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"Grandmaster of Memory" provides the clue One can remember things when they're humorous, associated with something we already know and in the form of visuals

TIRUCHI: With the day-to-day stress and hassles, remembering things has become increasingly difficult for many. But, mastering memory is not an art but a technique, said P. John Louis, the "Grandmaster of Memory," at the Aura Forum for Women on Tuesday.

Speaking on "Enhanced memory techniques for better life," Mr. Louis said, "one can remember things when they're humorous, associated with something we already know and in the form of visuals. His informative flash presentation on memory skills illustrated the various methods of remembering commonly misplaced objects such as keys, wallets, pens and mobiles.

Mr. Louis sketched a method to link every object in a sequential way.

To remember an object or a place, associating it ridiculously with known objects is the bottom line of memory, said Mr. Louis, the first Indian to participate in various international memory competitions.

30-object exercise

He depicted this concept with a series of exercises at a stretch and tested the audience individually.

Over 30 objects were flashed on the screen and the audience were given 10 minutes to link all the objects with a common thread. The results were amazing. All the participants were able to recall the objects in that seriatim and could identify the sequence befittingly.

"Memory loss is common to all, more so for people aged above 40 years. His ways and tools to remember things were interesting and informative," said the core-member of the Forum, Mrs. Mythili Ramanan.

Apart from memory concept, the Forum, formed in October 2005, has so far organised seven seminars on different topics focussing social issues such as consumer rights, importance of humour and music therapy.

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