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'Memories Are Made of This' by Subroto Mukerji

'Memories Are Made of This' by Subroto Mukerji

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The journey continues in this sequel to my memoirs--dedicated, as always to my Timeless Muse. Schooldays alternated with a Tom Sawyer / Huckleberry Finn-like existence during vacations, when I ran wild. Floods, fishing from our verandah, snakes, rafting, kites, strongmen, the wonder of my first dog (an alsatian)---components of an only child's memories of the 1950s-1960s: a world that no longer exists, a lost paradise enshrined here forever.
The journey continues in this sequel to my memoirs--dedicated, as always to my Timeless Muse. Schooldays alternated with a Tom Sawyer / Huckleberry Finn-like existence during vacations, when I ran wild. Floods, fishing from our verandah, snakes, rafting, kites, strongmen, the wonder of my first dog (an alsatian)---components of an only child's memories of the 1950s-1960s: a world that no longer exists, a lost paradise enshrined here forever.

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MemoriesAre made…
Of This!
by
 
Subroto Mukerji
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DEDICATION
 
 This book is for
 
My Timeless Muse
Enigmatic…Enchanting…
 Eternal 
.
 
“In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goesout. It is then
burst into flame
by an encounter withanother human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
-Albert Schweitzer,
philosopher, physician, and musician (1875-1965)
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Introduction
This random collection of episodes was written by a very ordinary manwho lived through the latter half of the 20
th
century and into the next one…lived totell the tale, so to speak, for it has been a period of enormous change and upheaval.Being essentially autobiographical in construction, it probably escapes being weightyand patronizing, for these things do not figure in the life of the common man, trappedas he is by circumstances, desperately coping with the utter unpredictability of lifeand, while so doing, trying to extract from it a rare drop or two of happiness. He goeswith the flow, doing his best to keep his head above the water. I have selectedepisodes which mirror these sentiments, and which seem to stand by themselves butalso which, seen as a whole, may project a larger picture, as I saw it from my low perch, of these tumultuous times.The perspective and scope is rather limited, I would be the first to admit.There is little mention of the high and the mighty of the land, no weighty discoursesor first-hand accounts of events of national or global import. No high office have Ifilled, no National Award have I won, either on or off the field. I have merely reactedto currents set in motion by those who have. Where these do find mention, it isusually by way of passing reference, an intensely personal interpretation of themaelstrom of history as it swirled around, and past, me. If it appears inconsequentialand shallow to the reader, I plead my helplessness to add depth or substance tosomething that is presented as it was seen, felt, and experienced by an ordinarycitizen of a vast and proud nation.If it appears lop-sided, or pre-occupied with activity or matters that areof little interest to the mass of humanity, I can only defend myself by saying that weare all so miraculously different, as human beings, and inevitably have our own tastesand predilections, shaped by environment and circumstances. I can only write aboutwhat
 I 
did or about what happened to
me
or was told to me. I am unable to oblige byoffering an objective commentary of our times, for later historians to use as sourcematerial. That is hardly the purpose of this book.Some readers of a later generation, more focused on the future, maydiscount it, uninterested in the ‘dead’ past. Others, however, curious to see thingsthrough the eyes of an earlier generation, may find it amusing, entertaining, evenoccasionally (I pray) illuminating or inspiring.Most of all, I hope I have been able to share with readers my sense of gratitude for the blessing of being born human, no matter all the faults andweaknesses that such a condition entails, for a life I have enjoyed in spite of its upsand downs and, above all, for the great gift of life itself which came to me, throughmy parents, from
The Void 
.
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