For some time now I have been fascinated by the thought of what my life would have been if I were a mongoose in the wild, being well aware of the risks it would pose apart from the concern for one’s personal safety. At the same time I am committed not to break the law of the jungle !
Next was the turn of a herd of buffaloes. I was fraught with anxiety when I saw the belligerent look on their faces. However I decided to venture into the open, crawled forward a few yards to take up the right spot in full view of the herd which did not seem exactly delighted. I did manage to take a few images and slowly retreated to my vehicle.
Then came the unexpected bonus – the magical moment that life occasionally bestows on us and which may be defined as serendipity.
Influenced by "Mad" Mike and Mark (especially Mike), I was strategising my thoughts of playing the role of the lilliputian and minuscule mongoose against the mighty African elephants.
I had a strange sensation that he was now aware of my presence. He did walk in my direction.
Then it dawned on me that the wind direction had changed and he knew without a doubt that I was lurking close at hand.
A second later I saw a blurred image in my viewfinder and knew all too well (having just then recalled another brush with a jackal in Bharatpur) that it was time to pull back. I was flabbergasted to realize that we were far too close for comfort (less than 15 feet away from each other). My hair rose up and this “mongoose” slowly but surely backed away and climbed into the jeep. My pachyderm-friend came close to the jeep, gave me one look as if to say I’d had a lucky escape this time – but just this time - and walked away.
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Srini, Too much! Please write a will and let me the beneficiary of all your camera equipment
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