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You know you grew up in Pakistan in the 90’s when

October 8, 2008

I came across this group You know you grew up in Pakistan in 90s whenon Facebook just by chance. There are some (highlighted) points that brought smile on my face. The most amazing thing was to read about the game called Kish. I thought only we at our school used to play this weird game. I admit I was addicted to it. Yes, life was never the same after we set up Win95 at home. I would like to explore that amazing machine called computer and then came the internet. Amazing 90s and wonderful memories.

• Evenings on STN/NTM were the highlight of your day.

• The Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Captain Planet were dubbed in Urdu.

• If you were lucky, you had a dish, and you’d watch Disney Hour dubbed in Hindi on Zee TV and write to the host Vishaal. And you never missed “Hum Paanch” (Pa-Pa-Pa-PAANCH!) or Tu Tu Mein Mein either.

• You played “Kings” in school (the game where the first person to yell “Kings” would try to step on someone’s foot. Then that person would try to step on someone else’s foot and so forth).

• Playground feminism took form in the shape of “Queens” (essentially the same thing as “Kings”) and “Kish,” that weird jumping game that involved two teams and a loop of elastic (usually made out of a few shalwars’ worth of elastic tied together, snuck secretly because the mums would get sick of their daughters wasting a perfectly good roll of elastic.)

• Guys only ever played cricket and football, depending on what world cup was going on at the time.

• The only co-ed sport that was ever played was dodgeball (called Dodge the Ball) and girls were actually pretty good at it.

• You played Dark Room, Tilo-Express, Oonch Neech, Chor-Sipahi and Chupan Chupai.

• You decided conflicts not by rock-paper-scissors, but by Pugan-Pugaai, In Pin Safety Pin, or Akar-Bakar-Bambay-Bo.

• 5 words: Assoo-Panjoo-Haar-Kabootar-Doli.

• Anyone owning a real Barbie or Hot Wheels was a source of envy and admiration.

• “Bil Patori naasa chori aadhi mithi aadhi kori I’m sorry I’m sorry” means something to you. As do “ZAAAAAYYYMEEENAAAA!!!” and “Mein kon hoon, mein kya karoon, mein kiss ko khaaon” and “Ulloo ulloo hello, ulloo ulloo hello.”

• You wished you were Imran or Moattar from Ainak Waala Jin.

• You had nightmares about Bil Patori and Haamoon Jadoogar.

• You drank Frost juice with Super Crisp chips. And then when you were done, you’d chuck the juice box on the floor and jump on it to burst it.

• “Idiot,” “Shut Up” or “Badtameez” was your first cuss word.

• There was never a line at the canteen. Instead everyone drove the canteen wala mad by screaming at the top of their lungs.

• You were cool if you could finish a whole pack of Crunchies or Slanties without showing any signs of weakness, including drinking water afterwards.

• You picked out only the chips from your mum’s Nimco.

• You remember RC Cola and how no one liked it.

• It was taboo for guys to drink Mirinda/Fanta because it was a GIRL’s drink.

• You idolized Imran Khan even though he was retired when you were 2 or 3, and wiped your face with your Pepsi bottle or Frost juice because he did it in that ad.

• Wasim Akram’s “mein cigarette nahi peeta” ad made half ur generation vow to never smoke (the other half just missed out on good stuff).

• You had to ask “Ma’am/Miss may I come in” before entering a class, and you had to stand up to answer questions during a lesson.

• Cordless phones were the coolest things.

• You went crazy when your dad bought his first ever mobile, and you wouldn’t shut up about it to your friends.

• You carried around a cordless phone in your bag/pocket pretending it was a mobile phone, because heck, they both looked the same back then didn’t they?

• You begged your parents for a walkman and then bought tapes of Junaid Jamshed, or if you were really cool, Junoon.

• You went to a Junaid Jamshed concert in a PAF building or a Junoon concert in PC.

• You remember Fakhr-e-Alam hosting the Top Ten on NTM and his “Bhangra Rap” was always #1.

• #2 was “Jaadoo Ka Charagh” by Awaz and #3 was “Dohlna” by Shehzad Roy.. #4 was “Mann de Moaj” by Hadiqa Kayani, the only cool female-singer in Pakistani (and that was her only song for a long time, till she sang Dupatta Mera Malmal Ka.”)

• You were really sad when Awaz split up. And later you took sides between Haroon and Fakhir, and if you liked one you had to hate the other.

• You remember waking up early in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays (back when they weren’t weekends) before school to watch English cartoons on Star Plus (before it got taken over by the Indians).

• You still hold a grudge against the Indianization of Star Plus after all those years.

• You remember celebrating when they changed the weekends to Saturday and Sunday because it meant Friday was a half-day.

• You remember crying because of it if you were older, since the schools would make you come on Saturday for a full day anyway.

• You played Sega-Mega Drive, Atari and Super Nintendo.

• You played Mario Brothers like there was no tomorrow.

• You remember the Nintendo game where you had to shoot ducks with an actual gun-shaped joystick and thought it was the most amazing thing ever.

• Your life was never the same again when your first Windows 95 was set up in your house.

• You played Dave 1 and thought level three was the hardest thing in the world. Then you upgraded to Lion King (probably from a Power Games CD bought out in the street).

• You shafted Polka Ice Cream when Walls became popular. And yes, admit it, you used to wait for the Ice Cream wala in the afternoon and bought Paddle Pops from him.

• Walls wasn’t as good as the Challi Walla (end there were rumors that people loved them so much because there was chars in the masala).

• The boys watched Captain Majid (some daring girls did too) and the girls watched Jem
(so did some guys, for that matter, and hid their interest under the pretext of making fun of their sisters).

• Cartoon Network showed good stuff like Johnny Bravo and Johnny Quest before crap like Cow and Chicken ruined everything.

• You had “kutti” (pinkie finger) with your enemies and “sulli” (index+middle finger) with your friends.

• Our idols were either the guys from Alpha Bravo Charlie or the guys from Teen Bata Teen.

• It’s “copy,” “rubber,” and “dustbin.” Or rather, “duss-bin.” And “desk” was once “dex.”

• Your childhood was over when they made you stop using pencils and start using fountain pens. And you always made a mess filling the ink.

• You watched Small Wonder, even after it was dubbed in Hindi by Star Plus.

• You wanted to be on the Crystal Maze, The Legends of the Hidden Temple and such game shows.

• The coolest clapping games were “Cham Cham Cham,” “O Pillar,” “Zig Zag Zoo.”

• You were on the top of the food chain if you were made monitor (and you very easily abused the power too, by chucking chalk and dusters at people).

• Sit/Stand, Murghi, and sitting in the bad-kid section was the usual punishment. And the good girls would sit with the bad boys in a vain attempt to civilize them.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2008 3:51 pm

    “STN/NTM” most fascinating feature i remember 🙂
    specially Camp Candy, Ninja Turtles, Silver Hawks, Thunder Cats and Later Cartoon Network, with Swat cats and Dexter’s lab ,…
    thank God we had NTM or we could be Talibaan 😀

  2. Ayesha permalink
    October 8, 2008 3:56 pm

    Lol! I absolutely agree! 😆

  3. Asma permalink
    October 8, 2008 7:39 pm

    WOW – What a list!

  4. October 8, 2008 10:05 pm

    you have made me very nostalgic …


    thanks for sharing this

  5. Shan permalink
    October 9, 2008 9:45 am

    AAAhhh,,,, wat a good old dayz ,,,,,,,, Tv meant Stn, starplus n zee tv to us,,,,,,, BTW u missed out on cycling the coolest thing to do in that era for gals n guyz alike,,,,,,,loved the post ,,,, awesome 😀

  6. Ayesha permalink
    October 10, 2008 10:14 am

    Good old memories 🙂

  7. October 11, 2008 2:12 pm

    Super crisp, country juice (pine cool), suzuki fx and a drive back from school.

  8. Ordinary Girl permalink
    October 13, 2008 9:15 am

    I have read this list a few hundred times now, but it never loses his charm.

    Loved Kish, and since had no other siblings at home so had to force mom and dad to wear the elastic at different ‘levels’. 😀

    And I was a champ of Mario Brothers…had freed that princess many a times 😉

    And lastly…”Cham Cham Cham…Dus pattay thoreen gay, aik pata kacha, hiran ka bacha…hiran gia pani mein…pakro us ki nani ku…..aur gay mujhey bhoool giya” 😀

  9. Ayesha permalink
    October 13, 2008 8:08 pm

    OG: I also loved Kish and I was champ in it 😛

    Wow! Dus pattay toray… memories, memories! 😀

  10. Ayesha permalink
    October 13, 2008 8:10 pm

    Nani gai london
    pakro uski gardan
    gardan say nikla khoon
    ker dou telephone
    something… something!!!


    Chando kay chacha nay
    Chando ki chachi ko
    Chandani raat main
    Chandi kay chamach se
    Chatni chatai… chatni chatai…

    Got it… finally got it! 😀

    Tongue twister!

  11. Asma permalink
    October 14, 2008 5:35 am

    Dus pattay todhe
    aik patta kacha
    hiran ka bacha
    hiran giya paani ko
    pakdho uss ki naani ko
    Nani gai london
    pakro uski gardan
    gardan mein say nikla khoon
    oopar se aaya telefoon
    telefoon ke taar nahin
    hum tumhaare yaar nahin
    yaar daye delhi
    delhi se laye billi
    billi ke do bachay
    Allah mian Achhay!!!!

    The Hiran ki naani was very modern back then too – used to go to london for shopping – that always fascinated me. 😛

  12. owais permalink
    October 18, 2008 3:38 am

    Those beautiful days. Can never actually forget them.
    I happen to learn another version of this poem : Dus pattay todhe, aik patta kacha………… ! but it sound the same!

    Nice post!

  13. November 7, 2008 9:30 am

    really fun & soo true!

  14. Mughees Mohiuddin permalink
    November 27, 2012 10:03 pm

    Correction, there were no crunchies or slanties back then. epic compilation, made me go in the memory lane.

  15. Batool permalink
    December 7, 2012 6:50 pm

    Haha, great piece. Made me relive my childhood in 3 mins. You have really summed it up. I’m saving this article so I cam show my kids someday 🙂

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