Saturday, March 11, 2006

hamara Bharat, ekdum jhakaas country...kya??

what is the National animal of India?

as far as a Bengali is concerned there can be only one animal royal enough to be designated such a title. hence it was no wonder that even Dr Das with the PhD and all other degrees under his belt came up with the unanimous Bengali answer...
"the royal Bengal tiger"

...hah!! wrong dad!! sorry, i know that it is on the tiger that we have so many folklores written and it was tigers that Jim Corbett loved the most. the man eaters of Kumaon killed around 1300 people before Corbett shot them (the Champawat tiger alone is supposed ot have killed 434 people). tiger hunting on elephant backs was the favorite sport of the Raj (Indian kings hunted tigers and had pet cheetahs a long time before the firangees came to India). even the 'jungle book' has a Sher Khan. and yes, the royal Bengal tigers are truly majestic. a fully grown male from the Sunderbans with his golden orange coat, baring his fangs and roaring the aaonh (the full throated sound that tigers make during the mating season) is a blood curling and yet majestic display of strength and beauty.

so much for the tiger obsession that seems to have gripped me. anyways, the right answer to my question is the Gir Lion. the king of beasts rules here as well. though i have no doubt who would rule the forest between a lion and a royal Bengal tiger. too bad that they never cross each other's paths in the wild. one lives in the mangrove forests of the Sunderban delta while the other walks the arid and thorny forests of Gir.
in other news, i have a deadline for my dissertation's first draft. it needs to be submitted on the 27th of this month and i have finally begun typing my work. not that i have been slacking, but you all know how it do your research and reading, you form your ideas and you have it all done up there in your puny brain. but putting it all into words and sentences on a piece of paper is the hardest part. i just wish that all my sudden moments of inspiration last a bit longer (and that they come at more convenient times as well. having a sudden 'eureka' moment while walking through Port Louis is not conducive for my paper). at this point in time i just need to finish my work...they say i work better under pressure and deadlines. i sure hope that they are right. ;)
oh yeah, this monday the President of India, Dr. A P J Kalam Azad is going to visit the University of Mauritius and most likely give a lecture. sweet.
the Rays Club just had its MegaShow this past Thursday. you all know what that means...Havish modelling and Vishnu dancing. Steevie was playing along with his band as usual. the only thing that wasn't quite right was that Fano was noticably absent. this dissertation thing is taking its toll on us all.
well guys, so much for now. i have to get back to my dissertation. Gordy, it sure seems like you had a great time in Europe. but for now, welcome back to Africa. Heathcoat, damn you look fine missy. God, i miss you so so so much. i need my head scratched, you know.. :D
ps: the Chikungunia virus has been plaguing the island for a while now. just one bite from an infected mosquito and you end up with a severe body ache that spreads to your joints and renders you paralysed with pain. the next step is high fever and pretty soon you are in intensive care. the government is doing all it can to fight the outbreak. it has gone as far as advertising on national television and proclaiming the Chikungunia virus carrying mosquito the public enemy #1. :D

ah!! life the Mauritius style...
aur rahi baat Hindustan desh mein kuch to baat hai bahi. kisine thik hi kaha hai, "saare jahan se achha, hindustan hamara".


Oh_Ca-na-da said...

thanks love, I miss you like crazy too! The other day I gave my roommate (devon) a head massage and all I could think about was you and Nafiz; oh how I miss you guys!
And hearing about the Ray's Club Megashow makes me even more nostalgic... Remember how that started everything last year? Give my love to Steevie and the boys. I sure do miss the island and all of y'all.
I hadn't heard about this virus you mentioned, but it sounds nasty. Make sure you steer clear of that, kitty! We want our Nachi-kitty good and healthy!
Take care love,

Timo said...

Jeez, i heard about the virus from the news. The plague first spread on Reunion and now it made the gap to Mauritius, right? Look out, i always found the "Temple of Doom" (electric fume dispenser) as Rasty called them to be a great asset in killing those bitch mosquitos.

Anyways, good luck and thoughts for your dissertation, don't finish it "just in time" you'll see that letting it settle it a bit will even improve it as you can develop it further...

Nachi said...

'Temple of Doom'...reminds me of an Indy movie with Goddess Kali in it. and for the record, Indians do not eat snakes and beetles and monkey brains. but we do sacrifice people to appease Goddess Kali. :D

good movie nevertheless..

but for the moment, 'Doom' seems to be working just fine against those mozzies..

Gordon van den Heever said...


I have read this posting a while ago and I really tried to post a comment on it, but somehow my net does not allow me too....Weird,

So to comment on your blog, I really can't remember what it was about except for some real mother blood sucking mozzies and something about the diseases, but hey......what the heck. You can't just have sooo much fun on a deserted have to pay the price as well to stay on a great island as well.

Bru, Have fun and enjoy....