Jan 31: I love animals and have had two turtles and couple of fishes so far. I don’t like keeping other pets because I feel I am curbing their independence. Dogs are nice but I come from an asthmatic family and well, cats are just mean and lazy. But, turtles are good. My most memorable travel moments will include a lot of animal-moments I daresay. From my Koala zen encounter in Australia to watching a Royal Bengal Tiger walk leisurely down a dirt road in Kanha, I feel some connection with the animals. In this picture here with the elephants at Dubare camp just outside Madikeri, I saw the chains and I saw the exultation with which that big guy is showering water. I don’t know what they feel, who knows? But as you look at their gigantic proportions, it sends a shiver down. I wish they talked but then, perhaps they are better without it – I mean look where have we got with our tongues 🙂
Most kids and babies love birds, butterflies and animals (not just dogs) but as we grow up, they somehow become unimportant. Just like fairy tales, as C S Lewis dedicates in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe-
To Lucy Barfield
My Dear Lucy,
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand, a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather,
If we can just retain that awe of seeing a butterfly flutter away and the empathy on seeing a mute creature living in a world filled with human demons, perhaps we would have been our better selves. But, some day we will be that, some day we will be loving the fairy tales again.
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