Monkey morning

I teetered out of bed this morning, hesitant to leave the comfort of my warm blanket. Bribing myself with a cup of hot masala chai, I headed to the neighbourhood park for my morning walk, only to find it locked. My first thought was that my sleep-heavy eyes were playing tricks on me, but they weren’t. The garden was well and truly closed – there were no walkers to be spotted inside.

The reason? ‘They are catching monkeys inside,’ a helpful neighbour told me. ‘They were creating a nuisance, no? Scaring away joggers and walkers,’ he added. I have been witness to the naughty monkeys’ morning romps in the park, too, but I had never imagined this in my wildest dreams.

He looked at my dazed expression and added, ‘They have caught 10 to 12 monkeys already, you know?’

I nodded, muttered my thanks, and walked back home.

Catching monkeys in parks? The first I ever heard of anything of that sort. What do they say about the universe conspiring to give you what you really want? In my case, it was a leave of absence from my usual rounds in the park.

Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction, yes.

No, I did not dare to check out how exactly the said monkeys were being taken captive.

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19 thoughts on “Monkey morning

  1. we’ve been troubled by them for the past few months, could not leave the windows or doors open, even a weeny bit. Their behavior is so like humans,once they came inside and there was a bisleri bottle on the table, coolly opened it and finished the water.
    Hcere also, they were ‘caught’

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    1. @Wanderlustathome

      They have been entering our house too, opening the oven (yes!), stealing fruits and dates and bread and biscuits and what not! In the park where I go to walk too, they have been creating trouble.

      I wonder how they are ‘caught’ now!

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  2. I’m quite petrified of monkeys loitering around! Hope the monkeys in the park are kept safe and looked after well wherever it is that they have been taken to.

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