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Light brown, not so dense, short hairs, wearing spectacles and behind it, I saw eyes which had sparkles. She smiled and introduced herself, “I am Svetlana”. She came for an interview for a vacant position in my team. She didn’t have very specific skill set which I was looking for, but I hired her as I found her simple and ready to learn. Next few weeks had gone in learning about Russian culture from her and enhancing her skill set. She always had interesting stories and facts to share about everything. She was 32 at that time, in India, this is an age a girl is supposed to be married and settled hence one day I asked her, who all are there in her family. Basically, I wanted to know whether she is married or not. She shared that she stays with her parents and has a brother who is married, who lives with his wife and kid. From Indian perspective, there can’t be anything worse for parents than having your 32 year old daughter sitting at home. As soon as a girl turns 18, parents and all relatives start looking for a suitable match. I was surprised to see opposite there, no one bothered about this as it was very personal thing. I asked, if she has any boy friend, she said, never found someone good enough. Svetlana was full of life, she used to learn tap dancing and was so happy to share with me one day, that she ordered a new pair of shoes. She invited me for her next performance as well. During lunch hour I saw her making beautiful hairstyles to all girls in team, she did it for me also once. One day she asked me to join her for trampoline; I wondered what all she does. During summer she used to do roller skating, sometimes full day skating by the river. She is the one who motivated me to come to ice rink and taught me and my son ice skating. First day, I was really scared and I didn’t leave her hands, she kept showing me her moves, but I so afraid to fall and break my bones that I didn’t even look up. Gradually, I managed to make balance and do skating at my own, off course my son was doing good by then. One day she asked for two weeks annual leave to go to Bulgaria to do skiing. I again wondered how she knows to enjoy life to it’s fullest. During winters she informed me that she is travelling to Egypt with her friends to have some sunshine and do scuba diving at Red sea. I found her amusing all the time, she was so full of happiness and everyone who used to come in her contact, could never resist smiling. This is not a story and reason I want to share it with you all, as I want to spread the message among women that you don’t need a man to keep you happy. We always heard stories that a prince would come to take princess along and then they would stay happy forever. Don’t wait for your boy friend or husband or anyone else to take you to places you want, dare to travel alone. It doesn't matter what distance you have to travel, what matters is first step. Do things which make you happy. I am sure you will find your own moments to cherries for whole life.