The politics of nostalgia involves mobilising the masses around the yearning for a glorious past brought alive in imaginations of the future.
The past is a world before the pandemic, a place of happiness perhaps, of love, of togetherness. We want a romanticised past to become our future.
Postmen and women recall the days when the bearer of letters were served tea and snacks by grateful families.
Oh, to be able to return to the dank, muggy, single-screen theatres in dusty mofussil towns, and to relive the magic of Bollywood formula (Ssshhh… and some...
In circulation for centuries, such hair-raising stories were an integral part of the state’s oral literary tradition.
An NRI looks back with fondness, and a little bit of regret, at the time when the sea was part of her everyday life but didn’t matter as much as it does now.
Seema Guha’s recollections of the violent days in Jaffna in 1987. When a fragile truce between the Lankan army and the LTTE fell apart.
The sights and sounds that are jarring at home become sweet music. Longing for things lost is the essence of nostalgia.
Are your sweet memories as summer-centric as mine? One summer, I read through all my novels and comics. You see, I was bored.
Nostalgia is now widely commoditised and its political potential is sought to be neutralised into the service of a politics of belonging over that of longing.
Mukul Kesavan’s essay on middle-class nostalgia in India—looking back fondly at a time when Indians were worse-off than they are today.
For many, Mahalaya marks the homecoming of Maa Durga where she begins her journey from Mount Kailash to reach her maternal home that is Earth.
Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it was said, met journalists at his residence on his birthday each year.
This month India Post completes 167 years of its existence. With the advent of technology, it could have long been gone. Instead, the department kept...