A World Before Facebook!

fW0Ko A few days back I went to my friend’s room to get the new episode of Game of Thrones! What I saw there made me freeze for a second or two! He was watching  WWF (world wrestling federation). There was the young gigantic Undertaker taking down the 9th wonder,Chyna and the game,Triple H. Needless to say, I forgot all about Khaleesi and instead opted for the Deadman. Watching it seemed so refreshing! It was like reliving my past when I sat with my group of friends to watch this bizarre game and believed every bit of the story that was told in the game. Such was our devotion towards it that we used to play its trump game(the echo of constant “clash” still rings in my ears).

Childhood was not only confined to WWF or Trump Games…There were innumerable other items as well on the list which made our childhood “awesome“. Yes, this was the time which preceded XBox or facebook or smartphones or Instagram or LED Tv or 3D or doraemon or Ipods etc.

                                                          YES! This was the 90s!!



“THE GAMES”

Ours is a cricket-loving nation. Back then when we were kids, television with a cable-connection was a big thing! So naturally,somebody possessing it was our “master of the universe”. Everyone used to gather around that one ‘god-sent‘ idiot-box whenever the match of our nation was on. God! nothing can beat the feeling when Sachin used to hit a six and equally painful was the sentiment when he used to get out on a duck.

 

“THE SHOWS”

Shaktiman! Its always got to be Shaktiman! Nobody touched our life like he did. His quest against Samrat Kilvis was enough to send chills across our spine. But, disney held a special place in our heart as well. Mickey,Donald &co. were the nicest guys we knew of. Powerpuff Girls and Dexter were our buddies. Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, He-Man were our idols and joining the Justice League was our fantasy.

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“THE MUSIC”

Dubstep..Skrillex..what’s that? We were happy with our own brand of pop-stars. Silk-Route,Falguni Pathak were next big thing. And if you listened Backstreet Boys or Linkin Park..OMG.. you were cool. It was the time of undiluted music, cassettes and tape-recorders. Walkman was the coolest thing. Nobody had imagined mp3 players or ipods.

 

“THE JOY OF SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE”

Postman was our Internet…Pithoo,Vish-Amrit was our game..Watching a movie meant standing in queue for endless hours and braving yourself to get a ticket finally..phew!…friends were made “offline”..trailers of new movies and music videos were meant to be watched on MTV (youtube? Is that a even a name?)…K, hmmm,XoXo,BTW were the language alien to us!



Who ever thought someday we would become so frustrated to make friends that we’ll have to resort to social networking sites? Who ever thought that the scale of smartness and hotness will be reduced to how well you have instagramed your pics? Who ever thought that temple run would be more relevant than “chor-police” or “I-spy”? who ever thought that the innocence of mickey mouse and donald duck would be robbed by the likes of Shinchan and haggemaru?

 

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Afterall we were just a bunch of kids who believed telephone was just meant to connect people and not to be fooled around. We were just a bunch of kids who believed hanging around with our friends was the most sublime thing in life. We were just a bunch of kids who clicked photos as a token of memory. We were just a bunch of kids whose most prized-possession used to be comic-books and not i-pads or i-phones…..Afterall we were just a bunch of “innocent kids, yet to be abducted by technology!”

Oh! how I wish that technology becomes kind enough to take us back to the nostalgia tunnel from this present drain..even if it is for a moment! images

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METAL: AN UNDYING EXPERIENCE!

“I am  a man who walks alone..and when I’m walking a dark road at night or strolling through the park…when light begins to change I sometimes feel a little strange…a little anxious when it’s dark…Fear Of The Dark..Fear Of The Dark!

 

When I was 16,this was the first metal song I heard.Like everyone I also discarded it and rubbished it as ‘just scream,less substance’.
But somehow I came back for it..maybe its the power of Iron Maiden or the power of metal..it can crawl into you irrespective of whatever mood you are in..it bites and stings you at those areas where it hurts the most but you come out even more empowered and confident.

So once I went back to the ‘maidens’,I never returned. Instead I went on exploring for more. The path shown by The Iron Maidens took me to a whole new different universe.You know metal is just like a funfare..kids get lost at the glitz and brightness of the fare..too many shops,all diverse in nature..they want to buy and explore everything. Same thing happened to me..only difference being..this was a dark and somber fare..here was the rollercoaster ride for “highway to hell” and “breaking The law” was allowed…here was “the master of puppets” and “the tornado of souls” was a common sight! 

The excavation of metal continued and after going through every pieces I finally admitted that this was it.Heavy metal,thrash,alternative,glam,Nu were the subgenres I finalised.But then I came to college and made friends with quite a few fellow metalheads…funny thing about us metalheads is that seeing another metalhead in the crowd excites us…devil horn is the handshake for us,headbanging is the waltz and black is the symbol.

Slowly I discovered other genres of metal.Starting with Death metal, I met Black metal,viking metal,progressive,technical death,shock metal,brutal death,depressive metal…phewww! guess socializing with new metal subgenres would never end.

Its been 7 years now,still I feel that I’ve a whole lot of metal to sip. And thats the beauty of this form of music. It has uniqueness,boldness,courage,madness and creativity.Metal is not just screaming..it actually screams out the effort and dedication put in the song
Right now while I am writing this..some band is being created..some band is writing,playing,strumming something which is going to change their life…

Metal’s beauty lies in the fact that you can’t convince someone to like it..you either embrace it or discard it.
Rob Zombie once said in an interview-“Metal fans are the one who make metal so true..means I have never met a guy saying..hey i liked slayer one summer..its like if you are a slayer fan,you will always remain a slayer fan” 

How true is that! Once I was listening to ‘in my time of need’ by opeth…and my friend was like…dude!its such a nice song…before he could comment anything else i played ‘deliverence’..opeth again….the guy flinched…I enlightened him that both songs are of the same artist….I still remember his expression. People can sometimes be so stereotyped!

 

So this is my experience with Metal…and its ongoing…I don’t know when it will end..and i sure don’t want it to…I love how metal surprises me with every new song..The riffs,the solos,the beats,the bass raises the hair at the back of my neck every time…
And as I said earlier,while I am writing this,some band has most probably completed its song,some band has created the most complex riff…some band has produced the next petrucci…and these bands has most certainly saved metal from dying. 

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 No reasons! I just love SLAYER!