.... remind me of friends.
Have you ever gone to a place or seen something that reminds you of someone? Random places or things that trigger something in your mind...
Last week I had gone to Aizwal and I was thrown back to the December of 1998 where Desmond and I had spent a whole winter traveling up and down the state. A restaurant that is no longer there - Don't Pass Me By - at Janpath was where we would often have breakfast on winter mornings. Everytime I pass that gali I turn around to look for the place although I know it shut down some time back.
There is a cup, newly acquired greenish in colour that reminds me of Mona and the many cups of tea she has fed me. Any image of Kootiyattam jump starts the memory of the summer of 1993 when we traveled to Kerala for our shoot. A small handicam displayed at the shop window is like the one that Shefali and I used to make our short film a decade ago. Passing a poster about a play connects me to Radhika and my first brush with theatre.
The Jaipur highway reminds me of the trip with Ravi to Pushkar. Why is that journey etched in my mind since the highway was not complete when we were traveling? Green Park market is about the lunches and walks back to Sara's office.
Long bus journeys are like the trips in Gujarat with Aditi. 25th December reminds me of Dui where we walked from hotel to hotel on a Christmas weekend looking for a room. Hotel rooms are all like the one in Hyderabad where me and Kannan sat for a week, incommunicado from the rest of the world to finish a script.
Rarely do I sit in a bus now but when I do and I see a girl with a duppatta I hear the poem that Raza had written in 1994. Four Square cigarettes, sport shoes on window display and cramped rooms in Bombay remind me of earlier relationships and stolen moments.
What are the things that remind you of someone?