Shiv’s Musings

(For All Those Born in 1950 or Earlier)

We are the baby boomer generation and survivors!!! Consider the changes we have witnessed.

We are born before the television came to India, before the polio vaccine was discovered, before the Xerox became a commercial venture, contact (corneal) lenses began to be used replacing spectacles, and pills were prescribed for preventing pregnancies. We are born before the laser came in to being, pantyhose was discovered and before a man walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived together and living-in relation was unheard of. Pads were soft cushion-like thing or a writing material and not “bachelor’s pad” where he lives. Bunnies were small rabbits and “rabbits” were not “Volkswagen”. Having meaningful relation meant getting along with your brothers, sisters and cousins.

We thought fast food was eaten after the fast (Vrat) is over. We were born before the gay rights or LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) became a by word in the lexicon of new generation, before the social media could bring regime change, or the same social media could help dating between two lovers continents apart. FM radio was not heard, computers were for the use by scientists, before the sex change was heard of and before artificial hearts could keep human alive. Time sharing meant sharing togetherness and not computers or condominiums.

Chip meant a piece of wood and hardware was materials used in buildings. Software was not even a word coined then. Pizza, Mc Donald, instant 2 minute noodles were unheard of. In those days grass was mowed and not smoked and pot was some utensil in which one cooked and not a sedative to get lost in.

AIDs were helpers like ADCs (Aide de Camp) and HIV/ AIDS were not even discovered. We were the generation so dumb to think then that we thought one needed a husband and a wife to have babies. IVF producing babies was unthinkable.

And by the way, when we began counting money, there used to be only 64 paise in a rupee and not 100 as you see now.

No wonder we are so out of sync with the present generation of Gen X, & Y that we still wear our wristwatch to see time and not look time in our cell phone. Such is the generation gap.

But we still survive!

But we still survive!

About Shiv Rana

Retirement life is series of transition: from Olive Green to civvies, being woken up a buddy to fetching morning milk from the milk booth. And now trying to adjust with new-normal due to pandemic - CORONA.
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