Living away from the crowded city and enjoying all the comforts of life is indeed a bliss. The disappearing greens is very much visible. Just beside our house, is a small plot of land. This is perhaps the only plot in our locality that is still untouched for construction. It had mango, neem, jackfruit, coconut, jujube trees. The owner’s brother was never happy about the disappearing fruits during the peak season. Disgruntled, he decided to check who was stealing them. But in vain. It was winter the jujube tree was the first to be chopped off, followed by jackfruit and a mango tree. No wonder the owner never came to India to check this property.His younger brother who own a gold jewellery shop just drops by to check for the fruits and never bothered to clean the property of shrubs.
We have recently learnt that the property owner died in his homeland -Bangladesh. Now, we have no idea who owns it.Some people says that it changed many hands. On one rainy day before the pandemic a family with 3-4 people came and measured the plot and was never seen since then.The shrubs and wild trees have grown and is a haven for mongooses and snakes. We often hear shrieks of fights under the bushes.They are surely the mongooses and their predators. The only tree that still stand tall is one mango tree and a non fruiting tall coconut tree.
So long the land doesn’t get transformed into another construction site we are at liberty to hear and watch numerous birds and squirrels keeping this mini jungle a paradise of joy.
This post is a follow up from my previous write up I uploaded way back in 2015. You can take a look at the link given here to know more about the blue bottles: https://trailmyworld.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/the-magic-of-blue-bottles/
The Veterinarians are baffled as the craze of hanging blue bottles continues. This idea hit many other provinces of India too. No wonder the concept started from West Bengal but little do we know whose idea was this. It is through word of mouth, that this idea is doing the rounds.
If you happen to walk by the lanes of Kolkata you will definitely see bottles strategically placed in most houses. It is not a surprise; some would still say the blue bottle idea is a cheap solution adopted by many homes to deter dogs from pooping. There is no scientific reason behind the bottle most vets say. May be the smell of the water is keeping them away. Perhaps, the blue reflection from the water might be scaring the dogs and so they fear to go near the bottles. But dogs are supposed to be colour blind.
I did hang two bottles in front of our gates too, knowingly it is superstition. Before I could look for the results, one of the bottles was gone after few days. Funnily, the dogs just ignore. By then I tried many home remedies. I made juice from lemon and orange peels and sprayed on the front yard of our house. It worked but if after the rains, the dogs are back to business.
n.b. : I came back to writing after nearly four years. That was indeed a long siesta from writing. I actually got pretty busy with my profession as well as studies. This year(2020) is a year with lot of hiccups for most of us. So many lost their loved ones.I share their grief with mine as I too lost my only strength –my Dad.He shockingly left us and that too, too early. He was my guide in writing. I will shortly bring strories about him and how warm hearted he was to all.