Synchronous Epiphany, by Sankar Chatterjee

It was an old black and white photo from the summer of the early ’80s with a now-defunct German Agfa mini-camera. After enjoying a morning of sun and surf, two college-bound cousins were having lunch at a seaside café, sitting side by side. Somebody must have cracked up a joke. So they stopped eating, burst into hysterical simultaneous laughter and that fleeting moment was captured in a split-second.

Three decades later, looking at that piece of memory, the cousins remembered that fun summer. But what was the joke? Both of them had the synchronous epiphany: “Memory, you are an equal-opportunity tormentor!”

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