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Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by knot2share, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. knot2share

    knot2share Gold IL'ite

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    But again, I really don’t know this time, if it is a bird trying to nest in there or is it a rat/mouse or a possum?? Oh sugar, what a dilemma. If it is a mouse then the noise should actually be moving all over. But that is not the case. It must be a bird that has managed to find the gap somehow to nest, as the ruffling noise has always been on one side of the wall so far. It’s quite disturbing to hear that in the mornings especially. Last time I did nothing about it, after that phone call I had made. I hoped for the “bird” to leave exactly the way it came in and I think it did as the noise stopped after a while. I wish and hope for the same this year too. I remember reading that all good/bad things will come to an end! Let’s hope this follows the laws of nature. But we need to do something about that gap through which the bird is managing to squeeze in. Gap, yeah we need to find that first.

    Unable to bear my helplessness in this instance and unable to see the morning sun being wasted, I put on my walking shoes and decided to venture out for some time. I felt like the lonesome IL or <st1:state><st1:place>ILL</st1:place></st1:state> as I stepped out, in search of, not sure what. Why was it happening to me/us all the time?? First it was a fish, then cats and now birds! Waking up to the noises of different birds chirping or the racket they make at dusk is just so soothing. Feels like being close to nature or maybe living near a bird sanctuary. This is probably what many would say. But hey, you need to see the other side too. Imagine the cat poos and bird droppings everywhere. I have to clean them you know. And what happens now? The bird decides to nest in MY HOUSE??

    Come to think of it, the only thing that we actually stomp and kill is the Silverfish. Spiders…well they are too eerie to look at and I generously spray Baygon or Mortein on them till I see them all wriggly and coiled up dead on the floor. Yuck! All the others are very carefully released back into the wild. The other day when we were watching a movie at night (Akira Kurosawa’s RAN – Oh it’s a brilliant movie. I think it’s the only colour movie of Kurosawa), we heard a cricket inside the room yelling full throated and trying to grab our attention. What a child like behaviour that was. We found him in a corner and enclosed it with a steel katori/bowl. Then once the movie was over, we carefully slid a paper under the bowl/insect and released it back into the bush. My in-laws were smiling at us. If it was in <st1:country-region><st1:place>India</st1:place></st1:country-region> the cricket would have probably seen its last Akira Kurosawa movie! Once we caught a mouse using the mouse trap and instead of the royal visarjan in hot water to kill it, we actually took the mouse in the trap to an empty land with no houses around and released it into the wild. Why kill something when it had not yet created much trouble other than leaving nasty little droppings everywhere, you dirty little rat bag! So I guess what I am trying to arrive at is that, because of our attempt in trying to keep the balance of nature, everybody finds us very “homely”.

    My walk continued and by the lakeside I saw a young girl sitting on a bench and smsing away swiftly on her mobile. I would love to learn to send messages fast like her. She had slender long fingers and it was moving so gracefully on the keypad of the mobile phone. You know these days everybody is obsessed with size 0 type of look. All these fashion models look so malnourished and bones sticking out. The craze has even spread to the mobile phone these days and they are becoming slimmer and thinner. But then what happens to people like me who adore curves? I can never get my fat fingers to sms properly and with these keypad sizes diminishing and mobile phones displaying an anorexic look every day, I find them totally useless. Technology!!

    The thought of Technology reminded me of a song that I had listened to recently. It’s sort of a song where a guy says something which is totally relevant to now. Here is what he says...a very approximate interpretation though as I could not catch the exact words.

    Yea, development has pushed us away from people
    You know, a lot of times people are rude because they need immediate access
    Immediate information…You know some things in life can not be immediate.
    Sometimes you just gotta wait and let things happen

    People are like increasingly rude. Like I say if I get in a cab and tell that I will get somewhere in 5 minutes, it’s like it takes only 3 minutes.
    Who gives a damn if it takes 5 mins or 3 mins…who cares?
    At the end of your life, nobody is going to put on your tombstone saying you got there in a cab in 7 minutes instead of 3 minutes..

    You know, it doesn’t matter. Technology has made us slaves to time.
    A lot of people who have technical jobs have become slaves to time.
    Time is the essence of life and it seems like basically they are losing it.
    Their life is just going away and they are not enjoying it.
    They are so engrossed in efficiency and productivity…its all sad.
    They all come here for something else like seeking their fame and fortune, top jobs and proving their names in their industry, so engrossed in their computer and…….

    You know the real important thing in your life is people and your family
    Many people don’t realise that until they are older…..


    Mmmmmmm so true isn’t it? I felt thirsty and had a sip of water from the tap and just then I heared “ruffle ruffle…scratch scratch”. I was back home from my walk!
     
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  2. Arunarc

    Arunarc Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear K2S
    Nice write up
    Did you find out what was there in the wall...
    So you wanted the bat to see listen to the movie along with you until you took it and left it outside the house......:thumbsup
    hahaha nice way to describe these mobile phones of today with 0 size young girls:biglaugh
    That song was really good this technology has really made us slaves and not only that it has got us addicted to it very badly. Especially in the younger generations everyday they see something new they want it.
    It was wonderful walking along with you:)
     
  3. iyerviji

    iyerviji Finest Post Winner

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    Dear Jayshree

    Oh I thought I was giving the first fb, but Aruna overtook me. . You know I am not so good in giving fbs, I can write on various topics but when coming to fbs I dont know what to write.

    Your post was very interesting to read. So like the friends here in IL , the birds, animals all love you and your house I think. Thats why they are coming to your house. You know we have a cat in our house who is now five and half years old, she was my favourite when she was born but now get irritated sometimes with her. In a year thrice she delivers 4 or 5 babies and till they become two months or three months we cant send them away. So I have to look after her and her kids cleaning the floor etc. Now we have one big cat, her two kids who are 1 year old and three kids born on March 14, 2010.

    I was also in the morning only thinking everywhere you see young girls talking on mobiles or listening to music not bothered about the public and the traffic.

    When you are walking in a hurry in a crowded place some people walk so slowly and we get irritated seeing them

    I liked the song very much and especially the below lines you mentioned are so true

    Dear Jayshree

    I wanted to give you first fb so I am here. You know I am not so good in giving fbs, I can write on various topics but when coming to fbs I dont know what to write.

    Your post was very interesting to read. So like the friends here in IL , the birds, animals all love you and your house I think. Thats why they are coming to your house. You know we have a cat in our house who is now five and half years old, she was my favourite when she was born but now get irritated sometimes with her. In a year thrice she delivers 4 or 5 babies and till they become two months or three months we cant send them away. So I have to look after her and her kids cleaning the floor etc. Now we have one big cat, her two kids who are 1 year old and three kids born on March 14, 2010.

    I was also in the morning only thinking everywhere you see young girls talking on mobiles or listening to music not bothered about the public and the traffic.


    Dear Jayshree

    I wanted to give you first fb so I am here. You know I am not so good in giving fbs, I can write on various topics but when coming to fbs I dont know what to write.


    <B>Your post was very interesting to read. So like the friends here in IL , the birds, animals all love you and your house I think. Thats wh
     
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  4. Kamalji

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    Dear Knot,

    do u know how eagerly i wait for yr blogs, as i am sure others are too.and this one is worth waiting for.

    First my assement.Super Duper.Now to the comment.

    it seems birds and animals are attracted to u, for u follow the Gandhi policy of ahimsa, u dont kill the cricket, or the rat, so they love to paly in yr house.Who knows they find u pretty and charming.I am sure both the cricket and the rat must have been males, for sure !!!:biglaugh

    You ,mean people used to boil a rat that they had caught in the olden days? i did not know that eh ! Same thing Harsha does, goes and releases the rat in front of that neighbour's house whom she does not like.HAHA

    Great smooth style of writing, feels u are talking to us face to face.That is the beauty of yr writing, no high flying words,just simple thoughts, flowing effortlessly.

    and these days i am getting envious of u, 50 FB's to yr blogs against 15 to 20 to mine eh ! :rotfl Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    all th ebst.

    Regards

    kamal
     
  5. Padmini

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    Dear Knot2,
    A brilliant write up !!!From the sound you have drawn the attention to the physical appearance and ended the post with a philosophical touch !!! Wow!!! As Viji and Kamalji mentioned the creatures are attracted by your kindness or by your appearance!!:)
    "A slim girl with tender fingers "You do have prejudice to this type of figure? I totally agree with you.

    Probably the most disgusting human beings on Earth, we take a look at the size 0 figure.
    No matter what people say, I will never agree with people thinking that Size 0 is sexy or appealing. I’m really serious, Size 0 girls are probably the most hideous thing I have ever seen. If kushboo stands before me and does the " sms" I will simply jump and admire her:)
    I strongly believe that
    excess of everything is harmful and the same is true for weight loss as well. So, I strongly advise you not to believe the media hype and never ever try to get a size zero figure. We should always aim at having a healthy body. Being too fat or thin is equally dangerous for our health and therefore, one should never try to gain or lose weight at the expensive of his health.Let us enjoy life as we are !
    Technology has robbed away our fine feelings. Man is running behind
    the career without having time to think about his family and people !
    Family versus career is one of the most common yet emotionally charged debates faced by parents (and prospective parents) today. Advocacy groups on both sides vocalize multiple arguments why one should choose family over career and vice versa. Yet, happiness cannot be achieved by favoring one value and ignoring another.The ability to prioritize our day to day events and tasks based on our values, yes, but also on what needs care the most at any given moment, allows us to achieve BALANCE.
    with love
    pad
     
  6. Sriniketan

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    K2S,
    Nice write-up.
    We also do the same. catch the insects and carefully throw them out.
    We even have the bulk CD case..which would look like a tower but transperant...for this sake and that too this summer, we also see different insects in our house.

    Mentioning about the slim figure and that of mobile..is enjoyable, yaar!

    The song about how technology is taking us apart...as you had mentioned, is absolutely apt in here..

    sriniketan
     
  7. radsahana

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    Dear K2S.

    After soooooooo long, we got chance to read your post. What a wonderful post. We got vivid picture of your cosy house, which now is becoming home to so many other birds, and animals:). Probably they all know, you are too kind, u sometime feed them, and encourage them, and wont ever do any harm to them.

    Hey here now it is "SPRING" slightly warmer, will get more warmer in May.

    Thinking of size 0, sleek mobiles, lovely long fingures dancing on them, ohhhh pls, i am getting complex:bowdown.

    I love walking, had i been there, we could have went for walking daily.

    keep writing
     
  8. knot2share

    knot2share Gold IL'ite

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    Aruna dear
    - Good to see you. No we have not found out yet what is behind the wall that is making the noise. Surprisingly enough we had not heard anything today. Now what does that mean? The bird is gone? The bird is dead?.......Allahmiya jaaney! Everytime I say something like this, the contrary happens the next day. So time will tell really. I don't plan on doing anything. The bird and us will live together harmoniously! Thank you for the company :).




    Viji ma - Ungal feedback oru murai read pannal, three times read panna mathiri...heheh! Sorry that was a joke. Accidentally your fb was posted three times here. But really, so good to see your fb whether it is first or second or ...... You have lots of patience really to look after the cats and her family members. Ennaley mudiyadu and they still keep coming. Enna panradu. Surely they love me. Engeyo sonna mathiri, previous janma bandham!

    Kamalji - You surely did well to boost my ego way up in the sky! I am floating for the time being. Thank you! But where did you get that piece of statistics from?? Waise bhi aap humarey saath compare kyon karenge? No No, this is certainly not ON. You are a class of your own and in/un/non comparable ( I am not sure which is the right usage ). Both cricket and rat are males !! hahaha I loved that bit. Atleast koi tho hain iss duniya mein who finds me pretty and warm enough to be with :). Of course hubby is there but that is out of majboori...hehe!

    Oh we don't really BOIL the rats Kamalji. I have heard people just dunk the mouse/rat in a bucket of hot water to kill it. I feel that is torture. As long as I don't kill it on my own or don't see it being killed, I am ok. Not otherwise. Although I do like Harsha ji's idea :). But our neighbours are Indians too you know! Thank you for the comments as always.

    Pad ma - Superaa soneenge! I love to read your comments to everyone. Animals/Birds attracted to me because of my appearance or kindness?..... very hard to give up both :). You are true. Excess of anything is not good. Healthy body leads to a healthy mind. But there is always that momentary "Aah how I wish I could be like that young lady" kinda thought which keeps probing me once in a while. If I can manage to send an SMS in a minute's time to anybody, I will jump with joy. Your advice is well noted. Thank you once again.
     
  9. kelly1966

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    HI Knots...
    great writing as usual:thumbsup your flow of thought is really interesting...
    glad to know that little creepy crawlies find a safe haven in your place... I too rarely squash of any creature but for roaches... YUCKS they get to me... we have a lizard who is dying to get in and everytime it succeeds we chase it out... and then we have these variety of bugs which get attracted to the lights and come in normally we would let them be (though my son doesn't like them) but now we have a pup and he tends to eat them!! :rotfl:rotflso we throw them out..
    SIZE ZERO... well.. glad to know that most of the ladies here are 0++++++ as I.. think the girls will shrink to vapour??? just read the other day that saif has asked kareena to lose weight... I guess that is a hint to dissappear:biglaugh
    let us know who was scratching on the other side of the wall!!!
    K
     
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    Dear Knots !
    Just a couple of days ago, I was wondering whether you'd gone into hibernation, not to be seen around the Snippet neighbourhood .
    So glad to see this nice, chit-chat of a post. It felt like reading Gerald Durrell. I was right there with you,investigating the mysterious noise and releasing trapped critters into the wild. How lovely that 'all creatures great and small' feel affinity towards your abode and throng to enliven your days with their exciting company ! I am reminded of both Walt Disney's Snow White and the historical St Fransis of Assisi !


    I have never found Skin and bones figures attractive.In some ramp shows, where these malnourished waifs are also dressed in expensive shredded rags and sport sullen expressions, they look exactly like refugees from Darfur. I don't know who decided that the skeletal form is High Fashion , but it is distressing to see young women becoming slaves to this wretched notion of beauty.
    " Anorexic mobile phones !!!!" LOL ! And have you noticed, the slimmer a gadget gets, the slimmer it makes the wallet too.

    That was a very sensible song. But what to do, people think its very "in" to be crucified to the clock. To be laid-back is to risk the label of Loser.

    oh, but do tell me, what IS that creature ( bird,mouse, possum ?) thats making that ruffle-ruffle scratch scratch ? Suspense is killing ! Till i know that, All izz not well.
     

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