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April 4, 2012

Oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the city, more importantly ignoring the feverish pitch at the office towards the year-end (our sales year starts in April and ends in March) rush to bring in the committed numbers, a pair of pigeons set up family. They built a nest atop the lighting panel in our restroom. Cozy little place. The female pigeon laid the eggs and sat on them to hatch. As we enter the restroom, we can see her watching us to see if we meant any trouble. It is pretty unnerving to relieve oneself watched by a female, even if she is just a pigeon. I googled about this and to my relief found that the male and the female birds take turns to brood, and that the male takes the morning shift. Thank God for small mercies. The eggs hatched in about 2 week’s time. There were 2 of them. The fledglings were very quiet. Possibly instructed by their parents not to disturb us, as we went about our daily grind. The proud parents would fly in all day through the window, with food for their children.

I went on an official tour and when I returned the family had flown away.

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  1. April 5, 2012 21:01

    Very you post 🙂 The nugget is there, and camouflaged so cleverly!
    But first… Am really glad to read another one, succinct though it be, still food for thought and to ruminate over. The bovine reader in me loves the fodder here 🙂 🙂 (Before you wonder, no I am not carnivorous in my appetite for reads 😛 )

    I was, just yesterday, showing a young little 5 year old, a colleague’s son, the baby pigeon just hatched a couple of days ago, to a steadfast pair of pigeons, whose umpteenth nestling this is. They brood above the big speaker pegged on the wall of the verandah, and are jealously guarded by me, and other teachers in our staff room, which is just a door away. Children of the classes nearby know better than to even stand and stare at them, or we do, at the kids 😀 :D! It truly is amazing, but over the past three years, at least, the same pair has been nesting there, even though the “chechis”, the attendants have tried to clear their nest away and have badgered them time and time again. So much so, that the management built them a spanking new bird house under a tree, close by. They do go there, poo and come back. What disdain!!!!

    Welcome back! Glad to be reading here, again! (do excuse the ramble above that went overboard :D)

    • April 7, 2012 18:56

      Thanks Usha for your kind words. I wish I had a teacher like you when I was young. So very encouraging, that I would have really made it big. But this is as good as time as any to start…. learning!

  2. April 10, 2012 11:29

    Loved Usha’s comment. Watching nests and birds is an absolutely wonderful experience. If the nest is built in one’s house, it generates a feeling of warmth and honour. I have seen many such nests in our house and freinds’ house. The shared accomodation almost makes you feel like kindreds sharing space and time and when the birds leave the nests, it creates a vaccum (for some days atleast).

    Glad to read a post, G.

    Hope you are not overworking yourself.

    Joy always,

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