A list of things in India which are disappearing:
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#16
| Maha Guru Member
Great thread IMG!

Books, at least reasonably priced. On the walk ways its all Mein Kampf. Worst of all bookpost. kaliyug..
#17
| Clueless

Originally posted by: BholeBaba View Post

The Congress Party?


Pandra paise mei teen ( 15 paise for 3) :rofl:


(Probably before your time BB)
#18
| Clueless

Originally posted by: edwardseco View Post

Worst of all bookpost.


Telegrams !
#19
| Maha Guru Member
Pure Ghee, vegetables with flavour. Knowing every one in the street and being able to breath fresh air.
#20
| What, me worry?

Fascinating that you say Internet Cafes are disappearing. One of the things that's coming through LOUD and CLEAR in the India Mike statistics is that there is a HUGE shift from desktop to mobile traffic. I'm guessing this is because buying and accessing the internet from a mobile phone is so much cheaper than buying a desktop computer. 

Do most Indians have desktop computers at home, or are they using mobiles instead? 

It's always darkest before it goes completely black.
#21
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: nadreg View Post


Do most Indians have desktop computers at home, or are they using mobiles instead?


General users (who don't need a desktop/laptop for daily usage) are moving to mobile devices and 4G plans.
#22
| Maha Guru Member

Harley Davidson phut phutti..

Riding a 4 seater( 2 facing the rear, 2 the front) , phut phutti, , powered by a Harley Davidson. These were invariably shared rides, and cost 75 paise from Darya Ganj to Connaught place, in Delhi.
#23
| Maha Guru Member
Yellow taxis in Kolkata.
#24
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: nadreg View Post

Fascinating that you say Internet Cafes are disappearing. One of the things that's coming through LOUD and CLEAR in the India Mike statistics is that there is a HUGE shift from desktop to mobile traffic. I'm guessing this is because buying and accessing the internet from a mobile phone is so much cheaper than buying a desktop computer.

Do most Indians have desktop computers at home, or are they using mobiles instead?
I doubt that this is specific to India; the transition to mobile traffic is happening in the west also. Price aside, a major factor is speed. Even 3-4 years ago, using a phone was just too slow, like using an 80286 PC with Windows 3.1.. Phones are now faster; and 4G is a crucial step, 3G is just not fast enough for casual browsing.

In India most people have never had a desktop; the phone is the first computer they have owned. That is certainly a difference from the west.
#25
| opinionated liberal food fascist
Everybody, right from the cook in our house to whom I sometimes send YouTube food videos, down to the guy who comes to clean the bathroom in the house and office, is on whatsapp. And nearly all of them are on my FB too. This kind of thing was unthinkable as recently as 10 years back.
#26
| Humble Genius
A few things that are almost completely gone, with an Indian twist -

1. With the advent of the computer, typewriters and the associated shops morphed into computer typing and printing shops. As late as a decade back in smaller towns, near the court or nagarpalika office, one could find several dozen makeshift shops or just tables populated by 'notary public cum typist'. It's gone now.

2. The cesca Cain chair which in India was made with a steel frame and referred to as 'office chair' is not completely gone but has become rarer. If you've ever visited a government office in the 80s or watch a film showing that time, you'd remember it very well.

3. Ear cleaners in CP are fewer, though not zero.

4. Dharamyug, printed magazine was shut down in the 90s, though manohar kahaniya continues to do well. It should probably tell you something about where we are headed as a society.

p.s. We still have the door to door bread salesman in Jaipur and also get vegetables with flavor, though I've never encountered either in Delhi, ever.
#27
| The Silent One
Typists would fit the theme of the thread - disappearing, but not gone. However, now the typewriters are almost gone - the typing done on computers with the green coloured legal sheets added to the printer bed.
Even the dot matrix printers are becoming rarer, but atleast the banks ensure that they haven't gone extinct.
'Xerox' company has gone missing (though this is not India specific), Xerox shops are coming down, scan machines are also becoming rarer than before!

Anyone who remembers 'pepsi-cola'? Frozen flavoured milk packed in tube like plastic bags! (My granny used make and sell those in the village - one of the few households that had a refrigerator!)
Another thing that is going out is the imli (tamarind) wala, the gauva seller and the salted dried berries sold outside schools in the 80s and 90s! Can't see them anymore - McD is the flavour now..
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#28
| To Hell & Back
Big Family
#29
| Maha Guru Member
For me, I miss "Mochi" shops, or shoe shops where they used to make shoes by hand for you. There used to be fair few in Surat, sadly none now. These artisan craftsmanship is disappearing from India, sadly quicker than I thought.

I also find it sad to see beautiful old character buildings in India disappearing, replaced by concrete block. Personally I feel there should be "listed" status introduced in India for older buildings as we have in the UK to preserve these.
Idle mind is a Devil's workshop.
#30
| formerly saabkootchmilaga
Great thread! I haven't been for a few years and have been wondering....some friends just came back from the south (they have been many times over the years) and commented that they thought western backpackers were not as common as 10 or so years ago, and they mentioned there were a lot more middle class Indians travelling...
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