Hello friends, I’m gonna tell you about some flying guests I receive in the balcony of my first floor apartment. Guests! That too flying!! You may be wondering in this time of caution, how come guests are paying a visit? To cut the matter short I must reveal that those guest precisely consist of different kinds of birds like pigeons, mynahs, sparrows, grey doves and ofcourse crows. I like to treat them with boiled rice, chapati crumbs, biscuit and sometimes sweets and other delicacies. In the past one and half years of isolating and suffocating environment, their visitation is just like a breath of fresh air. Their boisterous chirping are the antidote to the tiresome monotony of our restriction filled lives.
Fortunately for us there is a large banyan tree in the society complex, just beside our apartment adorned with a beautiful ‘Shivalinga’ right beneath it. The vast expanse of greenary is as soothing to the eye, as to the soul, having a glimpse the holy Shivalinga( My family is ardent divotee of Lord Shiva).The huge tree also acts as the happy and safe abode to different kind of birds. Throughout the day, till the sun sets in, the tree provide the perfect assembly for the birds, where they appear to be discussing the matters concerning to them, through their tweeter, just like the mankind uses the social media app of the same name!
Whenever any member of my family come out in the balcony all the birds come to attention mode, looking for the prospect of food. If by any chance, food is not served to them in its alloted time, they sit on the open railing of the balcony and call in their own way, reminding us of the miss in the schedule. One surprising thing I noticed that they have an affinity towards fresh and fried food. If leftover food, out of the fridge is provided to them, it will take longer to be cleaned out. There is also an hierarchical queue i.e. the bigger birds like crows and pigeons will have their fill first then came the number of mynahs and doves. The tiny sparrows like to hop around blithely, pecking at the crumbs left scatterred by the bigger ones.
One day I was somewhat scared by the vision of a vanishing living thing which rapidly crept out of sight by my appearance. I tried to guess about its identity but couldn’t be sure and was quite apprensive too, what exactly it might have been!! Then the suspense was solved by my son who stealthily took a snap of the unknown guest. It was found to be a cute little squirrel who had discovered the availability of food out there!
Friends, it’s really fulfilling for our parched hearts to see so many birds and a squirrel too, going about happily with their lives without any stress or anxiety, which, by most of us humans been given shelter unscrupulously,. If we learn to banish those unhealthy emotions from our minds and make it baggage free, then we can also enjoy the life as they do, burdenfree. Can’t we atleast give it a fair try?
What’s your take about it? Do let me know in the comment section.