To Be Angry Was Beautiful

One of the very popular hobbies of our childhood days was the rearing of Fighting Fish. We could not afford any aquarium, so the next best thing was a big bottle to keep these fishes – one only in each, otherwise they would kill each other from protracted fishy hormone rage.

It was a joy to see the very brilliant colors when they got agitated and became aggressive.  The Siamese types were especially beautiful. The bodies and fins gave off bluish and red iridescent glows; the tail fins were spectacular.

I would not risk letting my fishes be wounded or killed in a fight. So most of the time, my friends and I just placed our bottles next to each other, to get the residents provoked. Sometimes, we just placed a mirror next to the bottles, for exercise in beautiful anger…. was great fun.

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