Kabari Wala & Misha
I have no qualms in admitting the fact that kabari wala used to be my favorite person on the streets. When we were kids we would get limited pocket money. All of that would be spent on buying children magazines. We could hardly buy two or three magazines a month in our pocket money and we had become such a magazine junkie that after finishing them we wanted to buy more.
You know how difficult it is to take money from parents. Once they gave us the additional money but when we started asking for it eveything month they got alarmed for two reasons. First, they wanted us to be disciplined in our spending. Second, our magazine addiction was worrying for them because that meant poor grades in studies.
So after our failed attempts to get extra money from them we in our desperation came up with a plan. The kabari wala used to visit daily but we had never thought of selling junk before. Now as we needed money we roamed all over the house and first of all collected the old Urdu newspapers, oil tins, our useless copies from previous years etc. and sold them off for 20 odd Rs. That was our first earned money. We instantly bought two magazines and several other stories. And interestingly we got away from our parents countless queries too. I think they didn’t notice our adventure at all.
That was an amazing time! 🙂
Among other magazines, in 80s an English magazine called MISHA used to publish from the (then) Soviet Union. At that time I (Yeah poor me) couldn’t read and understand English properly so I mainly used to enjoy illustrations. The magazine used to have folk tales, poems, stories and other articles. I still have some of the issues. With disintegration of USSR, the publication of MISHA stopped. These days I don’t see any English magazine for children on the newsstands.