holmes, borges & valmiki on memories

October 5, 2014

“… There is a goddess of Memory, Mnemosyne; but none of Forgetting. Yet there should be, as they are twin sisters, twin powers, and walk on either side of us, disputing for sovereignty over us and who we are, all the way until death.”

–- Richard Holmes  in “A Meander through Memory and Forgetting” (an essay off: Memory: An Anthology/ Wood Harriet Harvey, Byatt AS / Chatto & Windus, 2008/


“… Lost in these imaginary illusions, I forgot my destiny – that of the hunted. For an undetermined period of time I felt myself cut off from the world, an abstract spectator. The hazy and the murmuring countryside, the moon, the decline of the evening, stirred within me. Going down the gently sloping road I could not feel fatigue. The evening was at once intimate and infinite.

The road kept descending and branching off, through meadows misty in the twilight. A high pitched and almost syllabic music kept coming and going, moving with the breeze, blurred by the leaves and by distance.

I thought that a man might be an enemy of other men, of the differing moments of other men, but never an enemy of a country; not of fireflies, streams, or the West wind.

— Jorge Luis Borges / The Garden of the Forking Paths / Translated by: Helen Temple & Ruthven Todd / Ficciones


… I was thinking today, in between sitting pretty & swimming/snorkeling lazily with moorish idols, incredibly fascinating parrot fish, silver specks, giant clams other zillion fish whose names I do not know & zillions and zillions and zillions of swaying coral polyps   – amidst coral reefs in another oceanic country, well away from my dear homeland — that, my dear Valmiki would come to my rescue; that, he won’t fail me.

But then, this brilliant hunter of beasts and legends says: मा निषाद प्रतिष्ठाम. Yes. May honour forever elude you, O hunter…

And, memories of Shankar Guha Niyogi and a great many others including Niyamat Ansari, Comrade Leelavathi, Kashmir’s Rajeev & Rajani Thiranagama flood my synapses and hunt for the other  forking paths. Of course, perish the thoughts of that ol’ hind swarajist par excellence and his incredible persona, dammit.

Yes. Should watch some BigBangTheory tonight to retain a semblance of sanity.

JournalEntry# 4 October, 2014.

2 Responses to “holmes, borges & valmiki on memories”

  1. aekaanthan Says:

    Why this sudden thought about memories, fear of losing them? What is man otherwise? Just the remains of the past…bundle of memories, comfortable and not so comfortable…


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