Nostalgia.

When I wrote last week’s 2 on 1 Friday post, I had concluded with a clip of a song by Nat King Cole. After reading comments received particularly about Nat King Cole, I went on a nostalgia trip about my initiation to Western music and it led me to reminisce about the three following machines that most younger generation people will not recognise.

The first one is this record player for playing vinyl discs of two speeds, 45 and 33 RPMs. You needed another machine to play the 78RPM records. This was usually connected to a Radio and very rarely to an amplifier and speakers.

If you were willing to risk damaging your discs and were also lazy, you upgraded to a Changer like this one where when one disc finished playing, another dropped from above and started to play automatically.

The wealthier ones amongst us went one step further and had Radiograms like the third  one in fancy cabinets.

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Moving on to other triggers for nostalgia, during my morning sessions in my verandah with my morning mug of tea, I have recently been seeing a young lass walking a frisky Doberman Pinscher the last few days. The lass is usually pulled by the pup and she really has to struggle to guide him around. This has been taking me down memory lane to our own Doberman Pinscher about which I wrote here.

Another trigger was during my rummaging in one of the drawers in my chest of drawers to find a bracelet, I came across a wrist watch that was worn by my late father.

Why this should take me down memory lane is a fascinating story worth a full blog post in itself. I shall write one soon and link to this post. The nostalgia was about the days when wrist watches were luxuries that very few could afford and my first one was a gift that I inherited from an uncle who unfortunately died. That is the Titoni shown here.

A newspaper report in some distant place can trigger nostalgia too as recently happened to me about which I wrote a blog post. In this case, nostalgia led me to reestablishing contact with a friend who I had lost touch with for over forty five years!

A visitor can trigger nostalgia too. I had one on Wednesday who led me down memory lane to the seventies when I got involved with his family. So many good things have happened to that family since then, that we were discussing that for over an hour!

I guess that the older one gets, I am now well past the proverbial three score and ten, and pushing four score, the more we find opportunities for nostalgic trips. We also can find the time for such escapades. We also develop the ability to laugh at ourselves.

Please go over to Shackman’s blog to see what he has to say about the topic. Thank you.

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8 Responses to Nostalgia.

  1. w says:

    Very interesting Ramana, I thought you might take the records further to CDs and Ipods, etc. I love having all my music on my Ipod. So accessible and music always enhances my life.

    Nostalgia can be good but we can’t stare in the rear view mirror too long as we miss the here and now. At least that’s my philosophy.

    XO
    WWW

  2. nick says:

    I must say I seldom have feelings of nostalgia. Those previous times and experiences we imagine to have been so much better than today were probably much rougher and disappointing than we remember. I prefer to get as much enjoyment as I can out of the present without entertaining unreliable memories of the past.

    I certainly remember those old record players, not to mention the records themselves. My father had a much-cherished jazz 78, which I accidentally broke, to his huge annoyance.

    • No, I don’t compare those days with current ones. I simply wonder how I enjoyed those things/events/people during those times. I don’t indulge in nostalgia all the time but I do enjoy those sessions when something or the other triggers a trip down memory lane.

  3. shackman says:

    I loved the turntable series – I used my entire first student loan to buy my very first stereo system – and loved it. I disagree with Nick – Nostalgia is nt necessarily for something we over rate – just something we enjoyed and no longer have. We have yalked around this subject many times, this clarifies it.

    • I had a grand system that I had bought off an expat who was leaving India which I sold for a profit when I wound up my bachelor set up to go to Business School. After marriage when we set up our first home, we could just afford a small radio set but later on I was able to buy a second hand big Pye radio and a Philips turn table to attach to it. That lasted till we set up home in Pune after twenty two years when I got rid of those monsters and bought a completely modern system which too went off after U died. I just listen to FM radio now in the mornings when I sit with my crossword puzzles.

  4. I’ve never had those machines, but I have hankered after a stereo that a friend of ours had in Perth (1970s)…it was magic! Somehow I have only had little boxes … although once I had a large ghetto blaster.

    As some of you are aware, I’m having a very large sift/sort up my life…both the personal, household and to some degree art/craft life. Many memories, also “why is this in here?”

    I have found 3 watches with no straps! I have or had a real problem with watches, it got to be a standing joke “I think she will love another watch for Christmas” The reason, she broke last years one in October…”I have no idea how she manages that! I’ve had this one for well over a decade…”
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