Unlike people who collect souvenirs from the places that they visit, student Vineeta Rana hoards ticket stubs
Most of us, when we travel, take pictures obsessively. After all, photographs are a great way to keep memories alive.
Not Vineeta Rana though. The 19-year-old collects travel memories in a most innovative way – by hanging on to the stubs of every admission ticket she’s ever used. Movies, museums, concerts, even Disneyland, Rana has saved her admission tickets to all of them.
“I’m a sucker for souvenirs, and tickets (or ticket stubs) are my favourite kind of memorabilia,” says Rana. “Not only do they have the date of my visit and the name of the place I went to, they are more permanent than memories and photographs one never looks through again.”
Rana’s father works with the ministry of external affairs. As he was posted to different countries every few years, Rana never had a sense of permanence in her life. Books, pets, family, friends… she had to constantly leave everything behind to move on.
Not a piece of paper
Two years ago, when they were in Vienna, Rana’s mother suggested she start collecting ticket stubs, so that she had something tangible and permanent in her life. Once she accepted the idea, Rana decided to store her ticket stubs innovatively. Though most are kept in a box, many are neatly pasted on the walls of her bedroom. These include a VVIP ticket to a David Guetta concert (in Vienna), a plane ticket (from Vienna to Paris), and a museum entrance ticket (Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence) among other memorabilia and letters from friends.
“Going through my pile of tickets or looking at this wall always makes me weirdly nostalgic,” says Rana. “I have a pretty good memory and remember in detail almost all the places that I have been to.”
Journey of life
Some of those memories include the looks on the faces of ticket collectors when she asks for her tickets back. A big fan of the writer John Green, Rana still regrets the loss of her ticket for the movie The Fault in Our Stars, which her friends left behind in the auditorium.
Rana’s collection consists of many tickets for all sorts of things, and the most precious is the one for Disneyland, Paris (April 2013). She now wants to visit and collect the tickets for the Harry Potter Studio Tour (London) and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Orlando) as she is a big Harry Potter fan.
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From HT Brunch, February 22
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