A list of things in India which are disappearing:
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#46
| Senior Member
People selling maps to tourists. I feel so sorry for the few remaining vendors.
#47
| What, me worry?

Amar Chitra Kathas? Are those still popular?

It's always darkest before it goes completely black.
#48
| Humble Genius
Even more than they used to be. The new owners had two converted to films. Mythology - as is or retelling there of - has been a popular subject for a decade and a half now. Devdutt Patnaik, Ashok Banker and Amish Trivedi have all played their part.

What's disappeared are Indrajaal comics and with the fall of Soviet Union - progress publisher books (pragati prakashan in Hindi)
#49
| It's all Greek to me, but Benglish will do
A fascinating thread!

Do earthenware chai cups still exist?
#50
| Humble Genius
Yes and they again are more popular than before. In upmarket chain tea stores (chai point and chaayos), you must pay extra for the same tea in an earthenware cup!

India has its own strain of nostalgia that defies logic and helps preserve many objects that should disappear - banarasi and kanjivaram sarees are a prime example, and similarly many other handloom varieties, many which have been helped by chains such as fabindia, Anokhi etc.
#51
| Clueless

Originally posted by: theyyamdancer View Post

A fascinating thread!

Do earthenware chai cups still exist?


Yes, indeed.
#52
| Humble Genius
Shopping bags made of niwar (plastic rope). Yes they existed and were sturdy.

TV cabinets - no not something that you placed the TV on but rather what you placed it in. It had a sliding shutter in front to keep the dust out.

Teacosies - well before the current thermo-steel fad. This is universal probably.

Paper soap - sellers climbed on board trains and sold this.

Inflatable pillows made of duck back cloth - for travel.

Tandoorwalas that would make roti or paratha for you - you carried kneaded dough and any filling to them, they did the baking, nothing else.

Performing sloth bear and its handler - I saw one as a child, never since (a good development I feel)

Holdalls you'd carry in a train - your own bed and quilt, if it were winter.

Last thing - can't even find the proper name of - used to be a steel canteen covered with camel hair for insulation. Havent seen one in ages.
#53
| Member
Physical copies of Magzines.

Comics.
We use to get fascinated for new release of comics, reading throughout summers. Now with it's superhero movies. Sad to see no filmmaker even tried to make movies on Nagraj, Dhruva, Doga or even Bankelal. This would have been super hit.

Cricket Samrat, Children monthly.
#54
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: vaibhav_arora View Post

Performing sloth bear and its handler - I saw one as a child, never since (a good development I feel)

Holdalls you'd carry in a train - your own bed and quilt, if it were winter.
I remember trained monkeys as well as bears---I certainly hope they are long gone.

Holdalls! We would carry mattresses and sheets not just to sleep on the hard wood berths of 3-tier sleepers (of course AC sleepers with supplied sheets/pillows didn't exist) but also for wherever we were going, typically a dharmasala or fleabag hotel. My family wasn't poor, just cheap.
#55
| Senior Member
The Nehru-Gandhi clan.
#56
| Senior Member
First class non AC.
#57
| Clueless

Originally posted by: vaibhav_arora View Post


Holdalls you'd carry in a train - your own bed and quilt, if it were winter.


It came in three colors: Bottle Green, Khaki, and Charcoal black. If you did not get a reserved seat, your sheetmetal trunk and the holdall on top became a comfortable chair to sit between the 3-Tier SL coach.
#58
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: RPG View Post

I remember trained monkeys as well as bears---I certainly hope they are long gone.

Holdalls! We would carry mattresses and sheets not just to sleep on the hard wood berths of 3-tier sleepers (of course AC sleepers with supplied sheets/pillows didn't exist


In AC1 you did get pillows and bed-linen, but they weren't to everybody's taste (khaadi!). Of course AC2 and AC3 didn't exist then.
#59
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: Golghar View Post

In AC1 you did get pillows and bed-linen, but they weren't to everybody's taste (khaadi!). Of course AC2 and AC3 didn't exist then.
Yes, sorry, by "sleepers" I meant 3-tier/2-tier sleepers.
#60
| Member
Manual cycle-air-pump, which was used to fill air in cycle tire tube