Having spent a good part of my childhood in india of the 80’s i know what scarcity and garibi is. I remember there wasnt any money atall, and all the ppl that i knew or were around me were all fucking garibs… My father was a small time railway employee and in those days u know they paid peanuts to govt. employees..
Coming to the title there used to be a thing called chingam, its only as i grew i realised its actually was called a chewing gum… everyone kind of in those days pronounced it as chingam..
As i said we were very garib, and chingam was something that i only heard of and never actually got a chance to eat for some part of my child hood. Now this chingam was a hot topic among us kids, and lot of rumours surrounded it, most of it were the khatte grapes thing, ppl made up things because they couldnt eat it.. and my parents too believed in them..they are old world robots, they will believe what ever you tell them..
Everyone used to say that these chewing gums were made from fat of pigs. And pig was something that was considered dirty by everyone. Some people went to the extent of saying that its made from shit of pigs.. one day we decided to investigate if it really were made from pig shit… so we went out looking for pig shit and at the end concluded that it cant be made from pig shit… There used to be so many pigs till recently, where the fucking have they all gone now. I remember how the gangs of sardarji’s came to catch pigs, it looked very cruel. I faintly remember sometimes they used to cut the testicles of pigs and leave them…
One day someone bought a chewing gum for my sister and she chewed it for a week secretly so that parents wouldnt know.. and you know where she hid it? in her shoes..she would remove that and eat, and again keep it there.. funny na, in a sad kind of way lekin..
Another chingam story that i recall was my sister had this red shoes with the picture of aligator.. of lacoste brand, obviously not the original one.. so its sole came out one day, and my genius father used chewing gum to fix it..
Also i had this friend T who used to make chewing gum.. he would take some wheat grains and start chewing them… after some time it would become gummy and look like a chewing gum..
I some how love these memories of garibis, i love the 80’s 70’s era, its something that i have strong fascination towards. Thats why i m a big fan of amol palekar movies, they bring out the better part of those eras beautifully, also most mallu movies of that time…
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