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Technology makes possible the ?re-appearance? of Frank Sinatra on stage next year, seven years after his death, writes Annie DattaFrom the Varisty.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2005 18:56 IST

“Time present and time past/ Are both perhaps present in time future...” This is how the last century’s leading poet T S Eliot saw man’s existence within the spatio-temporal. Ten years after that famous tell-all interview, Diana Princess of Wales ‘returns’ as the interview itself is screened giving millions of viewers a replay of what had once kept them glued to their TV sets.

Technology, according to another news item, makes possible the ‘re-appearance’ of Frank Sinatra on stage next year, seven years after his death. A unique combination of video clips of Frank and a live band is to make the magical fusion of illusion and reality.

Last year the theme of creations in chocolate was the monuments of the world among which one still recalls an impressive replica of the Kremlin. The space allocated to such display is the one that is most sought after by visitors and not surprisingly this locale is seen moving towards perfection with every passing year. Another noteworthy feature of this fair is the training imparted to students and chocolate lovers. One can learn to confect chocolates making the event even more interesting and interactive.

Should we say that the curiosity around the key exhibit at the international chocolate fair reflects upon our own persistent die-hard desires? “Chocolate children! That’s what we are.” And this composite comment came once from an Indian professor of philosophy who migrated to the West many years ago and remained regrettably wedged between the material comfort of the present and the haunting sense of emptiness from the past.

First Published: Nov 19, 2005 00:00 IST