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TVs while growing up

In years gone by, when we were all growing up in India in the 1980s, do you remember how you saw your TV? Not everyone had a TV at home. Only some had it. And some of us would go to neighbor’s house to watch that odd movie. Remember? I am sure everyone would remember the time when your household got their first black & white TV! Do you remember? Which TV was it?

I still remember. Our 1st and only B&W TV was EC TV. We had just returned from Haridwar when we came home to see this TV that my Dad had bought as a surprise for all of us. The program that we had on was Krishi Darshan – a program for the farmers. There were only a few programs that you would get on the TV: Samachar (News) – both in Hindi and English; Chitrahaar (movie songs – MOST popular program); the Sunday movie (do you remember the movie that was always shown during a solar eclipse? for answer look below somewhere); and the Samachar.

The year end New Year’s program was really awaited. We would all wait to see that program. And everytime it would be a let down… not even half as exciting as it was made out to be. I still remember the one where the celebrities came up dressed as someone different – Kiran Bedi had come up dressed up as a village lass.

Which were the TV brand which people bought?

Weston and Beltek were very popular! ECTV was a government brand whose quality was extremely good! We bought this both, for B&W and the Color TV (our first color TV).

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Salora TV, Oscar TV (?)

The movie shown most (I think all) number of times during a solar eclipse was Chupke Chupke with Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore and Amitabh Bachchan.

Which did you buy?

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  1. I remember chitrahaar, sunday movie, telematch, a serial with 3 beatle lookalike characters called the goodies or something, Didi’s comedy show…and chitrahaar being the one and only source of viewing any videoclips of film songs. it was much awaited and any repeats were welcome. all in b X w! can never forget the satisfaction of watching a t.v program back then, which so amiss tday. so much has changed, in 30 odd years?

  2. TV in those days was amazing! I cringe when I listen to the news today vs the Samachar and the English news with the likes of Rini Simon, Neethi Ravindran, Salma, Pratibha P(?), Ramu Damodaran etc. All were highly accomplished people (Ramu, for eg was an IFS officer) who would give that extra “gravitas” to the news in those days… compared to the Britney news crowd today on the yuppie news channels! Imagine the best we have today has been Rajdeep Sardesai.. and he is so loud and opinionated!

    More and glitz does not necessarily mean good or progress!

  3. I remember chitrahaar, sunday movie, telematch, a serial with 3 beatle lookalike characters called the goodies or something, Didi’s comedy show…and chitrahaar being the one and only source of viewing any videoclips of film songs. it was much awaited and any repeats were welcome. all in b X w! can never forget the satisfaction of watching a t.v program back then, which so amiss tday. so much has changed, in 30 odd years?

  4. TV in those days was amazing! I cringe when I listen to the news today vs the Samachar and the English news with the likes of Rini Simon, Neethi Ravindran, Salma, Pratibha P(?), Ramu Damodaran etc. All were highly accomplished people (Ramu, for eg was an IFS officer) who would give that extra “gravitas” to the news in those days… compared to the Britney news crowd today on the yuppie news channels! Imagine the best we have today has been Rajdeep Sardesai.. and he is so loud and opinionated!

    More and glitz does not necessarily mean good or progress!

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