It was widely used for communication.
There are advantages and limitations.
- Aung Bar Lay Lottery
Despite the operators earning a big share, many people would try their luck.
Gold Flake, Ludu and Aung Su Pan were some of the big operators in our younger days.
- Rangoon Turf Club
Medical doctors and business men patronized the Club.
Horse racing was banned by the BSPP Government.
There were two publications : the Guardian daily newspaper and the monthly Guardian magazine.
Guardian hosted “Dawlay’s Circle”, essay contests and Scrabble tournaments.
I wrote articles and poems for Guardian.
When one is sending e-mail to specified recipients, one is pushing one’s message to others. The intended recipients may (a) welcome your message (b) defer to check your message (c) may ignore your message (d) flag your message as “junk”.
Some e-mail systems send acknowledgement for important messages. Some may ask you to verify for the first time. E-mail systems may maintain “Black lists” and “White lists”.
Some have multiple e-mails either with different email providers (e.g. Gmail and Yahoo mail) or even with a single email (e.g. one for private, another for business).
Some email systems provide encryption.
In one of my jobs, we could not specify sensitive information in e-mails.
Do not assume that your deleted e-mail is gone forever. There is logical deletion and physical deletion. Even with physical deletion, copies of the e-mail may still linger in one or more mail servers and backup devices.
Email providers will scan your e-mail (e.g. using AdSense or a Recommended System) to offer you targeted advertisements.
Aung Bar Lay Lottery
During our younger days, Aung Bar Lay Lottery announced the winners every two months (or so).
A lottery ticket sells for two kyats. Resellers buy 11 tickets for 20 kyats.
The top prize at one time was One Lakh Kyats.
One advertisement ran, “Do not reject the suitor outright. He has an ‘Aung Bar Lay’ ticket in his pocket.”
Then, the Branding Campaigns kicked in.
Cigarette manufacturers such as Gold Flakes (by U Win Shein & company) and Ludu (by U Cho & company) started selling lottery tickets. They require the buyer to provide a specified number of empty/used cigarette packets to get a lottery ticket from them. The winners of the tickets received bonuses.
One Lakh in addition to the Top One Lakh prize.
Vacation and/or round-trip air tickets
Some (e.g. Aung Su Pan, Kandawgalay) became big distributors. They promised to inform the winners (who do not need to find out from the newspapers or from the radio broadcasts.
Imitators (e.g. Aung Kha U Pan, Kankawlay) joined the game.
Dr. Nyunt Wai wrote :
To avoid law suit, Aung Kha Yu Pan was created. Near the main Aung Su Pan lottery shop in Thein-gyi-zay, we could see smaller shops on the platform in front. One of these was Aung Kha-Yu Pan. Hanging Sabai pan-gones (jasmine garlands) between Kha and Yu, the sign board looked just like Aung Su Pan. Because the main shop was crowded, some people bought tickets from Aung Kha Yu Pan, thinking it was a road-side stand of Aung Su Pan.
Rangoon Turf Club
In our younger days, Rangoon Turf Club (RTC) held horse races probably every week end.
Newspapers ran columns about the forthcoming horse races and their tips on which horses they think will win (take first place) or place (take second place).
The races are based on the class (e.g. age, height) of the horses. To give a fair chance to the competing horses, the previous winners have to carry a weight (i.e. jockey’s weight and additional weight) more than their challengers.
Three specified races constitute the “Treble Tote“. One has to bet all three winners to claim the Grand Prize.
Many lost time trying to guess the winners and also money betting on the wrong horses.
The then Number One declared that Horse Racing would be banned.
We had never been to the racing ground. Thein Wai (SPHS63) asked several Paulian classmates if they would like to visit the Rangoon Turf Club before it would be closed forever. His father (Dr. Ko Gyi) was a Patron of the Club.
We saw some “Nwa Pwe” (bullock cart races) that supplement the regular horse races.
Grapevine says that the then Number One did not attend the Martyrs’ Day celebrations, since he wanted to be in the United Kingdom for the Derby over there.
U Chit Khine, father of U Myint Khine (Norman, SPHS57, C63), served as Secretary of the Turf Club.
U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) wrote :
In the 70s and early 80s, there was a running joke about Hong Kong, where the three most powerful people there were the viceroy, chairman or head of the Chamber of Commerce and the President of the Turf club.
- Guardian daily newspaper
- Guardian monthly magazine.
The Guardian sponsored “Essay Contests”.
The winners include
- Errol Than Tun (Uzin Bobby Myo Tun, A69)
- L R C Truitwein
- Tin Maung Maung Aung
- Hla Yee Yee
- Winsome Ba Thike
- Katherine Ba Thike
Daw Khin Swe Hla founded “Dawlay’s Family Circle”.
After she moved to Working People’s Daily, several male editors (e.g. P. Aung Khin) continued as “Dawlay”.
Scrabble was played at Guardian (on weekends). Saya Des Rodgers, U Tin Shwe, and U Ba U are some of the regular players. They also played Scrabble at YMCA.
Poem and Articles
My poem “Men on the Moon” was published in the Guardian in July 1969.
I later wrote articles on Computers and Computer Applications for the Guardian at the request of the then Chief Editor U Soe Myint (GBNF, who moved from WPD).
U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) wrote :
The late Chief Editor of Guardian and Working People’s Daily (English) U Soe Myint is my father-in-law. He was an accomplished musician and played several instruments.
He was the eldest son of U Thein Maung, known to many by his pen name Htin Lin, who translated many books into Burmese in those days. U Soe Myint’s siblings include U Soe Win (RIT EC70, ex-UCC, ex-PTC), U Kyaw Zaw (GBNF – RIT EP72, DCA) and U Khin Zaw (ex-UCC Cupertino, CA, USA).
In honor of his great grandfather, my son is named Htin Lin.
Uzin Bobby Myo Tun (A69) wrote :
I worked very closely with P. Aung Khin (Paul) in the preparation and editing of the Guardian Daily’s Sunday Supplement page ‘Dawlay’s Family Circle’ in the mid-1960’s. It was great fun compiling shorts on regular features such as ‘Popular Fallacies’, ‘Birds of Burma’ and filler jokes. I learnt much on proof reading of dailies from those days. I also wrote some short stories for the Sunday Supplement and the Guardian magazine. P. Aung Khin, endearingly known to most as Uncle Paul, wouldn’t let me compete in the Scrabble tournaments. Instead, I was asked to be one of the judges on those occasions. Those were the days!
Thanks for bringing back those memories.