Friday, February 28, 2014

My attachment to old

I believe in old is gold! There are certain things that we can’t stop appreciating, however old or ruin they are and unused for ages, remain nostalgic whenever thinking about. I have a mind that does not give away certain things easily esp. used for long term or still feel content with quality and usage rather being old.  During my childhood or young days, one could see me roaming on the streets with friends and go rounds often in our area… and while this course we used to find many interesting little things on road and my favorite place of picking things  was Kailankadai (old iron shop). I had my own table drawer then where I used save things I brought from the shop and streets. My mother used to scold me for bringing those useless things to home and often engaged in war with brother for stealing one or two things.
My tape-recorder when in use
I never listened to her and kept saving those things and since my uncle had workshop adjacent to our house, I used to pick things from there as well. I had a collection of small iron balls in various shapes exists from the bearings until my brother swallowed one of it accidently. I think I had few of them even after shifted house for first time and I am interested even now if I get chanced to pick things at Kailankadai.  I know there is no future for broken arrows but we can do many things using those pieces. What is useless to someone could be utilized to other. Let me come to the matter of old things, which I still hold without use. I know tape-recorders and cassettes has no more futures and almost settled as sediments underwater leaving way to light and transparent technologies let move into air. The CDs and players has also become old stock with blue-rays and “I” series looking out for more light waves to wash away.   My passion for old and useless things comes out objecting the idea of mom’s proposes to dispose our old tape-recorder and a box full of cassettes.

I don’t know why and I am not going to listen to them anyway, but there’s something rolls me with the reels here. Until I bought my first CD player in year 2002, the tape-recorder was my only source of music and it was a foreign set bought to me by my late uncle, replacing the Philips tape-recorder with single speaker. I want to hold it back not because it was bought by my favorite uncle and it remain as a remembrance of him but apart being so, there was something that wants to keep it around. This tape-recorder enhanced my way of listening music with enough bass and treble effect unlike plain mono-stereo. Even until I bought my home-theater, I was connected my CD and MP3 players to this tape-recorder speakers using AUX wire. I ever had trouble like using this set, which often get struck with reel and have to bear to electronic shop, where the electrician used to take more than a week and above to mend it after number of walks to his shop, just two houses away from us!

Music always been my source of inspiration and uplifts my spirit when I feel down and there is nothing excitement like listening to new song or tune for first time that too from our favorite directors or actors. Until few years back I used to buy original CDs and cassettes from the music store, because for me quality is much important when it comes to music and movies… I can’t withstand the noise and sound disturbance. I know the tape is taking place enclose, but I have no mind to give away and not only the player there are few more things I kept safe in bureau. 

20 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

awww. i understand your sentimentality for keeping your old tapes and player. it is hard to let go of some things from the past.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Music can be very uplifting at times - it really sets a mood. I like old things, too, but don't collect very much because I don't like storing lots of things.

Renu said...

Me too..I recently bought a tape recorder inspite of strong opposition from my family:)

Destination Infinity said...

Keep collecting - some vintage objects can become very valuable in the future :)

Destination Infinity

Rajesh said...

I am with you on this. I also don't like letting off old things.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I definitely understand wanting to keep these things, even if they're old! It gives them more meaning. I wish I still had all my old cassette tapes :)

Simran said...

I can very well connect myself with this post. At our home,a radio set is there which is about 65 years old and still it works perfectly. My grandpa listen daily news from that. And many more things are kept preserved even if they does not work anymore because of the sentiments attached with them.

A lovely post dear :-)
Best wishes!

George said...

I enjoyed reading this post since I feel the same way about my 'old' treasures. I still have many vinyl records that I still listen to.

Karyn said...

I certainly empathize with your feelings. It is hard to let go. However, since I retired in 2006 we have been winnowing our possessions. Some that I can not get rid of last year I was able to put in a garage sale the next year. My youngest son actually asked me to clean out out my cupboard shelves of all the books of photos and save the best for scanning onto a CD disk. He said he didn't want to have to do it after we died as it would be too emotional. That made sense to me so I did sort all the photos, burned a lot, and filled one photo box to give each son. They can do their own scanning of their box whenever they want. I don't have to worry about them anymore. It was a relief actually but painful to throw so many old photos and tapes and videos in the back of our pickup to go to the recycle bins.

Indrani said...

It is really hard to let go of old things.
Great post on it.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi, We are home from a wonderful trip to Arkansas with friends. Photos tomorrow!!!!!

Hope you have had a great week. I agree about getting rid of old records/albums/tapes, etc... It's hard for me/us.. We still have old record albums --but hubby is gradually changing them to CD's.. BUT-in time, there won't be anymore CD's... ha... Life goes on!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Arti said...

Same is the case with me. I love love love collecting old things, with so many memories within them, they are priceless indeed. Beautiful post, could connect with it so well. :)

ladyfi said...

Old sometimes has our best memories...

deeps said...

past is so real n beautiful...
we only have to look back and there it s, our fav this n that...
can make us smile or bring a tear!

Rahul Bhatia said...

Old is gold and many a times it is true:)

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

nostalgic moments

thanks for sharing

sm said...

yes old is gold

Kalyan Panja said...

Well that's the beauty of life and it is a quite a paradox that each generation keeps repeating old is gold. But personally I do like the old way of life and feel the modern way of life is too fast, restless and without a mind of its own. Today we are brought up in such a way that we are not prepared for any exigencies for example if there is say a oil pump strike for 3-4 days you'll see life coming to a complete standstill especially in the cities and then we will be left in nowhere. But if you take the similar instance in the case of villages which still has to a great extend our old values, you'll see hardly a major change in way of life of people. Maybe through modernism we are creating our own self-destruction.

A nice post which made me go a little philosophical.

Sandhya said...

I remember my children collecting ball-bearings when they were small. I think it is there somewhere even now!

Tape recorder was with us until last year. Many cassettes are still there and don't know what to do with them.

Keep them. It will be interesting to see them after some 10-20 years later!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Old outdated but charming collections brings back old memories. I regret having disposed off my old LP player and gramophone records as well as cassette deck & VCR and a whole lot of video & audo cassettes !