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Of Chris Nolan and Kulasekara AzhwAr

I was watching Inception yesterday.

Easily the most affecting love-story I have watched in a while, is that of Mal-Cobb.
A love, whose intensity excludes the whole world, which is fraught with fickle uncertainties. A love that instead builds an infinite and eternal universe, so as to do justice to the demands of togetherness.

The defining moment in the film pits the wholesome, but elusive, 'reality' of one's lover against a one's perception ('projection' to use the film's vocabulary) of the lover.

Note: a projection is NOT a comfortable assemblage of attributes from a wishlist (right mix of traditional and modern, clean habits). It is a much more complex and earnest representation of all that one has taken the other person to be. Indeed, it  is borne out of the depths of one's understanding of the other person. So, if a 'projection' is everything one understands the other to be, then why would it be lesser than what 'is'? Does…