Saturday, April 21, 2018

S: Half and Half!


She smooths the bed sheet again, neatly re-tucking in the corners on all four sides. Taking a step back, she inspects her handiwork. Not completely satisfied with the way it looks, she walks over to one side of the bed and tucks the sheet in another three quarters of an inch. Standing by the side, she squints, pursing her lips, surveying the situation and trying to make up her mind. Ninety three minutes later, when she’s finally convinced that the geometrical shapes on the sheet are symmetrical to both ends of the bed, she locks up and leaves for work.

Symmetrophiles are persons who are pleased by or obsessed with maintaining symmetry in their life. It is usually used to indicate a more extreme attraction (or medically classifiable relationship) of a person to the condition. It is also closely related to an obsessive-compulsive-disorder, an OCD condition where the individuals feel driven to place items in a certain manner that provides symmetrical alignment.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

R: A walk down memory lane!


We force open the door. It cracks open four inches before being met with resistance. Even through the gap, the musty smell hits us hard.

“What the …” remarks Goyal.
Rows and columns of cardboard boxes greet us, stacked wall to wall, floor to ceiling. Eight hours later, we take turns listing our inventory.

“Thirteen boxes of newspaper. 1960 to 2018. Sequenced”
“Magazines. 1952 onwards.”
“Sixty two cassettes. Audio. Thirteen video cassettes. Home made.”
“Nine boxes of pictures. Eleven CDs. Again pictures.”
“Nineteen boxes of personal journals”.
“Our victim’s a retrophile? It’s going to be a long day,” I sigh.

Retrophilia is defined as a strong attraction to and preference for that which is from or characteristic of the past. Retrophiles have a strong liking for things of the past and tend to accumulate and hold on to tons of memorabilia for years together, often until they die.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Q: When knowledge is expensive!


“My name is Srikant, I am an addict.”
I hear reluctant murmurs of 'Hi Srikant' and 'Welcome Srikant' from the group.
“Srikant, I am glad you took the first step. Daily quota?” asks the facilitator.
“Fifteen hours, usually,” I respond sheepishly.
“How do you feel?” asks an elderly gentleman who I have trouble imagining as an addict.
“Um … It’s difficult. I ask myself, how can more knowledge hurt? It just felt so right. I ... crave that intimacy.” I say, feeling at home as people around me start nodding.
“That’s why they call us Quoraphiles, son. Welcome to Quora Anonymous.”

So, I totally made this one up! 😄😄 There are no documented philias that start with Q. And Quora undoubtedly, is becoming hugely addictive! It should come as no surprise then that questions like ‘How do you deal with Quora addiction?’ and ‘How bad is your Quora addiction?’ have 100+ answers on – surprise, surprise – Quora itself! 😉

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

P: A Raging Fire Within!


2002
I watch him focus on the tiny blip, concentrating hard on getting it right. He adjusts the magnifying glass carefully. Ten seconds later, I see the first wisps of smoke rise up from the paper.

2010
The helpless cat lets out a whimper but it is bound tightly. He sprinkles a generous dose of lighter fluid and strikes the match. Breathing in the smell of burning flesh, he lets out a satiated sigh.

2018
I watch him on TV, being handcuffed for arson. I see the look of pleasure on his face and I feel sick to my stomach.

Pyrophilia is a relatively uncommon paraphilia in which a subject derives gratification from fire and fire-starting activity. Pyrophilia has been diagnosed in very few instances, and is not fully accepted by the general psychological community.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

O: A Slimy Affair!


“Quick! Hide the ring in there. And run,” I whisper, as we work on pranking Gaurav. I keep watch as she locates Gaurav’s bag. And then I gasp. Was it my imagination or did I sense movement in his bag?

“Mm … Prachi, it moved.”
“What moved?”
“The bag ... something in there.”
“Shut up. Don’t psyche me out.”

I watch as she zips it open. I try to warn her but I cannot find my voice. My heart stops beating. And then I hear her blood curdling scream as more than four snakes slither out of Gaurav’s gym bag.

Ophidiophilia refers to the irregular adoration or amazement for or with snakes; it’s a subset of zoophilia – attraction to animals in general. Greek culture has historic records of several ophidiophiles from centuries ago.

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