Can you believe it’s been close to 5 years since we bid goodbye to the 2000s? For many of us, it seems that VVS Laxman’s 281 was just a few years back, not 13!
While the 90s were an era of Rasna, cricket cards, Helix geometry kits and more, the so-called noughties kicked up the notch a little. Here are eleven things that made growing up in those ten years (or 11, if you count 2000 or 2010!) worth it.
The baap of all the cricket fantasy games that are doing the round today. Super Selector by Star Sports was a magnificent concept, and gave a whole new reason to follow cricket. It was created by Joy Bhattacharya, hosted by Nasseruddin Shah with cameos from Navjot Sidhu – then yet to unleash his mouth and vocabulary on the world, and Geoffrey Boycott – who never missed a chance to talk about his grandmum and Shilpa Shetty. Not to mention, it also had the voyeurism element of reality TV when crews would go to winners houses with cameras to capture reactions!
Too bad the show killed itself by making participation ‘paid’ in later years.
In the media industry today, Hungama is a well-known digital agency, and
the layman will know the Bollywood wing, which is Bollywood Hungama.
However, its first avatar was a gaming portal where users could earn
points for each game played, and win prizes and redeem points for
Some games were branded – I remember playing plenty of Coke
games. It was addictive, and probably way before its time! It was so
long back, there are hardly any mentions of it online!
Custom MP3 CDs
The era of clunky cassettes were over! While MP3 players and phones
playing music were still a while away, the coolest things were MP3s –
low-bitrate tracks where you could rip an entire album for 50 MB!
while some of us took the effort of converting our precious CDs to
digital music, others scouted out music stores where, surreptitiously,
the owner would whip out reams of paper where you could select MP3s from
all sorts of genres, and he would burn it for you. You could then play
it on your computer while playing Quake. What bliss!
So we all loved chips. But what made it even cooler was that you would
get cards or tazos! And tazos were so cool, because you could make them
A few accidents were caused, of course, and there were thriving mafias, but hey – all part of growing up! Pic below is from my own tazo collection!
Auto-tune in our songs
There was this golden era of Indipop (1995-2000, roughly) and then things, along with collective sensibilities in what we expected from Bollywood, started going downhill.
Towards the first half of the noughties, most non-film Hindi music was rubbish, and even the quality of Bollywood was arguably sinking.
For instance: The usage of auto-tune in our music. Sample this disaster, where there’s so much autotune, it almost seems like a computer singing. What’s tragic, of course, is that there are fans of music like this (see video comments). Thank goodness for Amit Trivedi.
Now we all have 3G on our phones. But just over a decade ago, things were quite different. This tune below meant that phones would be tied up, huge bills would be racked up and if you were lucky, you could download a 5 MB song in 10 minutes.
The great middle-class flying dream started with Air Deccan, and a
subsequent slew of low-cost carriers which meant we were not at the
mercy of the Railways any more.