Am sure many of you have already seen this picture on Whatsapp/Facebook. A picture tells more than a 1000 words, it is said. So true! This picture raises many emotions in my mind. I think I was given this treatment only once in my lifetime. By the time I was growing up many anti-helminthic medications were already in the market. My mom took sadistic pleasure in making me ingest those vile tasting granules every few months. Another pleasure she took was in treating any open wounds (which I was wont to bring home almost every week) with ethanol which ensured I was heard all the way to the end of the street (and maybe around it to the next turning as well!!!) My heart goes out to the kids in this picture. Adults those days were endowed with too much power over the little human beings. Not fair, I say! There was certainly no commission for the prevention of cruelty to children those days. Which brings me to the question ..... is there one today? Though my heart bleeds at the sight of these little critters running helter skelter trying to escape the clutches of the adults in the house, there is one positive side to the whole thing. It warms the cockles of my heart to see so many people in one room at one time. There are not so many people in one entire house these days. Many homes are occupied by 2 individuals with each inhabiting different rooms, communicating only when one's life depends on it, and sometimes through e mail or SMS or WhatsApp!!! Oh the good old days!!! Would love to hear about your impressions and memories.