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Chandamama

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by GeetaKashyap, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. GeetaKashyap

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    Thank you so much for your comments, mam. I now feel relieved that we sisters weren't the only ones who displayed our nasty sides and struggled for one-upmanship! In the later generation kids, the struggle is to have the remote control on hand!
     
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    :beer-toast1:

    Research on such a wonderful subject! I envy her. That old library must have been nothing less than a shrine for children who enjoyed reading. Thanks, Shyamalagaaru, for your interesting comment.
     
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    I still love the feel of Majestic station. Even though physically there is nothing special about it, it is everything to do with some our wonderful memories beginning or ending there.
    I can very well imagine you as a little kid showing off your skills.:tonguecrazy::kissingheart:

    Thanks, dear, for sharing some of your precious memories.
     
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    :grinning:
     
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    Even children from North belt were fortunate to read Chandamama in Hindi, Odia and other languages. Yes, the colourful illustrations were their USP.

    Thanks for sharing your fond memories, Sir, they are indeed precious. I too loved Readers' Digest and had a large collection with me. National Geographic was another favourite of mine.
     
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    @GeetaKashyap , somehow i have a vague recollection of an old ad, which begins with a super applause from an excited audience and the jingle goes and the winner is " Natraj Champion, ek baar phir ' :)

    This is so applicable to you , This is such a delightful snippet and reading it releases the feel good hormones and activated the concerned chakras of happiness and nostalgia :hearteyes:. I do not know the scientific names (maybe @Gauri03 can help there) of these so limiting to lay person terminology.
    I was actually wondering where you have vanished , for i hadn't sighted a snippet /comment in a while and lo behold i open now to realise i have missed reading this.

    I though not have read much of chandamama but have recall of Tinkle digest and suppandi etc. This snippet though evoked , memories from aeons ago of a comic that i so used to yearn . I used to be up early morning in summers( or maybe the entire year) on sundays , waiting with longing for a peek of the newspaper boy to deliver it ;) .
    I am sure not most people would have read it but it was called 'Lot Pot' , this is a hindi word when translated closely refers to ROFL or :roflmao:
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    aww .. actually my siblings were not so much in to reading then so I used to get the pleasure of reading this as soon as it was delivered. Oh , i also remember , my dad then with his amused expression when i used to be pleading to continue with its subscription. Ahh..:grinning: those were the days!

    It also reminds me of a russian children's magazine called 'MISHA' i think....... memories of a sunlit lawn along with these magazines are hitting me now :)
    How beautiful is that! I wish to go back to those days. I actually ,err..., in those bachpan ke din also , felt that i was made for an era/time of the older generation like those we used to view in Black/white films :grimacing::flushed::p ( especially Dev Anand Films ;))
    You really did transport me to another time... what a beautiful beautiful read!:clap2::clap2:
    Thank you for the snippet
     
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    Aww..that's so sweet of you to say; I am humbled by your appreciation and affection. Thank you, dear.

    Some personal commitments are keeping me very busy these days.
    Chandamama started in 40s. By late 70s and 80s with the arrival television, Childrens' reading habits changed drastically. Their exposure and changed tastes must have affected Chandamama badly. Since you belong to the television era, I can understand how you missed the excitement of reading Chandamama. :grinning:

    :beer-toast1:
    :beer-toast1: Mentally I too belong to a generation that was before me and Dev Anand of the black and white era is my eternal favourite.

    Thanks a million for this endearing feedback.
     
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    This was the most popular twisters :grin:
     
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    A beautiful write-up, Geeta. After reading it and the responses, I am transported back to childhood days. Or rather, I feel like I am hovering near the ceiling of my childhood house and those of our neighbors, and looking down on us as we were then.

    One thing I liked about Chandamama was that it had lots of text and didn't get over quickly like an Amar Chitra Katha. : ) I am trying to recall the various pages and hope I am not mixing it up with other magazines/comics. On the back cover, there used to be a comic/ad of Parle Poppins (Ram and Shyam). And, somewhere in the back pages, there used to be a "spot the 10 differences" picture game.

    Used to sometimes get mad at Vetala for troubling the king like that. : )

    One more funny memory associated with Chandamama is that we could fold it and read without getting scolded by parent. If we did that to school textbook or workbook, there would be a lecture to listen. So, lying down on the floor on a summer afternoon, one foot across the other knee, under the slow moving ceiling fan, reading and waiting for ice-cream wala or peechu mithai (soan papdi) guy to come around ...
     
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    Geetakka,
    You brought so many memories:clap2:.
    Before the plastic bags overtook packing industry, old news papers and magazines were used to pack stitched clothes in tailoring shops as customers usually brought the items to stitch in their shopping bags and took them away after giving mother clothes to stitch. So Amma used to buy used newspapers to pack the stitched clothes; lot of people used to sell their old paper and magazines to us as they could get discount in stitching cost :). So that's why we got to read Chandamama, Sudha, Prajamatha, Mayura etc. Chandamama/Mayura were considered useless for packing due to their size, so Amma used to give very less money for the sellers but those were very valuable to us :) But downside was if there was any serial story, we used to miss as we always got the magazines in random order. I read Mahabharata and Ramayana also in Chandamama first but I remember Mahabharata's order was all haphazard as I read Mahaprasthana before the great war!!

    Unlike Amar Chitra Katha, princesses,queens, goddesses were dressed very decently in CM's pictures :)
     
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