Déjà vu

Saturday, October 11, 2008 , 2 Comments

When you observe a person while sleeping, seeing a smile playing through, you wish to know what is really happening out there....

Whenever I see my husband smiling in his dream, I always want to jerk him awake and ask him what it is all about. But then control myself long enough and check the next morning, eager to know if he dreamt about me. His answer always used to be "I don't remember,which dream are you talking about now?" If only I know, why the hell I ask him. It's damn frustrating and helpless situation.

"Dreams ", the colorful kaleidoscope of life after sleep. Dreams do they come true? are they premonitions, precognition?

I have this love for fancy words which holds a mystic ring to it.
Déjà vu is one such word. It is an impression of having seen or experienced something before, though it happens for the first time.

We have all some experience of a feeling, that comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing having been said and done before, in a remote time – of our having been surrounded, dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects, and circumstances – of our knowing perfectly what will be said next, as if we suddenly remember it!"

- Charles Dickens

Recently when I was having Chapati for dinner, I asked my mom for more Dal and I knew what exactly her answer is going to be. As I predicted, she said she just had little quantity saved for Anirudh and if I can have Bhaji instead.

Déjà vu had never been on grand scale. Its always comes true only related to edible things and revolve round a pickle bottle or a jam jar.

But when it come to realities, I have the knack of foreseeing things. My friends literally have to gag me from saying things... of course I always foresee the worst that could happen to them.

I am sure this particular post might draw comments from people who were affected by this. Suresh often had trouble with me here, as he has to put up with me for more hours than anyone else. Once when we went out, I told him that Traffic sergeant is going to stop him for sure and he is going to end up paying fine. It happened and he stared hard at me and cursed. What did I do? He failed to wear helmet, hence he was fined and I hate when people do not respect traffic regulations. But, it's easy to blame me to cover up his mistake : (

What is the scientific explanation for Déjà vu?

It's caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. When events are occurring in the present, our brain processes the activity in a part of the brain called the amygdala. Dejavu occurs when present events are processed in a part of the brain typically used to recall past memories. The parahippocampal cortex, which is very closely connected to the hippocampus. Because the event is processed in the parahippocampal cortex, it has a past 'flavor' associated with it."

Ugh... Only Science can complicate things and make exciting words, fall flat like a soda with out effervescence to tickle our noses. After reading this definition on Déjà vu, I have lost interest in continuing this post.


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Ram Kasi said...

the narration was good and as u have rightly said, after reading the scientific reason behind it, the real thrill goes off.. it makes me to feel bad that there is some problem in ur brain that creates dejavu.. whew!

Viji said...

ha ha ha... exactly. But somehow I think those scientists has the problem in their brains and not us..

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