Thursday, January 03, 2008

A particularly perceptive line of dialogue from the movie The Village goes thus:
Sometimes we don't do things we want to do so that others
will not know we want to do them
Yesterday, at dinner with friends from college, when we talked about a whole lot of people from back then, it was instructive to note the names that weren't taken up; names that should have popped up without any effort on anybody's part; names that eventually had to be content with hanging around the dinner table like shadows.
More importantly, it was interesting to see people walk gingerly around their memories. Which is when that dialogue came to mind.


~SuCh~ said...

Just give them some more time...

When the dust settles down, people dont mind cleaning up the closet.. :)

musafir said...


Give whom some more time? The names? Or the memories? {Looks a little puzzled}

Karthik said...

Actually i spent some time with people from our college recently and we never had this problem !! In fact some new unheard of stories came up!!

~SuCh~ said...

The people and their memories.

LUCKY said...

How would you know of names that should pop up 'without any effort'? I am curious :)

Such - 'when dust settles down, people don't mind cleaning up their closet'. Thats really well put. I dunno if that applies here though.

musafir said...


There you go generalizing {shakes his head}


I don't think time will make any difference in this case.


What goes around comes around.

unpredictable said...

:) this is lovely ... why didnt i see this before?

What im not sure of now is if this has never happened to me before .. or if ive never noted it as you did ... clearly even with the overkill of thought, im not thinking enough .. sigh ..

musafir said...


I guess this was a one-off observation for me, mainly because I was expetcing a few people to talk about a few other people and when they didn't, I started wondering why. And maybe "not thinking enough" is too harsh a conclusion.