TODAY -

When I look back

Nganthoi Lourembam *

Playing traditional rhyme game at Heingang Iputhou Marjing Community Hall in July 2009
Playing traditional rhyme game at Heingang Iputhou Marjing Community Hall in July 2009 :: Picture - Hueiyen Lanpao



When we remember our olden days we often remember our school days; all the funs we had with our school mates.

I found an old photograph taken with my best friend of school days and I couldn't stop laughing after seeing it; I was fully dressed in a man's attire for a dance competition.

There are some other photos which will revive my olden days. Some of the photos hold good memories and some, bad ones.

What I really miss is playing games with my neighbouring friends. They are all married now with two or three kids.

In the olden days we used to play lot of interesting games, some of them are Se-se-seboti, U-laobi, Yubi-Lakpi, Keku-Lotpi, Athali, and other games which I am not able to recollect their names properly.

I enjoyed going to school thinking of the fun part with my school mates during recess hours. When I am back from school I'd play with my neighbouring friends.

While playing games with my friends if my dad comes searching for me I used to get disappointed. I preferred playing games with my friends than going for a movie with family.

Seriously my childhood day was amazing and best days of my life. I can proudly say that childhood's fun was the best fun one could ever experience in life.

Some days back I went inside the school campus of where I did my education in childhood. Everything was the same; the rubber tree which was there nine years ago, the ground where I used to play Athali with my friends, the school bell which has been hanging there on the wall from a very long time, the only thing changed was the students.

When I saw them lined up for assembly hours I went back to my school days just like a flashback in cinemas.

Remembering those moments brought me tears with joy. Standing on the school ground watching the school campus by my own eyes made me want to become a student again.

When I was a child I wanted to grow fast and become someone who goes to office but now when I am doing what I wanted to do in my childhood I want to go back to the past.

Is it a gift of nature? I admire student's life so much and if I ever get a chance to go back to school, yes I will definitely go.

No one can cling towards the speed of time. I noticed that the world evolved as time progresses. There had been a drastic change in the lifestyle of human beings with the gift of technologies.

The gift made everything simple and comprehensible. One can save thousands of pictures in their laptops rather than wasting time and money in printing them.

The change is good in a sense. These days I hardly see any children playing Se-se-seboti or Athali or any other outdoor fun games.

The kids rather play video games on mobile phone or laptop and they wonderfully know how to operate any technologies stuff.

It's a radical change of the trend, a gift of technologies to the human beings who is always eager for changes.

Or can it be counted as a worse nightmare gifted by the scientific technologies to the human society?


* Nganthoi Lourembam is a regular contributor to e-pao.net
The writer can be contacted at lchanu28(at)gmail(dot)com
This article was posted on July 14, 2014.


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