To match our moods, we had colorful wallpapers with pictures of infants playing around. The upholstery too was in bright hues. We wanted to ‘live’ every moment of the pregnancy months. We used to discuss what we would name our first child and invariably my wife would spring up with one particular name, as if she knew what our first child would be, and as if she always knew what she would name it. We used to laugh over it several times, as we watched the television programs.
The Watergate scandal had just erupted and while President Nixon accepted the responsibility, he did not take the blame. The television used to be full of this news but we did not want to spend our time watching just this. We used to watch the Superbowl V and the NBA Championship. We often watched and we particularly liked Love Story by Erich Segal. Since this was also one of the bestsellers at that time, we also picked up this book and it is a treasure even today. Everybody seemed to be concerned about his or her rights at that time. There were gay rights, womens rights, ethnic rights, kids’ rights, and animal rights.
Fashion in the 1970s knew no bounds and no morality. Women started wearing Hot Pants while the bras were burnt. Clothes were then ‘unisex’ but for parties women would dress up in maxi dresses and carry a crochet shawl. Men used to dress up in Nehru Jackets, to give them the right touch of aristocracy. Cheese cloth was used for casual wear which required no ironing. Both men and women, to add height to their length used high-heeled shoes (excesses!).