Piece of history in my hands

Yellow fragile pages, faded black and white pictures

I can feel the history between my fingers

Mom’s first saree, Dad’s first cycle

All that is past, but memory lingers

The faded sheets hold a piece of time in them

A witness to how life once was indeed

A testimony of the ways of living back then

I discover more and more as I read

These witnesses of history take me back in time

When the invitation were hand-written

When the food was still home cooked

And all of it leaves me more than smitten

And what are WE going to leave behind

For our children and grandchildren to see?

Some e-mails that don’t become yellow with passage of time?

Or the photos of pizzas ordered in a jiffy?

Photos that don’t make you feel they’re old

Photos that don’t fade and crack with time

Ah! I wish we would slow down a little

And leave behind some “Footsteps in the sand of time”………….



  1. Kripa said,

    August 2, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Very profound! Very true and scary!

  2. Ananth said,

    August 2, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    I guess we’ll leave a memory of the old stuff by what technology they were compressed in. We now know that .bmp photos are the old ones and .jpg are the new ones. Similarly, text documents were the norm a few years back and now it is word 2003, maybe in a few years the technology may change further.

  3. Tata said,

    August 2, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    This has pulled me back to my childhood and youth. Has left me dreaming of the days gone by – laughter, weeping, joy and sorrow – alternating each other.

  4. Sujit Kumar Chakrabarti said,

    August 3, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I guess, our image viewers of the future could have an option like “Add Aging”, which will add realistic looking aging elements to the photos, like yellowing, jagging of the edges, blurring of features, etc., all depending on the time of creation of the photo! πŸ™‚ Same could be done with the text documents. Our futuristic printers could also be designed to give us an option of printing with aging added. πŸ˜‰

    Hm. Nice poem with an entrepreneural touch to it! πŸ˜‰

  5. SHAMIT said,

    August 5, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    Nice one, everyone from our generation has this tendency to compare the past with present and fear that we are missing something out. However, our relics will themselves be something that future generations will talk about as being ‘old’ and get nostalgic about too … πŸ™‚

  6. karthik said,

    August 5, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    nice thoughts ! Well written Pritesh!

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