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In Remembrance Of New Year Cards Past

In his brilliant essay titled "Imaginary Homelands", Salman Rushdie quotes from the opening lines of one of L P Hartley's most memorable books, The Go-Between. "The past is a foreign country" goes the line, "they do things differently there." As you grow older these words ring true, every so often, especially in moments of nostalgia.I had one such moment a few days after this year began, when I received a "Season's Greetings" card from an old friend.