Those Good ‘Ol Days
Childhood is a golden period in everyone’s life and has special memories of it. It is the time for children to be in school and at play, to grow strong and confident with the love and encouragement of their family and an extended community of caring adults. It is a precious time in which children should live free from fear, safe from violence and protected from abuse and exploitation.
As such, childhood means much more than just the space between birth and the attainment of adulthood. It refers to the state and condition of a child’s life, to the quality of those years On the occasion of Children’s Day today, prominent personalities from various sectors in Nashik shared their childhood memories and went down into memory lane.
I spent my childhood at Kokrud village situated on the banks of river Varna. I was fortunate enough to enjoy rural environment. There were many challenges as I belonged to a joint family of a farmer. At school, I got the best teachers who groomed me very well. I respected my teachers and got a lot of affection from them. It is because of the basic grooming and values imbibed by my teachers and family that I became the person that I am today.
I found my hobbies in drama, elocution and reading. As a child, I grew amidst nature and never was fearful of anything. As my father was also the sarpanch, leadership qualities inculcated me in childhood itself. I also got positive energy to do social work. Children today induced in wastefulness. They are also bright, however, their energy is wasted on screen.
– Vishwas Nangre Patil, CP
I have very good childhood memories and they are very different. My childhood passed happily. I enjoyed my childhood very much and got good parents who were highly educated. My childhood days passed in Marathwada university campus at Aurangabad. My father was Professor and HoD of the History department and mother was a journalist.
We are all four brothers and sisters. I grew up listening to stories from history. There was an atmosphere of reading and writing in our home. Country games like Bhatukali, Dabba party, fort making during Diwali, to go out of the station were my favourite. I also liked to plant vegetables in our home garden. Good values as a human being were groomed in us as a child. We were also playing outdoor games like kite flying, cricket, hockey and baseball. There was good bonding in our family.
– Dr Nivedita Pawar, Gynaecologist
I was fortunate to have a childhood free of concerns, full of fun, play and laughter in my birthplace Nashik. Simpler living, high thinking; a world surrounded with family, loving teachers, discipline, truth, books, studies and endless outdoor games and fun with friends. Tons of love to all lovely children of India. Never lose your innocence and honesty.
– Kumudini Devi Krishna Bangera, Principal, Espalier Heritage School, Nashik
I passed my childhood happily. There was a temple of Lord Khandoba on Yashwantrao Maharaj ground and the fair was organised there. When I was 5-6 years old, I had gone to visit the fair along with my mother. I was very naughty at that time and insisting. Though I wanted to buy something I had not bought anything in the fair. I was aware about the financial condition. After returning home, my mother praised me a lot for this. This was the first lesson I got for entire my life. We were joint family. Though our financial condition was not good, there was affection and love. After the death of my parents, I got love from my five elderly brothers and sisters-in-law. That bond is still there in our family.
– Hemant Rathi, industrialist
My childhood memories are sweet and happier. There was no pressure of study from parents. They gave me all the freedom. The atmosphere in the school was also good. I was naughty as a child. We used to play for hours together in Jackson that is now Shivaji garden. It was bigger. Social condition at that time was good. All people were living happily and were caring. Childhood was carefree, secure and happy.
– Rekhatai Nadgouda, Kathak dancer