Childhood: A dream that should never end

Sep 30, 2021, 21:39 IST

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Childhood indeed is the most impressionable phase of our lives. The time we spend as kids is the time we cherish for the rest of our lives.

As a famous ghazal artist once said, I can't stop myself but quote him- "Yeh daulat bhi Lelo, yeh shaurat bhi lelo, magar mujhko lautado vo kagaz ki kashti vo baarish ka paani".

He said it so aptly and to translate, it just simply defines how precious childhood was. We were not famous, we didn't have money. We didn't have anything we now believe are the parameters of happiness. But even without it all, we were just purely happy,care-free and living our lives to the fullest.

The millenials and Gen Z were lucky enough to be born at a time when phones and laptops were a luxury and not everybody could afford them. Smartphones were not a thing back then. My generation is soo not old, but I guess somehow we all know in our hearts that our younger days could be so precious and beautiful because they could be spent in open parks and on monkey ladders rather than on computers and phones.
We played games and were undeniably professional in all of them. Talk about Hide and Seek, Ghost in the graveyard, ice and water,pakdam pakdai,pitthu,dark room,...the list is endless. We would play all games with utmost dedication and professionalism.
Aha..childhood was a time when all our dreams seemed possible, when we feared nothing, a time when we could laugh freely on the smallest thing, a time when everybody was our friend and exams our only enemy. It was a time so pure, genuine and real.
Camera or no camera, the pictures of my most memorable days as a child are best captured in my heart and no phone in the world can beat the clarity of those visuals.

Maggi,chocolates,biscuits,chips,candies were all shared and fought for.

Rockets,anaar,Chakri,sutli bomb..Diwali would always be incomplete without them.

Gulaal and water balloons were our go-to partners every Holi.

And oh, don't get me started on the cartoons we all would watch 5 minutes before catching our bus for school.

Shinchan,Doreamon,Kitretsu,Ninja Hattori, Phineas and Ferb,SpongeBob SquarePants,Horrid Henry,Roll no.21, Oswald,Noddy, Chhota Bheem..I can keep going on and on.

Today, when I look back at my younger self, I can so confidently say that as kids we could understand everything. We could comprehend and gather from conversations, we could imagine our best as kids because there was no limit to our imagination. But what was different was just that as kids we didn't care about people, we didn't worry about the world, we didn't stop ourselves from climbing that one more monkey ladder.

We just lived our lives and how. And trust me, when I say that all our greatest lessons come from the time when we were kids because all of us are born care-free and fearless. And no matter how much ever we grow up, never let the curiosity in you die, never let the fire, desire and fearlessness in you die as that's how we were made for this world and that's how we should live in this world.