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|Crows Landing (standard:Fan Fiction, 2301 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Nov 23 2010||Views/Reads: 1636/1220||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A story on family of crows on a Neem tree|
Crows Landing By Subba Rao This is the story about a crow family that landed on a neem tree adjacent to Hanuman temple. Hanuman, a trusted devotee, and servant of Lord Rama in epic story of Ramayana was half monkey and half human. People worship Hanuman in times of crisis for emotional strength. On the first day, when Akash, the male crow and his wife Neeli took shelter on a neem tree near Hanuman temple, there was a commotion among the long-time resident crows of the neem tree. The crows made uninviting noises, and few flew pretty close to the new resident couple flapping their wings, a sign of hostility towards the new residents. “This place is inhospitable, and dangerous to live,” said Neeli, the wife. “ Don't worry, in a few days time they will get used to us, after all we are new here. Remember when we lived on the tamarind tree in the past, we treated the new comers the same way,” Akash reassured his wife. “True, but these crows were too boisterous and ugly in their behavior, after all we didn't intend to take over the entire tree,” the wife lamented. Dharma, an old crow lives on the top branch of neem tree. When his wife died years ago in the hands of tribe's man, Dharma continued to live alone. The neem tree resident crows respected Dharma for his sound advice and calm approach to calamities. Once, when city officials cut down a huge branch of the neem tree to expand the temple below, many crows lost their nests. The angry crows flew over the temple in circles making annoying “crow, crow” sounds. Dharma intervened to calm down his fellow birds and advised them to move to upper branches for safety from annoyed city officials. If not for Dharma's advice, many crows could have lost their home for good since one official swore to cut down the entire tree to get rid off the nuisance from the annoying crows. Dharma intervened this time to prevent the harassment of new arrivals to the neem tree. “We were not frightened as much as surprised of the hostile behavior of the crows on this tree, said Neeli in a soft voice. We landed on this tree as it brought back memories of our old residence, a tamarind tree in nearby town but was cut down to make room for a housing project,” said Neeli turning her attention to Dharma, a fatherly looking figure. . “Never mind the intolerance of the resident crows, it was a test to find out how badly you wanted to live on this tree,” Dharma spoke for the first time to the new residents. Dharma advised the new residents to build their nest on the upper branches to avoid nuisance from the children that gather in the temple yard to play, and adults that cut down the lower branches for twigs to brush their teeth. The bitter neem juice in the twig was considered having germ-fighting quality and good for teeth and gums. Akash and Neeli used small dry twigs from the neem tree to build their nest in a hurry. When they were hungry, they swallowed soft yellow neem fruits for their sweet pulp, spitting out the bitter seeds. “Akash, do you think people really eat the neem seeds?” asked Neeli looking at the people on the ground picking up the neem seeds. “People would always find some use in every thing. Remember those children, and the adults alike used to fight for tamarind pods. I am glad we left the tamarind tree for good. I am sure, they burnt the tamarind tree branches to make coal by this time,” Akash was philosophical about people and their ways. The nest Akash and Neeli built was awkward like those of many crow Click here to read the rest of this story (168 more lines)
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