A distant cousin of my two little brats inhabits the compound next to ours.. Its a vast, empty compound, an unused, neglected government property now home to that grey monkey and a couple of kingfishers, red-billed wood-peckers (wukeppar like varun would call it), plenty of squirrels, cuckoos, crows, pigeons, crows and few other birds..
Our neighbour K was drying clothes when our friend, the monkey (Mr.M), quietly sneaked into the house through the balcony just two feet away from where she was drying the clothes… When she stepped into the house, she was too shocked to react and Mr.M was giving her that ‘look’. Right into her eyes! To her left was her 5 year old daughter and Mr.M was in front of her, on the dining table, feasting on the carrots and tomatoes.. After he was content squashing two tomatoes into pulp, he turned to the bananas which he hadn’t noticed till then.. He promptly peeled both the bananas on the table and finished them neatly:) But no, this was not enough.. He was keen on making most of his entry into the house..
His next jump was to another steel carton on the same table, which had the lid on.. He show-cased his expertise of opening the big container and was mighty pleased to find ‘bhoondhi laddu’ (gunja laadoo) in a dabba. Attempts by the watchman and another neighbour to shoo-off Mr.M was met with an angry chatter.. Everyone had to withdraw into another room and let Mr.M have his way.. After tossing and turning all the containers on the dining table, his next hop was to the kitchen..
He did not bother to touch anything on the stove or on the counter top, but wanted to clearly check-out the jars on the shelves.. After a careful examination, he neatly picked a jar containing whole cashew nuts and marched out neatly and hopped back to the tree. After settling his butt comfortably on a branch, he turned open the lid and popped the cashews into his mouth one by one till he emptied the entire jar and dropped it! Poor K had no choice but to simply look on through the grill-door and wonder if it would have been any better if she had made mundhiri cake or mundhiri pakkoda out of those cashews that she had so carefully stocked for Diwali!
Findings of K’s 5 yr old daughter and my 2.9 yr old son: Monkeys love mundhiri paruppu!
My worry: Would Mr.M suffer from constipation because of 300 gms of cashews at one go?!
* Mundhiri paruppu: Cashew nuts