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Alphabet N -Nostalgic Moments!

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A to Z Challenge

Day 16 –  ** Theme  : Kaleidoscope of thoughts **

There is always one trip that I love to embark on, without any planning…….a trip down the memory lane. Browsing an old album, opens floodgates of memories, in which I can drown myself for hours together. It conjures up so many emotions, experiences and sentiments and transports me back in the time machine.

Each photograph unfolds a story, brings a smile and enlivens the moment. The pictures walk you into a journey so magical, opening a chest, full of nostalgia. ……..the happy moments :-), special moments, the angry ones >:-(, the triumphant ones, the not so happy ones, some oops moments :-!, some naughty ones ;-D, umpteen emotions captured in  frame, for eternity!

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Then you glance upon a few vintage ones, from the black n white era. Pictures of grandparents, parents and probably a few of your childhood days too. Getting dressed and going to the studio was an outing in itself. The chairs neatly arranged for the family picture, the photographer donning the  directors hat with the seating arrangements   and you, showing all your pearly whites and sporting your best smile :-). (Forgot to mention the stand with a flower vase placed on it, which generally was a permanent fixture in all studio pictures those days 😉  !!

Before the advent of the digital print, we had the film roll which could click 36 pictures. Once done, we rushed it to the photographer at the studio for developing it. After a few restless days of wait, we got the printed copies of our pictures. The family gathered excitedly to have a look at them. The pictures would elicit elaborate commentary from all the family members. “Oh, you look so good”, “my head got cut”, “hey!! I have closed my eyes, not again !!!”,” look at the picture I clicked, it’s perfect!”…………… and so it went on and on…… 🙂 🙂

Times have changed now, so has the art of photography. Digital media has eclipsed the simple joy and furore involved in the cycle of clicking and developing pictures. My kids now go on a clicking spree all the time. Everything is instant. Click and see, not satisfied, click a few more to get that perfect shot!

In spite of all the changes, my love for photographs still remains……..only now, my laptop accompanies me, in my journey, of those nostalgic moments captured!

 

 

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68 comments on “Alphabet N -Nostalgic Moments!

  1. So poetic, your description about photo shoot of olden days superb. What happened as day to day activities in olden days has became treasure now. And also I love photography.😇

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      Thank you Meenakshi. The good old days were simple with small everyday joys, which have become treasured memories of today!!

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  2. supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
    April 17, 2017

    Great post R. 😀
    I remember the times when I said ‘hey I closed my eyes in this one’, ‘hey I am not looking at the camera in this one’. 🙂🙂
    My parents have clicked a lot of photos of me until I was 8. After that there are hardly any photos of me, I think I grew camera shy or something. Even now I see those old photos of me, I find few very funny. I used to give very funny poses back in those days 😀 after all, that is what kids do isn’t it 😀
    Now, all the photos I have in laptop are of places I visited.

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      I can imagine the funny faces part R, my brother also used to make such faces 😀! Now you being an ace photographer, you are always behind the camera. But I hope someone clicks your pictures too. It’s wonderful to look back at yourself when you are older😀😀

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      • supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
        April 17, 2017

        I am photo shy R. I cannot give a decent smile. I either end up laughing or making a funny face, even those passport photos of mine, I look like a joker 😂😂
        I think I am only good behind the lens.😀

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      • radhikasreflection
        April 17, 2017

        Aww…..My sister and my daughter both are giggle heads. They too cannot stop their laughter once they begin, specially when the situation demands them to be a little serious. But looking at their pics laughing away to glory makes us laugh and feel happy 😀

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      • supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
        April 17, 2017

        😂😂 same here. I can tell a joke with a serious face but when they say smile for the photo, I either 😂 or I make a face that looks like this 😦

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  3. Thewellness.blog
    April 17, 2017

    Nostalgic indeed :).

    If anyone has got the good old conventional camera… it can be preserved as an antique piece.. May fetch a lot of attention down the ages…

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  4. Natasha
    April 17, 2017

    Yeah I miss those good old days of printed photos. Everything is digitalised and we barely go back to browsing them.

    Yes digitalisation has made it for more convenient, and enables those perfect shots but nothing like the good old memories of a photo album. Think our kids will never know the feeling!

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      Thanks Natasha for stopping by. Digitisation has definitely made it more convenient now. We can manage perfect clicks with ease. But the good old pictures were imperfectly perfect! 🙂

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  5. Natasha
    April 17, 2017

    My post for N
    Blog: natashamusing
    Theme: Travel Epiphanies
    Nebulous Night Adventure

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  6. Geraint Isitt
    April 17, 2017

    I love my digital camera but I learned to shoot on film, and in college took a photography course where I had to develop my own black & white film in the darkroom. I loved it. I loved shooting in black &a white too. Something just makes it seem more archival

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      Lovely. To be able to develop your own film must have been an amazing experience, isn’t it Geraint?

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      • Geraint Isitt
        April 17, 2017

        I loved it. We’d stand in a pitch black room and open film canisters to pull out the film and spoil it around a holder. Slip that into a canister and put the lid on it. From there we’d go outside and add the chemicals to develop the film through the lid. Was fascinating

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      • radhikasreflection
        April 17, 2017

        👍👍😊

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  7. vidyatiru
    April 17, 2017

    Loved how you put this into words — this trip is what I am taking on myAtoZ journey 🙂 and love the era of the 36 photos .. clicking each one was planned (when my dad got the first color film camera, i recall i had a dance performance the same day and my dad in his excitement, used up the whole roll of film in a 3 minute performance – love my dad!!)
    My little girl made sure I got her a film camera for her recent science camp (the one that spurred my AtoZ journey) and now I am yet to take it to someplace they will develop into prints for me..
    LadyInRead @ MyRandRSpace – Day 17 & the Letter N

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      Thanks Vidya. So glad to hear that this post took you back to the pre digitisation era. I am sure, you must be treasuring those dance pics even today.
      Amazing to know that your daughter took the camera with a film roll for her camp. Must have been quite an experience for her.
      Do we still get the roll ?

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  8. boundlessblessingsblog
    April 17, 2017

    Radhika your post is so poetic and your description of photo shooting of days gone by is beautiful. They do not come back. Day by day and times changed everything and olden days has become a treasure and memory now. Photography was so simple and nice. Great words.

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  9. mukhamani
    April 17, 2017

    Beautifully written. I remember we used to be very careful while taking photos. We could not delete the photos then :))

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      Thank you Mukhamani. Yes we too had a kind of rationing on the number of pictures taken, as it was quite an expensive affair!

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  10. Kim Richardson
    April 17, 2017

    What a lovely post, Radhika. I was late to upgrade to a digital camera, I think I just really enjoyed the anticipation of waiting to see the photos developed. But I can see why the instant gratification of digital appeals. It’s quite a strange coincidence actually – my post for N used grainy old film photos from the mid-1980’s. Nostalgic for sure!

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      Thanks Kim. In fact I noticed that. I just read your post. But I was so enamored by your bravery that I forgot to mention it 😀

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      • Kim Richardson
        April 17, 2017

        For some reason I think those old photos just look more “authentic” or something.

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  11. Sheetal Bhardwaj
    April 17, 2017

    Such a nostalgic post. I remember playing with the negatives after those pictures were printed on those flimsy papers. 🙂

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  12. loukik143
    April 17, 2017

    hmmmm when my L letter comes? but its a unique post of alphabet’s

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  13. DeepikasRamblings
    April 17, 2017

    Thanks for igniting the nostalgic moments, radhika. I actually had a smile reading your post – I closed my eyes in this one, I look sleepy in this one….And of course, the laughing spree 😂😂😂 Enjoyed it.

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  14. daneelyunus
    April 17, 2017

    very nice post Radhika

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  15. QP and Eye
    April 17, 2017

    Beautifully written Radhika and I too love my digital but remember what I learned with my box Brownie back in the 50s … showing my age 🙂 Linda

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  16. Team MocktailMommies
    April 17, 2017

    You spoke my mind! Could relate to each and every thing.. and did not realise when did I embark on the journey with you…how I wish, the post could just go on and on…
    ————————————————
    Anagha From Team MocktailMommies
    Collage Of Life

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      Thanks a lot Anagha! Writing this was truly nostalgic for me as reading it was for you. Glad you enjoyed the journey back in time 😊💜

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  17. Iain Kelly
    April 17, 2017

    I do miss the printed photographs though. Very nostalgic.

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  18. kittysverses
    April 17, 2017

    Nostalgic! The instant gratification we get is nothing compared to the good old photographs and the fun we had in commenting and carefully putting each photo into the album. The albums themselves occupy a privileged place in each of our homes.Albums are a great icebreaker for any newcomer at home. And not to forget the pains taken to ensure that each roll of film turned out into a beautiful pic. I remember eagerly waiting for my dad the day the roll of film was taken to be cleaned.

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      Thanks Aishwarya ! I still have a cupboard full of albums, which I sometimes browse during my free time. It sure does give me great company recalling beautiful memories 🙂

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      • kittysverses
        April 17, 2017

        Thanks to you Radhika, you brought to each one of yours readers their nostalgic moment. I’m gonna have a look at my albums myself, so many memories.

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      • radhikasreflection
        April 17, 2017

        Happy times with your albums dear ❤ !

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      • kittysverses
        April 17, 2017

        Hahaha,thanks a lot!! Wish you the same. 🙂

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  19. Meenakshi Sethi
    April 17, 2017

    Same here Radhika, the warmth and love I feel for old photographs has a special place in my heart!
    You are really good in bringing up memories and gems of life! Your writing skills are exceptionally good!

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  20. Narinder Bhatia
    April 17, 2017

    A picture is worth thousand words 🙂
    A nice post !

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  21. Gayatri Gadre
    April 17, 2017

    Lovely post, it reminded me of so many photographs from my life, the ones where my friends tricked me to catch oops moments, ones with the loved ones who have departed this world and the ones from various travels, each of those with a story to tell.

    Name : Gayatri Gadre
    Blog : Be young 4ever
    #AtoZChallenge Theme : Travel (off the beaten track)

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    • radhikasreflection
      April 17, 2017

      I am so glad to hear that Gayatri! I always feel each picture reminds us of something so special to us 🙂

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  22. Sayanti aka Shine
    April 17, 2017

    Enjoyed your journey to down memory lane as it is almost the same for me. I can relate to that excitement of going to the studio with parents in some special days to make the memory, the joy of watching those photos , clicked by the film and so on. Very well written​ and touching post.

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  23. It’s always pleasant to walk down memory lane. Nicely written 👍

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  24. Prakash Hegade
    April 17, 2017

    This sure was nostalgia. I very much agree to that stand with flower vase photo. He he.. 🙂

    Very Nice read.. 🙂

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  25. thewritewomanblog
    April 17, 2017

    Even this prose felt like poetry. Yes, I remember the days of waiting at the studio to get those precious frozen memories in print. What excitement and what joy on its arrival. The ease of photography has somehow lost that joy and charm of watching a new photo album.
    A good walk down memory lane, Radhika, I did too along with you and I enjoyed those precious moments from nostalgia.

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  26. Nick Wilford
    April 17, 2017

    It’s lovely to look through old photos and reminisce. Being able to capture everything so easily now is great, but it’s not quite the same to flip through digital picture files!

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  27. Vanessence
    April 18, 2017

    Yes, the digital revolution sure has made a foundational change in photography! I remember those days of waiting impatiently to get the prints back, too, only from the little photo hut place in the department store parking lot, lol.

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  28. So true, those were the moments. Photographs were not such an easy thing….they were like diamonds… nostalgic indeed… 🙂

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