Why 1983 is still vivid, and 2011 is already a blur

Santosh Desai in The Times of India:

“When it comes to the 1983 cricket World Cup, many Indians would believe that they have a ball-by-ball memory. It seems as if every wicket, every boundary, every gesture and every turn of phrase used by the commentators is etched in our memory. That was 28 years ago, and then when we try and cast our minds back a couple of months to the 2011 World Cup victory, curiously instead of memories what we have is some noisy static and a distant and somewhat wearied sense of pride that we need to dredge up.

“Of course, this has partly to do with the crowded cricket calendar and the fact that the seemingly interminable IPL occurred even before the champagne corks landed on the ground, but that can hardly be a full explanation…. The abundance of memory that surrounds the 1983 win points to the fact that events have a rich afterlife and that the idea of any event is constructed not only at the time it occurs, but is continuously added to and re-interpreted through the lens of moving time.

“In that sense the ‘1983 world cup victory’ did not occur only in that year for we have added layers to that edifice and have consumed it in different ways over the years. It lives on as a visual memory etched into our minds. It is enjoyed not only for the gloriousness of the final outcome, but is bathed in incandescent retrospective light,with every event leading to the eventual victory suffused with an almost sacred energy….

“The greatest pleasure of winning the World Cup in 1983 lay in chewing the memory cud for decades thereafter; now the pleasure lies on the Next Big Thing on television.”

Read the full column: Why 1983  is still vivid, 2011 is a blur