Spikes

You see this ridiculous thing on the left side? The spike bracelet or whatever it’s called? Bracelet of spikes. You can buy them on Amazon or Etsy. I think this was the rage during the 80s as I saw many metal bands who have members wearing them and a bunch of fans as well.

A studded bracelet, alternatively called a spiked bracelet, is a wristband usually made with black leather and which has metallic spikes. It attaches to the arm with one or more straps, or more rarely with simple buttons. It is a usual fashion accessory worn by punk, gothic and fans of heavy metal.

So I had one as well, at the tender age of 9 or 10 if I remember correctly. But it wasn’t because of a rock or metal band that I wanted one. Oh no! It was because there was this movie called Fast Foward, which came out in 1985, and was a big hit among my friends and I. They were dancers and had a lot of breakdancers in it (remember break-dancing in the 80s?) and I was hooked onto this film. I watched it all the time and I saw some of them wearing one of these so I asked my parents to buy me one. Silly boy!

Retro Electronics That Instantly Make You Feel Nostalgic

The moment Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 marked a watershed. Everything that came before would eventually fall into the “retro” category and look funky, fun, and reminiscent of youth. And everything that came after it was hip and trendy. Perhaps one day, the iPhone X will be viewed as a weird throwback, but it seems unlikely.

For many of us, retro electronics remind us of better times. We had so much fun on our old game consoles or digital cameras; it’s easy to forget how limited these products were compared to their newer counterparts.

Do any of the following retro electronics make you feel nostalgic?

The Tamagotchi

Does anyone remember the Tamagotchi? In the late 1990s, it was a massive trend. All of a sudden, technology allowed developers to whittle down a games console to something that was the size of a key fob. Happy punters were able to spend hours of their week, meticulously feeding their digital critters, ensuring they had plenty of food and stayed healthy and happy. It was the ultimate gimmick, and yet it was something that everyone seemed to love. It really was a craze and a part of the cultural zeitgeist.

The Original Gameboy

When Nintendo released the Original Gameboy, it was a massive moment in video gaming history. Other companies had tried to do something similar before. But it was the Japanese console giant that nailed it first.

The device only had eight distinct buttons on the front, but that didn’t seem to matter. In fact, it was the simplicity that made it so compelling. Furthermore, it wasn’t limited to a single game. Just like the NES, you could pop in whatever cartridge you liked and get gaming. It was all exhilarating.

Perhaps the most impressive game of the time was Super Mario Land. The version, adapted from the console, was black and white, but that didn’t matter. Each of the twelve levels was a massive challenge, and the 8-bit score was inspired.

The Disposable Camera

In the 1990s, you couldn’t go on holiday without a travel keyboard and a disposable camera. Remember, back then, the expense of a regular camera was simply enormous. It just wasn’t economical for the vast majority of tourists to invest in them, especially when the risks of travel were so high. Most people, therefore, just popped down to Boots and picked up a throw-away version alongside their sunscreen.

The Sega Saturn

Are you still mourning over the downfall of the Sega Saturn? If so, you’re not alone. Even to this day, people wish that the console had been able to go the distance.

Sega, unfortunately, had two problems. The first was the price of the console itself. The company was asking people to shell out a tremendous amount of money for something that online offered marginal performance improvements over the competition. And, second, it just wasn’t able to attract enough developers. After all, that’s how it made the vast bulk of its money. The Saturn, therefore, died a death but was legendary at the same time.

What Were Your 3 Favorite Children’s Books?

I think it may have been my older sister who got these books first but as a kid I read a lot of Nancy Drew books. Nancy Drew is a fictional amateur sleuth. In the original versions of the series, she is a 16-year-old high school graduate, and in later versions, is rewritten and aged to be an 18-year-old high school graduate and detective. In the series, she lives in the fictional town of River Heights with her father, attorney Carson Drew, and their housekeeper, Hannah Gruen. As a child, she loses her mother. She is very independant & reliable enough to even run aspects of taking care of the house with the help of Hannah.

As a teenager, she spends her time solving mysteries, some of which she stumbles upon and some of which begin as cases of her father’s. Nancy is often assisted in solving mysteries by her two closest friends: cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne. Bess is delicate and feminine, while George is a tomboy. Nancy is also occasionally joined by her boyfriend Ned Nickerson, a student at Emerson College. At times I have thought that it was unfair that the series of books were called only Nancy Drew when there were her two best friends and the guys but it would have been odd. Nancy, Bess & George? Maybe. Still I think some of the stories only had her and her father at times.

The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe Hardy, are fictional characters who appear in several mystery series for children and teens. The series revolves around the teenagers who are amateur sleuths, solving cases that stumped their adult counterparts. The characters were created by American writer Edward Stratemeyer, the founder of book-packaging firm Stratemeyer Syndicate. The books themselves were written by several ghostwriters under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon.

Frank is eighteen (sixteen in earlier versions), and Joe is seventeen (fifteen in earlier versions). They live in the city of Bayport on Barmet Bay with their father, detective Fenton Hardy; their mother, Laura Hardy; and their Aunt Gertrude. The brothers attend high school in Bayport, where they are in the same grade but school is rarely mentioned in the books and never hinders their solving of mysteries.[11] In the older stories, the Boys’ mysteries are often linked to their father’s confidential cases. He sometimes requests their assistance, while at other times they stumble upon relevant villains and incidents. The Hardy Boys are sometimes assisted in solving mysteries by their friends Chet Morton, Phil Cohen, Biff Hooper, Jerry Gilroy, and Tony Prito; and, less frequently, by their platonic girlfriends Callie Shaw and Iola Morton (Chet’s sister).

The Famous Five is a series of children’s adventure novels written by English author Enid Blyton. The first book, Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942. The novels feature the adventures of a group of young children – Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George) – and their dog Timmy. In some books the children go camping in the countryside, on a hike or holiday together elsewhere. However, the settings are almost always rural and enable the children to discover the simple joys of cottages, islands, the English and Welsh countryside and sea shores, as well as an outdoor life of picnics, lemonade, bicycle trips and swimming

The stories take place in the children’s school holidays after they have returned from their respective boarding schools. Each time they meet they get caught up in an adventure, often involving criminals or lost treasure. Sometimes the scene is set close to George’s family home at Kirrin Cottage in Dorset, such as the picturesque Kirrin Island, owned by George and her family in Kirrin Bay. George’s own home and various other houses the children visit or stay in are hundreds of years old and often contain secret passages or smugglers’ tunnels.

Powder In My Glass

I was speaking with my mom about what milk we used while we lived in Kuwait. We left Kuwait back in 1987 when I was turning 11 years old and now 32 years later I remember a heck of a lot of things about my time there but for some reason I had forgotten how we got milk for drinking as it is or with something added. My mom ofcourse easily remembered as she was the person who made it for us. It was Nido.

Nido is a milk substitute powder and milk powder brand manufactured by Nestlé first introduced in 1944. The different varieties include instant dried whole, rather than skimmed or semi-skimmed, milk with Vitamins A & D, and are a good source of calcium. When my dad and mom got married back in 1968 and he moved my mom with him to Kuwait and she was recommended to use Nido for her tea or coffee as milk was difficult to get in Kuwait. When my sis was born and later on me, she relied on Nido for feeding us. I never drank coffee or tea until I turned 13 so Nido was mainly for milk and added some boost or other thinks for it and for morning cornflakes.

It is surprising that I do not remember it but it’s odd to now think of powdered milk as I haven’t had any – we don’t use it home not since we moved back to India and none of our relatives or friends use it – that I know off. I doubt if restaurants use it here either (we have plenty of cows in India).

King Of Indian Roads

Do you remember your first car? Did you give it a name? Tell us about your first car or what it was like when you learned how to drive.

I never bought a car of my own. I don’t even drive. For my personal purposes now I mostly use Uber or Ola or one of other local options. I use that for traveling to and from work and also for going around town, as do a lot of people here as well. With the traffic situation and the lack of proper parking spaces throughout the city, it is the best option unless you have a bike/scooter.

However my family’s first car was an Ambassdor car made from Hindustan Motors, like most families in India at the time. This was the only option for most of India at the time that didn’t break the bank. I think for a while this was the only car for India. The model was in production from 1958 to 2014 with few improvements and changes over its production lifetime. Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as a definitive equity loan interest rates Indian car and is fondly called the “king of Indian roads”. My family’s car was white.

We didn’t give it a name. But a bunch of us would fit in the car and we went for a lot of rides.

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Games We Kids Played

What was your favorite game when you were a kid? Do you still play it today?

1)  Cricket was the sport we played the most as kids. I don’t like cricket anymore and I don’t think I played the sport since my late teens. I only followed, watched and played the sport since most of my cousins loved it and this is India after all. But in reality, I cannot stand the sport, I can’t stand most cricket players and I wish it got banned!

2) Football was the next big sport we played as kids. We didn’t have enough space to play it in my grandmother’s place which is where we cousins vacationed but I did play some at school and especially during my early years in Kuwait. In my later school years back here in India I played either defense or defensive midfield.

3) Badminton – we played it a lot. My mom played it a bit too. We usually played doubles with cousins and one year, age 12 in 7th grade my buddy Jimmy and I made it to the finals of the school badminton doubles tournament. We lost because we were not prepared for the finals.

4) Monopoly or Hind Trade which is the Indian version of Monopoly. I have blogged about this before. Loved the game and enjoyed the hours spent with my cousins playing the game.

5) Donkey (cards) which is a fun game to play with your cousins. Many, many evenings spent playing that game.

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ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Abbott & Costello movie

Bud Abbott & Lou Costello are my favourite comedy duo. They had a long successful run as Hollywood’s hit comedic pair from 1940 until a falling out and lower critical ratings & falling popularity befell them in the ’50s.

  • Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • In the Navy
  • Buck Privates
  • Pardon My Sarong
  • Hit the Ice
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
  • Buck Privates Come Home
  • Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

The Games We People Played

Tell us what family game night looks like in your world.

Well I never played board games or card games with dad, mom & my sis but my cousins, my sister and I used to have long game sessions either board games or cards. And it was a lot of fun.

Growing up during our summer holidays, Onam & winter breaks we gathered in our grandmother’s large house and sometimes at my home or another cousin’s home. During the evenings and/or rainy days we played carroms, Monopoly, or the Indian version Hind Trade, Scrabble or card games like Donkey!

They were fun times and we’d had mock arguments that usually ended up in laughter. Or we’d play quiz competitions and listen to music. Those were the days!

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My Room In My Old House

What is your favorite room in your house?

This post I decided to talk about my old family house in Thrikkakara which we sold back in 2006. My dad & mom bought the plot back in the early 1980s and finished building it in 1985. We moved there permanently back in 1987 (when we moved from Kuwait to India) and I remember being excited about finally getting my own room! Having lived all my life till the age of 11 in a small flat with 2 rooms and a single bathroom and well, the room I shared with my older sister had bunk bed and also had our dining table/study table and not enough room for much else, getting own room + bathroom attached was a huge deal!

However it would a couple of years before I actually got to use the room for myself. Initially, I had to share my sister’s room, which was much bigger, as my parents kept a lot of things in my room and the common room (the only non-bathroom attached) in the top floor. This bummed me out a lot and I constantly fought with my sis over music playing rights and sleep time until I was 13 and the boxes in my room were cleared away and I could use the bunk bed in my own room. Ah, home sweet home! I immediately made it my own in the just the way I liked it. First things, first I got a desk and shelves moved into the room.

Then I decorated it with posters. I was heavily into hard rock & heavy metal so up went posters of my fav bands and musicians. Also football and tennis players posters from the couple of sports magazines that I subscribed to every week. I was very precise about the way I wanted it done. I even measure the height and length before I got it done. It lasted till I was 19 because my sister was getting married and my dad and mom wanted to paint the entire house so off came the posters. After that I barely hung up any, just a few rock band posters but I got an old kitchen cupboard from my mom, got the carpenters to add extra shelves for my storing my cassettes and later on cds in.

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The Worst Alien Soldiers Ever

So V is one of the biggest tv shows of my pre-teen years and continuing on to my teenage years, I rewatched that many, many times on VHS tapes that we recorded onto when it was shown on tv. For many years from the age of 17 till my mid 30s I didn’t watch the show – that’s a long, long time! Then with the help of the internet I downloaded bootleg versions of the two mini-series and the single season of the regular tv series and I have watched it twice before my current rewatching of the show. That started on Sunday with the original mini-series and yesterday I was watching the 3 part The Final Battle.

What has always struck me as funny is, as much as they have such snazzy uniforms with that dark red outfit made even more awesome with the black sleeveless leather jacket, the Visitor troopers have got to be the most useless kind of soldiers in all of science fiction! I mean the Storm Troopers in Star Wars come to mind as do the enemy Jaffa soldiers of the evil Go’auld from Stargate SG-1 but these guys have got to take the undisputed number 1 spot.

They almost never hit their target, unless the plot wants them to ofcourse, and they are so easy to kill! A squad of visitor troopers will hit the wall, the door, the building 3 blocks away when the humans they are chasing are just 10 feet in front of them. Yet when the human resistance members shoot in any direction, down goes the soldiers. A grenade thrown in one direction will kill many soldiers several feet away. What’s more, when you shoot a visitor, he does this amazing gymnastic routine and somersaults from a height onto the floor – and in my mind, I keep seeing Olympic judges holding up a 10! Haha, just so funny! Still, I love this show.

Summer Time Reading Plans?

Summer reading time! What books do you plan to read this summer?

Absolutely none! My days of reading fictional novels – and I used to read a shit ton of books – and non-fiction are long past me. My free time is usually spent in front of my laptop online and mostly on Youtube or watching one of the numerous movies that I have to watch. With highspeed internet and streaming tv shows and movies, I just don’t get the same enthusiasm for reading books.

I used to be a voracious reader and I’ve bought and read a lot of books. From the ages of 11 till my mid 20s I was a member of a couple of libraries and I used to rent many books, several at a time and finish them off in 2 weeks. I was known as the extended family’s bookworm and for many a birthday people gifted me books to read, knowing that I would really like them.

When I moved to my current apartment, which we own, back in 2006 I couldn’t find a good library but this 30 year old found a store that sold books at cheap prices. These were mostly second hand books that were almost all in mint, just like new condition, probably read once and then donated or sold. Some were even from the US, UK or Canada from libraries that have probably closed down (you could see the check out card at the back page). I would spend an hour or so browsing through the titles and then picking 2-3 books at such cheap costs.

A book which would cost me Rs.349-500 at a book store to buy new would be between Rs.75-150 at this place and it was almost brand new. I would take those books and walk over to a bar called Oberoi bar & restaurant and pick my favourite seat near to a window so I could  move the curtain and get enough sunlight in and order beer or vodka and some food for lunch and spend 3-4 hours drinking, eating and reading there before it was time to go home.

I actually miss that. Maybe I should try doing that again.

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Have Mercy!

Having bitten the bullet and now continuing with Netflix, despite earlier not wanting tp pay Rs.500 every month for subscribing to them, I am kinda watching Netflix every day now. It’s so easy to get into it.

I always pick a sitcom to watch after I get back from work on the regular days when I work either a 6:30 to 3:30 am or a 7:30 to 4:30 am. I find it a great way to unwind and relax and finally go to sleep with a smile on my face. So it was Frasier, Corner Gas, Friends and Seinfeld that I would turn too. This past few days it has been Full House.

Full House is an American television sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles the events of widowed father Danny Tanner who enlists his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone to help raise his three daughters, oldest D.J., middle child Stephanie and youngest Michelle in his San Francisco home. It aired from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995, broadcasting eight seasons and 192 episodes. I used to watch this on reruns back in the early to mid 90s but only once in it’s tv run. I hadn’t seen anything from Full House since 2006. And yet I find myself oddly giddy with glee when the time comes for me to play a couple of episode from this fun show. It’s cheesy and corny and probably meant for kids (not really) but it’s innocent fun with a lot of “aww” moments, especially with Stephanie & Michelle, and it’s a big nostalgic ride.

Ranking The Teenage Ninja Turtle Movies

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are among my fav childhood cartoons and movies. I first got introduced with the turtles through the first film, which came out in 1990 and I watched it later in the year. The first two movies became part of my frequent movies to watch over the years and I still enjoy them a lot. Here is how I rank the six films that have come out. I understand that there is another one but I haven’t yet watched it.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • TMNT
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja installment loan poor credit Turtles II : Secret Of The Ooze
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Retro Toys That Made A Comeback

Sometimes a sequel or a reboot can suck. It changes how we feel about something. After all the classics are the best. In the last few years, retro games and toys have been making a comeback. With enough of the original charm, and an added splash of modern technology to make it relevant to a whole new audience. Here are a few of the most popular comeback kids.

My Little Pony

They got longer legs, sleeker bodies and in some cases (see Equestria High) they turned into people. The original My Pretty Pony was a massive hit in the 1980s. After all what little girl didn’t dream of owning a pony?

The more recent models have seen the toys come with much more than that original brush or stable. Now you have shoes, capes, combs, wings and so much more. With the significant unicorn trend and even more cartoon channels, My Little Pony is firmly on the must-have list once again.

Furbie

The annoying cute, and sometimes creepy Furbie. Was so popular upon original release that they sold out almost everywhere. Children (and adults) spent hours trying to get their Furbie to say cool things, sing and be happy. Getting together with your mates and making your Furbies chat with their Furbies was the stuff of dreams.

They made a big splash once again in 2012. The newer model was smaller, with payday loans online direct lender no credit check many more designs and once again tea-parties with Furbies became a big deal.

Racing Cars

There are a few big racing car brands. They used to just go forward and backwards. But now, the flip, bounce, top and bottom half car work independently and so much more. They cost a pretty penny at the time, and not every primary school going kiddo managed to get one. But there were mini ones that totally rocked.

However, as an adult, there is nothing stopping you bagging a sweet four-wheeled remote control racing car. Check out bestrcgear.com.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Heroes in a half shell – turtle power! The 80s film is a cult classic, as much for its cheesy lines as the real 80s feel of it. The comic was popular too – of course. The new figurines released in recent years had more details than the originals and way more muscle definition.

There was another film released in 2014 that was a smash hit alliance and leicester loans and sparked a new love for TMNT for some and rekindle that fire for others.

LEGO

LEGO has always been pretty popular, but with social media and blogs dedicated to reviewing kids toys and games,, it’s grown into a behemoth. With kits as small as the Lego City Coast Guard Bike and as big as the Millennium Falcon which boasts an impressive 75192 pieces – LEGO isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Retro toys can bring us back to the time we had them pegged on our own Christmas lists and the feeling we got from playing with them for weeks and months on end. Are there any toys that you just could get enough of when you were younger?