The Woody Allen film \u2013 Midnight in Paris; The Salons described by Somerset Maugham; The gatherings described by Tolstoy \u2013 all show us a glimpse of informal gatherings of people with passion discussing their common or differing worlds with concentrated attention and interest. People enlightening themselves with insights and facts \u2013 losing a track of time and losing themselves to the subject \u2013 the art, the literature or whatever the subject might be.\nYears ago I decided that when I settle down \u2013 my life shall be filled with evenings such as these.\nBut life has shown that there is no such possibility \u2013 as the people with such genius are never all in\u00a0 the same space-time for such a stimulating event to be engineered.\nAnd so it remained a wistful dream. Lived to a small extent through internet forums and such.\nBut such events CAN happen!\nUn-engineered. Unexpectedly! Impromptu!\nLeaving infected and rejuvenated with the passion of the others. Leaving one exuberant through the joint appreciation of art, of the meaning within, of the camaraderie of exploration and most of all of the discovery of one\u2019s insight through the genius of the other! An evening such as this is a magical and re-instills the faith in the journey of intellectual pursuits that is otherwise an individual maverick road and therefore always a lonely one.\nJust as the characters\u00a0 \u2013 in all the eras of \u2018Midnight in Paris\u2019 \u2013 even as they lived the most amazing times in their own days \u2013 thought, I too thought that such charming times were all sealed away in history \u2013 well out of reach.\nAnd just like the Woody Allen\u2019s characters, I was wrong.\nAm so grateful that serendipity arranged for me, my personal experience of the vision of Allen & Maugham & Tolstoy!\njm\nNov 2014\nThe post Midnight in Paris or Evening in London appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.