How I got rid of Thagara Slate ……..!

Old Thagara slate

This is the tale of how I got rid of my Thagara Slate (Tin slate used in those days by school children for writing) as an elementary school boy.

In those days, i.e late 1940s, cooking was not done using LPG, Induction stove, microwave, etc. Even pressure cookers were rarely used. People used firewood for cooking in clay moulded home-made ovens.

Cartloads of tree trunks, branches, etc. used to be purchased and the woodcutters who used to roam the streets, looking for work, normally approached householders for cutting the chunks of tree parts into firewood measuring approximately 18” inches in length and about 4 to 6 inches in width. They would use a wooden axe to do the job.

One such woodcutter had left behind his axe since the work was not over one evening.My little resourceful young mind saw a possible answer to my vexing problem i.e. of getting the thagara slate replaced. Quietly, when I was sure no one was watching me, I used the wooden axe to damage the despised slate a shapeless mass!

The next day, with an innocent (!) face, I showed my slate (or handwork) to my Mother and demanded a replacement. My Mother was dumb-struck. “How in the world did this happen?” was what she managed to blurt out.

She was worried about convincing my Father who was known to be hot-tempered. She had the daunting task of protecting me and getting a new slate.

I don’t know what she went through, but I did get a shining new slate (not a Thagara slate!) the next day!


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I am an engineer who worked in almost all branches of the Telecom Department of Government of India. I consider myself to be cool and collected at all times, myself being the operative word .....! I am a homebird and love being with my family. I miss my loving wife of more than five decades ..... she left for her Heavenly abode two years ago.

5 thoughts on “How I got rid of Thagara Slate ……..!

  1. 🤣🤣🤣 Boy, what a brat! Richmal Crompton’s ‘William the Bad’ could take lessons from you!!

    By the way, why did you so badly want to wreck that poor “thagara” slate? 🤔

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    1. Yes,I really was a BRAT.I see traces of my brat behavior in my second grand daughter,with a truly captivating smile on her lips.
      As a frustrated boy at that age may be I didn’ t want to be told that the slate ‘ looks’ good& the replacement can wait.
      Even when I was an young boy,if I felt I need something,I wanted it immediately& will never tolerate any delay!

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