Being a nineties baby areshni perumal

2016-11-24 06:01

IF you were born in the nineties, you could probably sing the entire rap lyrics­ to West Philadelphia.

We watched Disney movies, video games were a thing, getting excited to wake up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons, or I can clearly remember breaking my mother’s clothing hangers to use as a wand while reciting lines from Harry Potter. I even waited for my letter from Hogwarts.

I was lucky to be a part of the first generation of democratic babies, where the change began. As our quality of life evolved, so was the approach to many aspects in our life. I’m grateful for being part of the nineties where respecting your elders and being polite was important or you would get a good old-fashioned beating. Oh the days of the wooden spoon. I remember those days well and the best part about it was that it was a form of discipline that actually worked. I promise you, after a good old-fashioned beating you wouldn’t repeat the same mistake.

The best memory from the nineties that I have was learning that I was going to have a baby brother and he is a nineties baby too. We were always getting into trouble together - the reason my mother has a wooden spoon.

Do you remember how exciting everything used to be? The smallest thing would get us hyper active. There was always something to celebrate, Diwali, Christmas, New Year.

The excitement was in the vibe of it. Occasions didn’t mean gifts, but meant spending quality time among family and this usually meant running around outside playing with a tennikoit or a swing ball set or the fun fountain (a water sprinkler game).

I was just bad at all of those, but I loved them anyways. You didn’t want to sit around - the only time you sat around was if you were a bookworm. I don’t remember children my age being afraid to get dirty or bruised. I grew up with boys so this meant playing cricket and soccer, having sprained ankles and bruised knees, but that didn’t stop us.

And then it all changed. I’d often take walks with my grandfather, barefoot in his beautiful garden picking guavas and peas and he’d say, “Taste this...” or “when I was your age…” I would just wait for that.

But today it is so upsetting take a five year old for a walk and they want to put on pretty shoes and lip gloss or how little boys don’t want to get dirty. Where did that vibe go - that zest for life. I keep wondering how all the excitement got sucked out of everything. Do we blame politics, or do we simply blame ourselves?

Growing up in the nineties led me to believe that love stories do exist. I’m still waiting for my bangles to get hooked on a guy’s clothing and just as I’m about to set myself free, he’d look into my eyes , while the wind came out of nowhere blowing my hair and he would just fall in love with me instantly.

That’s what happens when you watch too many Bollywood movies.

I say bring back the nineties excitement. “If the love doesn’t feel like the nineties R&B, I don’t want it.” For those of you who do not understand that phrase, put on some nineties music and listen carefully. Compare the lyrics from then until now, that’s the excitement I speak about and there’s so much to it. It is the genuine beauty in the rawness of everyday life. The nineties, that’s where the magic was.

I say bring back the nineties excitement. ‘If the love doesn’t feel like the nineties R&B, I don’t want it’. For those who do not understand that phrase, put on some nineties music and listen


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