The Golden Memories Of The Years Gone By

What was your favorite thing to do as a child?

So I’m gonna say three of them. Number 1# was watching cartoons as a kid. I loved my cartoons and feel bad for the current generation of kids who grew up watching utter crap. For me Tom & Jerry, Droopy, Bugs Bunny & Looney Toons, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Pink Panther, Tweety Bird, Roadrunner, Mickey & Donald and all of them were awesome stuff. Thundercats and other bigger animated shows were so good. Even in the 90s when Cartoon Network’s What A Cartoon shows like Dexter’s Lab & Johnny Bravo came out – so much fun!

Second thing was eating snacks and good food. Like my Kitkos, Chocolate, chips etc. I loved the snacks I had growing up. So did other kids my age. Drinking 7UP and Pepsi and other soft drinks. The shawrma and burgers we used to get in Kuwait were amazing. And ofcourse KFC – these were the highlights. On some Fridays we also used to buy a special type of shark meat which was delicious. And I miss Hungry Bunny burgers which I think is a Gulf countries only product.

Third would be playing games and spending time with my cousins. Nothing like it. Whether it is playing cricket or football in the front yard of our grandparent’s house or boards games and card games during the evenings and on rainy days. Then watching movies or tv shows together, eating snacks and drinks and also playing quiz games. Also we spent hours playing music and just sitting and chatting, enjoying each other’s company and hanging around reading books. Those golden days will never come back again.

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Rock Concerts Of The Years Gone By

During my teenage years I used to go to a bunch of rock concerts held in my hometown of Kochi. Most were by bands from Kerala who played solely covers of famous hard rock & metal bands. A couple of them were big names at the time in India – 13 AD from Cochin and Shiva from Calcutta – both long since disbanded.

There were many others for a while since I turned 15 a couple of my cousins and I went to almost all of them. Despite no internet or any promotion from radio or tv, we would get to know about the concerts atleast a few days in advance and ensure that we would go and see them on the Friday or Saturday nights that the event would happen in. Most were open air concerts in one of the small stadiums we had at the time but there were a few that were held in closed venues as well. We went for all of them and had a great time singing along with the songs that we knew and would usually head to the cold drink stalls during the ones that we didn’t know.

When I moved to Bangalore for a year back in 1995 I also went to two awesome concerts held there and one of them had two established bands from India. Those were really awesome but unfortunately I have never been able to see an international act in my life, despite several coming to India since then. Someday I hope to see one of my fav bands live.

A Book That Reminds Me Of A Certain Time IN My Life: Christopher Pike’s “Monster”

Funny how certain movies or music reminds you about a certain time in your life, a certain place or a certain person or experience you were experiencing at the time. And it takes you back. Well books can also do that. For some reason I was thinking about a novel that I remember reading in my early 20s. I think I was 21-22 which means 1997-1998. And I think it was condensed version of two novels by the same author in one book, which some of my cousins who were born & raised in the UK had brought with them on one of their 2 months visit during that summer.

One lazy afternoon while I was there, I asked them for a book to read as I had seen that they had a bunch of them and one of my cousin sisters handed me a couple and Monster by Christopher Pike was one of them. Now, I think the cover was different but the story was the same ofcourse. Monster was about this teenage girl (college or final year of high school) who had moved to be with her aged uncle or grandfather I want to say; can’t remember which, in a town away from her own. While staying there she met and befriended the local captain of the American football team and a few others. For some reason which I do remember they were infected with the blood of some ancient creature – like bat or bird but certainly a monstrous kind that was unknown to most, except for elders of a Native American tribe.

I remember that once infected – how again, I do not remember – she starts to get these huge cravings for meat. Her going from eating 1 Big Mac & fries to several to them eating a bunch of steaks raw and even hurting her uncle/grandpa’s dog as she felt it’s heartbeat but not harming it too much as she regained her senses in time. She then realizes that she is somewhat protected as the Native tribe elder gives her a pendant; she will turn into the monstrous bat/bird but will not attack humans unlike the rest. Before she & the other teens in town can turn into those creatures, she takes a shot gun and kills them all. A police detective who was been investigating the murders is the only one who knows what has truly happened and adopts the dog that was left behind, while the girl now completely turned into the monster creature watches while perched upon a branch, not attacking the detective as the pendant is still with her.

I found the story compelling, even if it is a young adult novel and I don’t think much about them. Christopher Pike’s book do seem better than most in that genre and his work even reminds me of Stephen King, who he admits is an influence. I love this book although I haven’t read it since then and it reminds me of that time. A lot more carefree and casual time in my life.

Hey, Hey I Wanna Be A Rockstar

What did you want to be when you were a kid? And what do you do now?

What do I do now? I work for a large BPO, a corporate company that does outsourced work for many big multinational companies and focuses on customer care, working their customer accounts, mortgage, insurance, healthcare and anti-virus etc. I working in the customer care section for one of the largest companies in the world, as a senior trainer for new hire folks and continuous training for tenured folks. I’ve been doing this job for 7 years.

What did I want to be when I was a kid? From the time I was 12-13 years old I wanted to be a rock star. A lead guitar solo playing singer fronting a fantastic band or solo. I wanted to be bigger than Michael Jackson and Elvis and have tons of fans coming to my concerts and have groupies galore. I wanted them to stalk my hotel but not harm me or anyone in my entourage. I wanted to win all the awards and sell millions and millions of records and have a 100,000 stadium singing my lyrics back to me.

And then a movie star! Not just an actor but a multiple Oscar and other awards winning star. Whose’ movies make a billion dollars at the box office and I have throngs of adoring fans who want to have their pics taken with me and I get interviewed by the best and have photo shoots in exotic locales. I get to stay in the biggest & most expensive hotels and dine at the finest restaurants. And bed the glamorous women in the movie, music & modelling industry and they all rave about how excellent I am in bed!

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The Culinary Disaster I Remember From When I Was A Teen

Your worst cooking disaster.

Well, this is not actually my worst cooking disaster but my sister & cousin. And this is from a long, long time ago. I must have been 16 or 17 and my parents who were members of Lions club, had gone for the evening for a dinner party. Hence my sister and our cousin Raakhee who is almost 3 years older than me and was staying with us at the time, offered to make dinner for the 3 of us. What was on the menu?

So back then we didn’t have the internet so they had found a recipe in a magazine for a couple of simple things. Simple things in theory! The two girls had decided that they would make the Indo-Chinese dish Chilli Chicken, which they would serve with pre-brought porotta and for dessert they were preparing souffle. “Can I help?” I asked halfheartedly, to which they said “You? Silly boy, just go and sit in the living room and watch tv. Smiling I went to watch two 1 hour episodes of some tv shows I loved and then….

Total silence from the kitchen. By now I was starving and so I went to check on them. The two ladies looked like they had been through a war! Hair in disarray and sweating a storm and the food! The chilli chicken dish looked greyish while it is supposed to be a dark orangish or red colour. And the souffle – was stuck to the sides of the dish they cooked it it and to be honest, it looked like rinsed shampoo that had been dried. I looked at them and was about to ask something when…

They both said “Don’t say a word! Just shut up and eat the food.” The threat was real so I did as I was told and managed to eat some of it and lied saying that it tasted better than it looked. We had a maid who tried it out and she actually loved it! Damn! But that was a culinary disaster of epic proportions.

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My Childhood Experiences With Sports – Badminton, Tennis & Football

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I have never been the athletic type. I am an obese man and I have mostly struggled with my weight since I was a small kid. I was a fat kid till I was 12 – how did I lose weight that year? Well thanks to tennis! But it wasn’t regular tennis as in, I didn’t join a club or go and play against an opponent.

Having “discovered” tennis at the age of 11 while watching tv when Wimbledon was on in 1987, I asked my parents for a tennis racquet. I got one a few months later along with a can of 4 tennis balls. We had an cemented front porch that was about the size of half a tennis court. So I played against the wall. Most evenings after school and on the weekends. I lost a lot of weight that way. I played against that wall for about 3 years.

In grade 7 or 8, so that would be ages 12 or 13, I also started playing a lot of badminton. With my sister and my cousins and when they announced a doubles championships (for some reason no singles) at our school I wanted to sign up. My good friend Jimmy Francis and I signed up and we did really well. We even bought headbands and wristbands just for the tournament and listened to Scorpions on our Walkmans to pump us up before the games. We made it to the final but lost to a team of guys who played regularly as they lived 2 houses next to each other. Still, we did make it to the finals.

But the most I played was football (soccer to you North Americans) and we loved that. At school I was usually a central defender or a defensive midfielder. Now, I was never very good but once I do remember – grade 9 I think – I made this fluke of a pass that dinked and tricked the opponent side and lead our team onto scoring a goal. It was the stuff of legends and my team were raving about the pass for a long time. Possibly even an hour!

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World UFO Day – Have You Ever Been Probed By An Alien?

World UFO Day ‚Äď Have there been any sightings in your state?

UFO sightings and alien abductions. This seems to be a very Western phenomenon. Almost always the flying saucer shaped kind. Hovering in the skies. Somehow always favouring the USA so that they can go on to make a dozen new movies and tv shows and book signings by “authors” who claimed to have been abducted as he/she were tractor beamed into one and then went on to be anally probes by these little grey or green men. Or are they women. I dunno – they seem to lack any genitalia of any sort.

I have never seen a UFO. Once back in 2001 or 2002, I thought I did see something. I was letting my dog, Shawny, out for a run in the garden and side/back yard area so she could do her business and then going to lock our front gate as I usually did every night. As was our usual routine, unless I was trying to watch something on tv at the time, I would walk a bit with her and just enjoy Shawny’s company under the night sky. I might even find her ball and throw it for her to fetch. As I was filling her water bowl and walking towards the gate, with Shawny walking next to me, I looked up and thought I’d seen a shooting star.

From my point of view it felt like a star moving from my left diagonally across towards the right bottom of my vision. However as it was about to reach the right, it severed and changed directions and moved towards the top and then it went outta sight. No shooting star can do that. I stood there for a minute, jaw dropped and just continued starring. I then looked at my dog and she seemed to be wondering what was wrong with her hooman as I was just staring off into space. After a few minutes I shook it off, thinking I was seeing things and went back inside. But I did wonder, as I was switching off the lights and went to sleep, if I & Shawny were about to be beamed up into a  UFO.

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6 Things You May Not Have Know About Hotel California

1. Don Felder did not expect the song to be a hit.

Knowing full well that most radio hits at the time clocked in around the three-minute mark, Don Felder thought there was no way “Hotel California” would take off. “‘Hotel California’ is six minutes, the intro is a minute long, it stops in the middle with no drums and you’ve got a two-minute guitar solo at the end,” he said to MusicRadar in 2012. “It’s the absolute wrong format for a single.” He was mistaken.

2. The working title was ‚ÄúMexican Reggae.‚ÄĚ

As Don Felder began to build the foundation of the song, he presented his progress to bandmate Don Henley. “Henley came back and said he really liked that song, and I think he kind of nicknamed it ‘Mexican Reggae,'” Felder recalled on Uncle Joe Benson’s Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show. “And I went, ‘Oh, okay. ‘Mexican Reggae.’ That sounds good to me.”

3. When it came time to record the song, Don Felder had forgotten what he’d written.

When the band sat down to record the song, Don Henley insisted the track be cut like the original demo. But having written it a year earlier, Felder could not recall what he had played. ‚ÄúI had left my original cassette in my studio in Los Angeles in Malibu,” he told UCR. “So I had to call my housekeeper, have her go find the cassette, put it in a blaster, play it over the phone, so we could record it in the studio in Miami. Then I had to sit down and learn what I had just made up, note for note from the hip because Don wanted it just like the demo.”

4. “Steely knives” is a reference to Steely Dan, who inspired Eagles to expand their lyrical horizons.

‚ÄúOne of the things that impressed us about Steely Dan was that they would say anything in their songs, and it didn‚Äôt have to necessarily make sense,‚ÄĚ Glenn Frey said on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show. ‚ÄúThey called it ‚Äėjoke sculpture.‚Äô But it was also meant to be playful repartee.” “Walter Becker‚Äôs girlfriend loved the Eagles, and she played them all the time,” Frey told Cameron Crowe. “I think it drove him nuts. So, the story goes that they were having a fight one day, and that was the genesis of the line, ‘Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening’ in ‘Everything You Did,’ from Steely Dan‚Äôs The Royal Scam album. During the writing of ‘Hotel California,’ we decided to volley.”

5. “Mercedes bends” is not a typo. 

When the album was released, the songs’ lyrics were included. Some fans assumed the misspelling of “Mercedes bends” was an error, but it was a purposeful play on words, emphasizing the woman’s fanatical and “Tiffany-twisted” mind.

6. There are countless theories as to the architectural inspiration behind “Hotel California.”

Eagles maintained the song was always an overarching metaphor for the fleeting materialism and wealth of California, but fans began to wonder if a real-life hotel had inspired the song. Various interpretations arose, according to Songfacts, ranging from local psychiatric hospitals to Aleister Crowley’s mansion in Scotland to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

Memories Of Radio : Songs Requests & Dedications

When I was in school, back in 1990 or 1991, we had a local radio station in the state that had the very first music request show. As in you could write in to the show’s address and request a song and dedicate to your family or friends for their birthday, wedding, anniversary or just for anything. It was a weekly show and aired every Sunday for a few years. Now, we only got cable tv in India around 1990 and had only 4 channels for a while. Kerala, my home state, got cable in 1991 and my area got it by 1992.

Hence a radio request show was a big deal back then and it was unique as they only played English language songs. So your pop songs, your rock & metal songs and anything that falls in between were considered but no Hindi or regional language songs. Which was rare and hence we used to look forward to it. Now no way it is or was unique except that it was only for English songs. My cousins and I used to send in our requests and occasionally we did get our song played and our dedication read out. I believe that in my 10th year, we sent out quite a lot. I particularly remember the DJ reading out my dedication for my friends in school and playing the song that I requested.

However for my 16th birthday, a couple of my cousins and my sister sent in a few songs and asked them to play one of them for me. Like rock songs that we all liked. The DJ read out the dedication but then read out dedication for other people and then played……wait for it….”Kung Fu Fighting” by Car Douglas! My cousins all groaned and I was like “WTF!” Is that the song that my cousins picked for me? The DJ later said, as one of my cousins knew him, that there were a lot of requests for that song hence they had to play it due to numbers. A sham, I tell ya!

Memories Of June Months Gone By

The first week of June always brings about the start of the school year. From the ages of 11 to 15 I studied in a school called Hill Valley High School, grades 6th to 10th. It was a quick walk away from my home and so I didn’t used the school bus or the van that they used for picking up kids who lived more close by. But since I had a couple of friends who also lived near my house, we would meet up at one common point and then walk together to our school, go up the small hilly road and then walk down the mud and stone ridden path to the valley below where our school was built.

Now the problem with this is that the beginning of June also coincides with the start of the monsoon season in our state. Unlike this year where the 1st & the 2nd of June (yesterday & today) has seen sunshine and humidity, the rains are usually in full force in previous years. So usually you see kids huddling under umbrellas and just hoping to make it into the school bus before getting drenched with rain water. Umbrella sales also go up during time as do raincoats. And ofcourse, kids and people do catch colds during this time.

One of my biggest memories of the start of the monsoon season and June is probably when I was in the 8th grade. The first day of school, June 1st was a Tuesday and we were all geared up for going back to school, seeing our friends and the new grade. But the rains gods had other plans and it was pouring down rain from Sunday. And I mean, cats and dogs, someone call Noah, that kind of rain. Now since I walked to school, I took my umbrella and walked under it and braved the winds as I made my way to the school. On the way up, I saw a friend & classmate of mine walking with his younger brother who was in the 6th grade. We walked up and then down to the valley only to be told by the caretaker/security guy that the school would be closed for 2 days. The rains were so heavy that the school got flooded and that it would take a day or two to clean it up.

So the three of us walked back to the main road, having got wet for no reason. As the buses did not go and pick the rest of the kids, they got to know that the school was off for a couple of day. Remember this was back in 1989 and we had no Whatsapp or email to share this info. But yeah, summer vacay got extended for a couple of days for us.

What Summer Looked Like When I Was 16

What Summer Looked Like at 16

So for me the summer when I was 16 was 1992 after my 10th grade after which I went for my 11th & 12th in a college as part of a pre-degree course. I turned 16 on August 2nd 1992. I remember the excitement my classmates and I felt as we wrote our SSLC exams, with our teachers being as nervous as we were and supporting us from the sidelines. I remember speaking to my buddies and saying that I couldn’t wait for the days of not wearing a school uniform and being a lot more free, as pre-degree & then degree in a college was a lot more casual than in school.

On the last day of the exams, I remember that feeling of elation and happiness. No more school! No more uniforms. I loved the friends that I had and I admired and appreciated the teachers that we had but I wanted out as I felt that it meant I was growing up. Once the exams were over, a large group of us hung around and chatted about our plans for the 3 months before our results would be out. By 4 pm we split off into smaller groups heading to our homes, but about 6 of us went to a small shop near our school for some juice and snacks. We stayed together for about an hour, talking about burning our uniforms in a few days.

By 5 pm I was in my room at home and playing music. Enjoying myself and playing my acoustic guitar (which I hadn’t learned how to play properly) and I remember it was to a song by Deep Purple that I was grooving and jumping and broke a string on the guitar. As I calmed down a bit and the excitement of school getting over died down, as the sun set I realized that I would never be with that same group of classmates and friends ever again. That reality hit me like a brick and I came down from my big high. As the days went by I did spend a lot of time with my cousins and some of my friends.

After about a month, I went and joined a 2 month basic computer course in DataPro. I was restless and needed something to keep me occupied and make new friends as well. Besides it was only a couple of hours a day, 4 days a week. So this 2 month course at DataPro seemed like a good option and I had fun there. I got fascinated by computers as well and during my lab hours I would try to make colourful images on MsPaint. Remember that this was back in the Windows 3.x years.

I remember these two very gorgeous girls who were in my classes at Datapro. Their names were Zeena and Geena D’Couto and they were fraternal twins. And my eye was on Zeena but Geena was hot too. I spent much time with them and in the afternoons I would go to the record store nearby and go through the various album releases and check out some of the music at the store. Ofcourse I also went to various places visiting relatives. Those were good times.

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MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE SCIENCE FICTION TV SHOWS I WATCHED DURING MY CHILDHOOD

Write a Post on Your Favorite Television Shows from Childhood

Battlestar Galactica : ¬†is an American¬†science fiction television¬†series created by¬†Glen A. Larson¬†that began the¬†Battlestar Galactica¬†franchise. Starring¬†Lorne Greene,¬†Richard Hatch, and¬†Dirk Benedict, it follows the surviving humans as they flee in¬†Battlestar Galactica¬†and other ships in search for a new home while being pursued by the Cylons. The series ran for the 1978‚Äď1979 season before being canceled after 24 episodes.This includes the 1980 sequel that ran for only 10 episodes and which is considered one of the worst scifi shows of all time. But the original is a groundbreaking series and the first show that is not a cartoon that I ever got into. I was into this show when I was just 4 years old when they showed the first and only season on Kuwaiti television back in 1980. They had it in reruns a lot and each time I was so excited to see the episodes.

V : The other show that reminds me so much of my childhood and is a big part of my life since then is V. V¬†is a¬†science fiction¬†franchise created by American writer, producer and director¬†Kenneth Johnson¬†about a genocidal¬†invading alien race¬†known as the “Visitors”‚ÄĒreptilian humanoids¬†disguised as human beings‚ÄĒtrying to take over Earth, and the human reaction to this, including the Resistance group attempting to stop them, while others collaborate with the aliens for power and personal wealth.This includes the original mini-series, the Final Battle and the regular tv series that lasted for 1 season and 19 episodes before getting cancelled. The mini-series is brilliant though the regular series suffered from a severe drop in budget and lousy writing. Major stats included Marc Singer, Jane Badler, Faye Grant, Jeff Yagher, June Chadwick, Robert Englund, Jennifer Cooke & the indomitable Michael Ironside.

Misfits Of Science : Misfits of Science¬†is an American superhero fantasy sci-fi drama created by¬†James D. Parriott¬†that aired on¬†NBC from October 4, 1985 to February 21, 1986. The series discussed super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. The team is formed by Dr. Billy Hayes, a research scientist at the¬†Humanidyne Institute who specializes in “human anomalies”. He works with shrinking Dr. Elvin “El” Lincoln, and together they recruit electrically powered Johnny Bukowski, a rock-and-roll musician, and Gloria Dinallo, a telekinetic teenanger. Starring the late Dean Paul Martin, the late Kevin Peter Hall, Mark Thomas Miller & a 19 year old Courtney Cox.

Automan : Automan¬†is an American¬†superhero¬†television series¬†produced by¬†Glen A. Larson. It aired for 12 episodes (although 13 were made) on¬†ABC¬†between¬†1983¬†and¬†1984. It consciously emulates the stylistic trappings of the¬†Walt Disney Pictures¬†live-action film¬†Tron, in the context of a¬†superhero¬†TV series. The series was later shown in reruns on the¬†Sci-Fi Channel. Automan¬†(the “Automatic Man”) follows the adventures of a¬†police officer¬†and¬†computer programmer¬†named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz Jr.), who has created an¬†artificially intelligent¬†crime fighting program that generated a¬†hologram¬†(Chuck Wagner) able to leave the¬†computer¬†world at night and fight crime.

ThunderCats : is an American¬†animated television series¬†that was produced by¬†Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment¬†and¬†Leisure Concepts debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Ted “Tobin” Wolf. The series, for which Leonard Starr¬†was the head writer, follows the adventures of a group of catlike humanoid aliens. The animation for the episodes was provided by the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, with Masaki Iizuka as production manager. The studio was acquired in 1989 to form¬†Walt Disney Animation Japan.¬†Season 1¬†of the show aired in 1985, consisting of 65 episodes, followed by a TV movie entitled¬†ThunderCats ‚Äď Ho!¬†in 1986. Seasons¬†2,¬†3, and¬†4¬†each contained twenty episodes, starting with a five-part story.

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The Pangs Of The Heart That Longs For You

Write about your first love ‚ÄĒ be it a person, place, or thing.

I’ve had my crushes throughout my years. When I was 12 I had this major crush on a girl 2 years older than me. That last a little while and by the age of 13 I had a crush on another girl. And I have posted about my first girlfriend, the first girl who said she liked me but I also do think about this girl who didn’t tell me directly that she liked me, but apparently it was kind of known among her friends that she liked me and I was interested in her as well. But that was puppy love ofcourse as I was 14 and she was 12.

Yeah, so many, many years ago and I have sort of forgotten what her face looked like – at times it’s a blur but at times she appears in my mind as clear as if she was standing face to face to me. I rarely do think about her but since the last 2 years or so I keep thinking about her once in a while – mainly because I hear her name a lot more. And that is because, my next door neighbours have a teenage daughter with that name and I have a colleague who has the same name as well. So about this then 12 year old girl who had a crush on me she was in the 7th grade when I was in the 9th grade. Her name was Maryam and she was from a Muslim family.

Her parents were ultra strict with her but not mainly with regards to religion or religious upbringing. Infact, in hindsight, her family must seem quite modern to most now. They were very strict with her studies and things like that. So they had no television and no games and no radio! This is the year 1990! Her family were well off enough to afford a couple of tvs and a few radios and walkman but she and her younger sister were forbidden to have them at home. Anyways towards the end of that year, I came to know that she had a crush on me, based on a few comments her friends made and what she wrote in my book (like a year end autograph book we used to keep back then).

All summer I was dreaming of meeting her again and actually pursuing this and maybe get to know her even better. Unfortunately, when I came back to school and started looking for her, she was not to be seen. I spoke to a couple of her girl friends and they said that her parents had moved away to another city and hence she had left the school. I feel that it is a shame. I hope she has had a wonderful life so far and has a nice family to get home to.

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MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE TV DRAMAS I WATCHED DURING MY CHILDHOOD

Write a Post on Your Favorite Television Shows from Childhood

I love this prompt. However, as a big lover of tv shows, I couldn‚Äôt keep it to just 5. So‚Ķ‚Ķ.I decided to do it in different genres. This list will be all shows I watched and were heavily into during my pre-teen years. So a couple of days ago I shared my top 5 sitcoms from my childhood. Today will be a top 5 for dramas  / action oriented tv shows and science fiction as well as one for cartoons. Oooh the cartoons are going to be very difficult to do.  Anyways here is my list in no particular order:

Knight Rider is an American action crime drama television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson. The series was originally broadcast on NBC from 1982 to 1986. The show stars David Hasselhoff  as Michael Knight, a sleek and modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced, artificially intelligent,  self-aware, and nearly indestructible car. He is joined by Edward Mulhare as Devon Miles, the leader of FLAG, Patricia McPherson as Dr. Bonnie Barstow (Seasons 1, 3‚Äď4), KITT’s chief technician, Rebecca Holden as April Curtis (Season 2), chief technician for KITT & Peter Parros as Reginald Cornelius III aka RC3 (Season 4) driver of the FLAG mobile unit.

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit. The four members of the team were tried by court martial for a crime they had not committed. They were convicted and sentenced to serve terms in a military prison, but later escaped to Los Angeles and began working as soldiers of fortune, while trying to clear their names and avoid capture by law enforcement and military authorities. The show stars the late George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict & Mr.T.

Starsky & Hutch is an American action television series, which consisted of a 70-minute pilot movie (originally aired as a Movie of the Week entry) and 92 episodes of 50 minutes each. The show was created by William Blinn, produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions, and broadcast from April 1975 (pilot movie) to August 1979 on the ABC network. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures Television in the United States and, originally, Metromedia Producers Corporation and later on 20th Television in Canada and some other parts of the world. The series stars David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas & Bernie Hamilton.

CHiPs is an American crime drama television series created by Rick Rosner, that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to May 1, 1983. It follows the lives of two motorcycle officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The series ran for 139 episodes over six seasons, plus one reunion television film in October 1998. The show was created by Rick Rosner, and starred Erik Estrada as macho, rambunctious Officer Francis “Ponch” Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as his straitlaced partner, Officer Jonathan (“Jon”) Andrew Baker. With Ponch the more trouble-prone of the pair, and Jon generally the more level-headed one trying to keep him out of trouble with the duo’s gruff yet fatherly immediate supervisor Sergeant Joseph Getraer (Robert Pine), the two were Highway Patrolmen of the Central Los Angeles office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP, hence the name CHiPs).

Remington Steele is an American crime drama television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises and first broadcast on the NBC network from October 10, 1982, to February 17, 1987. The series blended the genres of romantic comedy, drama, detective procedural and (towards the end of the series) international political intrigue and espionage. Remington Steele’s premise is that Laura Holt, a licensed private investigator (Stephanie Zimbalist) opened a detective agency under her own name but found potential clients refused to hire a woman, no matter how qualified so she invents a fictitious male superior she names Remington Steele. Through a series of events in the first episode, “License to Steele”, Pierce Brosnan’s character, a former thief and con man (whose real name even he proves not to know and is never revealed), assumes the identity of Remington Steele. A power struggle ensues between Laura and Steele as to who is really in charge, while the two carry on a casual romantic relationship.

Honorable mentions : Moonlighting, Charlie’s Angels, Airwolf & Dempsey & Makepeace.

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My Top 5 Favourite SitComs I Watched During My Childhood

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I love this prompt. However, as a big lover of tv shows, I couldn’t keep it to just 5. So…….I decided to do it in different genres. This list will be all shows I watched and were heavily into during my pre-teen years. Today will be sitcoms and then I think I will do a top 5 for dramas/action oriented and science fiction as well as one for cartoons. Oooh the cartoons are going to be very difficult to do. Anyways, here is my list in no particular order:

One of my favourite memories is about watching the sitcom Gimme A Break which ran from for six seasons from October 29, 1981, to May 12, 1987. Although I do not think I have watched the last 2 seasons, this show is big in my family’s memories and, along with the second show in this list, form the first 2 sitcoms that I have ever watched. The series starred¬†Nell Carter¬†as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief (Dolph Sweet) and his three daughters – played by Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler & Lara Jill Miller – as well as the adopted son played by Joey Lawrence (seasons 3-6). I also had my first ever innocent crush at the wee age of 6 or 7 on Kari.

Mind Your Language is a British sitcom that premiered on ITV in 1977. It was produced by London Weekend Television and directed by Stuart Allen. Three series were made by the London Weekend Television between 1977 and 1979 and briefly revived in 1985 (or 1986 in most ITV regions) with six of the original cast. The series shows people of different countries with different social background, religions, and languages existing in the same classroom, learning English as a foreign language.

Silver Spoons¬†is an American¬†sitcom¬†television series that September 25, 1982, to May 11, 1986The show focuses on the wealthy playboy Edward Stratton III, and his relationship with his young son Ricky Stratton. Ricky was the product of a brief marriage between Edward and Ricky’s mother. Edward was unaware that he had a son until Ricky comes to live with Edward at the outset of the series. The main cast stars¬†Joel Higgins¬†as Edward,¬†Ricky Schroder¬†as Ricky,¬†Leonard Lightfoot¬†as Edward’s attorney,¬†Franklyn Seales¬†as Edward’s business manager, and¬†Erin Gray¬†as Edward’s personal assistant and later love interest.¬†Jason Bateman¬†plays Ricky’s best friend over the first two seasons of the show, replaced by¬†Alfonso Ribeiro¬†over the remaining seasons.¬†John Houseman¬†plays Edward’s dour and disapproving father.

Small Wonder¬†is an American children’s¬†comedy science fiction¬†sitcom¬†that aired in¬†first-run syndication¬†from September 7, 1985, to May 20, 1989. The show chronicles the family of a robotics engineer who secretly creates a robot modeled after a human girl, then tries to pass it off as their adopted daughter, Vicki. The series turned out to be a surprise hit, specifically amongst the kid section, as many channels belonging to different nations witnessed while re-running the show. Owing to its popularity in some countries, the show had to be dubbed for different languages.

You Again? is an American sitcom television series that aired for two seasons on NBC from February 27, 1986 to January 7, 1987. It was based on the British show Home to Roost. Jack Klugman stars as Henry Willows, a man still embittered from his divorce ten years earlier, who had made no effort to see his son Matt (John Stamos) during that time. Henry had become fairly comfortable with his life as a supermarket manager and was not really looking to make major changes to it when Matt arrived looking to stay with his father, whom he hardly knew anymore. Matt was an ill-mannered but quite attractive youth who was very popular with the girls. He drove the gruff Henry almost over the edge, but of course in the end familial ties conquered all differences in sitcom tradition.

Honoroble mentions : Different Strokes, The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show & The Two Of Us.

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The Strangest Thing You’ve Seen In Real Estate

The craziest thing ever was way back in 2011. At the time I had just recently joined a startup company located at the Thrissur Infopark in Koratty. Since it took 90 minutes for me to reach by bus and then an auto to the center, it started to take a toll on me, especially when we moved to the late evening shift. Just getting back home was a torture and I would usually fall asleep in the bus. We moved to a 4:30 pm to 1:30 am shift after a while but still I felt that the wait times, especially at night for a bus was a real pain in the ass.

So I started to look for a place to rent out in either Koratty, Chalakuddy or Angamaly with Angamaly being my preferred choice, near the main bus stop as there were supermarkets, restaurants, medical stores etc all within minutes. However I was finding it difficult to get the nicer places to rent out to me as I was a bachelor; even telling them that I was 35 at the time and in a supervisory position at work did not parlay the fears of the home owners. And the ones that were ok wanted to rent out a big portion of their homes, like a big living room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms – meant for families and on the pricier side.

And then in between some guy who had heard me & one of the other guys talking while we were having coffee & snacks near the bus stop, said that he would would show us his cousin’s place which was walking distance from the office. I thought great, it would be ideal. So we fixed the time and I said that he could come to the office at 4pm and take us to the house. So my colleague and I went there and it was just a 10 minute walk but it was a house that was dilapidated and was utter crap! There were doors that were broken, switches that had been changed since the 1970s and it kinda looked like one of the old homes where ghosts haunt all the time.

So he was a guy down on his luck and some relative of his, who lived in Singapore told him to take the keys and maintain the house and rent it out, so he could keep the money for his needs. The rent was within my budget but the house was in terrible condition. He was hoping to save money there as well and not fix it up and expected the renters to pay for fixing things like cleaning, new doors, switches, lights, fans & toilets. No one had been living in that house for over a decade! We held our laughter until we got out of there with vague promises of calling him. I later told him that it was too big for me as I was just 1 guy and I wanted something more modern.

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