Bachchan — 349

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“It is such a nostalgic moment when you see old memorabilia. The occasion, the people, those around you, the dress codes, the attitudes. Suddenly everything comes back, clear as crystal.”

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  1. [“It is such a nostalgic moment when you see old memorabilia. The occasion, the people, those around you, the dress codes, the attitudes. Suddenly everything comes back, clear as crystal.”

    Proust has that by now legendary moment in In Search of Lost Time when the narrator dips the madeleine into a cup of tea and as he tastes it an entire past and history are summoned up. He likens this to a kind of Japanese float where a small bit of foam on absorbing water becomes quite large. This return which is always a re-imagining and re-configuration of the past then comprises the ‘fiction’ of the book. One always ‘repeats’ with ‘difference’. Even if one can recall in a fashion that is factually completely accurate the meaning that ‘memory’ has in one’s life is very different in the ‘recall’ than it might have had on a previous such ‘summoning’, let alone that of the original ‘event’ that keeps making the ‘memory’ possible. One should always remember the Nietzschean adage that pain creates memory. ‘Pain’ not just in terms of a traumatic event but also in the Proustian sense of lost paradises (always the only ones we have as he and others would suggest). ‘Memory’ becomes richer the more one reminisces and yet the latter operates out of a reserve of ‘loss’. It will never again be the way it once was — memory needs this sad truth as fuel. ]

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