I read Hithwriter’s post on childhood memories and my own tales of youth came to mind. For the last few hours since I read the post I have been in a sweetly nostalgic state. Smiling to myself one moment, and becoming sad(about growing up) another. Comments about embarrassing memories ensued and here I am, posting some of the most embarrassing moments of my childhood.
1.Every time I went out to play, I would take my chappal off to facilitate easy running during pakda pakdi/dodge ball/ kho kho/ kabaddi etc. I would then promptly forget my chappals there and go home nange pair. I must have lost a truck-load of footwear! And parents ended up buying cheap hawai after that!!!
2. I was in the 6th standard and was very bad about writing class work. It was the end of the term and I had only partially filled pages to show for it. My mom asked me to borrow my friend’s book for a few days and write up the stuff I did not have. I took the book from her, wrote it all(grudgingly) and went to return her book. I knocked on her door but there was no answer. I thought she wasnt at home but she did tell me she needed the book for the next morning. Feeling lazy enough to not come back later, I put the book on a stone outside her gate and came back home. A little later the girl came back running to my house asking me for the book. I told her I put it on the stone outside her gate. We all went back to her house and saw a cow making a snack out of the book! Poor mom had to write the entire book for her on my behalf!!!!!
3. I was in class 8. We used to have yoga in school and we girls used to carry pants/pajama to wear under the skirt for that. Before the yoga period the boys used to be sent out and we closed the door to the classroom and changed. That day I wanted to go to the bathroom first to relieve myself. When I came back all the girls had already changed and left for yoga. I thought chalo I can change here itself, everyone is at the yoga class. So there I was, wearing my pants, and a boy from my class walks in!!!!! I went red, he almost fainted and we didn’t see each other eye to eye ever again! I laugh about it now, but the rest of the 2 years I cringed each time I saw him.
4. I have always had a loud mouth.We had an english teacher VK who had a heavy hindi accent. Once we were standing in the lobby, someone said it is VK’s class now, I said loudly ‘chalo yaar VK ko 30 minute jhel lenge’ and he was standing behind me! I am not sure if he heard me, but I remember he making me a guy in our next annual day play, much against my choice.
5. I was in class 9 and one of the school prefects. One day I was standing in for the school captain. I had to say saavdhan, vishram, saavdhan etc for a couple of times. I said saavdhan, vishram, vishram…realized what I had done, and said chee, saavdhan! I remember the whole school laughing!
There are many many more like this. Everyday at school I would do/say things that I now look back with embarrassment, like shouting the school captains nickname(that we gave), each time we passed by him, impersonating someone and writing a love-letter for someone else, eating lunch while the class was going on, putting chawanprash on a guy’s bike, yelling vote for blah blah blah on the roads during election season etc.
Nevertheless, they were the best days of my life!