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<div class="entry-content"><p>Nostalgia hides in every nook and corner of my house. As I throw away my cherished books, I remember my school days -the excitement with which I devoured my freshly printed english text books much before the school opened and read them with relish again and again. And every time I read them, the words took flight to become the smells, sounds, words, and people around me.</p>
<p>When a strong wind blows by, I remember the breeze that came through the windows of our newly built classroom ten years ago when I was reading the Non-Detailed Text story of Ruskin Bond&#8217;s exploits with his grandpa. I had sworn then that this is how the utopia where Ruskin lived must be!</p>
<p>The same breeze reminds me of my loud guffaws when my classmate expectedly pronouncing &#8220;nothing! nothing!&#8221; as &#8220;noting! noting!&#8221; when my teacher was going through another story with us. Sometimes it reminds me of the boring dance and music classes where I fell asleep without fail.</p>
<p>At home, watching the jasmine shrub on the rooftop of the bungalow next door where all creatures great and small sought solace, instantly recreates the experience of &#8221;<a href="">Games at Twilight</a>&#8221; by Anita Desai which I came across nine years ago.</p>
<p>In the evening, I gaze languidly at the skyline, spotting a kite or two, reminding me of the story of the <a href="">Kite Maker</a>. Sometimes, I catch the reruns of &#8221;<a href="">Small Wonder</a>&#8221; and remember my dedicated worship at the altar of T.V. from 4.30 p.m. till 6 p.m. watching &#8221;<a href="">Star Trek</a>&#8221; (the original one!), &#8220;Small Wonder&#8221;, and &#8221;<a href="">Batman</a>&#8221;.</p>
<p>Nostalgia seeps through even the most unlikely places, in magazines and familiar illustrations from children&#8217;s magazines of the old. I have reread almost all the stories from my school english texts, and every time, I get transported to when I was an impressionable young teen. Perhaps, I still am.</p>
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