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8 Poignant Things That Make Us Nostalgic About Home Everytime

by SaleBhai Team - 23-May-2016 - Hometown Special
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Every single moment has a unique emotional stamp attached to it. Just like the night sky, rarely are two moments exactly same in an entire life. However, if broadly classified, they can be grouped under good ones, bad ones, and nostalgic ones. While most find some way or the other to deal with the first two, the last one can become really tricky. The essence of nostalgia has always been used by poets, writers, and scholars to define the strangeness of human mind. From the floweriest of descriptions to factual scientific reasoning, people have tried to analyse the feeling from all angles of the compass. Most have branded nostalgia as one area where logic, rational thinking, and practical approach simply go out of the window.

 

How do you logically explain ‘that’ sudden strange feeling of a vacuum in your heart amidst the best of office parties? Why does the brightest of lights seem dull, the loudest of music cease to reach your eardrums, and the tastiest of food seem tasteless? Missing home?

 

Nostalgia has a hunting style similar to most wild predators. It stalks, slowly comes closer, and then suddenly pounces on the poor soul. Here come some of the most common instances when nostalgia creeps in.

 

1. The ‘Ghar Wala’ Flavour In Your Food

 

A Bengali coming across a rasgulla-like sweet in any part of the world will have tears in his eyes. Just the look and smell of an original-like product has the power to bring back memories that s/he might have cherished. May be the memories of those compulsory family breakfasts on Sunday mornings with ‘luchi’, ‘alur dom’, and rasgulla were too strong to forget!

 

2. Sky-gazing On Lonely Nights

 

If you are used to staring at the night sky, you already know the feel. At times, the gentle glow of the moon or a specific constellation can take you back to your memory lanes. It brings those old memories of you sharing the beauty of the sky with your loved one back, especially if that special person is no longer with you. The disc of the full moon also has a magical hypnotic power. If you stare at it for long, it starts showing your memories. The tears that follow are the hardest to classify. It has a mixture of both happy and sad feelings: happy to have relived the memory and sad to realise it is only a memory.

 

3. A Particular Music – ‘Your’ Music

 

Ever come across a long-lost tune from your yesteryears in the middle of the daily mundane? A forgotten tune that you suddenly recall all the lyrics to - as well as all the memories attached to it? Nothing quite takes you back to your hometown than suddenly stumbling upon these musical gems – be it Shaan's 'Tanha Dil' or John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads'. Songs might be different; the emotion experienced same across borders.

 

4. A Particularly Bad Day

 

A bad day at work, a failed test, a falling-out with a good friend? Who has not gone through these in their day-to-day life? However, the disappointment and the frustration seems even more pronounced if you are miles away from home in a lonely hostel or flat. Even though being home won't make things alright, but it sure would make us feel better at the end of a horrible day, right?

 

5. Old Photographs and Book Markings

 

Pictures do speak at times, don’t they? Even an unconscious glance at an old photograph can open the floodgates of nostalgia. For bookworms, old markings have a similar effect, if not stronger ones. A tiny scratch or a side note can recall the specific incident without leaving the slightest of details.

 

6. Traditional Festivals

 

The get-togethers, family events, shopping, and dining out associated with most traditional festivals leave a permanent mark that time cannot fade. An Assamese sitting in any part of the globe is bound to feel nostalgic when the calendar reads ‘Bihu’.

 

7. That Good Old Diary

 

Diaries are more like living external hard drives that mostly stay dormant in secret shelves. Ever felt the excitement of rediscovering a five-year-old diary you had completely forgotten about? What literature can match the thrill of reading it in a locked room and reliving those special seconds?

 

8. An Unexpected Phone Call

 

Ever received an unexpected phone call from a person who was once your best friend? The initial shock, then the thrill, and then the unending waves of emotion form a feeling that words cannot express.

 

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