The pages aren’t yellow yet – not yet, not yet, not yet. There’s years to go before things fade, before the ink begins to look like it was out of another history – before the pictures begin to tell stories that no one has heard.
And there it is. Someone wrote this. Someone cared, almost definitely.
“All I am is a man,
I want the world, in my hands.”
Image: Silhouettes against a reading lamp, in an unknown territory. In the background a young couple reads a book while suppressing their smiles. They are both reading a different book.
“She knows what I think about and what I think about”
Image: Walking by the beach; hair, hair everywhere. They’ve just bought a puppy. They’re looking at each other – ‘Are we a family now?’ Noses scrunched up, they laugh over the wind.
“Sometimes the silence guides our minds to move to a place so far away”
Image: Faces looking directly at the camera, wide-eyed, just before they were about to smile. This is an in-between. Heads on laps, a rumpled blanket of warmth – more warmth radiating from them.
“The minute that my left hand meets your waist
And then I watch your face”
Image: First couple photo? Let us make it candid. Someone cracks a joke. The image is filtered with fake laughter, heads turned towards each other.
“Inside this place is warm
Outside it starts to pour”
Image: Another one of the complete family. A five month old puppy in one’s hand, the couple smiling inside their house; chilled beer in the other hand. Fairy lights buzz in the background. Camera quality is bad; the lights seem like fireflies, until you focus.
“One love, one house”
Image: Nothing screams family photo more than one with the friends.
“Let’s have an adventure”
Image: Grey hoodies sprawled across a couch, phone charges and deodorants. A few other essential items, all in pairs – except, ironically, the shoes.
“Cause it’s too cold for you here,
So now let me hold both your hands
In the holes of my sweater”
Image: Hands, holding each other. Snow in the background. The cold can be a good place too.
Written by Samidha Kalia
Image by Radhika Aneja