The traditional old aluminium school bags and stationeryToday we see school bags of all shapes and colours, some with popular cartoon characters and superheroes. These are mostly humped backpacks. Remember...In our childhood days, we had the aluminium rectangular-shaped ones with the hinged lid. At the pre-primary level, they were smaller and a few kids had plastic ones.
And what did we have in those aluminium bags? As toddlers just a box of snacks and a little handkerchief maybe. At the primary level, in the large-sized ones, a couple of books and a small pencil box with a Natraj or Camlin pencil or two, a packet of colour pencils, an eraser, and a sharpener.
It was only at the middle school level that these type of bags gave way to leather rectangular ones with shoulder straps and the option to hold it with the shorthand strap. This was due to the increase in the number of subject-wise textbooks, files with lined paper, etc.
Do you still have your school aluminium bag? I have one, even with my name etched on it quite intact! Have a look-
As you can see, the lid has plenty of scratch marks and on the inner lid, there is something that looks like the word 'purr', likely put there when trying out the spelling of the sound of a cat!!
Let's go down the fond memory lane and reminisce on our school bags and stationery.