Memories…I always thought my blogs and my posts are my Pensieve. For people who don’t follow Harry Potter series, it is a sort of a stone bowl, big in size which is used to store memories for reviewing it later or to just clear your mind of those to be able to see things fresh. Sometimes our memory of some thing might makes us a little prejudiced doesn’t ? And I used to associate Pensieve with a hard disk, you know, where we can store the files only to retrieve them back when it is required. The concept for both is the same. Dont waste space on your current disk with old one data unless and otherwise they are required for your day to day activities. Rather retrieve / recall them as and when required.And my blogs are also the same way. Especially with the travels, I tend to forget the details of it, like what was good in that place, how I enjoyed, what funny thing happened. I don’t have a very long memory. So I decided to pen them down and have it recorded both in photographs and in text so that I can go back to them whenever I feel. And its amazing about how much data our brain can store which we call it as memory and how much can be retrieved from it, only if we try to do that. I don’t put too much effort into recalling stuff. If it is on the top of my mind, then fine. I don’t dig deep. I might be lost in the abyss. That leads me to another thing, nostalgia. I am not a nostalgic person, especially with respect to my school or college days. I don’t want to go back to my college or my school and look at those buildings and refresh my memories of how those times were. I would rather remember some very old song which I used to sing and start singing about them. And I do have quite a lot of songs memorized. Because there was a time I used to sing a lot every day in school and colleges, just for fun. And my dad asked me to write them down and remember them by heart if I wanted to go beyond my la la la for the songs. Apart from 3-4 diaries of songs, I can recall quite a lot of them, mostly hindi and tamil songs even now. Do you think that we can edit memories in such a way so that we only remember what we want to remember ? just like in Inception ? DiCaprio says something like that isn’t. I believe we can. I haven’t tried it out. But logically if the memories are just bits and bytes that gets stored in the human computer called the brain, then it should be possible. Isn’t ? But if I have to picture the way our memories are stored, I think it would look like a mesh, wouldn’t it? And one final thought about memories and I will end this, because I think I can go on and on. I just remembered the song by One Direction, Midnight Memories. Until the recent years, I have never been awake after 10 pm. And so I don’t have many midnight memories. But the one I have of recent years is the most fun one. I was treating my friends for dinner and then my close friend suddenly had this urge to go on a long drive (might have been the influence of the 3 drinks she had) and we all agreed and we went to have icecream first at 11 pm and then went on for a long drive in Mysore Road to have a cup of coffee in a Coffee Day at 2 am and then drove back and reached home by 4 am. It was fun.
When my friend asked me if I would join him for the ‘One Direction-Where We Are‘ movie, I thought ‘why not’. I always wanted to go for a live performance for one international group, especially of a group I know the songs of and I have heard One Direction and kinda like them too, not necessarily their personal history and stuff like that (which I am not aware of any group either) but I know their songs to sing along. And one of our friend from my gym also joined us, because she knew that it would be pure fun. When we were waiting outside the screen, we noticed that it was full of girls (not women, but girls) and hardly a couple of daddy who have been given the job of safely escorting their daughter(s) and their friends. We knew what we were going to experience when we heard those girls scream as soon as the screen for opened for us to go in. We looked at each other and laughed and went in.
Even before we could take our seats, the girls sitting directly behind our row were highly excited and were screaming and shouting. And then we knew that we were going to have so much fun with them behind us. And wow, those girls didn’t disappoint us. The movie was only for an hour and 15 mins or so. So every time every one thought the movie was gonna start, they would play some advertisement. All the girls around boo’ed for every single ad. It was so hilarious. It was like someone was really getting the crowd worked up for the movie. And…..when the movie started….wow.. those girls in the theater could really really scream at the top of their voices. We couldn’t hear a single word said on screen for some time. Thank God for the subtitles. (And all those questions about wee breaks and underwear’s didn’t help in reducing the screaming!) My ears were ringing and by the time it would come to normal, one of the band member would look into the camera and again, the screaming started. I am not going to talk about anything related to the interview they had or the movie as such. So no spoiler alert there. There might be probably a lot of YouTube video’s of their performances in San Siro anyways.
Among the whole lot, the favorite, the absolute favorite of most of the girls was ……’Zayn Mallik’. Agreed that he is very good looking (and with the slightly serious and mysterious persona he was projecting …he had them eating out of his hand), but to scream and shout his name, every time the camera focused on him was…I don’t know what to say. I have never been a fan of someone so bad. So I wouldn’t presume to understand the feelings of these girls. But it was really something. When they were saying that they have performed in lot of places, these girls were shouting that they haven’t come to India. And they were asking Harry and Zayn to look into the camera. We were sitting there, rolling our eyes, thinking ‘Girls, we are watching a movie for godsakes. They can’t hear you’. They had an intermission and these girls were saying that their throat was parched to which my friend asked ‘Really ?’ which wasn’t actually meant for them to hear, but then the theater went quite that exact time and they heard it 🙂 But then, did those girls bother? Nah. Their focus and concentration was elsewhere. When the song ‘Little Things‘ came out, the band asked the stadium to use the torch of their mobile phones and guess what, everyone in the theater too did the same. And I got my friend’s phone and joined the party 😉 Guess those girls were rubbing off on me. But I had the sense to go to the edge of my seat, every time the camera came anywhere near Zayn. I didn’t want to become deaf. And their throat didn’t give them any trouble when they were singing the songs at high volume after the intermission too. Wonder what they had during the interval! And when the last song came and the movie ended, the whole 2nd half of the theater was screaming and shouting Harry and Zayn’s names along with singing for a solid 10 mins and there was some dancing too. And finally I got fed up and did my share of whoooop! too (actually it felt good to shout like that 😉 ). I sang along only for two songs but even then my voice changed a bit by the end of the movie. I gotta say this movie experience is as close as it gets to seeing a live performance and staying safe too. I wonder what would happen if it was a live one. I really have to try that once. Even though the enthusiasm and the fandom made me feel a little old, it also felt good because I felt like I was absorbing their energy and if the movie had gone for another half an hour or so, who knows, may be I would have joined them and matched them scream for scream. After the credits, these girls asked me to take their group picture, which I obliged and made sure they got a good one. What an experience 🙂 I loved it.