Saturday, August 12, 2006

Oh deer ! Oh deer !


"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others".
This Orwellian quote strikes you the moment you go animal hunting inside the Delhi zoo. Here the "more equal" animal being the deer. The first thing that hits you on the face when you go inside the delhi zoo animal surfing is that the deers heavily outnumber all the other inmates of the zoo put together including the humans. They come in all possible shapes and sizes, hues and colours, languages and ethnicity and numerous apparels. However, if you are an "abnormal/paranormal" visitor to the delhi zoo highly motivated to carry out a detailed study of deers and their habitats, you are knocking ate right door. Jokes apart, how many of the enthused visitors (including yours truly) go to a zoological park to ogle at the galloping deers ?? For someone like me, the deers simply don't exist once i am inside the zoo. C'mmon i haven't parted with some precious bucks to see it all go waste on deers! To add salt to the wounds these come with all possible names one can think off -- makes you wonder if the world of animals allows for all kinds of hybrids. Other than the obsolete varities like the sambhar, cheetal, black buck ( of salman khan fame) , there are also those that come with the most imaginative names like the hog deer, the dog faced deer, or even the monkey faced deer ( its damn difficult deciding the reasons behind their weird nomenclature cos they all look the very same). And when the sweltering delhi heat has drained off all your energy , you finally reach where you always desired to be. The placard proudly announces that the cages house inmates like the white tiger, the one horned rhinoceros or the african lion. But then to your dismay the very same placard also informs that these are generally the nocturnal species who venture out only during the nights when the zoo has been closed down. Smart animals !! You are really running into luck if you manage to get a passing glance but then that is the end to the gory tale of deer sighting. Down and out, you return cursing the authorities and wishing that the zoo be rechristened as a national sanctuary for the deers. Thats why i always wondered why the deers never figured on the list of animals nearing the "extinction point". I know this is sadist thinking but then this is what a trip to delhi zoo can do to you :(( . And the pic say it all ;)

8 comments:

Yashika Totlani said...

did u manage to see the white tiger??? i did on my last visit! awesome, majestic and regal! Anyway, u write quite well... only the deer topic was unusual. Loved the delhi police post! looking forward to more such posts! till then, doodle do!

arunabh said...

Had a great fun filled time @delhi . So wanted to share it but delhi zoo was a big disappointment. Deers deers everywhere .. so thought i should caution other animal lovers :d. Waise i didn't manage to see the white tiger ..stood there for quite a long time but with no luck :(

Anonymous said...

Well how long will you about bashing a beautiful place like delhi :( First the people and then the innocent animals. Tell you what - delhiites are waiting for you x-(.
But overall another fabulous piece.

~ruchika

Yashika Totlani said...

man! look at what ruchika is saying! you either take your pic off blogspot or never come to the capital again ;) You bash them , they'll thash you (nice alliteration again! i should have been a poet!).

Anonymous said...

C'mmon sucker ! i had warned you before hand .. it would be a rl pain in the arse thing .. but thn how many times have you heeded my advice ?
Wen to qutub minar ? :d

~ vardaan

arunabh said...

@ruchika
Well what's wrong in calling a spade spade ? Delhi zoo was not worth it and i really mean it :(
@yashika
so u r talking bout poetic justice :D
neither options would work :( the pic has been on blogspot for quite sometime now and i cannot ditch delhi. Thts the only way i can reach the cosy confines of my home.

@vardaan
i am so srry sir :p

SaI KRisHna said...

seems you got very less in return than u anticipated... wanna try sanjeev gandhi national park sometimes ???

arunabh said...

@sai
Was dying to answer this query of yours. Abe how long will you just dole out such incentives before me...luring me , tempting me, teasing me and then backing off at the last moment on some pretext or the other :((
Please lets go there asap !!