It was raining heavily. Pakhi was doing her homework. Her music teacher was away on a vacation, so she was tied up at home
Nani was stitching something. Her son had recently been transferred to Ooty.The wet, cold climate of Ooty didn’t suit her knees and so she was staying at Pakhi’s.
Pakhi finished her homework, surfed through the channels of the Television. Didn’t find anything interesting; so threw away the remote. Next she took a book to read, didn’t find it interesting either, so threw it off. Nani was watching all this in her usual unobtrusive way with her specs hanging over her nose. ‘What’s the matter, Pakhi‘- she asked.
‘I am bored, nani. This rain doesn’t allow me to play outside and there is nothing interesting on TV.’ she replied.
‘Nothing to read either?’, asked nani.
‘I have already read this book twice. Can’t go to the library to get a new one issued’, said she.
‘Hmm’, replied nani. Being an only child had its problems. Two kids can invent games and generally be busy with themselves, but how do you keep an only child busy?
‘Pakhi why don’t you learn embroidery?’ Nani had a brainwave.
‘Embroidery Nani? But that’s so down-market!’, Said Pakhi.
‘Down-market!! ‘,exclaimed nani.
‘Meaning its not the IN thing.’
‘IN thing’ said and exasperated Nani.
‘Who learns embroidery and all when you get readymade stuff Nani’
‘Hmm’ said Nani, ‘whats wrong in learning something new if it helps you be self reliant? Your Ankita didi has learnt stitching, knitting etc along with her studies’ , said Nani.
That got Pakhi interested. Ankita her cousin was her role model. She was doing her MBBS and was an all-rounder.
‘And all these designers-JJVAlaya, Sabyasachi Mukherjee who use such beautiful embroidery in their creations must have learnt a little bit of embroidery themselves, isn’t it? And think about the dresses you can beautify with your own hands and the adulation you can receive from your friends.’ Now the adulation part got Pakhi really hooked.
‘But Nani this looks difficult, will I be able to do all this.’ Pakhi remarked on seeing the intricate design that Nani was making on the pillow cover.
‘Of course you can. Lets start with some simple stitiches and see how you fair’, Nani said and picked up another piece of cloth.
Mummy came in an hour later to a silent home and busy hands.