You knew you grew up in India in 90s

1. Parle-G Biscuits

Because it was value for money biscuit and tasted good.

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2. Shaktimaan

Because he was our first desi superhero and we just could not get enough of him.



Superman and Spiderman still had a long way to go before their foray into mainstream Indian entertainment.

3. Doordarshan

The first channel we knew existed and only for the sole purpose of watching Shaktimaan. The only other purpose the channel served was to help you get bored to sleep.


4. Hum Paanch

Because every Indian girl knew she was similar to one of the five girls on the show.



And that fact that Vidya Balan had acted in it then made absolutely no difference to us.

4. If you spent a lot of time figuring out which one was better

Big Babool or Boomer

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But it did not matter, because wrigley’s wiped out the market soon enough


5. You got used to seeing two roses kissing and electric lightning and hearing sound of thunder at the start of any passionate scene in a Bollywood movie.


6. When you played Mario and Alladin on the PC

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8. Acronyms like  DDLJ, DTPH, KKHH, HAHK make complete sense to us

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10. When you have seen Antakshari on the tv so many times, yet you do not remember anyone else other than Anu Kapoor being on the show

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11. Sunday morning tv meant “Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai Pata Chala Hai! Chaddi Pehen Ke Phool Khila Hai Phool Khila Hai!” The Jungle Book aired every Sunday morning at 9.a.m and we just loved mowgli, bhalu and bagheera.

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For elders, and especially if you have grandparents living with you, Sunday mornings could also very sadly turn into Mahabharata with the televised series of the epic tale aired on Doordarshan. Which tormented child can forget the unmistakable sound of “Mahabhaaaaaaaaaraata” playing in the background during the show?


12. When you catch yourself humming the tune of “Main to raste se jaa raha tha, Main to Bhelpuri Kha Raha Tha. Tujhe mirchi Lagi to Main Kya Karoon.”





Because you were bored of listening to Vico Turmeric then and now.

Vicco Turmeric,Nahi cosmetic.
Vico Turmeric Ayurvedic Cream
Keel-Muhaso ko Jad Se MItaaye
Haldi-Chandan ke Gun Ismein Samaye.
Twacha ki Raksha Kare, Ayurvedic Cream
Vico Turmeric WSO cream.

14. And also


Ghadi detergent-Pehele istemal kare fir vishwas kare

15.When we thought of MTV in 90s, Cyrus Brocha was the main face.



He was the coolest thing back then on the tv.

16. When you watched it badly to impress that girl, in your class, with your quizzing ability.


17. When you know which detergent brand hema rekha jaya aur sushma like.

Washing powder nirma
Washing powder nirma
Doodh si safedi
Nirma se aaye
Rangeen kapde bhi
Khil khil jaaye
Sabki pasand nirma…
Washing powder nirma

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18. Because Windows 98 was in vogue and Road Rash was the third coolest game around. Nothing gave us more pleasure than beating the policeman who came chasing after us.

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19. When lattu, gilli danda, golli were not played for the sake of passing time, but as a matter of prestige.

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20. Also when it was raining outside, you’d rather just play with your trump cards. Of American WWE stars.


21. When Frooti came in green packets and not yellow


22. Every school kid had a Milton Water Bottle hung around their necks.


23. Maruti 800 was the car of the decade and Ambassador came second.


24. Yeh dil maange more was not a movie but a style statement



25. Casettes and tape recorders were still considered cool


26. Fashion TV was the only thing closest to Porn.


27. Excite Bike

Again, the 4th coolest game of the last decade.


28. Brick Game

Who hasn’t spent hours at this?

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29. Because summers meant chuski and rooh-afza

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32. Because Melody was there way before Eclairs


31. Because this gadget was as cool as it got