Thursday, June 07, 2007

Stationery Dreams...

A pit stop at a stationery shop made me take a detour my memory lane……

It started with a casual evening stroll to buy some paper n clips at a busy market place dogging the veggie vendors n vehicles to reach an array of shops staging clothes, gifts, toys…. ending at the corner was my destination…. Well quite empty, with jus a couple of orders before mine…. made my eyes relax casually on the colorful assortment displayed…. this lethargy did cost me my place in the queue…. with a crowd of “ready to school. Kids” + their “proud moms/dads” stole my turn, with orders much larger than mine….

Well each kid seem to make the best of his time n choice ranging in the form of notebooks, colored pencils, pens, labels … the list wud go on had i been aware of the endless necessities…… gudness… wat a range of choice today’s kids r offered with???? mindblowing….. I surely envy them…….. for a whole lot of reasons…. But not to mention the little joy we had too…. at our good old times……….. THOSE TIMESSSS…………

Now that’s where the detour starts……….

Took me to those few days prior to school re-opening… fresh after the hot summer hols, in the cool monsoons of the june ......... the smell of wet mud ..... the fragrance of freshly stitched fabric (which eventually wud be the most used dress for the entire year) ..... and thatof paper oozing from the fresh brown bound books…… n with eagerness to put the best of the writing in them(at least for the first few pages)… ….

hmmmmm............. how we used to spend time arranging the bags n pencil boxes with meticulous care…… colorful pencils….(camlin was my fav), scent ‘rubbers’ with cute cartoons impressed on them (seldom used, dint wan to get the shape spoilt) the labels ranging from superman…. Sassy cars….. to our cricketing heroes…….

Shoppin for school was the best way to end the summer hols…. n the nearest n the best stationery station had to adhere to my demands starting from 6 to 7 variety of notebooks ranging from ruled, un ruled, mixed, squared, fourliners, drawing books to name a few… to the thousand erasers before I chose a couple ......... to the hundred pencil boxes b4 I stuck to one (hey remem… there was something called double deck boxes with magnets) ........ to the pencils, labels, pen-pencils. etc.....hey n color paper for "craft" classes:)...... b4 graduating to geometric boxes n pens.........

Wowoowowowowow… wat a wonderful trip that was………….. followed by the torture my mom had to go through to bind the books n stick the favorite labels to my beloved subjects (very perticular bout tht) ……… jus cudnt wait for the last few holidays to get over n don the NEW uniform, NEW bag with NEW books, NEW class, NEW teacher, NEW year……… n to share all the NEW with “gudoldfriends”……

Well the years to come replaced all these with jus a couple of unbound books n pen in pocket……. avoiding the annual customary visits to those ........................ Stationery dreams ...............

4 comments:

Gowtham said...

aha ... your perspective of summer holidays seems to be completely different than mine. it was just another two/three months of prison-like treatment for me but i couldn't wait for school year to start....

good (?) old timesssssssss...

Raghavendra said...

I love this article. But why does it seem like u got bored and stopped abruptly in the end. We were getting transported in time slowly and we come to a stop. :)

Liked the ride though

Enigmatic Illusion said...

:)

Liked the journey back in time!!I remember the double-deck boxes perfectly..!!I used to absolutely love them...

It just tags at your heart to know that it will never be this way again..Never will you buy those fresh notebooks, textbooks and hope to study sincerely, write in your best hand-writing, promise yourself that this time you will be GOOD.....(siggghhhh)

Your posts always make me go back into the memory lane.....too much nostalgia!
tc...

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