Abandon

There was once a family: the father an astronaut, the mother a housewife and the daughter in college. They were a happy family but the husband was fed up of his wife’s nagging. He wanted to put an end to it somehow. It was the year 2100. 

One day, the husband decided to do away with his wife altogether. He was under the impression that his wife was the only one who nagged her husband. 😀 So he invited her on a drive in his new spaceship with his team. But the daughter wouldn’t leave her mother’s side. So he decided to let matters take their own course. 

So they set off on their spaceship. After 24 hours of flying, they reached Mercury. The husband and his team said that they wanted to work on a project to improve Mercury and conduct some tests as to how plants grew in virtually oxygen free conditions and how the entire mankind could build structures and perhaps live there in about two decades. A few rich people were already living on this planet.

The husband suggested the mother and daughter take a round about outside the ship and look at the mountains and observe how Earth looked from Mercury. So both of them took an oxygen cylinder each and set off. They took in the scene before their eyes. High mountains, craters, unusual plants, unknown animal species, black sky, radiant Earth and its Moon, satellites, it was hard to believe they were actually on Mercury, a planet where no man had gone before a hundred years. 

They returned to the ship after a few hours. The husband was delighted with his experiments and informed them that they would be staying there for about a month of Earth days. The daughter was very excited. 

The days flew by. A day lasts a few hours on Mercury. The husband and his team embarked on a project of building them a house so that they could come there on a vacation. Both mother and daughter were very happy. 

Then one day, the husband said that his team had to urgently go back to Earth as some unexpected problem had occurred. So they flew back leaving mother and daughter behind. 

They hoped he would come back to take them. But he never came. They were desperate to get off the planet. But how could they? They didn’t know anything about the ship controls, their oxygen was running out and they wanted to get back to their own race. The people who lived on that planet were unreachable by the high mountains and they were known to be very unfriendly. 

The daughter suggested they take a look into the ship to see if she could figure out a way to fly back. They stumbled upon a female astronaut working on the ship. When they questioned her, she said she had no idea when they would come back. She hadn’t got any instructions. 

From the window of the ship, the mother spotted a group of school students out on an excursion. She immediately got down the ladder and called out to them. But they were too far for them to hear her. Sounds don’t travel far on Mercury, given the lack of oxygen.

The mother looked dejectedly at her daughter standing at the window. But she was smiling. The mother was puzzled. When the astronaut told her the team and her husband would arrive the next day, her joy knew no bounds. 

The next day, her husband arrived with his team. She said to him and cried, “Oh, i thought you had abandoned us here. ” The husband only said, “Happy New Year, darling! How did you like my surprise?” and laughed. Apparently, he had realised that all women nag their husbands and it didn’t matter which century you were born in. Because humans never change. 😀

Whatsapp Dreams

Whatsapp dreams? What’s that?you ask. It’s the fear of someone texting you something or blocking you which shows up as a dream when you are not fast asleep, but only partially asleep, when a part of your brain is sleepy and another part is engaged in taking stimuli from your immediate environment and creating dreams from that material.

I once dreamt that my friend texted me something which I had been wishing would happen and sometimes, would not happen. For instance, I wished my friend would throw off her reserved demeanour and send me good morning and good night texts and reply sweetly to me and she did that, albeit in the dream! Another time, I wished somebody who had blocked me would unblock me and that happened in the dream and we resumed chatting after that.
When I woke up finally, I was so disappointed to find that what I had seen was only my dream and there were no chances of it happening in real life.
I would call it a fear of social media behaviour. I no longer dream that I talked to somebody or met somebody, all I get are electronic dreams.

Cat Psychology

We adopted two stray cats, one after the other, in the past. It was a stray cat which would roam around in our society. We named her Kaalu. Kaalu would climb the stairs to our door and meow when she wanted to be let in. We would give her fried snacks and occasionally some sweetmeats. I would play with her when she came. Kaalu would doze off on the dining chair, after filling her tummy. We used to cover her with a cloth when she slept, in winters. After a few hours, she would wake up and walk to the door, a sign to be let out to answer nature’s call and roam about.

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Next we adopted Kaalu’s female kitten and she was given the name, Golu. Golu would sleep in any place imaginable, demand whatever we were eating and meow sometime after midnight, Mother would open the door for her then. She was the undisputed queen of our household. She got all the royal treatment she didn’t deserve. After a few days, she started killing pigeons on our building terrace and would bring it to our floor, have her fill and leave the remains behind. This infuriated the neighbours. By then, everybody knew that Golu was our unofficially adopted pet. Mother had to clear out all the remains, and we being vegetarians, it was considered to be an abhorrent task. Thus ended the reign of Golu.

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I have observed that power play takes place among cats too. They don’t accept the entry of a new cat into the scene. They drive away the enemy by uttering wierd sounds and fighting it till the death of any one would seem certain.

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Not all cats come to you when you call them. A lot of them are scaredy cats, while a few are brave. They allow you to pet them and feed them. Some females sit on your lap; but males don’t, they feel shy it seems.

Two days back, a new male was seen roaming in our society. He meowed when I called to him and he allowed me to pet him. I held a piece of bread to his mouth and he was about to eat it, when suddenly he spotted a female lurking in the bushes. Proud cat wouldn’t eat from my hand, even though I’m sure he was feeling extremely hungry.

Some, only some females care for their kittens, beyond an age limit, like humans.

Like humans, male cats are on the heavier side in terms of weight.

There are many similarities between cat and human behaviour. I love to observe them when I get some time to spend as I like.

Posted by Vaishnavi