My favorite Indian tradition
As they say that you really need to earn it to get it. Well for my first camera, I really did that. So, you know our Indian tradition is very rewarding for people who still haven’t started earning for themselves. Confused!! Let me help you understand this piece.
Like in every Indian household with kids, summer vacation is the time to meet and greet your relatives. This doesn’t stop with meeting your close relatives but also the distant ones. So after having lived with them around 2 months and when it comes to saying your goodbyes before catching the train. There will always be a deluge of people coming to see you at the very last moments. That is where my friends the magic happens!!
Relatives to the rescue
So, as you are doing the last bits and your parents are making promises to come back soon and all. The people start handing out money to kids, saying that this is for your sweets and chocolates!! Folks in the western world might find it incredible but it the norm for us here. But you simply can’t just pocket the cash with your parents eyeing you all through this process (since they were also kids back in the day and know the process inside out ). The scene will be something like this, your uncle/aunt is handing you the money and your parents are putting words in your mouth that say no to the money. And the burden is on you to do the theatrics which would involve:
Putting the hands behind your back
Even if one of the hand is extended, trying to keep the fist closed
If the uncle/aunt is directly reaching out to put the money in your pocket. Try to run away!!
All the above checklist must be repeated with every relative and on all occasions. This must be done to conform to your parents that they have raised you with the right Indian tradition and not someone who just grabs money at the sight of it. But every kid in the world knows the value of money and however hard we try to shoo it away but the rupee note will find its way into our pockets.
Memorable summer trip
During one of this trip back in 2002, I had pocketed enough money to buy myself a KODAK KB-10 camera. In that year only, Kodak had introduced KB-10 camera in the Indian market. They came out with an attractive promotion campaign targeting the youth population who don’t want all the fuss attached with the DSLR camera. The promotion campaign had an attractive tagline “Happy Memories Happy Dreams Pack”. The promotional pack came with three max films along with the camera all for just ₹. 995 only. Now you can imagine that the summer vacation had turned out very lucrative for me. So many of my uncles and aunts had contributed happily for the purchase of my first camera.
Come back again next week to read more about my experience with Kodak KB-10 camera.
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I am Manas, a budding photographer and a full time IT consultant. I love exploring new things, travelling, reading and riding bikes. In my free time, i enjoy taking care of my beloved plants and i sometimes talk to them !!