I still remember, it was a day before the new year eve. I was sitting in Mr. Roy’s shop in a holiday mood. Mr.Roy was setting things to close the shop and go home to have the new year celebration. I knew Mr.Roy since one year.Earlier he used to close his shop at sharp 5 pm but those days he waited till 8 pm , may be he had some financial issues. I never asked him. The clock infront of me was about to struck 8.⏰ Suddenly a man stepped into the shop?. Mr.Roy was quite happy to see a customer.
They had a small conversation. Mr.Roy pointed him towards the left corner of the shop. The man started walking around and suddenly his eyes fell on me.
I was a bit scared the way he looked and moved towards me. He stared at me for a long time, may be he was thinking something. Then he turned towards Mr.Roy. Mr.Roy took me in his hands and started telling him where I came from, how he found me, how good I was, which community I belonged to etc etc. The man was quite impressed to know about my history. I also felt proud to hear such good things about me. The man told he was interested to take me to his home. Seriously ?!!!! I was taken aback? .
Mr.Roy placed me in a box and sealed it. I was in complete darkness. I didn’t even get a moment to say farewell to Mr.Roy. I knew I would never see him again. I was not able to say good bye to my friends too.
When I came out of my thoughts, I realised that someone was opening the box. It was a lady?. The man called her Lilly . Lilly took me in her hands and explored my whole body. And after examining me for a long time, she finally reacted, “I didn’ t like this” !!!. Ha ha ha?.. she didn’t like me?. To say that she took nearly half an hour I guess. Not really cool?.
So what next? They made me sit on a table in their living room. I watched their preparations for the new year. I was really bored with that lady’s stupid show offs, afterall she didn’t like me, right?. I felt asleep over there?.
When I opened my eyes?, I was again in a box. Where was I going??. After some time I heard noises of children and some music??.
Then I heard Lilly screaming ‘Happy New Year’ and I felt like I was handed over to another person. Once again the box was opened and it was again a lady looking at me?. I think Lilly gifted me to that lady, as she was saying thank you to Lilly.
Now this lady was pretty happy seeing me? and she took me into her kitchen. She placed me near a bowl and I heared Lilly shouting again,”come join us Ruby” and this lady went out.
Next day, it was new year eve and people at my new place were busy preparing for the party. I too was busy making new friends in Ruby’s kitchen. That time Ruby came to the kitchen. She took my bowl friend, mixed some sliced onions added some other ingredients to it. It was really fun to see her doing that. Meanwhile she poured some oil on my body, placed me on the induction cooktop and put the heat on.
OMG? !!!!!! . First time in my life I realised that I was a frying pan.
The heat went on increasing. The pain was unbearable for me. But unfortunately that was what I was made for?.
The very next day her son demanded for potato fries and I was again heated. At night Ruby tried a new recipe and I was heated once again. Slowly I started getting used to it. I kept heating, weeping, sometimes burning and totally exhausting for her family?.
Today it is again a New year eve. I have been sitting in Ruby’s kitchen for 3 years with my handle broken. But I can still see and hear things happening around me. I can hear guests in my house having fun. In the meanwhile, to my surprise Ruby brought in another frying pan, little bigger and ofcourse good looking prettier than me. She placed him near me. He proudly told me that he was gifted to Ruby by her friend. I wondered, why people gifted her frying pans!!?
Next morning and I was in a public waste pit. I don’t know when I was put there and where I will be going next. A truck came and stopped near the pit. A person got down and started putting the wastes into it. I was also thrown inside. From there I was able to see the shops around.
I suddenly realised that I was infront of Mr.Roy’s shop. I saw Mr.Roy opening his shop. I shouted ” Mr.Roy, Mr.Roy”. He looked around but didnot realise that it was me. He went inside the shop. The truck started moving. At a little distance I saw Lilly and that man who took me from the shop, walking by the road side. I again shouted “Lilly , Lilly”. She too looked around but didnot understand what was going on. But evenif she understood, why would she respond, she didn’t like me that day , right…?
I moved on wishing everyone a Happy New Year, though they all were busy in their own world .?
Hope I would come back one day in some other form?.