Most parents of this generation would have grown up longing for Rasna, especially in the summer holidays. I clearly remember the hot summer days in my Mumbai house, where amma would buy a new packet of Rasna every week and mix it in the afternoon. I would come back from 3 hours of playing and open the fridge to find 2 new bottles of orange, lime or kala khatta – the latter being my favourite.
Treats like these were few and far between – so one tended to relish them more. Cut through to the present – my son demands Oreo cookies everyday with his morning milk, Tropicana juices every afternoon with his lunch and a surprise dessert ( fruit bars, yoghurt, cookies ) every night after his dinner. He has taken it for granted and complains if it is not there, while I used to be extra happy if I got something fancy to eat with my regular food. Who is to blame? No one – it is just the ways things are these days. In the words of my wise mother “Your son didn’t grow up in 1970’s and 1980’s like you, so don’t expect to bring him up the way I brought you up!”
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