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|What Happened to Dhani (standard:non fiction, 2384 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Dec 03 2013||Views/Reads: 2689/875||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A short story on Juggernaut's pet parrot Dhani|
What Happened to Dhani Subba Rao Juggernaut bought a parrot chick in daily market from a tribesman for a mere 5 rupees. The chick appeared as if it just emerged with very little feathers more like stubbles spread thin over its delicate pink wrinkled body, If not for its prominent light red curved beak, it is hard to identify as a parrot. “What kind of name is Dhani for a parrot?” asked Srinivas, Juggernaut's older brother. “It just a name occurred to me spontaneously,” Juggernaut carefully fed the chick with crushed tiny pieces of soft guava. “How you spell Dhani,” Srinivas was looking curiously at the chick. “What it matters, you don't have to spell its name; just call it Dhani,” “Are you going to keep it in the back yard?” “No, Dhani is too young, I want to keep in the living room, I want Dhani to be an indoor pet not like pigeons and other outdoor birds in the backyard.” Juggernaut placed Dhani carefully in a bird nest he collected when it fell to the ground from the Neem tree in the backyard during a wind storm. The bird nest was compact and sturdy with dry twigs tightly built by crows. After cleaning free of feathers and debris, he kept the empty nest on top of a tall glass show-case in the living room. In the show-case, Juggernaut's father kept some of his collectables for visitors to see. The case has two sections, one top of each other three feet in all directions. At the center of the lower section was a beautiful idol of baby Krishna made of white plaster-of-Paris. The young Krishna was in standing pose with legs crossed playing flute with both hands and leaning comfortably on a white cow in the background. Apparently, the idol was purchased when Juggernaut's father was stationed at the army cantonment in Madras in early 40'S south India. Like many of his collections, he meticulously preserved it. When not in display in the show-case, the Krishna idol was kept in a long wooden box that looked more like a casket with sliding door was custom made for safe keeping of the idol. The storage box was one of several wooden boxes Juggernaut's father got custom made to preserve various stuff he collected throughout his life. Many were still in the boxes several Click here to read the rest of this story (335 more lines)
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