Childhood memories are always so much refreshing. Sometimes I sit and ponder how beautiful my childhood days were. No tension and absolute fun. I am going to share one of my fun childhood experience cum hobby in this post.
I lived in the city of Hyderabad with all my relatives and fun neighbors around. We had a mini garden in front of our home which had lemon tree, curry leaves tree, mango tree and many assorted flower trees like Marigold, Jasmine, Rose etc. I was very fond of flowers including my friend Shalu. We used to walk in the garden and water the trees more than they required! This made my grandmother to always keep an eye on us. I think I was in 3rd standard at that time when I first time noticed so many lovely butterflies hovering on the flowers. I got excited and called up my friend Shalu.
We got mesmerized with the beautiful wings of butterfly and we tried to catch butterflies but they used to fly away. Later slowly we learnt the technique to hold a butterfly by using its two wings gently. We carefully observed their colors. That was a wonderful experience. We used to think how God has created these creatures beautifully and gave them the best colors of this world. It became our hobby to catch butterflies and show it to everyone in our family their colour and texture.
I remember how my grandmother was the only one who took interest in our hobby but advice us to be very gentle in holding them. Since the little creatures were so soft and delicate that we could have killed the nature's beauty by not holding them correctly. Inspite of being extra careful, once I tried to catch hold of a butterfly and accidently damaged one of its wings slightly. I started crying so much as if I got hurt and I showed it to my grandmother. She asked me not to panic and leave the little creature on the flower. I left it there but to my horror, a grasshopper or some kind of flying insect gobbled the butterfly in one shot and there went my little princess to abode!
This was one of the horrifying experience for me at that age and I vowed not to hurt any butterfly by silly habit of mine. Instead, I learnt one another technique from my sister. I learnt how to make colourful butterflies using Origami technique. Believe me I enjoyed doing that so much. Me and my friend Shalu, decorated our rooms with full of colorful butterflies and plants all over. There was a mini garden in our room now :).
Akash - By just listening this name Priya used to get some kind of strange vibes. Akash was her coworker. Priya was sort of attracted towards him for no reason. Akash had just joined the company and she was his mentor. Akash was very enthusiastic person. He always came to her with intriguing questions for which she felt little uncomfortable. They worked in the design verification team for a chip manufacturing company. Being a fresh graduate Akash had lot of fresh ideas and knowledge which he wanted to implement.
Priya noticed Akash for the first time in the team meeting where her manager had introduced him to the team. He was just a year younger to her but smarter than people in her team. Having a degree from IIT made him to out stand from other people at work. Priya couldn't draw her attention back from Akash at that moment. She noticed his hair, his forehead, his way of dressing. Every thing matched with Vinay, she thought. Slowly she started comparing Akash to Vinay in her mind which she couldn't even control. In some important meetings, she couldn't help herself notice how Akash looked as opposed to what he was suggesting. This was making her feel bad, but for some reason the moment she used to see him, she just got carried away!
Vinay, was the love of her life. She remembered how she loved him so much and what efforts she had put to convince her family to marry him. He was a smart, brilliant guy who wanted to grow ahead in his career. His career and principles were very important to him. But at the same time he loved Priya a lot. They made a small dream house in the city of Bangalore. They enjoyed the first year of marital bliss and now they were looking forward for many more. But Vinay got an opportunity to go to Switzerland to expand his team and he had become a team lead in no time. He didn't had much time for Priya and probably the loneliness had made Priya to get attracted towards Akash. Soon the mentoring period got over and Akash visited Priya's cubicle for fewer times. Priya was longing to see him and used to call him to her desk for silly questions.
One day Priya told to her friend, "I think I have a thing going for Akash!". "What??" Radha, Mitali told her in unison. "Well, I am figuring out why I feel like to see him everyday."
"What do you think about usually after seeing Akash?" asked Radha. "Hmm. Let me think. I think I usually think about Vinay and go online to check his facebook updates." she said. "So, that's clear Priya." "What, is this an infatuation you mean??" she asked. "No silly gal. How can it be? You are married to Vinay for god sake. I feel you are just meeting Akash because somehow he reminds you of Vinay." Mitali made an insight. It made Priya to really think about it. But she refused to believe that it wasn't an infatuation. That weekend when she spoke to Vinay she talked about Akash for half of their time. This made Vinay feel a little insecure but he knew what pains Priya took for their marriage. So, that made him to calm down.
But Priya on the other hand was confused. Whether its infatuation? whether its attraction? Or just because Vinay is not around she is trying to find 'her Vinay' in Akash which was silly.