Gopal was born and brought up in a town in the tropics. With an innate love for natural beauties he grew up enjoying the lush vegetation around him with flowers of myriad colors making their appearance in different seasons. However, the changes in the season in his coastal town were not very pronounced. Either there was bright sun, some times too hot or it became murky with clouds obscuring the sun and causing it to rain. Bu t the rains were refreshing and life-giving, as they made his garden, which he began to cultivate when he came of age, in his little courtyard. A good student, after post graduation he got a job in a science department handling a frontier in science and technology. He was sent on deputation for on-the-job training in his assignment to an advanced country with a geographical region of moderate to cold climate.
His love of the beauties of the environment now found several new sights to enjoy. The differences among the seasons were much more pronounced than he was used to in the tropics. The lengths of the days and nights varied over the years much more than he was used to experiencing. The summer had long days with plenty of sun, but the temperature was much more agreeable than in the tropical summers. The grass was green and so were the trees. Flowers were also plentiful. It rained occasionally, but not with dark skies with heavy downpours sometimes lasting days with varying intensity to which he was accustomed in his native place. Slowly the length of the days began to shrink. The weather sometimes became really cool. The bright green of the trees began to change slowly.
As the days went by, Gopal was fascinated by the variety of colors coming over the natural environment. The leaves of some trees became yellow, some pink, some bright red, some brown, some purple and some a shade that he could not really describe. Instead of the multi colored gems in a bright green backdrop that he used to enjoy in his tropical home country he was now seeing a vast collection of gems of diverse hues against the blue sky. It was autumn or fall in the country where he was undergoing his training in science and technology.
Then one day he was walking along the road enjoying the colorful beauty of the fall on a particularly cold evening. On the way he came across a boy with whom he had been striking a friendship. This boy of the country where was a visitor had curiosities about the nature and people of the country from which Gopal had come.
That evening the boy seemed to be affected by the unusually cold weather. He told his grownup friend from a foreign country, that he wished he were in his friend’s country where it was always warm and green. Gopal told his young friend, that he wished him a foreign assignment to a country with this kind of climate in his adult years. He then told him that he for one was fully enjoying the weather and the breathtaking beauty of the colors in nature in the boy’s native country. It was another set of gems compared to what Gopal had been used to seeing in his boyhood days.
“Nature is friendly and beautiful wherever you are”, said Gopal. “You have to respect and enjoy this nature. It is always perfect. Only our perception of it sometimes becomes too imperfect. If it is one set of gems in one place; it is another set of gems in another.”
Source: Own personal experience.