And how !
I sometimes believe I dream dreams for everyone else in this world. From the moment I close my eyes at night (laaate night these days, thanks to work pressures-the latest news that nocturnal human beings are prone to cancer needs to be communicated to boss, I am sure) until I wake up after the snooze gives up on me, having been hit a few dozen times on its head, I seem to be constantly dreaming, and such disturbing dreams too. It seems dreams are a core dump mechanism for orphan-thoughts that generate upstairs, and if that be the case, my brain must be a dump yard, really !
Of course, text books and folk lore tell me that I dream for maybe 5 minutes in my entire 7-hour zzz, but I find that hard to believe. Last night alone I dreamt the following very realistic dreams-
1.Some random grandpa and grandchild are in a forest, and there is a "nattuvakili" (giant scorpion) that hangs around, the child goes to catch it, I scream, run and lift the kid at the nick of time. Woke up perspiring to find myself hugging my daughter. I suspect I screamed when I woke up, but the dude and kid were too fast asleep to testify.
2. One random caucasian has a gun in his hand (and I call myself a Gandhiyan !). One mixed-caucasian/Indian child comes there, followed by a cuacasian mother and Indian dad, and gunman wants to shoot the caucasian woman for having betrayed his race. This nightmare caught me by surprise because there is NO way I could have even imagined such a scenario in wakefulness. Are we all wired up inside to be racists? How the hell did my brain cook up such a story?
3. As usual, I go unprepared for my Tamil exam. I get this dream almost every time I sleep, that on the rare occasion that I don't, I check my temperature. The phobia for exams has been buried deep in my mind after 24 years of all kinds of exams - school exams, college exams, graduate exams, GRE, AGRE, TOEFL, TSE, qualifiers. But what is strange is the occurance of Tamil exam in my dreams. I have never been worried about my Tamil, Math, yes, Languages, NO ! In fact, English and Tamil were my most favorite subjects in school.
4. I am naked in a crowd. This is another of those recurring dreams, and usually I go unprepared, and naked to my Tamil exam. And I don't notice that I am naked, until suddenly I become aware that everybody is staring at me. I wake up in panic and check for my clothes.
5. Waves. Tiny waves. Like the ones you see at Rameshwaram. And as innocuous as it may sound, it alarmed me. I got so scared, and was fully aware that it is a nightmare but wasn't able to snap out of it.
I know Sigmond Freud said a lot of unflattering things about dreams, and there are a lot of people out there, psychologists, psychatrists, and plain quacks who would "interpret" my dreams. They may reach a conclusion that I am ready to be certified and removed to isolation.
But we knew that already, didn't we?