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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

A home, far from the madding crowd

I have written earlier, and posted several pictures of this green campus. All day long birds sing, leaves rustle in the breeze, and branches sway to the wind, and this music more than makes up for the highway din, also filtering in through the window.
At daybreak and dusk, a real orchestra breaks out from a couple of generously-canopied banyan trees as crows, mynahs, cuckoos, warblers, sparrows and several other common garden birds of India exchange the day's notes, chirping nineteen to the dozen. You can't help but listen to distinct altos, sopranos and tenors as they blend to cheer even tone-deaf ears...
Those banyans must be the equivalent of dense urban neighbourhoods, for why else would a pair of mynahs choose a functioning street lamp to make their home? Have a look at this lamp that stands by our gate.
From where I watched them, the mynah's house looks quite inviting and cosy...

Note the inverted arch that serves as the threshold, and the warm glow that pervades by night, and the comfortable shade by day. I should remember to enlist this couple's services when we decide on building a nest for ourselves.
If you feel like writing to them, or sending them house-warming or christening gifts, here's their address -
Lamp-post No 3,
SP-3, Main Road,
Phone (pp) - 0422-268xxxx
You're also welcome to visit my winged neighbours any time...
Update: When I called the electrician and explained the dimness of the street light, I was warmed by the response. "Madam, why don't we wait till the young ones leave the nest?"

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Blogger Indrani said...

Do the eggs hatch, if the lamp is glowing continuously at night?

05 August, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

From : Kat

To : Mr & Mrs Mynah,
Lamp-post No 3,
SP-3, Main Road,

I felt pretty sad reading your neighbour's blog about the ensuing travel across the subcontinent. From resettling to kids schooling, everything needs to be taken care.

But then mynahs, you have a very understanding neighbours. God bless them :-D

05 August, 2008  
Blogger i beati said...

clever sandy

06 August, 2008  
Anonymous Swarna said...

Indrani, most likely. The doorway is a busy thoroughfare.
Kat, very thoughtful letter, thanks.
i beati, thanks for visiting.

06 August, 2008  
Blogger Misty Dawn said...

oh my gosh - I absolutely LOVE this post! This is SO COOL!

06 August, 2008  
Anonymous Swarna said...

Thanks, and thanks for visiting

06 August, 2008  
Blogger Barli Development Institute for Rural Women said...

Dear Swarma,This is just the greatest post, and i really love you blog, when I get home I will read all your postings,found you blog in a very long path, while checking activity on our website,led me to a site,then to another site to a article posted by you,which finally brought me to you blog.
now you are one of my favourites

06 August, 2008  
Blogger Lisa said...

How cool - thanks for sharing such a wonderful nest.

07 August, 2008  

Wonderful - and an electrician with a heart as warm as yours!

10 August, 2008  
Anonymous Swarna said...

Jimmy, Lisa, Raji,
Thanks for visiting the mynahs.

12 August, 2008  

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