Palimpsest

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  1. My only previous reading of that word was when I was studying Indian history, but this quote rom Nehru really stuck with me: <blockquote cite="The Discovery of India, 1946">She was like some ancient palimpsest on which layer upon layer of thought and reverie had been inscribed, and yet no succeeding layer had completely hidden or erased what had been written previously. All of these had existed in our conscious or subconscious selves, though we may not have been aware of them. And they have gone to build up the complex mysterious personality of India.</blockquote>

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