Remember the simple old days? One of the things that easily sets off a nostalgic blast in my mind is the sigh of a set of audio cassette tapes. I used to have a large collection of audio tapes, mostly by rock music artists. I think at one point my collection was over a 1000. I had a large cupboard that I had converted from a kitchen cupboard to my cassette storage & display shelf. When back in 1991 or so, my parents redid the kitchen, they were having built-in cupboards done so I took this large cupboard and got the carpenters to make some extra shelves, each just a little taller than you average cassette and hence had enough space to display about 500 plus tapes. And I did it in alphabetic order. Everyone loved my display.
Later on as I ran out of space, I took over my sister’s old room (after she got married and moved out) and took up two of the 3 built in cupboards and stored the rest of my cassette tape collection in there. I also had blank tapes on which I’d get a lot of music recorded as well (TDK, Sony, Thompson released the blank tapes). In 2006 I sold all of it just before we moved from my old house to this apartment.
Oh and remember the Walkman? I’ve had so many walkmans in my life, I used to break or lose them and have to go and get new ones. I never went on any long trips without a walkman with me, it was so essential. And during my 19th year when I lived in Bangalore in a hostel, my walkman was my best friend and companion and I listened to it for hours on end. So many late night bus rides and train journeys that went by much faster because of the music I could listen to on my walkman. Man I loved those handy devices. Nowadays I can store my entire collection on an mp3 player less than a quarter of the size of the walkman but I remember the old days with some fondness. Kids these days and the further generations will never know these things that gave us so much joy in our younger days.