I completely forgot about this mild horror story from last year. I met a kid in a lift who did not know Lakdi Ki Kathi. Don’t ask me how I found out. But the kid had never heard of the song. Not even heard the tune. He didn’t know what the term meant. And this was in Delhi. (Go on you Delhi bashers, tell me how small towns/ Bombay type cities are better!). Such travesty!
Back in my day, it was part of compulsory training, especially getting the Tak Bak Tak Bak Chak Bak Bak part right. If kids can’t even sign the first verse of Lakdi Ki Kathi, I shudder to think what kind of an education they’re getting. I wish I could gather desi kids and get them to learn this song by rote, and make them run around in circles singing it.
I should have done my dissertation on this topic.