The child in me is fascinated by this colourWhat a coincidence!
Only day before yesterday, after returning from the office, I started cleaning my daughter's bookshelf. In the topmost desk, I found her old scrap book. Along with the scrap book, I found a colour box exactly similar to the colour box posted with the competition announcement thread. This is the coincidence I was mentioning at the beginning.
I took out the colour box and the scrap book and started turning the pages with amusement. The drawings were coloured with different colours from the box. Suddenly, I stopped! The fascinating colour again enchanted me.
Since my childhood, I have been fascinated by that dazzling colour. I remembered my mother's resplendent Murshidabadi silk saree using that particular colour as base. My daughter tried to draw a peacock in her scrapbook using that colour. I sat there for a long time looking at that colour. I was determined to use that colour again.
First, I thought of purchasing 'gulal' of that particular colour. But soon, I discarded that idea.
Yesterday (Saturday) morning, I chalked out my plan for expedition. My wife suspected something but didn't say anything. I waited till 11 a.m, had my breakfast and started my expedition.
I visited one after another market in South Delhi, checked one after another stationery shop in these markets. After many unsuccessful attempts, at last I found what I wanted. In a top-class stationery shop of Madam Vikaji Cama Place, I finally found what I desperately wanted. It was very costly, but I purchased it.
I purchased the turquoise blue coloured inkpot of the well-known and trusted Waterman company. Along with this very costly ink, I purchased a very beautiful fountain pen with three different types of nibs, another inkpot with umber brown ink and a notebook with covers containing images of Madhubani art.
I had to spend a huge amount far exceeding my initial budget. But, it's okay.
I am celebrating Holi well in advance in my own way, writing to my heart's content with my brand new fountain pen using my favourite Waterman turquoise blue ink and also umber brown ink.
My expedition has been successful. The child in me is very happy. I am immensely enjoying using my favourite colour.
My better-half says I am still a child!
(Competition entry for Colours contest).