You might wonder the connection between a bat and a fan but I find there certainly is as both have their utility value and serve a purpose. The other day when I visited a friend, I noticed a cute little bat placed on the corner table along with other show pieces which included a dainty looking hand fan, the one you find in a Japanese woman’s hand. I immediately fell in love with these two curios and enquired from where she had picked them thinking they would get the pride of place in my show case.
They are not show pieces as you seem to think, the bat is to ward off mosquitoes and the fan is used when the power fails, she informed.
Though a little disappointed I chose to be practical and said I had all the more reason to purchase them as soon as possible because of the mosquito menace in my house and frequent power failures. After learning where they were available, I headed straight to the shop she mentioned.
The two items were prominently displayed right at the entrance of the store and though I found their price rather exorbitant, purchased them without a second thought.
Soon after coming home I assured my husband that I found a solution to both the problems we were facing and proudly displayed the bat and the two beautiful hand fans.
When it didn’t take long to be disillusioned as both miserably failed to serve any purpose, I rushed back to my friend to find out where I had gone wrong.
‘Since you were too much in a hurry to purchase them ,there was no time to explain how they should be used,’ she said.
How? I asked eagerly.
‘Whenever you spot a mosquito, you just have to run behind it, bat in hand and chase until you trap your victim which will eventually die’ she explained.
What about the fan? I used it just once and all the ‘blades’ have fallen off, I complained.
‘Probably you didn’t use it properly. The right way to use it is to hold the fan in your hand in front of your face and fan yourself by turning your head to the right and left,’ she said.
I realized displaying the curios in my show case was a better option than following my friend’s absurd advice!
n.meera raghavendra rao