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Old 31st May 2012, 12:12   #61
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Good news for Amul fans. Rahul da Cunha has come up with a book on Amul ads for the last (er) x years. Sounds like a good read and lots of nostalgia involved, especially in terms of incidents and occurrences over time.

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THAT'S the name I was trying to recollect - used to like it better than Colgate.
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Forhans and Macleans toothpastes were driven off the market by the aggressive markiting of the Indian brands.They were always in the shadow of Colgate
If I remember correctly, toothpaste was sold in metal (lic) tubes and talcum powder in tin boxes. Now we have moved to plastic.
The only continuity I see is in Dettol bottles, still in glass. The best part I like is that all caps are same size regardless of the bottle you buy. I think I may be wrong on that one though!

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Both came in tins. The CSH tin was square and squat. We used those for acetylene gas bombs. Spit on a piece of calcium carbide, cover it with the inverted tin with a hole in the base. Wait for a minute, and ignite it with a piece of burning folded paper.
So that magical thing was calcium carbide? We used to look up to one of our local older kid (about 6 years older than us) who used to do this with a Dalda tin if I remember. But he was careful to do this in an open ground because the match box was usually stolen by one of us and he didnt want anyone to get caught.
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Does anyone know any place in Delhi where one can eat Dhabeli, Bombay style, Man Delhi has good food but they miss out on the really good stuff, no vada pav and no dhabeli, even the pav bhaji here is mediocre. I so miss Bombay
Dhabeli is sold in Maharashtra Stall in Delhi Haat. It is of decent quality. Also they have Vada-Pav but somewhat expensive compared to road side ones from Mumbai!

On the topic of this thread: Does anyone remember Sosyo Cold Drink? Is it sold anywhere?
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Old 31st May 2012, 20:07   #63
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DerAlte.
Very surprise that you had Delhi belly as the halwa is cooked.Must have got contaminated later.

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You are right.It used to be metal before Pearl Pet started the collapsing plastic tubes.
Dettol could be glass maybe due to its chemical composition.It may react with plastic.I am no expert but that it is the only reason I can think of
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The Bombay pav is different so pav bhaji/wada pav or dabheli can never be the same.It has more absorption.Also the workers here are unique.During the Babri riots most of them went away to their villages and bakeries had to stop working.
Sosy,until a few years back,was available at railway stations on the western railway between Baroda and Bulsar.It has been some time since I have stopped in between.
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Excellent thread.

Here are some of my memories on few brands that I can recollect. Some of them have been covered in the thread.

Fudgy chocolate bar : Hope I have spelled it right, we used to get 'He-man' and other characters like 'Skeleton' etc stickers free on every bar. Was packed in a silver chocolate color combination wrapping.

Soma fruit beverage : Not sure if this was sold in other states, but was very much popular in Hyderabad between late 80s & mid 90s. It used to come in a variety of flavors and the one with Green color packing (i think Guava flavour) was a all time favorite.

Rola cola : Candy with cola flavor with the same size & dimensions of today's 'POLO' mint but except without a hole.

Ampro Glucose Biscuits : Again, not sure if this was sold in other states but a big hit in A.P. There used to be a factory at Uppal (HYD) (current landmark : besides Shell petrol bunk, Habsiguda). Similar packing to that of Parle G but in white, blue & red color packing and priced around Rs. 1.50/- ( I guess). Not sure why the factory was shut down but I tell you the taste was much better than Parle G.

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Ampro used to be available in rural areas of Maharashrtra and its selling point that it was a little cheaper than Parle G.
Talking of biscuits one of the best I have had is Sobesco(Nagpur based co,unfortunately now defunct)starwberry cream.The outer layer was like arrowroot with mildly flavoured cream in between,not overly sweet.
Very similar to that was lemon cream(again mildly flavored and not overly sweet) biscuits available in Drass.I think the brand name was unique.(the bania shop between quingley and dreamland stocked it.Anybody passing through do try)I had this last september and tried to get that in HP and Punjab.Sadly not stocked.
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The only continuity I see is in Dettol bottles, still in glass. The best part I like is that all caps are same size regardless of the bottle you buy. I think I may be wrong on that one though!
Did you notice that the Dettol still keeps price in odd figures
for eg. Rs.32.69 for 210ml bottle.
One of the few products continuing the same old Ads, packing (minor changes) is Vicco Vajradanti.
As mentioned in your previous post the ad goes like this...
"Yeh bechara kaam ke bojh ka maara, ise chahiye hamdard ka tonic cinkara" and the name of the actor was present in that post of yours itself. It was same as Hot 'n' Sweet ad, Javed Jafery.
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Campa -cola, I loved it, also we used to get loads if it complementary as a close family friend had its bottling plant in our town.

Every week when his delivery van came to our area, they had instructions to drop a crate at our place. They were shut down when coke came and took over due to low capacity bottling unit.

Another few things I remember are
chutki. Mouth freshner, still exists

Natkhat puffs I think it also exist

The big sized morton toffee
The orange candy toffee from parle

Carwatcher : Like Bata uses xx.95 in their prices.

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I remember biscuits being brought home by the box. The big tin boxes which were then reused to store grains or papads made during summers.

Now everything is in packaging. Perhaps these boxes are available in smaller towns? Not seen them in ages.

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Did you notice that the Dettol still keeps price in odd figures for eg. Rs.32.69 for 210ml bottle.
yes that really quite odd. not sure why they do that. but every paisa counts when its being totalled at that level. unfortunately the local bania always rounded it off. now with malls and card payments, no rounding off is required even at the total payment level

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It was same as Hot 'n' Sweet ad, Javed Jafery.
yes thanks, I remembered that later!

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Carwatcher : Like Bata uses xx.95 in their prices.
yes, but the Bata prices are universal at xx.95; this is to create an illusion for the buyer that for eg 99.95 is less than 100. And apparently it works!

Dettol prices are weird at xx.69 or yy.31
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What happened to the Chocolate Bar which was loaded with white colored stuff( made by gods, obviously) and went by the name 'BREAK'. Think it was made by Cadbury and I remember seeing it last in maybe 1997 or so.
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Tried looking all over the internet to at least pull up a picture of this chocolate, but I couldn't

All I found was another thread about it Does anyone remember the chocolate called 'Break'? - Indian Cricket Fans
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CROWN TV: It had nice jingle that we used sing as if it is a film song. "Crown the world class TV is here...". And there were others like Uptron (It's on, it's on, what's on?...)

Also, though the brand is still there, Bombay Dying used to have some great ads series - Dreamlover

Sathe Biscuits: I liked it more than Parle G

Rasana Supari: Not sure if it was national brand. But used to be available in Maharashtra. Main attraction was sticker inside the pack.
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Dreamlover had Karan Kapoor(son of Shashi Kapoor/Jennifer) as their face in the ads.
I do remember Sathe biscuits though only popular in rural Maharashtra.
Parle/Brittania ruled the urban space.Remember that all the companies to expand had a harrowing time due licensing so they stuck to the bigger areas.
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Another product that I would love to have back is an instant porridge mix named "Bonny mix" which again I used to love, especially the chocolate flavour.
I found this in the local More supermarket last week and bought it. It tastes like Wheat Cerelac but then I got the normal flavor. The other one available on the shelf was Lite. Chocolate was not available.

I am beginning to think we like these brands more due to the nostalgia associated with them than the quality of the product itself.
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Super thread! Didnt realize this existed till date..

Things I sorely miss, atleast in Hyderabad:
1) Pan Pasand Choclate - Found them in a few pan shops in bangalore recently, but been long gone in Hyderabad.
2) Frams cool drinks - I remember last seeing them in Pune, way back in 2007.
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CROWN TV: It had nice jingle that we used sing as if it is a film song. "Crown the world class TV is here...". And there were others like Uptron (It's on, it's on, what's on?...)

Also, though the brand is still there, Bombay Dying used to have some great ads series - Dreamlover

Sathe Biscuits: I liked it more than Parle G

Rasana Supari: Not sure if it was national brand. But used to be available in Maharashtra. Main attraction was sticker inside the pack.
Radek,

I think It was Rasili Supari.

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