I know the A-Z challenge has become very popular among bloggers ! So – I thought I would give it a shot and create a version of my own A-Z challenge 🙂
Here is my A-Z goal
To get 26 people from 26 places (from A-Z) across the globe to share what was happening in their part of the world in 1985 !
I want to create visuals – pictures , stories and posts from across the world at one moment in time.
And no – I don’t have to stop at 26 🙂
1985 -Why, you ask ? No reason – I say.
I thought since I have already started the ball rolling with the story of my travel from the North to the East in India ( in 1985)- I would just continue that to build stories from that year.
A-Z Challenge Update
Letters Achieved ( not in alphabetical order, but in the order of achievement ! )
K- Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
A- Ambalangoda,Sri Lanka
J&K- Jammu & Kashmir, India
U- Ulhasnagar, India
L – Ludhiana, India
D- Delhi, India
T – Tangba Lake, Aletai, China
S- Santiago , Chile,South America
Thank you for helping me achieve these letters in the A-Z challenge ! This is fun ! You will find an update of what was happening in each city under the city sub-page but here’s a summary !
Joining the dots between the cities
I’m on a road trip from Udhampur in Northern India to Bagdogra in Eastern India !
Roxanna and Michel are watching the mega block buster-Mother India in Trujillo,Peru
Pauline is walking back from school with Aunty Lim in KL, Malaysia
Harshini is walking to school with her older sister in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka ( the city of masks)
Barkha is exploring Sydney !
The airforce officers wives at the Bagdogra Airforce station are overjoyed as the borders between India and Nepal are opened and they can travel to Dulahbari, in Nepal, which is a shopping paradise 🙂
Sameer is all of 8 years old and training on the Chandigarh Golf Course . Little does he know that a few years later he will go on to represent India as part of the National Golf Team.
Birinder has just completed his engineering studies and got placed in his first job in Mumbai ( or Bombay as it was known then ). He is busy getting accustomed to the local trains and overcrowded buses of Bombay !
Aneet is on a bus trip from school to Jammu and Kashmir and is just going to be dazzled by her first views of the valley.
Vinesh is about to begin an epic journey of learning as his family moves from Ulhasnagar to Mumbai and his dad begins a career in academia which spans more than 30 years .
Beena- a dear sweet soul, who has made me laugh at my darkest hour (ok -not really my darkest ! but amidst deep, dark corporate politics ) is excited she is moving to secondary school – grade 5 in Mumbai and she’s looking forward to politics of a different kind. India’s new prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi is sworn in – and she’s following his story in India Today. I personally think , it’s because Rajiv was a good looking bloke :-).
Beena – I will never in my whole life forget two incidents we shared during our CG- Ernst & Young days-
1- Your mutton curry recipe – Mutton Yakhani ( kashmiri style mutton ) shared during our drive back from office to home in Divya’s car. The absolute uncontrollable laughter which followed your description of the steps on how to make this mouth watering mutton and the almost physical feel of the day’s stress dissolving in those loud guffaws.
2- Diwali day – You driving us back home from work and the car getting into an accident ( notice how I say the car got into an accident 😉 ) and you telling your father-in-law when he arrives to rescue us “Dad, aaj to diwali kaa diwala nikal gaya”.
Oh Beena – I laugh every single time 🙂 . Love you .
Shalu is waiting outside her home on a cold winter morning in Ludhiana in the northern state of Punjab for the auto rickshaw to come and take her to school.
This is the cycle rickshaw which is still used as a means of transportation in many small towns of India.
I once jumped off a moving cycle rickshaw in the middle of a road because my cousin dared me to.True Story- we must have been seven ,eight years old and we were in Chandigarh- spending our summer holidays with our grandparents.
Sherry – my cousin and I were going to the local “sector market” ( Chandigarh is divided into sectors and each sector has a small market – a few shops selling necessities ). I was a real dare devil in those days and so Sherry asked me if I could jump off the rickshaw and I said off course. The rickshaw wallah must have been riding at a pace of 25-30 kms and the road was empty.
I did not hesitate a second and jumped off and went rolling on the road for about 50 meters.
The rickshaw wallah almost died of a heart attack while Sherry laughed hysterically and I lay bruised and battered in the middle of the Chandigarh road.
Bipin is feeling the fresh sea breeze on his face as he rides,rides,rides his bicycle to school for the first time in Mumbai.
Supreet is in Delhi and missing her dad as he has gone to Colombo-Sri Lanka for an assignment – but she is looking forward to going on a holiday and visiting him there.
Vera is fishing with her dad at the Tangba lake in Aletai, Xinjiang – China
Paulina Olguin – My dear friend has sent in her story from 1985 when she was living in Santiago,Chile.