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This is the story of the monkeys of Delhi

January 7, 2012

From 2009 to early 2011, I lived in a south Delhi barsati which had an enormous terrace area. When I moved in, this open space looked sad and empty, so I spent many thousands of rupees doing it up with all kinds of plants. Then came the monkeys. A team of five to ten. On finding the kitchen locked, they would break the pots, and sometimes eat the plants. No flower was allowed to bloom.

I replaced the mud pots with heavy cement ones. The monkeys broke fewer of them but ate more shoots and leaves. They would come at night. Soon they’d come at dawn, and make such a commotion I’d wake up terrified. Mild banging on the door wouldn’t ward them off, nor would the other tactics I tried. I was afraid of them. They could be aggressive and strong and these traits were multiplied because they operated in gangs. I felt caged in the small room of my large barsati. All I could do was share my misery on Facebook. “Be careful,” a friend warned in a comment, “they once killed the deputy mayor of Delhi.” Read more…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2012 4:36 PM

    Call forest department or Delhi Nagar Pallica for your rescue from Monkey menous.

  2. Gaddeswarup permalink
    January 8, 2012 8:06 AM

    I think that in countries like Thailand, there are monkey training schools to train them to pick coconuts. I do not know whether it is possible with all varieties of monkeys but it is worth thinking about. May solve the shortage problem in Kerala.

  3. cowledy rd permalink
    January 9, 2012 11:33 AM

    National security was probably hardly on the mind of Dr. Pratul Sharma when he got bit. Also, I am curious what Maneka Gandhi has to say about this:-)

  4. January 9, 2012 3:58 PM

    These monkeys seem to do every thing we humans do to trouble others. May be its ot a good idea to share your woes on the face book. Who knows they may also be checking facebook to see what you say about them!

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