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Currently Reading– Swann’s way – Marcel Proust.

My favorite books of all time (criteria being-have read at least 10 times)

1. Jane Eyre
2. To kill a Mockingbird
3. A room with a view
4. My Man Jeeves- P.G Wodehouse
5. Famous five series
6. Pride and prejudice
7. On the road by Jack Kerouac
8. Little women

I’d love to know what kind of books fellow bloggers love to read again and again.Please share in the comments below.

Scent, Memory and Proust told me-3

But, when nothing subsists of an old past, after the death of people, after the destruction of things, alone, frailer but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, smell and taste still remain for a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, on the ruin of all the rest, bearing without giving way, on their almost impalpable droplet, the immense edifice of memory.

Have you ever thought of someone or any episode of your life (which made a special impact on you )and all that you remember is how it smelt at that time or what kind of taste it left in your mouth?

Advancements in Medical Physiology have proven that olfactory memory is retained for the longest time and that is our brain’s special way of remembering people and events.
I particularly remember all important events in my life with regard to the scent of air at that time(correlating with the season)
The scent of salty beach air, wet soil mixed with fallen leaves on a trek taken years ago, scent of aftershave worn by someone special, scent of oil in my grandmother’s hair, scent of gooseberries in my ancestral house and who can ever get over the scent of home made cookies .

We have known for some time that combining visual and auditory aids helps in better retention and learning.
If one requires a memory to be stored in his Neocortex , that is converted into long term memory , there has to be structural changes in the neurons.
Structural changes in turn are made possible by multiple revisions (rehearsals) and meaningful associations.

Therefore a scent which is encountered multiple times or holds association with something/someone meaningful has more chance of being converted into long term memory.

This could hold some importance in better learning and memory.
I remember retaining things better with roses in my room.
Even the scent of sandalwood and coffee helps me focus better.
Could there be more to these scents than just aromatherapy?
We know that certain scents have a calming effect and help in relaxation.
But can these be combined with other sensory inputs like visual(reading) and auditory (listening) for better consolidation of memory.?
This could be important in patients of Alzheimer’s disease who have difficulty retaining new information and learning new things .
It is the recent memory which is affected first the remote memory is affected much later.
The episodic type memory (event associated-a family trip, a party, birth, marriage) is affected the most.

Proust told me-2

We are all of us obliged, if we are to make reality endurable, to nurse a few little follies in ourselves

Swann’s Way & Within a Budding Grove

This makes a lot of sense on a more practical day to day survival basis.
The instinctive guilt and subsequent time lost over worrying about a seemingly unacceptable flaw in one’s personality (with regard to the society) , something which may have hurt someone in the past or may have been something trivial (one’s choices , liking) ,which resulted in difference of opinions or a heated argument , can and should be kept as a snapshot in the memory storehouse , only to be recalled in an event of dire requirement.
Acceptance of one’s personality traits , plus or minus can serve as a balance for evaluating a lot of things about and for oneself  .
When we make our personality as a standard for judging others is when differences arise.
If we are to ponder for long over every misdemeanor on our part or even other person’s part, we would stand the chance of losing out on time kept for making pleasanter, enriching memories .
It is better to forgive yourself , at least for relatively subtle issues so as to give your mind a balanced state for it to focus on important issues .

In the long run, the continued accumulation of guilt ridden thoughts can serve as fodder for self depreciation and negativity.

A lot of scope thus opens up for personal progress when the time lost on trivial thoughts is saved.

Proust told me -1

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The one thing more difficult than following a regimen is not imposing it on others.

This is the first post of my Proust for everyday series in which I intend to cover significant quotations from Marcel Proust’s books, which have made an impression on me.

Where I belong

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Searching for the last verse of depth, to hold on
I sang an unheard song.
Climbing the fallen steps and withdrawn,
There I crawled to, where I belong.

Not where,the sparks they fancy ,
But a blanket to keep warm.

Not there with rapturous joy,
But a bottomless calm.

An unrest of unfamiliar, 
Kept pulling me down
An unexpected 
Stroke of novelty,
Painted a new dawn.

An eye that seeks,
And not one to look down
A brow that breeds will ,
And not one to frown on

With a hand that holds,
A strength to look upon,
I found my restless feet,
Planted firm on the ground

Rising to windy heights
Seemed too trivial and forlorn
There I came to find my roots,
Spreading deep and growing strong.