Here I am, kickstarting A to Z Challenge . Hold on to your seats as here comes the first in the series of “Home Affairs of Elephant Warriors”. This is a funny take on my sibling and her life as a veterinary student.
Why Elephant Warriors?? Well, Hati (which means Elephant in Hindi) is a part of my surname. Yeah, imagine living your whole life with Elephant as your surname. More on that later, today ruddy animals will create a ruckus here in my blog.
We grew up with some dandy dogs jumping around us. But our love for the animal kingdom wasn’t just limited to “man’s best friend”. My sister was hell-bent on cultivating a spider farm. She would climb up the roof, catch spiders the size of my palm and place them in bottles with holes. Since she didn’t have a separate desk for her collection, all of them would be stacked on my study table. So instead of solving differential equations, I would be watching spiders devouring their prey. Geeshhhh still gives me heebie-jeebies.
Her stay in the college hostel wasn’t bereft of any ‘pet’ty adventure. She was studying veterinary science. Once when I went to meet her, she happily said, “Di I want to show you something. It’s very very special”. I thought it must be some cozy mushy thing that “someone special” must have gifted her. Little did I know that the sight would haunt me forever!! Safely tucked in a box, marked and labeled in her beautiful cursive handwriting, was her Beetle carcass collection. Yeah, bones head and every effing creepy thing.
My sister has quite the skill set. She can paint, dance, stitch goats, fight with kunfu cows, stick her hand in cow’s tussy and is an excellent cook.