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Rohit often recalled his innocent and colourful childhood spent within the peaceful confines of Bamrauli Air Force station where his father served as a Squadron Leader. Flipping records, he felt for his favorite singer with an 'Emptiness deep inside' created by an erratic college that 'convened' for short periods, before another strike closed it sine die. And he could feel the arrival of Santa perched atop the fire truck tolling a large silver bell in his red and white dress. Or those evenings with friends, the slow hiss of dark bubbly cola, giving a near drunk feeling before shaking his head vigorously. He had the tingling sensation of soaking in warm rain on the green lawns of Manauri Air Force station Mess, running in wonder. And his favorite pastime, chasing butterflies among colorful and varied flowers on terraced flower beds. It was exciting to see such odd shaped creatures move and breath. He learnt the art of catching butterflies from his versatile friends quite often ending in a feeling of compassion for these delightful creatures. It hurt, to see those poor creatures suffer the whims of foolhardy humans.
Those tails of myriad butterflies sticking out
with hands and limbs thrashing out in pain made him wonder why he did it.
There was a joy in watching those wings of beauty closely on those
warm evenings with hands on his chin. There were these giant black
ones with pink and white spots on their thin wings or yellow streaked
with black, oblivious to their surroundings.
It was a lesson in letting it be and it made him sad to see a dead
butterfly as shriveled up and motionless.
He recalled his family's efforts to tame a stray dog, Rover, ending in
its insanity and sickness, wanting to be left alone. Rover did find
his way back to his home on the streets, making up for lost ground in
Or his dear little velvety, caterpillar squashed to a pulp rather
early before being confined in an experimental shoe box with a pin
hole view of the outside world.
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