If nothing else, summers usually make us all a tad nostalgic. The season takes us all the way back to the end of exams and the two months of summer break, a time that never fails to put a smile on our faces. Summer vacations to the Indian kid is quintessentially the best time of the year, when there’s no homework to finish, no uniforms to wear every morning and time limit to play or watch TV! We’ve all grown up to wanting to go back to the days when nothing in the world bothered us and we were just a bunch of children who played and laughed and enjoyed ourselves like there is no tomorrow! So here are some of the things that will instantly remind you of your childhood. Some of these you’ll fell like doing again as a grown up just to relive those moments of happiness. Also Read - UN Chief Cites 'Horrifying Global Surge In Domestic Violence', Urges Countries to Protect Women
1. Eating mangoes
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There was nothing beyond mangoes at least I could see as a kid. Whether it was eating mangoes just as they were, waiting for mum to make some milk shake or some aamras to eat with absolutely anything, in fact I even remember climbing the shorter mango trees to pluck some raw kairis! Every time I’d ask my mother for something to eat, she’d point at the box of mangoes and I’d search through the hay to find the warmest and the one with sweet aroma to gorge on! Also Read - Formula One is in a Very Fragile State at The Moment: McLaren CEO
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2. Ice golas and colored tongues
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Well, this one always reminds me of the last day of exams! While most Indian parents won’t let you have any gola at least till your exams are done, the last day of school is literally the best day in the life of a school kid and the gola-wala! Even all those kids who wait back to discuss the paper are seen running towards the cart will bottles of colorful syrups. The sound of the ice shaving machine and every sip and slurp is something I long for! Even to this day, a gola takes me all the way back to the days, you could get one for a rupee or two.
3. Going on camping trips
A few weeks into your summer vacation, you’d start being a good kid, helping with chores. Not only because you want some extra money for pizza or ice-cream, but because all of your friends are going for the week-long camping trip and you’d do anything to convince your parents to let you go too! My very smart parents, usually waited till my results would be out. Yet each time, they’d pardon my poor social sciene score and book a spot for me. What about you?
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4. Family visits to the water parks
Beating the summer heat with the entire family seems like the easiest way out for working parents. It saved up a lot of money when it comes to those short Lonaval-Khandala trips, but it definitely made up for all the excitement and bonding with your cousins. And looking back at all those photographs from when your ‘swimming costume’ were neon colored does bring a smile on your face too, doesn’t it?
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5. Trying to be a skater
This is something that most kids have tried and tried pretty hard to get right. From those kids who got trained and had their fancy guards and helmets, to some others (like me) who couldn’t do better than falling even two meters, skating was to the 90s kid what the rollerboard is to the second millennium kids.
6. Building sand castles and then breaking them
Things about the times when I was much younger, the easiest way to make my day, was to take me to the beach on a play date with a bunch of other kids from the building and we’d spend hours on building castles that never looked anything better than the Whatsapp poop emoji. But as kids, the best part about building these sand castles was breaking them down!
7. Riding bicycles with your friends all day
From training wheels to racing till the end of the lane and coming home with bruises and scratches from all the falls… riding cycles and ringing the bell all the way. Summer vacation memories comeback in a flash when I look at kids ride their bikes through the lanes and narrow by lanes. It’s these days that we spent peddaling our cycles that riding motorbikes is so damn easy! After all, everyone who tries to ride a bike is at least once in a lifetime asked, ‘don’t you know how to ride a cycle? It’s just like that’ Thank you maa and paa for my hercules!
8. Screaming your lungs out on a Ferris Wheel
And though as you grown old, these Ferris wheels, or as we Indians call them, Giant Wheels don’t petrify us any more, back in the day, getting locked on to the small tilting basket was the bravest thing we’d boast of! Bigger the wheel, more to be proud of. To this day, even if the giant wheel isn’t as scary as it used to be, one ride is enough to make me giggle and squeal like the five-year old me and I’m guessing you too.
9. Rushing with your friends to drink some neemboo paani
Gone are the days when goli-soda and cheap nimbu paani was available at the end of every street! However, I still remember asking for the extra tangy powder that was the best getaway to laughter! After playing chor-police and noisy cricket in the neighborhood, one glass of this refreshing drink would charge all us kids for another round of galli cricket.
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10. Constantly looking into the fridge for something new to eat or to just enjoy the coolness!
Last, but not the least, after a hard day’s play, looking into the refrigerator for something fun to eat including mangoes or chocolates was one of my favorite pastimes. ANd even if there wasn’t anything good enough to eat or drink, at least the cool refrigerator wind was all I needed during hot afternoons… until my mum would come back and smack me for leaving the door open for so long!
I bet these small funny instances among many others take you back, all the way back when you were just a kid and you had to do was play!
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