Buzz·Posted on Jan 14, 201460 Things That Defined Your Childhood In IndiaHorn OK please.by Rega JhaBuzzFeed India ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Getting a brand-new geometry box was the only good thing about the end of the summer. Via readers.in And that's also when Nataraj suddenly became everyone's best friend. readers.in hindustanpencils.com 2. This is how you decided whether someone deserved your friendship, love, affection, marriage, enmity, or sisterhood. Mani Karthik / Via manikarthik.com 3. There were a lot of top-notch beverages competing for your attention... Doordarshan / ddnational.blogspot.com Go Bazzar / kepranprojects.com Tang Today / tangtoday.com But, after a long day of school, nothing was more refreshing than a chilled glass of this: Tasty Liquid Treats / donotmakemespew.blogspot.com Wikipedia Creative Commons / /en.wikipedia.org 4. You didn't have Halloween, but all the "fancy dress" parties more than made up for it. NVO News / Via nvonews.com 5. This was the No. 1 use of doorways in your house: Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Rashid Lohiya / Via youtube.com 6. Everyone had one of these metal Godrej almirahs somewhere in their house, and it's where the adults hid their mysterious secrets. OLX Bangalore / Via bangalore.olx.in 7. This dude was terrifying, and you genuinely had nightmares about him. Thanks, Onida. Onida / Via dsource.in But this girl — so relevant, so witty — was (and is) your role model. Amul / Wikipedia Creative Commons / Via en.wikipedia.org 8. Lunch = Milton, Home Shop / homeshop18.com Mother Earth Living / motherearthliving.com Carried inside of: Via Home Review / home-review.com 9. You could recognize these smells anywhere, anytime. Viec Buon Ban / viecbuonban.com Cargo Collective / cargocollective.com And you'll never forget what the solution to a "kamar dard" is: Modern Time Shelpline Pharma / Via moderntimeshelplinepharma.in 10. You became a pro at painting and repainting these stylish Batas every few weeks. Mani Karthik / Via manikarthik.com 11. This is what Sundays looked like: Rank Logos / Via ranklogos.com 12. You caused your middle finger some serious harm trying to get good at this: Wikipedia Commons / Via simple.wikipedia.org 13. And you knew the first line of every song, from all your bus antakshari sessions. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Yash Raj Films / Via dolaredola.tumblr.com 14. When everyone had a badminton phase, the coolest kids had Yonex racquets. Sporty Habits / Via blog.sportyhabits.com 15. For most of your childhood, you thought this phrase legitimately meant something. Wikipedia / Via en.wikipedia.org Same with this bizarre approach to population control: Flickr: gggggg / Via Creative Commons 16. This was the secret of your energy. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Star Plus / Boost / Via youtube.com Unless, of course, you were one of these people: Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Complan / Via youtube.com Or into one of these: EMD Home Products / emdhomeproducts.com Shop Hop / shophop.co.in 17. Your birthday = a reason to wear your nicest outfit to school and hand out candy to everyone. Wikimedia Commons / commons.wikimedia.org Exporters India / exportersindia.com 18. This was the most delicious thing that anyone could possibly cook in two minutes: Kukuchku / Via kukuchku.com Seriously, every time you saw this happen on TV, you needed it to happen for you in real life. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Maggi / Via youtube.com 19. "Elemenopee" was the longest letter in the alphabet. Zazzle / Via zazzle.com 20. Power cuts were a glorious time when you were exempt from doing homework and had no choice but to go outside and play in the dark. Caught At 3rd Man / Via caughtat3rdman.blogspot.com 21. As difficult as these were to get open, they were always worth it: Indian Gifts Portal / Via indiangiftsportal.com And these > M&M's. Telugu One / Via teluguone.com 22. At some point, you were chased around the house by your mother trying to put oil in your hair. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Parachute / Via youtube.com 23. Thanks to your various school uniforms, you know words like "culottes" and "pinafores." Wikipedia / Via en.wikipedia.org Unless you had one of these stiff-dupatta uniforms. World Is Round / Via worldisround.com Either way, "color dress" or "free dress" days were the best days. St. Joseph's Indian School / Via stjosephsindianschool.wordpress.com 24. You learned patience by waiting for your sparklers to light on Diwali. David Levantis / Via davidlevantis.com (That patience came in handy while reloading this questionable toy.) 90s Childhood Memories / Via facebook.com 25. And you honed your reflexes by dodging water balloons on Holi. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF rebloggy.com 26. There was one of these somewhere in the city, and you got to go there when you needed special books. Tourist Link / touristlink.com Mani Karthik / manikarthik.com 27. This godsend, masquerading as a digestive pill, was the most delicious thing you would ever eat. City Mega Store / Via citymegastore.com And this more serious, legit digestive cure would keep your breath foul for days. India Abundance / Via indiaabundance.com 28. "Akar bakar Bombay bo..." 90s Childhood Memories / Via facebook.com 29. These were the most superior "soft drinks." Indo-Chinese Market / indochinesemarket.com Wikipedia / en.wikipedia.org 30. These men were in your living room more often than most of your family was. Hagen Hopkins / Stringer / Via Getty Images 31. There was nothing in the world as mouth-meltingly soft as a Marie Biscuit dipped in hot chai. instagram.com And getting the biscuit to your mouth before it broke off and fell in the chai was the greatest challenge of your childhood. 32. Amar Chitra Katha's Birbal was the smartest person you'd ever heard of. Amar Chitra Katha / Via firstcry.com And this guy was the stupidest: Tinkle Comics / Via indiagetseverythingfree.org 33. Whenever a relative came back from a trip abroad, you invariably were gifted some of these: Wikipedia / Via en.wikipedia.org 34. You could recognize this kid anywhere: PTI Foods / Via ptifoods.com 35. Everyone became an expert boat-maker during the monsoon. Pressmaster / Via Shutterstock 36. This. 90s Childhood Memories / Via facebook.com 37. Every Indian girl secretly tried these on from her mom's stash. Parammount / Via parammount.com 38. And every Indian boy regularly "borrowed" some of this from his dad: Wikipedia / Via en.wikipedia.org 39. One hour of your school week was dedicated to social service or "Socially Useful Productive Work." GIS News Blog / Via gisnewsblog.wordpress.com And several hours of the school week were devoted to "book cricket." Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Yahoo! Cricket / Via cricket.yahoo.com 40. This was a classic torture device used by moms: Ad Gully / Via adgully.com 41. This cigarette-shaped candy, as problematic as it is in hindsight, made you feel cool as hell: iFood / Via ifood.tv And the first tattoo you ever got was courtesy of these guys: 90s Childhood Memories / Via facebook.com 42. Before you knew what the word "ambassador" meant, this is all it was: Via koooer.com And your family's first car was probably one of these: Wikipedia Wikipedia / en.wikipedia.org 43. After school activities = snacks, tuitions, classes, homework, and then finally playing outside with colony friends. decaturmakers.org awareci.com 44. You could finish a box of these in one sitting: Namaste Plaza / Via namasteplaza.com And you would regularly beg your parents to buy you these: trade.indiamart.com zopnow.com 45. When some well-meaning relative bought you a laser pointer, you used it to terrorize your neighbors for weeks. Laser Pointer Forums / Via laserpointerforums.com 46. The first movie you ever saw in 3D: Via desimartini.com 47. You will never forget the tune of the "washing powder Nirma" song. Go Bazzar / Via gobazzar.com And "aaya naya ujala, chaar bundhon vaala." 48. You couldn't wait to lick your fingers clean after eating these... Stork / Via stork.net.in To get to the best part: 90s Childhood Memories / Via facebook.com 49. You learned all your business skills by trading cricket cards... Sports World / sportsworldcards.com EBay / ebay.com.au Or, more likely, WWE cards. Mani Karthik / Via manikarthik.com 50. You had these stacks of classic soundtracks somewhere in your house. Justclk / Via justclk.com 51. Around sixth grade, everyone's hands were constantly covered in ink from learning how to use these: fountainpennetwork.com en.wikipedia.org 52. And in seventh grade, everyone got Slam Books and found out who their true friends were. pinoyexchange.com 53. Managing to squeeze a full-sized cricket game into a gully of any width was everyone's special skill. Sharad Mani / Via sharadmani.wordpress.com 54. Nobody seemed to ever buy these matchboxes, but there were always some lying around. Mani Karthik / Via manikarthik.com 55. This was the most tedious back-to-school activity: Mani Karthik / Via manikarthik.com Although the end result was pretty satisfying. 90 Childhood Memories / Via facebook.com 56. Watching these men's sagas was a weekly family activity. Indian Express / Via archive.indianexpress.com 57. Touching your distant relatives' feet was an investment well worth the returns. Conversing With The Buddha / Via conversingwiththebuddha.blogspot.com 58. You felt like a professional acrobat every time you climbed into these top berths. Via andhranews.net 59. And if you ever overexerted yourself with any physical activity, there was always a white powdery savior: Apollo Pharmacy / Via apollopharmacy.in 60. Every Independence Day, you proudly pinned the tricolor to your school uniform... Instablogs / Via instablogs.com ...proud to have had the most chaotic, most beautiful, and most memorable childhood of all. Instablogs / Via instablogs.com H/t to Mani Karthik's blogpost and this "Nineties Childhood Memories" Facebook page.