When I went home, it was 8:30 at night.

To my surprise, my kid was in bed. I asked my mum, “is she asleep?”

Before my mom answers, she sprang from her bed and said “Dad, I have a surprise for you”

In no time she held my hand and led me to the library room and said “my aunt bought this for me” showing a pair of beautiful white birds.

The cage was knitted in thin rod making a shape of a house. The birds were like jumping here and there fluttering the wings as there were no much space left.  Little bit of water was kept in a wide lid of a bottle. The cage was placed on a newspaper. Her idea was to save the floor from bird shit.

I saw some bird food placed on a silver plate. But it was all over the cage. In fact, all over my house. I can sense it with my bare foot.

She asked me “Prag (her cousin) also got one. How is it?”

I reluctantly said “it’s OK”

I never like raising pets at home. It’s not like I am averse towards that helpless creatures. I value freedom very much in my life. I didn’t like the idea of caging or tying to keep it away from its natural habitats.

A while later, I said “I think there is little space in the cage. Why can’t we leave it free in the sky”.

She looked at me like an alien and slowly moved inbetween myself and the cage. From that moment she never let me near the cage.

All my persuasion went waste and I started putting that aside and concentrating on other aspects of life.

After a week, when I went home, I saw the cage open wide and no birds were in that. Her cousin’s cage was also empty.

I asked her what happened. Her aunt, (cousin’s mother) said them that, she would lock them up in a room for ten days and if they can happily survive, they can retain the birds. She also explained that it would be sad to cage birds with such beautiful wings.  

Since they were kids, they took that in good spirit and with big heart, gave freedom to them. Freeedommmmmm.

The next day, her cousin said that the dog eat her birds.

I said “it cant be. Are you sure?”

“If you want come with me, I will show you the remaining feathers”

I said “I don’t want to see it”


Karthishiva said...
June 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Good One Bharathi,,,Nice lesson given to kids..

Anonymous said...
June 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

All kids want pets in their homes. But for adults it will be an additional burden since looking and caring their own kids in a proper way is a big challenge nowadays. If we bring up pets, it should be done properly and wholeheartedly.Otherwise it will big sin according to me.

Anonymous said...
June 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Poor birds!! But if dogs haven't eaten them and they were freed to fly in the sky, even then they wouldn't have survived.

P.S. While we are talking about birds and pets, have you heard this

Bharathi said...
June 9, 2011 at 12:53 PM

@karthi: tks.

@Jesper: even golden cage will be no match for freedom I guess.

@Shilpa: I dont know. may be. had they were born and brought up in trees, they wold have learnt the art of surviving. the idea is to discourage buying those.

and yeah, I welcome judgement.

The Aspirant said...
June 11, 2011 at 6:34 PM

very nice post......

Bharathi said...
June 12, 2011 at 1:51 PM

tks aspirant.

Nikita Banerjee said...
June 20, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Too bad the dogs ate the birds but at least the kids learnt something worthwhile. Nice post.

Bharathi said...
June 21, 2011 at 4:15 PM

tks nikita

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June 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

We got freedom but in our life, we didn't get freedom. Everyone involving in our life and giving free advice. I never like this. I hate such kind of life.

Ayushi B said...
July 26, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Hey nice post and nice lesson learnt :)
Liked your blog :)

L'Albatros said...
September 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM

A lesson well learnt but the ending was sad. Good post.

kamal said...
October 7, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Being a fan of literary fiction, I love the symbolism that comes across through the post and especially in the last line.....

Freedom essentially has as much to do with a state of mind and principles than the pursuit and the struggle for it....

Arif Tak said...
November 9, 2011 at 5:49 AM

Nice post, but you had to add the dog part to it, Otherwise how will we remember it FOREVER :(

It is good to Die Free then live caged.

Anisha Pradahn said...
August 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Nice post..but wish the dog let this post be an epic :(

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Noopur said...
August 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Nice lesson...

Arnav said...
September 19, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Nice post ... I too value freedom a lot and i find it very suffocating to see beautiful birds caged ...

but the sad truth is they have been brought up in cages and they are not fit to survive on their own outside ... they are bred to be caged .. How sad can this be ...

Siddhesh Kabe said...
October 1, 2012 at 4:15 PM

That was a good way of explaining the idea of Freedom to kids. Good one dude.

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