Le Temps retrouvé

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“In Search of Lost Time”

“The bonds between ourselves and another person exists only in our minds.
Memory as it grows fainter loosens them, and notwithstanding the illusion by which we want to be duped and which, out of love, friendship, politeness, deference, duty, we dupe other people, we exist alone.
Man is the creature who cannot escape from himself, who knows other people only in himself,

and when he asserts the contrary, he is lying.”
(from ” In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust – French novelist, 1871-1922)This was shot during the monsoon when the waters are coming high on the ghats.
Those people were enjoying a Sunday afternoon on the bank of river Ganga.
It was remembering a part of my childhood when I was playing like this during summers.

Those pictures of the oldest living city in the world are maybe an answer to my “Search of Lost Time”.
Like the french writer Marcel Proust with his monumental work, “Search of Lost Time”(in French, “À la recherche du temps perdu”, also titled “Remembrance of Things Past” in its initial English translation), the role of memory is central.
Memory is the link which leads a picture to another but I should say involuntary memory, as Benaras is acting on me like the “episode of the madeleine” in Proust’s novel.
When I walk in the City of Lights, I am transported back to an earlier time by sensory experiences of memory, triggered by smells, sights, sounds, or touch.
I believe this is what happens to most of the visitors coming here and this is why this place is so special, so unique, this is the reason why whoever we are, whatever our culutre can be, we all find something which might be connected to the begining of History and which is deeply in our soul…

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