The Petty Done…

I am all nostalgia. I have been so for more than 24 hours now. To think that I don’t have access to those treasured memories committed to photo albums fills me with angst. I forced myself to think about all those poems I remember well, hoping it would compensate for the loss. Didn’t work.

So I worked myself into a frenzy and created this collage — showing bits and pieces of my life — then and now. I thought compiling this would plaster my mental bruises. I actually tried to think that it has a meaning. And then I tried to imagine what meaning people would make of it. I did not like the results I came up with. Sigh. I realised that this picture has no perspective; it’s a mess; a shallow, static, mess…. So I thought, and it plunged me into an altogether different current of thought.

I began to see things — in the way they told us at school to notice details in a photograph before writing a story on it. A story bares the rough edges of a well-done picture. I discovered much later, of course, that a story is often hidden in a picture. There may not be obvious details giving away a story. And yet, you can feel its artful presence. You will find your elusive sprite of a story in-between layers of possibilities.

Thank god for stories — we have something to counter the senile stupidity of capturing time in a colour capsule. Isn’t it a pity that now that I’m humouring myself with school-level exercises, I have nothing to see — far less to show — from those times?

I wish I could paint with words. Paint, for example, all those purple and red stares I elicited when I begged my teacher to put me in the same section as my friends. That was our last year in school, and I stared at the snaky lines of names in the register as I fought off tears. Obviously I didn’t see the way they saw things.

“Do you really think, my dear, you will get everything you want in life?”, she had asked in a sweet-sodden voice.

Guess that question would make for a very high resolution image, several gigabyte strong. Pity I have no pictures to tell such stories. I will always have to whisk them up on the keyboard. But I shan’t give away my story — or my answer — that I leave to your imagination!


Hi, I'm Sampurna and I'm from India. I love to write, paint, and play with my dogs. Catch up with me at Halfastory's Blog. Happy reading!

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Flotsam
2 comments on “The Petty Done…
  1. Mohit says:

    You remind me here again for two of my Facebook status frm my imagination whch i had a day or two back….

    First one; Treasures r very rare 2 find; If u cnt hv it till end just kp the memory safe tht u had sumtym….

  2. packosix says:

    The collage……is nice 🙂

Have something to say?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Filed Under
Top Rated
Blog Stats
  • 14,820 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 142 other followers

Proud Indian
Please Note

Creative Commons License
Halfastory's Blog by Sampurna is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

%d bloggers like this: