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Parents versus Pigeons

July 4, 2024 | By

Enjoy Episode 3 of Santosh Bakaya’s ever popular Morning Meanderings Season 4 – your favourite morning read with your morning coffee! ☕ Heartwarming episodes that will make your Thursday mornings extra special! ☀️📆 🎉

Morning Meandering episode 3

In the verdant park, a four-year-old child was squealing in delight as his eyes fell on a handful of fluttering purple.

“Which bird is that?” asked the budding bird-watcher.

“That is the purple sunbird. The males are bright coloured, and the females are pale,” his father said. He watched the frisky movements of the sunbird, absolutely bewitched.

Then his eyes fell on three pigeons going round and round on the ground while a huge, black dog watched them indifferently, lying supine on the ground.

Letting go of his father’s hand, the four-year-old ran towards the pigeons and started mimicking their movements — going round and round. Now, there were eight of them going round and round. The boy happily sat down on the curb and the pigeons flocked around him.

The horizontal dog became half-vertical and watched the child’s antics, intrigued. An overweight middle-aged man, out of shape, due to a sedentary life, face sheathed in frowns, walking languidly, stopped in his tracks and watched the scene enchanted, even smiling a bit.

Morning Meanderings Season 4

Morning Meanderings Season 4 – the weekly column by Santosh Bakaya

A crow watching all this from a nearby tree, perhaps jealous of this delightful scene, swooped down on the group of go-rounders, and the eight pigeons, to the utter disappointment of the boy, fluttered away to a safer spot.

The languid dog suddenly became active and started barking at the crow. The middle-aged man looked a year older, his frowns came back, as the crow flew back and sat on a tree, in malevolent triumph, after throwing a wet blanket at the pleasant group.

The tiny boy, a threatening fist raised upwards, shrieked at the crow.

“Bad Boy! Bad Boy!” The boy’s response was merely a malicious caw.

The boy down below looked around, stamped his feet, and thumped his fist at the crow. Now, a parakeet hanging upside down from a tree caught his fancy, and he broke into staccato bursts of giggles.

“Beta, come back,” his father shouted. But the parent paled in significance before the parakeet; it continued to regale the boy with narcissistic aplomb, and the boy continued to be regaled to the bemusement of the parent.

I had also had my share of entertainment and romped home, sheathed in smiles.

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Dr Santosh Bakaya is the author of three mystery novels for young adults, and a book of essays titled Flights From My Terrace, which was recently published as an e-book on Smashwords. Her poetic biography of Mahatma Gandhi, Ballad Of Bapu has been published by Vitasta Publishers, Delhi, India in May 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews from everywhere. Although a Political theorist, with a doctorate in political theory, it is literature which has been her first love. She was awarded the Reuel international award for language and literature 2014 for her long poem Oh Hark!, which forms part of the Significant Anthology. Many of her poems have figured in the highly commended category in Destiny Poets, a UK based website and many are part of international anthologies. Right now, she is giving the final touches to her satirical novel, tentatively titled Sanakpur Shenanigans.
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