chandra thiagarajan


Past and Present


People between 1930 - 1980 born
Are ridiculed by this generation with scorn
They may deride us
And they may depreciate us
But we are the ones who are lucky
And we are the ones who live with satiety..

.We were the ones who without fear
Slept with our parents near
To nothing we were allergic
We ate all with fun and frolic
Kitchen cupboards were not tragic
They didn't posses child-proof locks magic.

Our shoulders weren't bent
With large book bags ascent
We weren't propelled to out shine
We moved in our own steady line.

On return from school when home bound
Till dusk we played in the play ground
We weren't confined to rooms and there found
With video games, face book, and twitter around
We played with real friends and had an out-let
Not with virtual friends on the inter-net.

When thirsty we drank pipe water
We never knew mineral water
One juice bottle got to be sipped by a gang
But ne'er had we fell ill with a pang
Every thing -even lots of sweets- we ate
But were slim and ne'er put on weight.

With out slippers the whole day we tread
But to nothing untoward we were lead
Though studied under dim light
We ne'er wore spec's for our sight
We didn't drain up health drinks
But downed porridge without blinks.


We ne'er went shopping for toys
But made our own things of choice
Our parents hadn't enough money
But ne'er gave thought to have any
What they sought weren't things, but only love
What they gave were love and pure love.

For them to call us, we were close by and agile
They hadn't any need to have a mobile
If we were ill the doctor visited our house
We ne'er ran to his clinic with a grouse
We conveyed through letters our tender feelings
Not through fake words via cell with just lip dealings.

We acted as per our heartfelt words
Ne'er went back and ate up the words
We hadn't Cell phone, DVD, PC, Net or Playstation
Video- games, Chat or any such temptation
We had lots of true friends for entertainment
Whose homes we visited without appointment.

In those days we had great leaders' movement
Who spent their own money for society's improvement
There were no politicians as of this day
Whose corrupt practices do them fatly pay
Our photos were of black and white
The persons there had their hearts polite.
Now the photos are in colours vibrant
But the persons' hearts are not elegant.

We were never beggars to seek a plea
And appropriate things for free.
People between 1930—1980 born
Are ridiculed by this generation with scorn
But we are the ones who are lucky
And we are the ones who live with satiety.
.
We are awesome! Our life is a living proof! !

Submitted: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Inspired by a Power Point Presentation mailed to me in Tamil

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  • Freshman - 1,135 Points Valerie Dohren (3/13/2013 3:51:00 PM)

    Excellent write Chandra, so very true - we were luckier in many ways than todays youth, but as Thomas says, there were bad times too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 717 Points Thomas A Robinson (3/13/2013 2:08:00 PM)

    Yes chandra I fall into that age bracket but we tend to glorify what was good and forget the bad of our age.
    I remember the scourage of polio and children dying of appendicitis for lack of antibiotics. I remember the race riots of the sixties.The assinations of the Kennedy's and King.I remember the Korean War, Vietnam, the draft,
    and the clash of the counter culture and the establishment and secret goverment operations against it's own people.Agent Orange, post traumatic stress symdrome, and 800,000 wounded vets who were swept under the
    rug and forgotten.
    I remember I had good times and I remember the bad. Each generations will have it's share of both.
    And each generation is still searching for the truth...most important! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,845 Points Valsa George (3/13/2013 6:16:00 AM)

    What an elaborate and accurate description of the past and present! I thoroughly agree with you Chandra! It is a bliss to have been born during that period, though the yougsters of today can never find any aforesaid bliss in such a life style! ! But we know how much we enjoyed life then and how the little things of life delighted and excited us, never, at any time feeling the dearth of love! Fantastic write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,309 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (3/12/2013 9:38:00 PM)

    I enjoyed reading this poem, but our children (the selected few) are enjoying the convenience of sufficiency, which, the people who were born during that period never had, but wished for! I agree with many of your points here! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Kavya . (3/12/2013 4:41:00 AM)

    bingo! 10 / 10 to this poem........very true and well written.........though i fall in the border line, but glad that i fall in this bracket as per your poem..thx for sharing (Report) Reply

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