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#31 Aug 1st, 2018, 12:01
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post There used to be a banana called "Singapuri kela". It was long, slimmer than the industrial banana (Cavendish) and greener (ripe when still greener than yellow). They have vanished so thoroughly that no one remembers them, they claim the regular "hotel bananas" (Cavendish) are Singapuris. They are not; the length is very similar but not the diameter, color or flavor. I wonder what happened to Singapuris.
I stayed at a villa in Shantiniketan. There were many banana trees that had very small narrow bananas with large seeds inside.
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Originally Posted by sab kuch milega View Post western backpackers were not as common as 10 or so years ago, .
Quite a bit of growth, and a fair chunk due to eVisa. Also strangely, very little dip in the hottest, or wettest months. These days, you travel when you get time off (i.e. boss is happy).

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/62531855.cms

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Joint families have also disappeared. Very hard to find more than two generations living under the same roof in cities.
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Dhoti as an everyday attire ,
Fun in life , acceptance of sattire,
White saree drenched in the rain,
Terricot pants and allied pain,
Warm smile and welcoming hug,
We are now bitten by superpower bug,
Take this as a 70s kid's rant,
A smile in your face , that's all I want.
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Originally Posted by Boston123 View Post 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.
I think the last time I took one was in 1966. It was a ride from ITO to CP.

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And the Illustrated Weekly of India! Both were published by Bennet Coleman (Times of India Group). I used to read Raju Bharatan's film reviews there. He used to award "stars" from one to four. I remember Guide and Anupama getting four stars and Milan and Anita getting one star each.* The children's magazine published by them was Paraag. I preferred it to Bal Bharati.

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We still have the door to door bread salesman in Jaipur
Does he carry his wares in a steel box?

*Of course Filmfare still exists as do the Filmfare Awards. I used to take part in the readers' poll which decided the nominations.
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Victorias in Mumbai are gone ! So are hand pulled rickshaws (I gather) in Cal. Also gone from Mumbai - gangubai selling dried fish Housing Soc to Housing Soc.
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--Doordarshan channel on TV. Once upon a time it was the only channel. Now nobody watches it.

--Campa Cola. I think it has disappeared.

--The popularity of Nirulas and Wimpy's burgers, back in those pre-McDonald days.

--In Delhi and in many other places in North India, the walls in houses were covered with Khas, a cooling straw-type thing (GP and Nyc can explain it better). Then the coolers came, and then the ACs. You hardly see Khas anywhere now.

--Housewives, especially elderly women, used to tie the house keys around their waist. My grandmom used to do this. I haven't seen this being done in a long while. Also make-at-home-paan-kits.
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Refrigereted Cold Water stalls/charts in Delhi, are rarely seen especially in Janpath.
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Originally Posted by iamgorman View Post I stayed at a villa in Shantiniketan. There were many banana trees that had very small narrow bananas with large seeds inside.
Those are called Champa Kala locally ( 'Kala' in Bengali = Banana ) .
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1. Music shops that used to copy your selection of songs on to a blank cassette - gone
2. Door to door milk vendors with their aluminum or steel cans / bottled milk (though this is making a come back)
3. Petromax lights - gone
4. Street vendors calling out in their own voice - now they use recordings!
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Originally Posted by sab kuch milega View Post 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...
It's one of the best thing. Traveling is becoming so easy. Also, with bike and car rentals are expanding to every city.
At least Indian will get to fellow countrymen.

The part of Internet. Most of village directly upgraded to 4G with speed of 5-10Mbps. They never saw 3G. 2G was useless to use internet.

Typist - Only be found in collectorate offices.
Scanning / Fax - Extinct because of no use. Recently I have to fax to govt. office. I had to search for two days.
Photocopy/Printing : Less but still there for resume, assignments, and official document submissions need.
Letters: Now, No one writes a letter.
Joint Family: Disappearing with alarming rate.


As someone rooted from village. I see villages are getting empty..
Young boys go for study in town and only come back in vacation. Most problematic shift I see is, these young boys accept to work on less salary/veges in cities with saving nothing and living in close to slum condition. They are not looking for opportunity in villages. Living in village is now under-standard. However, the life of village is much more comfortable, specially with after electrification. Only issue with village we have now is medical emergencies.
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Few more -

While they universally disappeared, fountain pens took down with them a memorable indian name - Chelpark - a portmanteau of chellaram and parker - two companies that partnered to give India 'fine inks' - I miss their royal blue. I think i wrote quite a bit of longhand including some silly travel memoirs when I was seven y/o (still have em somewhere)

Rimzim - a Jeera flavored Indian cola. Nowhere in the world could a Jeera (cumin) flavored cola succeed. It did, here.

Tailored to fit jeans - this is disappearing but not gone. You could select the type of rivets, stitched on stickers and the cloth. Mohan singh market in Delhi still has a few of 'Jeans specialist' tailors left.

@BB - doordarshan is alive and fine. Khas is called 'vetiver'
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Yea, I meant nobody watches it tho, Doordarshan. Everybody has cable. I remember the days of Chitrahaar in the evenings..
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Rimzim - a Jeera flavored Indian cola. Nowhere in the world could a Jeera (cumin) flavored cola succeed. It did, here.
Rimzim has been revived and is now being sold by Coca Cola.


Source: https://www.scoop.it/t/buy-soft-drinks-online

I tried one at Dehradun Airport in 2016. It tasted horribly sweet.


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@Khas is called 'vetiver'


Source: https://www.notino.de/roger-gallet/vetyver-seife/

And what about trams in Paharganj and trolley buses (and trams) in Bombay?
#45 Aug 1st, 2018, 16:51
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Interesting. I wonder if it’s because backpackers no longer consider India “off the beaten path”, or if there are more concerns for safety now. 

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