People grow old but the child within them remains ageless. On this Children’s Day, Hindustan Times celebrates all mischief and wonder surrounding the spirit of a child by speaking to a cross-section of people from Indore about their childhood memories attached to Children’s Day as they go back in time.
A prankster in school, Anuj Malkapular, bass guitarist of Nicotine, Indore’s pioneer rock band, recalls celebrations at his school which involved him by playing pranks on his friends and juniors.
He said, “One memory that I can recall of the day was when one of my school friends and I played a nasty prank on our juniors. We rubbed the chemical used for coating the glass of solar panels on our juniors. It caused them itching and gave rashes. Later, when we were questioned about it by our teachers, we put the blame on a third person who was nowhere involved in it.”
For Bollywood’s youngest music composer, Palash Muchhal, the day meant performing for kids suffering from heart diseases.
Sharing his childhood memories, he says, “On every Children’s Day, we used to organise charity shows for heart patients where my sister (Bollywood singer Palak Muchhal) and I used to perform. That, I believe was a great way of celebrating the day and that too, with kids of all ages.”
Jennifer Chako, director of Laurels International School, Indore, remembers the community lunch organised on Children’s Day at her school. “Back in school, we used to indulge ourselves in community lunch where all the teachers and students used to prepare the lunch together. There was a great sense of camaraderie and joy that Children’s day brought along each year,” she said.
However, the Children’s Day is a lot more important to Aishwarya Agarawal, a tennis player, for a different reason. “Children’s Day will always be special to me since it happens to be my late grandmother’s birthday. On this day, I either used to be out of the city playing tournament somewhere, or used to visit my Nani (grandmother) and celebrate her birthday.”