Short questions, long answers [Part 6]
As we grow older and (hopefully) wiser, we come face-to-face with the insolvency of our memories. Most of the things we could recollect immediately aren’t close to us, and it gets frustrating to accept these new tides of time. It’s a solemn phase where names and faces both seem to blur out. I think it’s safe to suggest that time is ageing quicker than ever. Not very long ago, kids in their early 20s didn’t grey and people took razor-sharp memory for granted. Not anymore. The wind of change has distorted everything, especially our collective sense of reality. What we claim to care about doesn’t appear to care about us. We don’t have the answer to the most basic of questions. Does that ring a bell?
Which makes you wonder whether our very approach is questionable. What if the answers are redundant? I remember a sentence I learned in EVS (environmental science) in second standard, taught by Laxmi teacher: giraffes have long necks because they have short feet. Yes, it was a complete-the-sentence piece and to this day, I wonder why I remember it so vividly. Obviously, back then, I had no clue that it was a ridiculous proposition to make to budding children. There is no direct correlation between feet and neck here. Why is the sky dark at night? Because the moon is white. Gibberish.
Anyway, the age-old tradition of asking questions and receiving answers will continue in different forms and formats. On this blog, I often share a few Q&As that I’d been asked and answered earnestly—the fifth installation happened two months ago—and we are about to jump onto the 6th series.