Has it ever happened to you that unknown to yourself you end up humming the same song all day? Or a phrase pops up in your mind out of nowhere and just refuses to die down no matter how many things you try to think about? Or how a word which you probably last heard in your 8th grade suddenly comes up in your mind for no apparent reason?
Any idea at all what I’m talking about? No? Hmm. Can’t blame one for trying though, can you? Anyway, if you did get what I’m trying to say, good for you. If you didn’t, act like you did.
I’ve had all three things happen to me the last few days. I’ve been humming a Himmesh Reshammiya number that I absolutely detest, been repeating the same proverb over and over again in my head and I remembered the word ‘Mangifera indica’ after god-knows-how-long, god-knows-for-what.
I tried listening to a whole load of other songs to make my stupid mind forget the Reshammiya number – no use! It’s like stuck with fevicol or something! I could’ve even enjoyed it if it had been an ARR number or at least Ilayaraja, but no! It had to be Reshammiya. Why, O, why?!
And the proverb I’ve been repeating: Janani janmabhoomishcha swargadapi gareeyasi. The last I heard this was in Sanskrit class in my 6th grade (or was it my mom telling me this as part of her usual gyan? Hmmm.) and I’ve been thinking about this for the last 2 days, I have no idea why. To give this proverb company, came all the other Sanskrit slokas I had ever learnt, including the Vishnu Sahasranamam!!! Know what else I remembered? The first Geetham I ever played on the veena, Shri Gananatham and then Ra ra venugopala, to end with a Keerthanam – Ninnukori (Mohanam)! Iyo! You would think I’ll admit myself into an asylum at least now, wouldn’t you? Nope, not there yet.
Mangifera indica is the scientific name for mango. When I remembered this, I remembered a whole lot of other things on how scientific names should be written and the enter science class chapter! And I cannot remember what I had today for breakfast! (Heh heh. Typical exaggeration by yours truly. I had dosa for breakfast today.)
On the way to work, on the FM channel, I heard the RJ say something about chemistry and chemical equations. One guy said H + O2 forms water, H2O. Another lady corrects him saying, no, its H2 + O2 that forms H2O. And you know what I did? I tried to balance the equation in my head! Yep, 2H2 + O2 = 2H2O! (To maintain public *cough* admiration for my intellectual capabilities, I refrain from mentioning how many iterations it took me to arrive at that balanced equation. My chemistry teacher would have died of shame.)
If you forgot what I was trying to say, well, you’re not the only one. Join the club.
To quote Einstein, ‘A thought that sometimes makes me hazy: am I – or the others – crazy?’
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