even copy ...

your drawings are goood sandhya bhen , you got talent you shud start to draw again ...


Rahul Bhatia said...

A very sweet post Sandhya! It feels so good to go back in the time wrap once in a while to relive the good old times:)

PhilO♥ said...

Such sweet memories :) I've treasured my art books too :)

Usha Pisharody said...

Scenes from my own schooldays flash! We were more into Rajesh Khanna I think! And Art Class , how I loved it! Nowhere close even to the good artist you are... still... :)
Loved this reminiscing, a lot!

Anonymous said...

nostalgic !!!

Sandhya said...

BIKRAMJIT: You too are a Dharam fan? Nice to meet you!

Thanks, I will get a drawing book tomorrow, Bikram!

RAHUL BHATIA: Yes, many memories...! Thank you!

PHILO: You have got them? Let us see, Philo, it will be interesting!

USHA PISHARODY: Thank you, Usha! It was nice writing this post and am happy that it reminded the school memories of all of you!

KRISHNA: Yes, Krishna, thank you!

R. Ramesh said...

wah wah super yar...A Dharmendra fan? me too...rajesh khanna? hey i once interviewed him for our Free Press Bulletin newspaper at esel studios..

Haddock said...

That is a great collection, especially the picture posters.
Oh how we used to yearn to get that "Very Good" in our drawing book pages.

Anonymous said...

It's been exciting reading your post. Admittedly I too have treasured my art class books, and various other books from different modules and subjects, and although I am no where near at your age, I do tend to once in a while (every couple of years) bring out these books and work, blow the dust off them and relive the moments when the work was done.

Strangely enough, most of these memories are pretty fresh in my mind.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post,sorry quite late here,i dont know how i am missing your post.My blogger dashboard is not opening since last 2 days...

Wow Dharmendar fan,i too admire him.

Loved the face drawing,share more if you have it with you.

Would love to see you,your are the only one whom i didn't since.It's almost three years of our friendship....

P.N. Subramanian said...

Recalling ones child hood is a little nostalgic. I wonder you have still preserved plenty of your drawing books/sheets to ponder. With all ghgood wishes.

Sujatha Sathya said...

a wonderful treasure trove of memories.
esp loved the paper cuttings

Ramakrishnan said...

Wonderful trip down the memory lane - Lovely reminiscences of your school days. As for Garam Dharam he was a fan of Hema ji & finally netted her :)))

Indian Home Maker said...

Loved it!!!!!
I love rangoli making, so will keep this design in mind if I ever draw one again.

Dharmendra used to be nice but I don't like him since the time I heard him joke about his two wives, when somebody asked him if he would help his wife who was in politics or something like that and he laughed and asked, "Which one? I have two!"

I had a friend who had a Gavaskar scrap book :D I guess years from now these things would be seen as precious memoirs...

Sandhya said...

RAMESH: You interviewed Rajesh Khanna, great! Thank you, Ramesh!

HADDOCK: Yes, V.Good was important, even if it is in a drawing book!

Thank you, Mr. Haddock!

THEBRITISHASIAN BLOG: Welcome to my space, The British Asian blog!

Nice. Please write about your memories too! This is like a record. You can see them again after many years!

VARUNAVI: Thank you, Saritha! No other papers were torn!

Missed meeting you in Hyderabad, last year. Will see you sometime! I feel I know you in person!

P.N.SUBRAMANIAN: Thank you, Subramanian Sir! It was a nice feeling, going through them after so many years.

SUJATHA SATHYA: Thank you, Sujatha!

R.RAMAKRISHNAN: Thank you, Ramakrishnan Sir! Yes, after marrying him too, she is pursuing her passion, dancing, which is great!

INDIAN HOME MAKER: Yes, I still draw it during festival days, IHM!

I am not a great fan of him NOW, IHM! After growing up our taste changes. I see better actors now! We start looking for their personal characters too! But I like Aamir even if he deserted his wife! It is their personal life, I tell myself!

Yes, IHM! My son was very happy to see this small piece of paper and checked the net for information about it! You can see the names of the players in my handwriting...funny!

kanagu said...

Thats very wonderful memories!!! Your water colour painting is good.. I usually mess up :)

And the labels.. I almost forgot them.. used to remember the notebooks by the cartoon in it :)

and the paper cut of cricket.. oh good :) :)

Sorry for being very late here... :(

kanagu said...

Moderating comments?? :o

Sandhya said...

KANAGU: You bombarded my blog with comments to so many posts at a time. That is why the 'moderation' got activated, I think!

Anyway, thanks a lot for taking the time to read and comment, Kanagu! I know you have become very busy now. Yes, the cricket paper is precious now!

Apparna said...

Maami, fab enjoyed reading your article and looking at all the old pics. Great that you were able to put this article together.


Sandhya said...

APPARNA: Thank you, Apparna!

Shail said...

I am so glad I came to read this (thanks for posting the link on Facebook). It brought back so many memories of my own. Unfortunately not one of my artwork seems to have survived. :(
Your face-drawing is really cool!. I liked Dharmendra too. I feel he emotes quite well. But I was more of an Amitabh fan :D

Sandhya said...

SHAIL MOHAN: I am so happy to read your comment! It came in fb memories!

I was Dharmendra fan but now, when I think about it, I remember his good acting in Chupke chupke, Sathyakam and a few more movies. No, I was not an Amitabh fan of his old movies but new ones, yes!

Thank you, Shail!

Govind said...

Super Mannu ☺

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