Thursday, October 11, 2007

old addresses

i dont like going back to houses i have lived in. it fills me with a longing that is unbearable. a-6 amita apts, b 17 bina apts, d 504 maheshwari nagar... and so many in between and after...

and to go back to an old house to sort old papers, letters... to see the bundles of letters addressed by QMS to 001, jhelum, ... almost everday for four semesters... to find one incomplete letter after the next - dear aj, dear ap, dear sh, dear shal, dear p....once and for all threw them out. i have no idea how i might have wanted to complete those letters.

to find bits and pieces of our lives stuffed between pages... contact sheets, negatives...drafts of the wedding card we had designed... medical bills of a malaria attack many years back ... tickets of a college trip to harsud... to find all the letters of support of ex-students during the ftii strike ( some beautifully written letters there) ... notes of our development anthropology classes/arguements... screen unit screening announcements....pamphlets from every meeting or rally attended...brochures of most screenings and plays attended...

what did i do all day - archive our lives!

no, actually shed loads of baggage- threw out 70% of the stuff!

3 comments:

Banno said...

No, can't bring myself to throw all that out yet myself.

SUR NOTES said...

well after i made a pile of stuff to throw away, george spent a couple of hours and put 50% back into the pile of things to keep!
how are you and when wil you drop by?

karmickids said...

I know just what you mean. Have just thrown out half my memories in two hours of speed packing.