Confidently spread rumours
about their spiteful nature
which is not even close to truth
is the reason of their killing
without any regret.
If only we will rise above
and see how they mostly
mind their own business
and keep away from us
we may return their courtesy.
Snakes- they scare most of the people, I feel uneasy about them but if I discover one in my home I wont run to kill it. Fortunately after living in my ancestral home for years I know that most of the snakes in India are absolutely harmless, and I think it takes quite some bad luck to get bitten by one.
The toilet I used had two water containers we call them chaubachcha or hauz, they are made to keep water in them, for later usage. One of them had a hole, so for some bizarre reason that was filled up with all types of leftover materials like tiles and bricks.
A huge snake started to live in that hauz, the first time I met it was absolutely terrifying. The bulb in that toilet was just formal, a zero watt bulb in a room that is almost as big as my present bedroom that too hidden behind a machan that hung from ceiling, again containing huge amount of excess materials, once used, no longer needed. These were materials of “great sentimental value” to my cousins who no longer lived there. So we allowed them to stay there, before that incident.
I went there to pick something up and fished it right in front of it’s nose, it darted back, for a second i thought it was a rat…but then to my horror I realized what it was. I will not forget that feeling ever!
It disappered in the tiles. The next day when I emptied that hauz it was not there, it was a huge snake. I wonder for how long did it stayed there…
It is true that they really create a sense of unease in every human heart, but, in reality I will love to know how many of them actually bite without provocation, or fear.