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Pokemon, Bey Blade and board games was one th...
Pokemon, Bey Blade and board games was one thing and Gully Cricket, it was an intense emotion I wonder if today's kids will ever know.
Married to the street, it would not be uncommon to see trees being marked with lines denoting the wickets or a few laidback roads being blocked just because the big kids were were at play.
An annoying feature of this fantastic memory were the aunties and grannies who always found a way to discern the Sachin in each one of us, who cared though.
Rivalries were understood as we grew up and in the same lines, the spirit of friendships were felt. Amazing how each kid knew every other kid in the hood, wonder what;'s the scene like these days though.
Recently when i met my 12-year old nephew, it pained me to see that he hardly ever left the house. Contacts with friends was only online. Video games, whose names I can never remember, took up most his time.The rest of his time was spent in coaching classes so that he is ready for his future. When he does play it is purely for winning and not fun. He is too depressed for a 12-year old. The joy and enthusiasm are in the deep corners of his heart which are hardly expressed.
Are we, as parents responsible for the pitiable condition of our kids? Are we pressurizing our kids because of our fears and blaming them? Is the world so bleak that at such young age the kids feel hopeless? Do these televisions, computers and video games provide children the comfort that we as parents are unable to provide them? A deep insight is necessary so that the kids dont lose lose out on their golden years of childhood. I wish to see children and teenagers happy, joyful and not worried about their future and not carry so much stress on their fragile, innocent shoulders.
Its high time they go out of their home play, laugh and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.