It was a foggy day, and the normally deep blue sea had merged seamlessly with the grey clouds and mist.
In short, a perfect day for just lying in the blanket and catching up on our reading, while drinking copious amounts of hot coffee, along with tasty local snacks.
Suddenly we heard a loud knocking on our balcony window, which was not just strange, but scary, since we were on the first floor. We immediately did the smart thing, i. e. hid our heads under the blanket, hoping whoever it was would go away. But it was not to be. The knocking continued, followed by a loud, screechy noise.
We finally gathered enough courage to look outside, and were stunned at what we saw. It was a….
cute black bird with a yellow beak, perched on the railing of our balcony.
And now, as you would have guessed, the bird spoke up. He said, “You have come thousands of miles from your country to visit the wonders of my land, and you are just lying down inside, doing nothing?”
A pang of guilt hit us at that, but we ignored it and said, “We came here to relax, and that is what we are doing. What is your problem?”
The bird cackled like a hyena and said, “You could have done THIS in Mumbai also, right? Do you remember how much money you have spent on the air tickets, visa, hotel bookings et al? And look at the day outside The air is so fresh and clean it’s just the perfect day for going for a long, leisurely walk.”
Wracked by guilt by now, we finally gave in, and said, “You are right. We’ll quickly get ready and leave for a walk.”
And in a jiffy, we had changed and were out of the house. I started locking the door, when the bolt suddenly slid home… from the inside. Shocked , we quickly looked in from the window, and saw that the bird was now INSIDE the house, and on the warm bed we had just vacated.
“What are you doing inside?” I shouted at him. He calmly replied, “It’s so cold and dreary outside, the perfect day to be lying in under a blanket and catching up on reading. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of those conveniences, but you did, and I knew you humans are never satisfied with anything, so I had to play this little trick. Now shoo, let me eat my Cat Tongue in peace.”