Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Serious Thoughts

It had been a very long time since I saw the Nat Geo and Discovery channels. There was one point of time when I used to be really crazy about those.. Wildlife and conservation and the like.. At one point of time all I wanted to do was to live in the jungle like Mowgli. No laughing please. Then somewhere sometime, a lot of *well wishers* drained that idea from my head and here I am. MBA. Any way, no regrets. But I got to make many many friends who also had this 'wildlife-y' streak, and one of them is Ram (www.ramnathshekar.com ). Ram is one of my very good and famously famous friends. And he had worked with Nat Geo on King Cobras, and they made this documentary movie of which he gave me a copy and hence broke my sabbatical. Super. :) It is an excellent movie. Highly recomended, They air it very often on Nat Geo these days, and please do watch it!! (If you are not snake-scared that is). It touched on a lot of issues and one of them was the man-animal conflict. Man encroaches into animal territory, animal is homeless. Animal wants place to stay and food to eat. So it does what it has been doing since it had evolved. Hunt. Only that now, animal has no choice but hunt only available prey- domesticated animals. So man gets wild, and kills the animal, and one fine day, its extinct.There are some movies that get you thinking. This was one. Because, this is one issue that everyone can relate to. Especially everyone at the new SSN ladies hostel. (Strictly no laughing)
Our hostel had no inmates, except, ofcourse, us. And sudenly, on one blessed morning, this family of monkeys came to stay. And trust me; one of them was huge!The Macaca rhesus (right spell?); the ones you find in the temples. Bless them. We never had a problem with them..we kept to ourselves, and so did they. Until one fine day, when they toppled our big blue dustbin, scavenging for food. okay..forgiven. Next, they raided the bathroms. God knows for what joy. They messed up the entire bathroom, toppled those bins, and what not. Forgiven. No damage caused. But it reaced the climax when did the same thing when X* was in one of the loos. She screamed and yelled and cried and brought the roof down. Well who could blame her. She had this super mega size primate-o-phobia. Which has only increased with time. Poor thing. But this was a day before we left for vacations. I have no doubt the watch men would have tried relocating the monkey family by now. But the problem is that relocation almost always never works! They have tried it tim,e and again in Delhi, and in Chennai too, with dogs. But animals accustomed to one environment will will most certainly come back o the same. The only permissible solution is to do the birth control thing to them, so that the adults will not have any progeny, and the blood line will die out. Sadness.

4 comments:

Sowmi said...

Hehehe! thank god am a day scholar otherwise Ms. X brought down only the roof. I would've brought down the sky itself (Strictly No laughing pls)

Sandhya said...

HAHAHAH!!! Machaa... Awesome... I can still imagine X* screaming :P That was before the research exam right..!!
LOL!!

Malavikka said...

Damn hilarious Gitu! You are an excellent humour writer!God will Bless you for making others laugh in the process of thinking!:)

Malavikka said...

Humour , an attribute that is not very frequently practised by most of us. Is it a fact that men have lost something in life by being less stimulant to their humour cells? Inserting humour in everything is like applying jam to the salty bread. I know some pals of mine who possess that kind of trait in expressing things. Isn’t it a great thing to make someone smile and in the process bring some issues to light and make them think on it as well? Is this what they call icing on cake?;) Such kind of a writer is my best friend Gitanjali. In every post of hers “enjoyment guaranteed” and yet, the prospects she brings are sensible to the satisfaction of the readers. I have always tried to imitate people in the aspect of humour. Humorous people are of many kinds. One kind of people go with PJs, the other crack jokes to insanity, another, just burst spontaneously akin crackers and yet another, use humour as a tool for “Thinking with the miscellany of entertainment”. The latter part is just bagged away [like humour trophy;)] by this sweetheart. Love u girl :)