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