So the Science Fiction aficionado goes ahead and wins a student writing contest. She is also invited to attend the conference of all similarly inclined souls and read out her winning entry.
When I gape at the wonder of it all, my daughter laughs. Her heroine is called Sofia and she has a cat called Davetta. Sofia reads Werner Heisenberg’s Physics and Philosophy in the dead of night. And she hates authoritarian figures. By the way, her cat is bionic.
Her sister gifts her a cute pink baby elephant- yeah, a stuffed toy. The elder one takes it by the tail and twirls it around with amusement.
‘Why is it pink, eh? It creeps me out,’ she opines.
‘It is adorable and small and pink. You better treat it respectfully,’the little girl is firm.
‘It looks rather ominous,’ laughs the elder one.
‘What is ominous?’
‘Meaning of ominous?’
‘Er, not very auspicious, let us say.’
The younger one casts a baleful glance at me. I am all for getting the elephant back from such an irreverent new owner.
But finally, the sisters strike a compromise. They christen the elephant Sofia.
As I wonder on its fate, the elder one says consolingly, ‘Amma, it means wisdom. I will make it befriend Electra, the startled cat toy. Besides, we will make them unofficial mascots of our Physics lounge.’
With all the wise ones around, I ask one question. What are interstitial spaces?
Sofia’s leap of victory had been in the sci-fiction writing contest with that peculiar theme. Her story title was ‘Knowledge beyond Logic’. Heisenberg was an adored Ancient in its weave.
Does a pink elephant befriend a cat? Would such friendship occur in interstitial spaces? As my mind puzzles over the uncertainty of it all, I remember Heisenberg in a most happy, weird way.
‘Revere those things beyond science which really matter and about which it is so difficult to speak.’
Sofia or Electra, pink or black, young or old, elephant or cat, Physics or Spirituality, we are bound by infinite reams of love and laughter. And my story, if I ever were to write on interstitial spaces would be on that. And two laughing sisters.
The Gods at the bottom of my glass always have their faces.