Fleeting Teens – Nostalgic Tune Up! – 2

Part 2 of Nostalgic Tune-Up!

Person X: If God were to come before you and grant one wish about repeating a phase of your life, what would it be?

Me: My teens 🙂 🙂

What glorious years, accompanied by some (okay, A LOT) not-so-glorious and sometimes plain embarrassing moments….still, there is nothing i would change,not even a single moment. Those first crushes over movie stars (and real ones too), secret codes between cousins, stolen glances, not to mention that feeling grown up w/o a lot of responsibility….. We were 3 cousins from my mom’s side – Gita, Lakshmi a.k.a Kutti Laks [Kutti = Small] and I, Periya Lakshmi [Periya = Big] into our teens (Gita and I)/tween (Kutti) and we were pretty tight.

In case you are wondering about the kutti/periya tag, for some reason, our parents were hell bent on repeating the same names, ergo we had 2 Lakshmi’s, 2 Ram’s, 2 Karthik’s and 2 Krishna’s in my mom’s side of the family, so the older ones were tagged with Periya and the younger ones with Kutti…. (and here we try to keep the names that are as unique as the kid, what went thro their minds…, GO FIGURE!). We were inseparable during our younger, tween and teen years until life happened in the form of exams, going away to colleges, getting married, moving to different cities, you get my drift.

We used to meet up for every holidays until the said life interfered and one of the very last vacays we had together after Gita started grade 10 (Gita was the eldest, then me and then kutti). That was April/May 1991 ( I think) and I somehow coaxed my dad to get the video (yes, VCRs were the IN thing then) of Maine Pyar Kiya (MPK).

A tad late, if you ask me, considering the movie released in 1989, still it was worth the wait. We had such fun watching that movie and I guess it is quite accurate to say that all 3 of us were smitten by Salman Khan, his charm, the chemistry between him and Baghyashree esp. the “Abhi Mood Nahin Hai” scene (we watched the movie 7 times on one single day 🙂

We knew all the dialogues by heart, could sing the  “Antakshari” song w/o missing a beat

…….name it, we did it – be it talking in secret code (Gita, do you remember Sangeeta 🙂 or going on walks around the fields (we lived in the suburbs and were surrounded by fields, most of the time my neighborhood looked like a picture out of a Bharathiraja movie), sitting in the back of a van with the trunk open, singing loudly and teasing the boys (hehe), walking on the beach or just existing with our books. One word to sum it up – WOW, plain WOW…Even now when we meet and talk about MPK or that summer vacation, we get that Oh-so-dreamy and naughty smile on our face and almost immediately we get transported into those wonderful yet fleeting moments!

Just the other day, it seems, the kids were running through the house, slamming doors, breaking glass, making noise. Time goes by so quickly. Sometimes everything seems so fleeting. ~ Perry Como

We also had fun together with our brothers Krishna and Ram and the five of us had amazing summer vacations. As luck would have it, fortunately, we three (Kutti, Gita and I) are now in the same city and are enjoying this time together. Krishna, their brother and Ram, my brother are in the US and NZ now.

Now our kids are are almost at the same ages, Gita’s son, Aditya is a couple of months older than Vidyuth and they both are a couple of years apart from Vishruth, my younger one and Tejas, kutti’s older son. (Chinmayi, Gita’s younger daughter is a toddler and Pranav, kutti’s younger one is still a baby). When i see these kids together, I am reminded of my childhood days and hope that they have and share great times like the ones we had when we were kids.

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains. ~ Diane Ackerman

Taking the cue from Bryan Adams..

Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah, I’d always want to be there
Those were the best days of my life

Oh yeah
Back in the summer of ’91

Man we were killin’ time
We were young and restless
We needed to unwind
I guess nothin’ can last forever, forever, no

P.S. I ended up watching MPK 3 times over the last few days……just my favorite scenes…..Here’s to Wonderful Fleeting Moments!!!


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Deepa says:

    Hi Laks , it was really wonderful to read this n to know more about u r teens the way u enjoyed with u r cousins. You also made me remember the way we all cousins used to enjoy our holidays in Karpagam garden’s !!!!!!!!!! Love Deepa

    1. Thanks a lot Deepu…those were fun times indeed and now its the turn of our kids 🙂

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