Jan 1, 2010

In to the wild

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“Bhai-Saab” said we as we kicked off the wild tour in our gypsies. Standing on the seats we took a deep breath of the freshest form of air.

Enter Pench National Park - Madhya Pradesh.

4 of us wished to spot a roaming Tiger; Tigress to be honest. Our Guide seemed to be a Jungle connoisseur. 100 meters away from the entry gate, we started troubling him: “Have you seen the Tiger hunting?”, “Is there any way we can get down from the Gypsy?”, “Can we also figure out the Tiger calls?” He gave us a giant snub on all the 3 questions. Rat Bastard. So, 100 meters in to the Jungle we found the first wild animal - the Guide.

Guide said he couldn’t do much about finding a Tiger. He could just decipher the noises which animals make when they see a Tiger around, which are called “Calls”. Calls can help track a Tiger.

My companions were worried it might turn in to some really boring 3 hours. The companions were Narbhakshi, Ghoda and Badey. 2 of these, as the names suggest, were already wild. The 3rd one, Badey, doesn’t give a tiny rat’s ass to the world and all the existing forms of life & matter. Given the wild gypsy content, I was sure of some fun amongst us.


250 meters in, Guide asked us to be pin-drop quiet and screamed “STOP”. Gypsy halted. He gave a Byomkesh look and asked us to spot a Deer. Beautiful it was. We waited for 10 minutes. Badey took a pic. 200 meters more and STOP. 2 Deers this time, 2 pics. We were thrilled as we had spotted 3 Deers in half an hour. Anticipating our joy, the Guide slapped: “There are 35,000 Deers and 35 Tigers in this Jungle”. One of them (Deer) will kill him someday for me, I pray.

After one hour of boring Deer-spotting, we saw an Owl. Finally something to fake-cheer a little about. Badey took a pic. Frustrated, we said “Can you please take us to the Tigress?” Guide screamed “STOP”. “That was quick”, I thought. He pointed towards a potty mountain and said “look, that’s Tiger’s faeces”. Narbhakshi added spice to the Eureka: “It has Deer’s hair in it”. Badey promptly took a pic. Ghoda laughed horsterically. Shame on us.

Two and half hours and the count was 4: Deer, Owl, Jackal and Bison. We took a Godzilla sigh as we spotted a bunch of 50 Deers and gave up majestically. Anticipating our early give-up, the Rat Bastard said STOP. This time he moved his ears, shrank his forehead, waved his fingers and closed his eyes. It looked as if he was the lord of ears - Kaandev, trying to decipher some random screech. “Bingo, it should be a Tiger call”, I fake-cheered. Narbhakshi asked me to shut the shuck up, so he and the guide could concentrate on “THE CALL”.

After 5 minutes of this high voltage melodrama and mind numbing silence, he shrugged and ordered the driver - “Aage badho”. He must have felt a Patiala kick after rubbing salt in our wise-owl-brain bruises. Ghoda finally felt the slow death and took a wild yawn. Thereafter, I and Badey labeled every screech in the Jungle a “Missed Call”

Heading towards the exit, I started analyzing the worth of the trip. I assigned Rs 1 to each of the 100 Deers we saw. Rs 10 for 1 Owl. Rs 20 for 2 Jackal and Rs 20 for 2 Bison. This made a total of 150 bucks, nothing close to the Rs 650 we spent on the entry tickets. The only way to recover the money was to assign money to each tree. I cursed the Jungle and accepted the result.

The only man coming out smiling from the Jungle was Badey. He had 50 pics in his cam. 1 of the Tiger potty with Deer hair, 3 of Deers, none of Bison (coz we thought it was a regular Buffalo), 2 of Jackals, and 44 of his own.

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16 Comments:

Sourabh said...

I wanna go there too. Lets plan for the rainy season trip :P

Kshitij said...

That was a bring ride made interesting by this good write-up.

I love the monetary calculations at the end... It was like "iss hiran ko dekhne ka toh ek hi rupaiyaa dunga... chahe jo kar lo"

Good one + funny

Kshitij said...

boring*

Kshitij said...

Not the post I meant... just correcting the error...lol

Vinay Sharma said...

@ Sourabh: Laddakh it is .. start saving up ;)

@ Kshitij: Thanks ..
.. by posting 3 comments u have retained ur top spot of commenters for months to come :)

sulagna said...

OOOOhhhhh man..i envy you...put up the pics plss

sulagna said...

ummm..thanks vinay..i loved doing the story too..but a husband of mine tells me that i should abstain from such steamy stuff and keep my originality..

oh you need to read our conversation..its the one i wrote today:)

Anonymous said...

nice read. I would love to follow you on twitter.

Maroussia said...
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Deepti Richa said...

There has to be something to mark as favourite post, like that favourite pic on Flickr. Must inform it to Wordpress. I would fav so many posts on ur blog. Nice write-ups!

Vinay Sharma said...

thanks a lot deepti ! .. i seem to have found my favorite reader :P

Skywalker said...

i laughed crazily everytime i read "STOP" :D...
awesome write up..turned my mood by 180 degrees :)..

Varuna Raina said...

ur blog is really hilarious!!!!
kudos!!!!

Vinay Sharma said...

thnx skywalker and varuna, keep visiting :)

Debby said...

Awesome write-up!
Good luck for the contest. I so want to go to Pench as well. Missed the chance twice in a row.

Vinay Sharma said...

thanks Debby, keep visiting :)