Running On Nostalgia

Monday, November 14, 2016

"Nostalgia - it's delicate, but potent. It takes us to a place where we ache to go again." - Don Draper

It was freezing cold. I woke up really, like really early and drove 25 miles just so I can stand in queue and drink free coffee in a coffee shop that had been turned into a fictional Tv show (Luke's) diner for a day. Now, back in the early 00's when I used to watch Gilmore Girls religiously, never in a million years would I have thought, that this day was ever possible. But now, we live in an age where our favourite song or our favourite episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S is just a click away. Thanks to social media, our childhood/young adult obsession gets validated when Luke's Diner or Will & Grace is trending on Twitter. 

There's this sudden resurgence of reunion shows of all the beloved 90s shows( not that I am complaining). With social media, with the right hashtags, you have the power and you can get your favourite actors and favourtie show producers' attention and ask them for a reunion show. I hear that's what happened with Full House. FYI, I really wouldn't mind a Andaz Apna Apna renuion. Let's make that happen?

But honestly, whenever I hear of talks about these reunions, after my initial excitement (read screaming and squealing) gets over, I always wonder if it's really a good idea to revisit them. It's like how you'd never want to bump into your first crush, as an adult. There must be some truth to "you can't go home again", right?

But nevertheless, it's always fun to meet people that share your same 90s obsession.  I remember how obsessed me and my husband were with Super Mario on Wii and all those sleepless nights of trying to finish all the levels. I hear there's a Super Mario Run app coming up soon.

Nostalgia gives a sense of security in this fast-paced world. And sometimes, you do want the world to slow down like your good ol' dial-up connection. 

"Nostalgia is a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone" says Don Draper on one of his ad pitches. Couldn't have said it better myself.