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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Candy Floss Man (Budhhi Ke Baal Wala)

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While I was out this afternoon, I saw a lone man on the footpath trying to sell candy floss. He would call out every time a child walked by, he would try to get the child’s attention but alas..not a single child stopped or even glanced his way. Most children preferred going to the big shop nearby. I saw one walk out with a packet of Choco pie and yet another with a packet of Lays chips. One child who did look at the candy floss seller was pulled away by his mother who muttered “it is not healthy !”

I remembered my childhood. I remembered a similar candy floss seller (or rather the “buddhi ke baal wala” as we called him) who would come to our street ringing a bell that he held in his hand, and all my cousins and I would wait eagerly for him. For us it was a great treat. I remember how instead of cold drinks, our mothers would serve Rooh Afza..sometimes mixed with cold water and if you’re lucky, an ice cube or two (yes a house with a fridge and ice was considered wealthy, neighbors coming around for ice was routine), and sometimes mixed with cold milk. And yes, the occasional “Gold Spot” (wonder if it is still available in the markets today..).

 The Lays, the Kurkures, The Choco Pies and the Pringles are all good for sure but sometimes my heart still yearns for the Budhhi ke baal, the kulfis and the simplicity of my childhood that seems to have died in today’s modern world.

22 comments:

  1. Loved this post, i got nostalgic as my mum used to make orange rasna for us :)

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    1. Rasna..aah yes..another reminder of our childhood :)

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  2. aww that made me nostalgic. I at times do feel sad that kids these days won't get to experience the simple joys that we had.

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    1. Its sad Pooja..the kids today prefer the malls and food courts to the roadside vendors that we preferred...

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  3. Yes..they were there regularly when I was a child..now I find them occasionally....in some local fairs...

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    1. Yes Maniparna..we hardly see them on the streets now and when we do see one ..we see the way they are neglected..its sad :)

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  4. It still my ritual to buy Candy Floss in Local Fairs or wherever I find it. We call it "Hawa Mithai" :)

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  5. Recall my childhood memories . we called it "Budhiya ke baal " the hair of an old lady

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  6. Ah, what a blast from the past! Buddhi ke baal, and Gold Spot, and Rooh Afza mixed with cold milk in summer evenings. :) It's sad to see the decline of some cultural memes we once held so dear, but I suppose it's inevitable. What remains, for sure, is nostalgic value.

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  7. I still have it owing to my 2 yr old.. All those things u mentioned bring back the innocent memories of our childhood.. :)

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  8. Aww...this post did take me back in time. I still indulge in 'buddhi ka Baal' aka candy floss that is sold in school fun fairs. Oh but having it from the street vendor back then was more fun! Its a pity kids these days don't have these simple pleasures to indulge in. Roohafza and Goldspot were also such treats! Lovely reminiscing.

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  9. You have stirred up nostalgia with this beautiful post.Yes many of the simple joys a generation experiences vanish and give way to new fads or choices for the next one.

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  10. Apart from budhi ke baal , I still remember those chattar mattar, sweet churan. black namak ,jhal muri which we used to have during our school days.

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    1. Churan..chattar mattar and jhal muri..oh my god..how I miss those days..:)

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  11. Oh Yes, you bring back childhood memories. Lovely post Renu. Childhood is so pure and awesome.....:)

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    1. Thank you Priyashi..yes childhood is definitely pure :)

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