Saturday, February 5, 2011

Short Take - GULF TODAY - Dt. 05.02.2011 - Sweet life lessons

Short Take - GULF TODAY - Dt. 05.02.2011 - Sweet life lessons

Thursday being the week-end here, normally turns out to be hectic. However, there is one task which finds time slot somehow and that is writing a few words or thoughts for Short Take.

I am sure it has become a routine come Saturday for many readers, and contributors like me too.

It has also become a routine to run through the names of regular writers and not seeing some of them for a week or two create curious thoughts about their absence. It is similar to that of going for regular walks and meeting and missing some faces occasionally.

Recently, I was thinking of this fact more seriously, why not people who get a chance to mingle well do not get along. I have a parrot at home, which has been with us for about seven years. It came to us at a small age and by now, somehow, has picked up the art of repeating whatever we prompt it to. Once we identified its interest, we encouraged it and by now, it whistles whatever way we do and calls out in the same tune.

It is an interesting and integral part of our home and specially for friends and visitors.

However, we do have a regular visitor who always ignored its effort to get his attention whenever he passed by. I was hoping one day he too became a fan and friend of our pet.

It was waiting to happen and it happened. A few days ago, he came to our house, knocked at the door and also rang the bell. We were in the balcony and did not hear him.

Our parrot, Mittu, has special ways and means to alert us and hearing the bell and not seeing us, it started to whistle in the tone which sounds like “who is it!” It is special and by the tone we know it is someone who is not in his favorite or known friend list.

Not seeing anyone answering and hearing our parrot’s meaningful sound, he changed his mind and started whistling repeatedly as if answering his question. It too repeated in its own style.

We understood by then that there’s someone at the door and came rushing to see the “I don’t care for you” guest becoming a good friend of our parrot. Inside home, we found him taking a special interest in him.

Leaving our home that day, he said, how come I ignored such a wonderful living being all this time. In a way, through his words and interactions with our pet that day, I realised we have serious misconceptions about what we see around resulting in antagonising actions towards them.

A smile, hello or any respectful gesture can do wonders. After all, we live in this world only once. Why not live harmoniously each day?

Ramesh Menon

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