Friday, April 17, 2009


The first time I forgot something was a long time ago. When I was five years old, to be specific. When I was sitting in a classroom, writing a Mathematics class test, to be even more specific. Mathematics, in those uncomplicated childish times, meant a simple progression from number 1 to number 100. No arduous additions, stupefying subtractions, maddening multiplications, devious divisions or other complicated calculations that continue to haunt us in later life.

But even then, as now, I was numerically challenged. The very shapes of the numbers challenged me, especially that of number 3. I was confused: were the pointy bits on the left and the rounded bits on the right, or vice versa? Frowning and chewing my pencil (most of my pencils looked like they had been attacked by woodpeckers), I tried to visualize the shape of 3. But like a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle, the shape of the mystic number eluded me.

Not willing to give up without a fight (Maths was, and continues to be, Academic Enemy No. 1), I came up with a solution. I had to write from 1 to 50, so I had to write the number 3 a total of 15 times ( I just checked it out twice, counting on my fingers). Each time, I meticulously alternated the sides of the pointy and the rounded parts, so that 33 ended up looking like an 8 broken down the middle.

Needless to say, my score in the test was unmemorable, and I have duly forgotten it.

Though I remember my first instance of forgetting in photographic detail, the subsequent instances and too many and too frequent to remember.



Anonymous said...

Yes, I do.
I left sweetbox inside the bathroom.

SGD said...

How sweet!!!!

Kavi said...

I dont remember when i first forgot. But i can tell you clearly when i last forgot things....

well...i just forgot, what i had in mind !


But you know, misplacing things and looking for them : keys, pens, books, files, tax papers..etc etc. They have kept me company forever.

Koel said...

beautiful post....brought up a smile while reading....its amazing that you remember so minute first similar memory was of a drawing exam in LKG. Inspite of my ma making me practise many times to draw big and clear apples and oranges, i panicked and forgot everything during the exam...with great difficulty I drew minute sized apple and orange, that too after rubbing too many times and making it very untidy.....That was one of my worst exmas ever :-)

seanag said...

You know, I really don't remember anything about forgetting! I'm guessing that childhood memories of forgetting would have a lot to do with emotions attached to them--embarrassing consequences, possibly. But it's a great topic.

Hope you don't mind, but I've mentioned your blog and this topic in particular on my own blog A Lapse of Memory. Our themes seem to have overlapped for once.

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Ankit said...


I have to ask that how come you remember so many details. Did you really have a plan at that time to write all that happened in your blog.

For 33 you could have atleast used the same 3 for both the 3's.

I tried my best to think about the first thing I forgot but no success. But there is a long list of thing I want to forget.

I will give you a Mithun Dada's standing salute from Dance India Dance for remembering everything in such a (I forgot the word I wanted to say)....I hope you get the idea ;)

Peter Rozovsky said...

I don't remember the first time I forgot something, but I do remember that I felt I'd descended from innocence the first time I neglected to return a school library book on time.

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Rajesh said...

Yeah, I do remember. Oh, what was it? I forgot.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Thank you, for the memories which you forgot, and the forgetting which you remembered.

arpita said...

Sucharita, i have to share this with you, my 4 1/2 yrs old daughter has this similar mysterious way of writing mirror images of 3. Not only 3 but very commonly 7 too. In a recent class work where she was supposed to colour a slice of water melon and (I guess) copy the date from the Board, she did a commendable job of the former and did an equally commendable (!!) mirror image of the date 22.04.09. Do you think I have an artist in the making ???


Mampi said...

i can imagine,
i dont remember so clearly about having forgotten anything so far back.
but yes, i remember that my daughter did some goof ups like yours and i couldnt stop laughing.

Santanu Sinha Chaudhuri said...

Another beautiful post, Sucharita. Thanks. And I remembered an occasion when I forgot something. Posted the incident on my blog today. I'll be happy if you see it. All the best.