Tuesday, November 16, 2010


When we look back on the days gone by, we are overcome with a wide range of emotions. There could be wonderful memories of very happy times and that could be suddenly tempered by some memories of very sad and distressing moments. We can recollect moments of pure ecstasy and recount some of the very scary and fearful moments too. A peep into the past could also trigger those deeply etched moments of tenderness and affection and there could be some starkly contrasting remembrances of embarrassment and humiliation. All in all when we look back at the PAST we see Poignant Associations Standing Testimony to it.

It is commonly spoken of the past as ‘those good old days’ and the younger generation wonder what was so good about those days, which by today’s standards were so primitive and tough. Imagine the past with no computers, no technology, not TV, no mobiles. Imagine a past with no cars, no mechanization, no electricity and no democracy. That our forefather survived the ravages of famine, floods, small pox and similar numerous illnesses seem like a miracle. When seen against the backdrop of the primitive technology that prevailed then, the lack of medical awareness and rampant illiteracy it is very hard to comprehend those times as wonderful days of the past.

Those good old days were times when divorce was a word that was never even coined; where family meant grandparents, uncle aunts, children of all ages all happily living under one roof. In times of great joy and tragedy, family included the whole village who would joyously celebrate and emotionally mourn giving us the comfort of sheer numbers to share our joys and sorrows with. The tough lessons learnt in the school called life, enabled us to get more than just a simple learning; it gave each one an education in living. Life was less complicated, more intimate, by and large stress free and definitely good.

As an individual, the good old days bring forth the nostalgia of the love and affection showered by our parents, our uncles and aunts, our cousins, our neighbors and friends. It triggers a void that we feel of our carefree days in school and college, the pranks, mischief we indulged in and the pride of our accomplishments overwhelm us. There could also be some bitter sweet memories of our first love, our first kiss our broken affairs, our crushes and the punishments and shouting we were subject too. The memories come flooding in and most times we are overcome with emotions about the wonder of those days that will never come back. Yet we revel in slipping often into the PAST for there are Poignant Associations Standing Testimony to it.

Action Points:
  1. Make a collage of your old photographs. You can scan it and even make a power point presentation. Try to give some appropriate captions and enjoy the experience of the numerous emotions that are associated with the photographs. Perhaps you can prepare one and gift it to your parents who celebrate their 25th /30th/40th/50th wedding anniversary. Maybe you can give a memorable collage as my niece did for her older sisters 18th birthday gift.
  2. Take a walk down memory lane and write down the following:

  • The best gift that anyone ever gave you.
  • The worst mistake you ever made
  • The saddest moment of your life
  • The biggest surprise you ever got
  • The best festival/ wedding/birthday celebration you ever attended
  • The one act someone did for you that touched you very very deeply
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