4th October 2014
So I am sitting in the Silent Study Room of Noble Library at ASU right now and I was just going through a website called DIY hacking, which provides detailed instructions on building various kinds of electronic devices for yourself. It was pretty cool and I was very excited. Right now, I want to start working on something from the website, let’s see.
But anyway, the point is, all this took me into a fantasy world, where my sweet dreams are the order and I am really really happy! I saw a flash of a childhood memory in that world, and to ensure that I had a written record of it, I came here 🙂 The memory goes thus:
I remember it was daytime in our Kabirchaura home. There was me, bhaiya(elder brother) and chhotu(a neighbour) playing with toy cars. I guess one of the cars was battery operated or maybe was of the kind which when you roll backwards while on the ground stores energy and when you release it, the wheels start turning in the opposite direction, because of the stored energy and drives the car forward. Whichever of these were there, somehow the one bhaiya was playing with broke, and then we all gathered to see what had happened, obviously clueless about how it worked.
So bhaiya is all calm and says in a cool voice, “Jab aisa kuchh tootata hai, to humein achchha lagta hai. (When something like this breaks down, I actually like it)”. I look at him, all confused and cursing in mind. ‘Saala, abhi humse toota hota to daant raha hota! (If it would have broken while I was playing with it, he would have been scolding me right now!)’ and then I look at chhotu, who is nodding at bhaiya’s words. My mind is totally blown and I think these have gone crazy.
And then like a learned saint, bhaiya goes on, “Phir uske andar dekhne ko milta hai ki ye chalta kaise hai! (Then I get to see inside the toy, and how it works)”. And then I understood what he was saying and I marvelled at the way he was thinking. By the way, I am pretty sure that while chhotu was nodding in agreement, he actually had no idea about where bhaiya was going with his first line, he just had to look cool in front of me.
So that’s the end of the memory flash I had. It just made me wonder about how curious we are as kids, and what happens as we grow up. Hopefully, this kid will not die soon! I want to write more about this, but I should really get back to my studies 😦