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Doordarshan completed 57 years of existence today. The internet is filled with posts about nostalgia and reminiscence. We think of Fauji as we saw it on Doordarshan, Shahrukh Khan’s younger years. Also, we think of the neutral accent news reading, and of the weekly movie that would air on it. We think of Mowgli, Shaktiman and other childhood buddies. And when we think of all this, a pleasant state of memories takes up on us. So, what can we learn about the psychological value of nostalgia from our pleasant recollections of Doordarshan?

Nostalgia in depth:

Nostalgia is a pleasant recollection of the past and it helps to put us in a happy state of mind. It can help us find strength and hope when we are feeling lost. Nostalgia triggers a lot of memory networks together so that recollecting one memory often leads to another. Nostalgia is used in a lot of therapies, especially grief therapy – to help the person realize that no matter how much the present changes and people come and go, we will always have the treasure of memory. We enter a sense of observation where we observe the whole scene as a third party, and this help us maintain a sense of constancy. That yes, I was there then, and I am here now, and I have come a long way.


However, sometimes nostalgia can make us feel bad for our present situation. We may tend to have a “golden” view of the past and forget our problems of those times. This can make us feel gloomy and stuck in our present situation.


How to use nostalgia for the better (even with Doordarshan!) ?

We can change how we use nostalgia by linking it to the present in constructive ways. For example, instead of thinking that “those were the days” – we can ask ourselves, I have come so far and grown a lot, i wonder what more can I add to my learning? This helps us feel good about the past without necessarily feeling bad about the present. Another way to check ourselves is to have a realistic orientation to the past as well. For example, even if the era of Doordarshan was simpler, we had problems then too. We had no mobile phones and internet and information would be highly restricted because of that. So, using these tips, we can use nostalgia constructively, to set a growth agenda for ourselves.

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