Monkey businessThis post is not intended to hurt the sentiments of pious Hindus who revere monkeys and more to say a monkey-God too. So we all know that monkeys and bear were warriors in the army of Ram in Treta Yuga, and after the conquest of Ravana, the monkeys were unemployed (not in the sense of today’s scenario) and were promised by Ram to have a permanent abode in Vrindavan in Dwapar Yuga… don’t ask me to give proof… and this piece is just a little attempt to remind that we are not alone in this planet. The two Yugas have finished now and because of blessings of Lord Rama, these monkeys are present everywhere in Vrindavan; in Ghats, temples, markets, residential areas, and they have learned to live with Home sapiens sapiens as the great Darwin hinted some ancestral linkage to these two primates. They are fed with large dose of bananas specially on Tuesday and Saturday and if you don’t entertain them with bananas then they will jokingly steal your belongings, your spectacle, mobile, camera, pen, hand bag and to irritate you more they try to bite few chews on these inedible things just to show that they are monkeys and not humans to eat only edible things.
Meet my friend Gautam who was tapped gently on his shoulder by a monkey and when he moved back to greet the gentleman, he saw not a man at all but a shrewd monkey who snatched his spectacle over his nose (you must have heard of the saying under his nose).
But the monkey was not in good mood, he giggled and dug his teeth in the lens and tried to chew it like bubble-gum and spat the lens when the taste was not amusing. On the advice of one merchant, my friend bartered to monkey with a new packet of biscuit, and lo… the cajoled monkey happily returned him one and a half lens and minus one rim. The story not ends here, the monkey was puzzled by the aftertaste of lens and biscuits and he was very much annoyed by the uselessness of spectacles for his clan, and in a fit of rage he slapped one pilgrim on his left cheek and ran away hurriedly so as not to be seen again for that day. And to end this post I want to quote a monkey… sorry a man of genius – the surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him (as said by Robert Benchley).
© Sushil Kumar
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