My favourite Wrist Watch

madathil mhanian By madathil mhanian, 24th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2h53tqz_/
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how a first watch bought during early part of the career becomes an inseparable despite having a variety to choose from. Love for the first watch is still strong.

My Favourite First Wrist Watch

“What will you do now dad?” I was checking in my laptop to ensure that I had all the materials required for the training schedule before leaving for the railway station when I heard the question. My daughter was watching the news in the television. I was wondering whether some derailment or ‘rail-roko’had popped up suddenly to affect my travel plans. I asked her what that was about. The channel was airing a news item about the Indian brand of wrist watch ‘HMT’ is coming to an end.

There is a reason for her to quip me on this. Despite having a good collection of wrist watches my affection of HMT watch is known in the family right from my grandpa to my daughter. Over a period of time through service awards, gift from friends and off late on my twentieth marriage anniversary I have received my eleventh wrist watch; Indian as well as foreign brands. But given a choice, I will wear my favorite HMT only. Only after pressure from family members and a final ‘lovely’ glare from my wife I will wear another one for occasions but soon will revert back to my old one.

I told her that my favorite watch is still in working condition and as far it is ticking there is no issue at all. I dashed to the station, got the train and when the train started with a whistle, I glanced at my wrist; right on time. While the train darted forward from the station my brain traveled backward with a speed much, much more than that of the train to my childhood days.

During my school days watches were a luxury item among students. Like the early years of Aluminum, where only Kings and Lords were used to have spoons and forks made of aluminum, while others had only silver and golden ones, watches were won only by selected, elite, rich kids. If somebody come wearing one, he/she was regarded as elite class and there will be a melee to see the watch from close quarters. HMT, Camy, Westclox and Favre Leuba were coveted brands of the seventies. Students used to borrow the watch to wear them on the day of “group photo” day where a class photo will be clicked once in a year.

No, I was not lucky enough to have worn a watch during my school days, for that matter not even in my college days. I got my firs watch presented to me by a neighbor, the year I was graduated and by that time the college days were over. It was a Casio F5, with a push switch that will illuminate the dial for five seconds. Day in and out I adored and adorned the same, only removed it from my wrist when I went to bathe and toilet.

The one I bought for myself was a HMT and the model named as KAJAL. There were four varieties of that when it was introduced and the most sought out variant was a black case with a golden colored dial. I made a ceremonious ritual everyday wiping it before wearing and carefully placing her back in the case before going to the bed. And till this day, this very moment, she is on my wrist. Even when I was awarded with gold plated Titan for my long service with the pharma company which I have worked for, I replaced it the very next day with my good old ‘Kajal’.

Along with me my ‘kajal’ have traversed India over a period of thirty years. Barring a few occasions, where the balancers and the spring was a cause of ‘non-ticking’ days she has done her duty dutifully. Even then there are expert mechanics who put her back to action.


These are troubled ‘time’ for wrist watches with the arrival of mobiles, tablets and iPad and no wonder a company which was orchestrated as “time keepers of the nation” is near the exit, with its future bleak. Sometime later I went to sleep and woke up with a jolt of the train in the morning when it reached the outskirts of the city where I have to get down. I just glanced at my wrist, right on time; she is doing her job. The company’s future may be at stake, but she will be safe with me always, ticking, ticking, ticking….

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Changing Times, Hmt, Possessions, Precious, Time, Wristwatch

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author avatar madathil mhanian
from Coimbatore, worked as a Zonal Sales Manager for a Pharma company. At present earns as a Freelance Trainer for Pharma companies.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Good story that held my interest. May I say you need to edit it?

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author avatar madathil mhanian
25th Sep 2014 (#)

sir, thank you for going through my article on wrist watches. of course i will go through it once again and edit it. in case, it is not too much to ask, can you point out the places where i should have paid more attention. thanks again madathil mhanian.

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author avatar madathil mhanian
25th Sep 2014 (#)

sir, thank you for going through my article on wrist watches. of course i will go through it once again and edit it. in case, it is not too much to ask, can you point out the places where i should have paid more attention. thanks again madathil mhanian.

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author avatar Rajani venu
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

This reminded me about my lost watch...thank you...

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author avatar madathil mhanian
2nd Oct 2014 (#)

thank you madam, criticism and appreciation, necessarily in that order is the basic for growth. regards and thank you for your time and words. madathil mhanian

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