How would a family journal like this look like in a 100 years from now?
To answer this question, one can try
Looking at how a family journal
would have looked 50 or 100 years ago.
I got some old black and white photographs (collected from Palam Vihar)
and made a file. Then sat with my sons and labeled them- the year (approximate)
for old photographs, the persons, place, and themes. Seeing old photographs
made us get the perspective of what has happened in the lives of these persons,
and their children, grand children over the decades
Seeing the different phases of life, through the lens of a child growing made
for another theme in our joint journal.
“Who will take me to the zoo” said Mayank in 2008, the only one disappointed
that I had found my lost passport and could now travel
WALKS …Indian diaspora
The joint journals have nuances and discussions regarding Walks and readings done in different regions.
Looking back at some characters through post colonial perspective, or putting on
a feminist thinking-hat helped make for rich memories of walks done over yester years
Another joint journal theme we kept was- Art as a way of life.
Went through some guitar recordings and memories of Orlem-Malad
Memories associated with schools give a flavor of different aspects of life
Have a reading at the end of the day..(and also in the beginning) is a wonderful
way to enrich one’s life.
These were some of the themes on which we build four separate journals
sitting together in Mississauga, last month