Living in rich diversity is a quentissential part of being Indian. Our county has ability to give birth to alteast 10 more countries, if not more.
And our diversity is not just limited to the people having different skin color, religion, case, creed or language. Its vastness embraces the other domesticated forms of fauna too. Such as lizards (chipkali), cockroaches (tilchitta - as per google), mosquitoes (machar) , mouse (chooha raam), housefly (makkhi), cat (billi mausi), monkey (bandar mama) and pigeon (kabootar ja ja ja). You might have not thought about it in your general day to day senses, who has the time to do that. But you will agree with me that these 8 creatures are very much part of an Indian middle class family aka extended family. Each one of them giving us company in not so lonely household, already bustling with people.
|“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” |
― Honoré de Balzac
Like in case you have found yourself alone and its raining and you are yearning for a cup of hot tea - The attentive oggy cockroaches will keep an eye on exactly the number of elaichi, cheeni, patti and dhoodh you have used. And if milk is still left in the pan, please chek if our billi mausi* has not already licked off its malai.
Its solitude that teaches you to care about how *Billi Mausi is westernized over the years. They used to call her Garfield - a plump shrewd cat always on the right side of the scale. And i guess Talking Tom is her recent gravatar.