I thought I was the one who loved birds. Yes, even pigeons. I find them incredibly beautiful and take it rather personally when people refer to them as the aerial equivalent of rats!!! Anyway, be that as it may, it appears that the pigeons have also taken a tremendous liking for me, or so it would appear given the fact that they keep trying to roost on top of my AC unit in the balcony despite telling them so often that it is not the best idea. They are welcome to play about my balcony floor or to drink water, but that is where I draw the line. But you know that story of the camel who came asking for some space in the Bedouin's hut to spend the night??? Well, in my case, it is the pigeons. Two days ago, found a pair trying to make themselves on top of the Godrej cupboard in one of the rooms. Told them no go, but they had to go and so they went. A few minutes later, I saw one of them peering into my room from the window sill. It was no quick dekko, but a proper assessment of the suitability of the room for the future generation to make its entry into this world. Soon enough the other one came, took one look ..... uh oh. Not suitable enough and so the pair flew off. Today I went back to the room with the Godrej and was taken aback to see the pigeon on the floor. It was almost sunset. I tried to shoo it away and it kept hopping around. It looked injured and did not seem to be able to fly. I was at my wit's end. What was I to do? It seemed quite scared, went under the Godrej, behind the Godrej, made me move around furniture and I had to finally prod it out with a broomstick. Eventually I got a cloth, put it on the bird, picked it up and took it to the balcony ledge in the hope it would fly off in a while. It didn't. I offered it water. It did not drink it. Was worried about any passing cat getting at it. A call to the security might help. The security promised to come in a couple of minutes. His couple of minutes have turned to a couple of hours and he is still coming. In the meanwhile, believing his promise, I had moved the bird to the outer balcony near the pots. There it sat quite happily. Just then a person came along to deliver some stuff I had ordered. He was very curious about the pigeon, wondering if it was 'my' pigeon. When I told him it was a free pigeon, he asked if he could take it. He tried to take it and what happened next??? THE PIGEON AFTER ALL THIS DRAMA JUST FLEW AWAY!!! It probably thought my already back breaking day had not achieved its goal quite completely and what was remaining was upto it to fulfil!!! Pigeons! Pretty Jezebels! It's high time they knew I drew the line at letting them share house and hearth with me.