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Bakeman’s menagerie


I don’t know how many here are old enough to remember Bakeman’s bread. Bakeman’s was a UP based company that was big in the breads and biscuit segment in northern India back in the 80s. I grew up on a steady diet of their products. They disappeared from the scene in the 90s and folded up, I don’t know when.


The only reason I gave that whole preamble is to talk about this cute little promotions they used to have way back when I was a kid. One of those was plastic animals. Teeny tiny reproductions in colorful plastic of any number of animals, birds, fish and what not, hidden away among the slices of Bakeman’s bread.

This was before the era of crazy memes and paranoid viral posts. There was no one protesting a company putting “dangerous” plastic animals in between food articles. I’m sure if someone tried this today we’d be barraged with WhatsApp posts about polycyclic Benzylothene poisoning in bread (whereas the humbler roti was not only safe but prevented 52 different types of cancer). There would be fundamentalist Hindi post on FB on how this was a ploy to poison Hindu youth and Mr. Bakeman was the first great, great grand-cousin of Lord Dalhousie, back to finish his “dirty deed”, complete with pictures of some anti-Indian rant written by said Lord on a fragment of ragged, brown paper all signed and sealed and what not. Some “citizen’s group” might have taken them to court for trying to kill Indians by making them all choke on sharp objects.


Anyway, rants apart, it was a simpler time and we bought and ate the bread and hoarded the animals like it was nobody’s business. Recently, in my drive to find macro subjects without having to leave the air-conditioned comfort of the flat, I remembered and brought out my old collection and clicked a few pics. I think I have about 80 odd pieces and I might end up photographing most, if not all.

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Someone put in enough effort to paint the lion ‘s mouth a gory red!


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


15 thoughts on “Bakeman’s menagerie

  1. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by SP Singh - ERP Implementation Expert | 03/05/2020, 4:37 PM
  2. One thing you forgot about these brakeman’s toya.

    They all have one alpabet on it.

    For example ‘z’ on zebra.

    And company said whoesever collect AToZ toys will got big gift.

    And kids are lots of packets of breads just to collect A to Z

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Js | 02/03/2016, 7:39 AM
  3. Oh yes! I remember these toys pressed between the slices! I also long for that wax coated paper wrapping… Better for the environment, I guess 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by writenlive | 19/08/2015, 7:45 PM
  4. In the middle of the post I thought it was about rant only until I read “rants apart”. He he 😀

    80 such toys? You are such a nerd!
    That lion- did some girl with red lipstick kiss him? 😀


    Posted by Kritika Vashist | 18/08/2015, 11:06 PM

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