A prosaic day of “PhD research”

Hello folks,

I thought I would create this post as a bit of a reality check for those who might attach only romantic notions to “PhD in Shakespeare studies” and to “new life in Australia” or “Brisbane”. Before I post some pictures as an evidence of the prosaic nature of my day to day life, I must acknowledge that because Shakespeare and historical research (especially in the provocative field of religion, English Reformation and counter Reformation) is my passion, I do consider myself fortunate to be able to do this full time and at the same time be financially supported so that I don’t have to work in order to pay for my cost of living.

Right, so I worked (that is, read and studied) this Saturday, the Sabbath day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. I worked on a “weekend” because I’ve mostly wasted first 18 days of my PhD by doing nothing but “settling in”.  So, I woke up today (Saturday) at 6am to the alarm on my cellphone. Instead of microwaving something and turn it into “breakfast” , I decided to “cook” something using real heat. I’d seen one of my housemates make fried eggs the other day, and this morning I tried to follow his example. Eventually, by 6:25am I was staring at this platter of fried (in Canola oil) eggs, onions and salt (they’re still cooking in the picture):

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I should mention that it was my first meal in well over MANY YEARS that was cooked with real fire. No kidding. Moreover, I managed to “cook” it without setting the house on fire. Quite some achievement. Also, it was EDIBLE, if I say so myself. And since I was the only person who ate it, my opinion alone counts.

Then, still sleepy and blurry-eyed, I took the bus to university. Having reached my study space sometime after 8am, I shuffled off to the kitchenette, and then I woke myself up with repeated ministrations of strong black tea. It took me, as usual, 2-3 hours to get “started” around noon.

Most of the afternoon at the university I read a wonderful little book published by Oxford university press on Tudor history with all the wonderful “Royal” characters: Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I. It was only a “brief” overview, but look at all the pink highlights. Apparently, I seemed to think that everything was so very fascinating and important and needs a mention in my PhD thesis (whenever I start to write it)… !

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Yes, I like to write whole sections from a book I’m reading in my own handwriting which may look as chook scratchings but I can read it and that’s all that matters. So many pink insights from a little book. Pretty fancy… huh?

Well, talking of “little books”, my eminent thesis advisor suggests that I should begin this research by reading the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. “That’s all very well,” I told her with a snigger, “but, as of now…. I don’t even own Shakespeare’s complete works with scholarly footnotes etc.” With this convenient admission cum excuse for procrastination, I shrugged my shoulders, completely satisfied with my own reply. However, she turned to her bookshelf and retrieved this huge door-stopper and placed it on the table with an ominous thud….

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“You keep this for good. I don’t need this,” she says. Which means I have no excuse now. Anyhow, just to give you some idea how big this book is, here it is with my plastic lunch box which usually carries about 6 bread rolls (that is, a slice of bread wrapped around things like peanut butter or Vegemite or cheese slices or roast beef slices…). Most days, after I’ve had a big breakfast, these 6 bread rolls (along with a steady supply of black tea) can keep me going in the library or study space for whole day till evening. But look, this Shakespeare book seems to be bigger than my lunch box. It sure is many times heavier….

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But then again, I do LOVE Shakespeare and consider it a privilege to be able to read and re-read his plays as part of my “job”.  In the last 6-7 months I already have read and re-read many of his plays. For those of you who have some familiarity with his works, in the next 2-3 days I plan to read King Lear (probably the only MAJOR Shakespeare play that I have not read in full) and then Winter’s Tale and then Troilus and Cressida (in that order).

I also mean to watch and re-watch BBC adaptations of most of Shakespeare plays. Most of these were “videotaped” in the 70s and 80s. They are low budget affairs without the modern frills of sound or special effects. But that’s the way I like Shakespeare, without embellishments that either add to or take away from the original text. These BBC productions are usually about 3 hours long and are based on the whole text of each play. You can also watch them on Youtube. (Youtube versions also have text appear on screen as subtitles, which is always a bonus). Here are some of my favouritees:

Hamlet

Julius Caesar

The Merchant of Venice

The Taming of the Shrew (John Cleese in the leading role of Petruchio!)….

(I loved Measure for Measure (one of my personal favourite Shakespeare play, by the way) adaptation too… but sadly it’s no longer available on Youtube. However, these BBC adaptations are available as DVDs from most libraries). You’re welcome to watch the above if you have spare time and the inclination.

Update— This is an update on Sunday morning (20th April), the Easter Sunday. It must be mentioned that my life now is intimately linked with the bus schedules. Various buses conveniently connect my Brisbane suburb to UQ. Sundays and public holidays have considerably reduced bus services. Which means that if I have to leave my house early in the morning, say around 8am, there is no direct bus service (till around 9am). The online schedule advised me that I can take a bus to Auchenflower and from there I can catch another one within 5 minutes to university. This arrangement works very well as I found out on Good Friday. But what really surprised me was when I got off the bus and walked to the bus stop on the other end of the road….. there lay the big Brisbane river right behind me. It was an awesome view. Within minutes, the City Cat Ferry too cruised by generating giant ripples in the calm waters that spread out from the middle of the river and then crashed against the banks on either sides. (Too bad I forgot to video the sight from my cellphone….)

This morning I decided to take a picture of the river from the bus stop. I could not take more shots of the river from other angles as there were some morning walkers etc. around and I feel very awkward filming and taking pictures in public places when others are looking at me. As you can tell, I’m not Japanese!….. But anyhow, here is a shot of the river (the buildings in the background are from the city centre, I suppose). I am standing well above the river on road level. You can see the cycleway/ walkway that runs along the river’s bank. It is around 7:30am, Easter Sunday. The Chinese girl behind me at the bus stop is staring at me (I am red-eyed, nauseated with sleep-deprivation and need more black tea when I get to university). And in front of me the waters gleam with the morning sunlight….

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For now, I say Hoorrooo!

Rajiv.

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The Morons at “Christian” World News

Muslim being Lynched

What “Christian” CBN News won’t show you: An unarmed Muslim man suspected of being a terrorist being lynched to death by brave “Christian” soldiers. (AFP Picture, 5th of February, 2014, Bangui)

 

I believe one of the most dominant “Christian” TV channel is CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network). It is associated with Pat Robertson and is broadcast to every corner of this planet. As for the title of this post, I don’t want to single out Pat, when the whole channel’s staff seem to be a bunch of morons and hypocrites. But I do not criticize everything that is being broadcast on that channel. I totally respect people’s religious beliefs, no matter which religion they belong to as long as they do not violate individual rights and liberties. So, if CBN broadcasters and TV hosts provide healing through their TV program (a bizarre feature of one of their popular programs in which they send healing to people watching the show and suffering from all sorts of maladies: cancer, ulcers, arthritis, diabetes, etc. ). I can mock this practice and I can call this phony but I cannot really say it should be banned by FCC in the United States or other broadcasting regulators in the world. They’re not even asking for money in return for their TV healing ministry, so it is not even fraud in the legal sense.

However, my issue in this blog post is that CBN staff lack basic human decency when they report international news. For years, I have watched their Christian world news broadcasts. In this news bulletin they will go to every corner of the world and report on the persecution of Christians: whether it is violence against Christians in Nigeria or, what they see as, bullying by Western civil authorities who outlaw hate speech by Christian nuts against sexual minorities.

To a certain degree, I can accept their biases since they’re a Christian channel reporting news for their Christian market. Fine. However, any decent human being–Christian or otherwise– will find it distasteful when they refuse to report human suffering where victims are not “Christians”. They will simply turn a blind eye. The latest glaring example of this moral bankruptcy has outraged and angered me. CBN news stories on the escalating violence in Central African Republic is criminally prejudiced and shameless.

Central African Republic is a country in Africa that is experiencing a dangerous cycle of violence and genocides against its Muslim minority who make up about 15% of the population. Here is what the Time magazine story of 8th of February reports:

Mob violence in Central African Republic’s capital has escalated to the point where crowds slay Muslims and mutilate their bodies almost daily despite the presence of thousands of French and African peacekeepers….

Bangui, the capital, is engulfed in an orgy of bloodshed and looting…

Thousands of Muslims left Bangui in a massive convoy Friday that was jeered by crowds of Christians. One Muslim who fell off a truck was quickly killed by the mob.

On CBN’s Planet Moron, acts of genocide against Muslims barely get a mention. From the beginning they have been spinning the conflict as one that was started by “Muslims” in which “Christians” are the victims.  This news story from CBN (posted on 8th November 2013) admits that there is an impending genocide in CAR. However, they never mention that it is the Muslims who are in danger of being massacred. Rather, their telegenic and moronic news reader starts the report by saying the violent conditions in CAR started because of the formation of “Islamist” milita. Then they cut to an analysis by their “senior international correspondent” who too never mentions that it is the Muslim minority which is in real danger of further atrocities. Rather, he goes on to mention about refugees stuck inside a “Catholic church”.

The latest report by CBN posted on 6th February notes the escalation of violence in which “Muslims” and “Christians” are attacking each other. Again, the report ignores Muslim persecution and instead goes on to mention that the bloodshed started “after the Christian President was overthrown…last March…Muslim militants…burnt churches and carried out a number of massacres against Christians…” It was only after these Muslim atrocities, the report says, Christians formed their own militia to take “revenge” on Muslims, “killing them and looting them and destroying their homes and mosques…” Aha, some balance in the reporting one might say. But this tiny bit of information is followed by a soundbite from a “Muslim” man. The reporter’s voice-over with the video of a “Muslim” man speaking to the camera: “Another Muslim man said he is ready to die for Islam…”  Such reporting is blatantly prejudiced. Despite the fact that majority of the victims have been innocent Muslim civilians who form a small minority, CBN news stories make it sound like this is a conflict in which Christians are being massacred by “Islamists”, and Christians only take revenge, and then Muslims get ready to kill Christians in the name of Islam.

Read the report by Time magazine again. And do further Google searches on CAR situation from different sources and see for yourself how for the corrupt and lying CBN editors, reporters and newsreaders the political and commercial considerations far outweigh the need for journalistic ethics and basic human decency. I have just one question for them:

What would Jesus say?

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Paranormal Activity: The Dumbest Movie I’ve ever watched

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WHY  you NO PLAY with ME!!! Fuck You!

Grade:  C-

I was watching one of Stephen King’s interviews on Youtube and he mentions how it is becoming harder and harder to scare people these days because they’ve become so immune to horror content. They have watched pretty much every kind of horror on TV and in the movies that the element of shock and surprise has lost its power. Fair enough.

Then King went on to mention that he has rarely seen people get spooked and scream while watching a horror movie in recent years. The last time he noticed them getting really spooked was during the run of Paranormal Activity. That greatly piqued my interest in, let’s say, PA.

Before I talk about PA I should mention that the kind of writing or movies that scares me has to have some element of reality. (I still find some of the sections of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood very scary.) For example,  I am spooked by horror that narrates the stories of serial killers or deranged, sadistic and violent criminals and rapists/ pedophiles. I am also spooked by dangerous or poisonous animals or reptiles. I am spooked by stuff like car crashes, derailed trains and airplane crashes mid-air. Also, I am afraid of natural calamities like floods and, now that I have lived through Christchurch’s hell, EARTHQUAKES. On the other hand, I am usually bored by supernatural horrors and thriller. As a kid I was terrified of supernatural horror but I’ve, for better or worse, outgrown it. I think the biggest hurdle for me is not that I am not scared by “Supernatural Horror” but that I find it impossible to maintain the necessary suspension of disbelief.

That said, it seems, today people have become so dumb and manipulated by delusions conjured by different kinds of audio-visual media that they will buy and believe anything. They’re not as afraid of/ concerned about/interested in violent and deranged criminals, murderers, burglars on the lose as they’re of a fucking haunted house!

Coming back to Paranormal Activity (2007): When Stephen King mentioned it as a movie that really scared people I had to watch it right away. And I did. It was the dumbest shit I’ve ever seen. To be fair, YES, some of those night camera scenes were quite creepy and scary. But 99% of the movie is filled with mindless, boring shit that insults human intelligence.

Then again, the $5 million movie made over $200 million and went on to spawn at least 4 more sequels so far. So, who am I to judge? Who can argue with the money-makers? But because I think I am a free human being I need to offer my personal opinion on the movie. So, let’s start.

To begin with, both of the characters Katie (I think she also appears in the sequel movies– good for that actress’s career…) and Micah are so fucking dumb. Before I get to the characters, the acting deserves a special mention. Everyone’s acting in the movie is horrendous. It totally stinks. I have nothing against low budget movies. Reservoir Dogs is a low budget movie and I will always include it in my Top Ten list. Even the worst actor in Reservoir Dogs is about 25 times better than Katie and Micah!!!

Characters of Katie and Micah are so cardboard-ish that all the cardboards in the world must be ashamed to be compared to them! They portrayed as a comfortably middle-class young couple in the US. However, I have no friggin idea as to how do they make their living. Katie is a student (English literature?) learning to be a teacher. God knows what the fuck Micah does. If they mention his profession, it totally escaped me. His full time job is to work that camera and edit all the footage on his laptop. Besides, God forbid that Katie ever become a teacher. She seems dumber than a snail. When she hears noises in her house she wants to call a “Demonologist”. Demonologist!!! I mean hasn’t she ever heard of a Big Crucifix and Holy Water??? It’s a lot cheaper and does the trick every time. **YAWN**

This young couple seems to have absolutely no friends whatsoever. Just one girl (cardboard character/ shitty acting) visits them and Katie has a quality “girl time” with her. Micah has no friends other than his video camera and laptop. Most of his interpersonal relations are with Katie and one very noisy and pissed off invisible ghost.

SPOILER ALERT IN THIS PARAGRAPH (But anyone can guess the ending, I think): I think the two lead characters’ infinite dumbness makes this movie a piece of trash. At times I found their stupidity much scarier than the ghost. I was almost happy when the movie ended because it also put an end to their super irritating dumbness. Thank Ghost that both were killed. People that dumb deserve to die. Period.

Most irritating and unbelievable thing in the movie is how Katie and Micah react to the paranormal activity. When it begins to get quite serious how can they go to sleep every night? No matter how horrible the previous night they always manage to kiss each other good night and sleep alone in that house for yet another night hoping to find some interesting footage on the camera that records them sleeping all night. When things start to get even more disruptive, destructive and violent, they never think of having someone sleep over, just to make them notice the paranormal activity for their feedback. Again, how can they still keep going to bed and fall asleep with all that stress and terror??? Normal human beings DO NOT behave that way. Only cardboard characters do that.

The biggest bit of stupidity in the movie is that every time when there is that huge commotion and noise in the house, Micah wakes up, gets out of his bed and ventures into the darkness with his fucking video camera! Mind you, not once it enters their mind that they should be calling 911 or at least a friend. After all, It may well be some violent criminal who has broken into their house and who is getting ready to slash their faces, slit their throats, dismember their bodies and steal valuables in the house. No. Both Micah and Katie are sure that it is the ghost picking up furniture off the floor and dropping it with a huge bang. They’re certain that it is the ghost who is swinging from the chandelier for fun. Therefore, it is but natural for Micah and katie to get out of their bed and to want to capture the ghost’s antics on a video camera. An opportunity like this comes only once every night after 2am. How can they not film it…..

Redeeming Features and another interpretation: Lastly, YES, the movie is a total piece of garbage. But I should not get 100% bitter about it. Maybe I should see the funny side. Maybe the movie IS funny. I see dark humor peppered all over. You see, Paranormal Activity is a Comedy disguised as Horror. We need to realize that the Individual from the spirit world is absolutely bored and lonely. All through the ghost is desperately asking Micah and Katie to play with it. But all Micah and Katie want to do is go to sleep and film it when they can. The ghost is screaming for attention. But to no avail. There is a moment in the movie when Micah– FINALLY!!!– gets an Ouija board to play with the ghost. The ghost is absolutely thrilled! When Micah asks the ghost if they should play the board game, the response from the ghost is a thrilling “YEEEESSSSSS!!!!” It even gets recorded on the video footage.But Micah is too dumb to get it.

And at Katie’s insistence Micah quits any plans of playing with the ghost on the Ouija board. That’s when the ghost’s heart really breaks and it starts to become more and more violent. First off, the ghost burns the Ouija board. It’s the ghost’s way off saying “Fuck you!!! I don’t wanna play with you either!!” That’s the beginning of the end. Now, the ghost does not want attention from them. It just wants to freak them out with some violent displays and then kill them. It’s a satire on Paranormal heart-break we’re talking about.

Lots of screaming the next night. Lots of violence and blood. The End. **yawn*……..

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The Blonde Gypsy

ImagePicture from The Economist Blog

Hmmm… So the latest DNA tests confirm that The Blonde little angel has Roma parents. Should we start calling her the Blonde Gypsy now? Or maybe negotiate some sort of children swapping deal with the Roma– Swarthy Europeans should be traded for Blonde Gypies, just to keep the racial LOOK intact. Eh?

Doh!

This revelation flies in the face of the prejudicial ideas of the race. I suspect God’s hand was behind this episode to shame those who have been burning with righteous racial anger against the Roma over the supposed abduction of “European” Maria.

Romans 1:22: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

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Blonde European Cinderella rescued from Gypsy Crims

Is this the face that launched a thousand headlines?

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Little European “Blonde Angel” (Pictured sourced from Daily Mirror Website)

By the way, does anyone know that girl actress from the movie “Girl with a Dragon Tattoo” is part Gypsy? Bloody Swedes must have stolen her. But on a serious note, European “settlers” to the Americas and Australia have stolen–in broad daylight– whole generations of native children. They tore them apart from their mothers and families and shipped them off to European institutions in order to exorcise whatever Gypsy Demons they supposedly  had in them. Here read something about Australia’s Stolen Generations. And, as Australian ABC points out, even so called Sweet Canadians have their own Stolen Generations. In Canadian custody “Thousands were physically, sexually and emotionally abused.”

But never you mind, that was way way back in the past. So pay attention to the recent popular media narrative: Look at this little blonde Cinderella! Never you mind how exactly she got to the Roma family, the bastards stole her because that’s what Gypsies do, they steal blonde children. Right….

But hey you can’t really blame the Greek Roma family fo not giving the blonde girl-child (who according to some estimates has a Bulgarian/Ukrainian or Russian mother) a better life. After all the Roma family earn their living by begging on the streets. Because that’s what the Gypsies of Europe do, they beg on the streets. It just seems to me that there’s a helluva Europeans who take great gleeful satisfaction in creating some stereotypes of Gypsies and then making sure Gypsies live all their lives–from cradle to grade– trying to live up to those stereotypes.

So, Europeans have always hated Jews for being too ambitious, intelligent, aspirational and industrious. And Europeans have always  hated Roma for being lazy parasites. It’s like there’s no winning with these mashugana Europeans. Oy Vey!

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Our Amazon Shop is closed (For now)

Beloved readers, friends and enemies,

This is a note I just posted on my Weebly profile page:

I have taken all of my published e-books off Amazon and those links won’t work anymore. I did so in order to be able to submit my work to other places. You can still read my short story “Luck of the Irish” by re-ordering Issue 12 from The Lifted Brow or you can get it online for $1.99 but you have to become their subscriber, I think? Click Here for more info.

I loved the excitement of putting my stuff on Amazon’s Kindle Direct. They were mostly short stories. Like most emerging and wannabe writers I’ve been submitting my work to oodles of journals/magazines every year during, what I would call, Submissions Season. This season usually runs from September to March for most literary magazines (almost all of them are based in the United States). In 2013, while the Submissions Season was off I decided to put some of my stuff online for a limited period. I am delighted that Amazon Kindle Direct publishing makes it so easy to “Un-Publish” your work.

ONE DAY, when I’m a famous writer those who want to read me will have to pay lots of money to read my works. **GRIN** Then, many will say,  “Ah…. I wish I had bought one of his Kindle books. They were a bargain!” Or maybe they won’t pay anything to read my work: I’m sure text is hundred times more vulnerable to bootlegging and freeloading than audio and visual content. But I’m also sure that genuine readers will pay to have access to a written work. (In passing, it just occurred to me, that printed/physical books cannot be distributed freely as P2P and other internet files. Hmm..)

Incidentally, I just read this random comment (the first comment below the post) from “Katie”. (Posted on 19th August 2013)

Great blog post I like your list.. I think I will try reading some of them. I also love short stories and read one not so long ago called… A Factory Story: Caitlin’s Baby by Thind, Rajiv.

It made me very happy to read it now that all of my work is off Kindle. Sadly, some nice reviews by an English reader–#18 Amazon UK reviewer at the time–were also deleted from Amazon pages. Being an intensely nostalgic person, this little comment from “Katie” will always remind me of the time when I had my works available to public, starting $0.99. The comment seems from a real person (and not a spam boat, or I hope not!). She doesn’t comment on the story but rather mentions that that’s the one she read recently. For her to mention it, I assume, it should have made some impression.  :)

Now that the Submissions Season is here I want to give at least one of my babies another go in the cruel and indifferent world.

Meanwhile, all of you: Be good or don’t get caught.

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A Good Deed

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It’s all good, my little friend

It’s Sunday afternoon (4th of August) and I the morose and workaholic Capricorn (I don’t believe in Astrology but sometimes it’s fun to make references to it, eh?) am working on my thesis chapter. I’ve just come back to my study space after about 20 minutes. I’m a little breathless. This is why:

As soon as I got to the building’s foyer to take a leak, from my right something fluttered past my face, leaving me in a momentary state of panic. No, it wasn’t an earthquake and things from the ceiling weren’t falling down. It was just a little sparrow, very much like the one in the picture that had flew or rather blundered into the building from a little open crack in a large window.

Of course, once inside, the bird had no idea how to get out and frolic again in the trees that abundantly cover university’s campus. Anyway, I proceeded to take care of my personal business which, as I have mentioned earlier, was to take a leak. My urinary duty done, I came out of the toilet and noticed that the tiny bird was going insane in its (I don’t know if it was a male or female, therefore I use “it”) desperation to get out of the building. In this part of the building,  the foyer and connected walkways/corridor are surrounded by glass so that you get an ample view of the open spaces around the building.

Apparently, nature hasn’t equipped the bird to detect glass. So, again and again, the little bird would spot the great outdoors through glass, take an energetic flight and thud into the glass! Thwock! Thwock! Thwock…. and it would fall down on the floor, look at the other end and fly towards the glass, picking speed mid-air and …. THWOCK! Even though the there were two windows ajar, the bird just wouldn’t find the open crack. Instead it would ram hard into the glass….. THWOCK!!!!…..

Now, I am usually a strong believer in “every man for himself” philosophy. I suppose in this situation it would translate into “Every Bird for himself/herself”…. But my vulnerable human heart began to melt watching this bird getting more and more frantic and wounded. As a kid, I have killed quite a few birds who came under my care, largely due to neglect and ignorance. A few of them were eaten or maimed by my pet dogs. I thought if I save this bird I may be able to assuage some of that guilt.

I also know that most people who find birds inside buildings conveniently kill them and throw them in a trash bin. They cannot be bothered to chase and rescue the bird and release it to freedom. Although, this being a university building, there are plenty of bleeding heart Lefties, Liberals, Nature Lovers, Tree-Huggers who would rescue this bird. But remember, this was Sunday (about 2pm), and they’re most likely somewhere sipping wine by a nice beach, or maybe somewhere out there hugging another tree. They wouldn’t be back till next morning, which was about 18 hours away. Meanwhile this bird would not stop hurting itself.

Also, I reasoned, if the poor and distraught bird stayed trapped in the building all evening and night, it would not get to sleep in its comfy bed at night somewhere in the trees. Even if this bird was rescued by someone the next (Monday) morning before it died it would go through extreme psychological distress. I just could not leave the birdie to its fate. It was intervention time.

So there began my long struggle with the little sparrow. As soon as it noticed me approach it became 5 times more distressed. Its flights became quicker, faster and its crashes against the glass more painful. But I continued the chase, back and forth, from one end to the other end. Every time I got close it let out a bird-scream. It kept flying past me either over my head or through spaces between my legs, hands and arms. If someone had seen me they could have rebuked me for tormenting the bird like that. The bird was all out of breath, it could not fly anymore and began to hide behind rubbish bins. But I kept chasing it because I had to have it in my hands before I could release it out of the open window.

From bird’s perspective it was fighting for its life in the enclosed space. It had NOWHERE to hide. Instead of giving up, in its desperation the bird found the stairs and flew up to the floor above! Breathlessly, I pursued it. Now the same drama of mad pursuit continued on this floor for another few minutes. And Behold! I grabbed the little thing finally after blocking its flight in one corner.

I held it in one hand. The bird had panicked look on its face, its beak was open trying to catch breath, its eyes were full of fright. It prepared to die. Maybe it was saying last bird-prayers before departing the planet forever? I started going down the stairs to get to the open window. I did not want to hold it tight as I was afraid it would smother it. So, I eased my grip… and behold!… it jerked out of my hand and flew off to bump against the glass once more. “O…You Fucking Idiot!” I addressed the poor bird in my anger.

But I kept chasing the bird, who was still too tired and out of breath. When the second time I had it in the corner, it gave up easily– READY TO DIE.

I had it in my hand again, firmly this time. I did not want to prolong this struggle anymore. I released it from the open window and off it flew into the open space, as I stood there breathless and covered in sweat. I’m sure it prayed to some bird-God thanking Him for saving its life. The bird must have thought it dodged me–the killer– once more! Indeed, how lucky the little sparrow must have felt escaping from its murderous, bloodthirsty human Predator……

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