Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Guest Obsessed (Story) ---Murthy Kvvs

Count down started for the monkeys.The decision to control their naughty and eccentric ways has emerged from all our staff members of the school.One has to know the prelude or would get confused about it.Well,had that rogue monkey not bitten Venkat Master on that day,the situation would not have turned grim.However,we are not going to kill them but determined to transport them into a dense forest of Chattisgarh.It's our border state with plenty of green cover.

You would ask that how many monkeys were there..!Altogether thirty.They have been collecting the remains of mid day meals of our school children.They have never injured anyone except that one incident.So we let them go on their own as there are some kid monkeys to feed.The kid monkeys were cute and clung to the backs of mother- monkeys.And often off to branches of trees to jump all over and what not.

As days go by,with increasing its number, becoming much naughtier than ever before.As a matter of fact,they maintain certain discipline even in such an unruly behavior.They would respect the cook of the mid day meals,even her helpers.The monkeys always wait until the meals preparation ready.Patience pays,they know it well.Cooking staff is just like food givers for them.So they keep distance with them in reverence,even when they hoodwinked at times.

It's with children,different.They grow angrier by its growling upon any mischievous act of playful children.Sometimes,about pouncing over the parents who keeps visiting our school.Our village is so closed society and every news tend to spread like the wild fire.Some villagers requested the head master to drive out these rogue monkeys from the school before any unwanted thing happened,interestingly there were some fans or devotees of these creatures in our village and those warned the head master not to harm the monkeys physically.At last ,upon many consultations,monkeys were decided to catch and transport them into a dense forest.Of course, expert workers have been given money as advance and they requested one week time to do this project as they were busy with the same kind of work in another village.

Meanwhile,some of the people belonging to electronic media came to our school to do a story on the revelry of monkeys.They attended with due equipment like shooting camera etc.All they kept waiting for hours.No trace of a monkey found even after the mid day meals time.

"Master ji....what's the matter..?No monkeys are around here.Have they run away.." the press man asked me.

"It seems surprising to me.They should have been here by this time.Some would be hanging from the tree and some were jumping over helter-skelter across the premises.Exact time for their arrival.I am really clueless about it..." I lost in thought.

"We have waited long enough.Mid day meals time is crucial for them.It is almost two hours past after it.Perhaps the monkeys could sense our entry into the school with all these cameras and bags.And they must have communicated among them to escape from here"

"Yes..that could be the reason.Still I am wondering that even a kid monkey is nowhere to see.How they got united in the deed is a miracle.Vanished like nothing."

After a friendly chat,the press crew went out in despair.Thereupon I become a great enthusiast about the life style of monkeys.It will make a worth research indeed.I started unraveling the mystic behavior of these interesting creatures.Surprisingly the monkeys appeared in our school premises on the very next day.Exactly the mid day meals time.Strolling like old buddies.

God damn it.How clever they are..!Who said animals are novice.They could grasp things and do accordingly in great precision.They thought that today is the safest to come here.If they have ability to speak up like humans,that info can be an exciting story of struggle for existence on the earth.In fact,the humans live in a rather safe condition.

One day,I was sitting under a shade of neem tree.School children were sent out on the demand of Bharat bandh agitators.We the teaching staff remained in the school.Suddenly there is a rustle behind me.I looked at it.A monkey was there.First I scared a little bit.And I determined firmly to not shiver at whatever the situation.The monkey came closer to me.And seeing me with its innocent eyes.I keep calm and staring somewhere else.

After a few seconds,the monkey is still  seeing at me.I decided to make eye contact now.Perhaps it felt safety around here,that's why no sign of arrogance in its face.I never have a thought of attack this animal,my body language might have sent the indication.Some minutes went by.I wish to break the silence.

"My friend...what are you looking at...? No food is prepared today.You know our school claims holiday.Go somewhere for this day" I said.The monkey glanced at me for a while.And it lowered its face calmly.As if it understood what I said.Then,face lifted to see me.There is some friendliness in its eyes.It has gone slowly towards the closed kitchen to check.Soon after,it vanished into the thickness of unruly wild greenery.

There was a bad news on the following day.That was about the biting of a monkey.An eighth class student was the victim.It was rather a sharp bite on the right leg and blood keeps running out.We the staff took him to the nearby hospital and sent him out to the home after due medical treatment.I was aghast.What makes the monkey to do so..?Yesterday,It was behaved like a nice one.Who knows it could be the different monkey.

I inquired with a friend of the injured boy about the biting of monkey.He unraveled the secret that his friend has first initiated provoking the monkey by his intimidating gestures with a stick and verbal hoodwinking.The monkey escaped on the moment and came back in the time of recession to attack him while he was rushing out alone.That means these creatures knew how to act in a strategic way.My Goodness.

"My dear boys...Don't try to harm them.They won't come to attack you unless you people provoke them.Is it not the best example for that..?" I asked the boy.He nodded as if he understood it.Though I advised so,my inner self sighed with a light tremor.

Our colleague Rameswara Rao started telling his experiences with the monkeys,during lunch time.Prior to this place,he worked in a village Narayana puram." these monkeys are very clever than we generally consider about them.In my last working place where I lived filled with a band of monkeys were always behaved like a disciplined group.They would give me the safe passage while heading to the house for the lunch,they just used to hide in the bushes of greenery for the time sake.They came out soon after I left the house.They know how to respect a person who never meddle with their playful activities.

Some villagers got angry and it led to electrocution to kill the monkeys.Some baby monkeys were also killed and on the incident,other enraged monkeys stirred like wild demons.They injured the people whoever were walking on the road.Both parties were at loggerheads.Entire village took it as a prestige point to get free of these creatures.All the monkeys got killed.To my surprise,the people who involved in the mayhem of the monkeys had been forced to leave the village on different causes..." Rao concluded.

"You go to any place in India, village, town or metro,no place is seen without these monkeys.Spreading like anything.What's the way out...?and how to curb the menace of it..?Both governments and people should think of the issue on the ground of realities.Once all these were hardly seen except the monkey tamer brought to our homes for having alms.Now it became a headache.." I sighed.

"Just a couple of days back,a monkey rushed into our house"Rao said.

"What happened then" I gasped with awe.

"We should remember one thing while dealing with them.Better not intimidate them by gestures.Just we remained calm as we were not conscious of them.They kept fumbling for eatables.After having a handful of morsels,they went out without damaging much.Thank God,they never tried to attack us,we should be so discreet with them,of course,for our own safety" Rao answered.

"O.k.sir...I too have experienced of that sort...tell me how to get them out of our school..?" I asked him.

"The foolproof way is to tranquilize them by alluring some fruits or so in order to transport to dense forest,the farther the better."

All the staff felt happy over the idea to implement.Villagers promised us to engage the best personnel to catch the monkeys.Everything is set aright.The concerned people were also provided with advance and in a few days the project has to be accomplished.

I have seen through the window of some interesting glimpses of monkeys.They were jolly as ever.The plans we're making were unknown to them.Some baby monkeys attached to their mothers.And some were jumping on the trees happily.And a monkey kept searching for lice,in his friend's hair.In turn,the latter assumed the same service.They were in the world of their own where everything seemed  merriment.

All of a sudden,a baby  monkey cried out of fear.Hearing it all the remaining monkeys gathered in no time,around the bewildered baby monkey.The dog ventured against it fled away.The big monkeys were very protective about the baby monkeys.

One fine morning all the monkeys were caught and transported by a van.Everything went out as we have planned.Now our school is monkey-free and of serene ambiance.We sighed.Our Venkat master is much more happy.Do you know why particularly this master has been chosen by monkeys..!He had always maintain a large stick for beating the monkeys whenever time permitted him to do so.That's a great fun for him.

He would never care the advice of other staff to be restraint and he became more vengeful upon it.One day,he  remained lonely in the office room.That's the chance the monkeys used perfectly.All they stormed into the office room and injured him unto dreaded injuries.They divided into three groups with each at strategic point to let not him be escaped.Our Venkat master thundered with the incident.

Some months passed by.Rainy season at its peak.We never have attached bath rooms in those days.And one night  I came out entering into the bath room built separately a few yards away in the backyard.I heard a mild rustle at the back side of the bath room.Out of curiosity,I have gone there to have a look what the sound about.It was a monkey with its infant in her lap.It looked helpless huddling her child,there was a sign of sorrow and repentance in her eyes. I understand that they both have sneaked in to protect from the ongoing rain in the leeward of bath room wall."Have a nice stay,you are our guest" I said to them.And got back into my house.No slightest provocation.The creature got it.

On the daybreak,I checked the place where the monkey was seen with its kid.No trace of the animals.They must have gone out before the sunrise,perhaps not to bother us.In every rainy season,my conscience provokes me to check the same place whenever I got out for the bath room if there were any of them.Amazing,I have never seen them again. (The End)
    -----Written by Murthy Kvvs 

4 comments:

  1. Really I felt I was reading RK's Tiger for Malgudi.... good narative skill...but I strongly believe...I read it earlier which is still green on my memory..if I remember right...
    Regarding the kids behavior I observed that the kids clung to her mother's abdomin upside-down...

    Anyway your style of writing is awesome sir....

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  2. Hello, great story. Monkeys in the school, that is not good. I am glad they were caught. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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