It was the year 2005. The year I had stepped out of my home country for the first time.
I had been deputed to work at the client site in the US.
We had rented an apartment - three of us colleagues.It was late October. Director Shankar's Anniyan movie had recently been released. Our client was based in one of the northernmost states and harsh winters were expected. The weather started getting colder day by day.
One Saturday morning, we woke up blissfully aware that it was the weekend, and when we approached the window, we realized that nature had decided to bless us with more mirth! There was SNOW!!! Icicles had formed on our patio from dripping water!
When breakfast ensued after an hour of frolic in the heavenly white blanket around, our laptops started playing the latest movie numbers from India . Hot cups of hazelnut coffee with office gossip and the songs in the chill weather .... What a morning it was!
Every time I listen to the song "Kumaari...." from Anniyan, nostalgia engulfs me and I get transported back to that morning. That song is also picturized with beautiful scenery from Europe and it resonates with my memories. That way music is very powerful in bringing out some of our deepest feelings.There are some songs that have the capacity to directly aim your soul and trigger emotions that you had decided to lock down somewhere in depths impermeable to any other force! To me personally Ilayaraja's music has that power!
The other day I wore a black salwar set that I had purchased more than a decade ago. It was special because I had gotten it for my birthday after I had conceived my son. The boutique owner had been the first person to look at me and figure out that I was pregnant. Her clothing has delivered a lot more than she promised and to this day it is as good as new. Whenever I wear it I remember the birthday I had celebrated along with my son for the first time! Literally when he was still inside of me. Invariably my husband and I start talking about the two years we had stayed in Malaysia before moving to Singapore and our experiences when parenting came knocking at our doors for the first time! We shared with our child that the dress is older than him! Who does not like listening to stories about himself that he cannot recall!
As per wikipedia nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
Nostalgia is beautiful!