When the lone wolf dies but the pack survives

Back waters of Kabini

Earlier this month, I had a chance to visit Kabini backwaters along with family, it was a good drive out from the hustle and bustle of Bengaluru. Kabini is an extension of the Nagarhole National Park and the resort where we stayed in promptly lived up to the tradition and played a wildlife documentary towards the evening.

The National Geographic documentary presented a riveting story of Sher Khan and how the King of the Jungle goes through an entire year with varied seasons to first mark his territory and then survives the power struggle to stay in power. Throughout the documentary the Tiger was indeed the “alpha male” and the hero of the story. Growing up watching Jungle Book ( yes, jungle jungle baat chali hai , pata chala hai one.. ) and now binging on it again with my daughter , I can totally relate to how Sher Khan acquired it’s ‘the all- powerful’ stature from. Needless to say, both of us were glued to the screen and wished a happy ending for Sher Khan.

Shot from the Jungle Safari at 5 AM.

There was a twist in the tale! Just after Sher Khan’s prime days, he was brought down in a severely well orchestrated attack by a pack of Dholes [1] ( the Indian Wild Dog ) . The pack of Dholes ( roughly 14 of them ) in-capacitated the prime beast which eventually lost to its challenger, a younger Tiger. The Jungle had a new master, a new King , the ONE who must survive and build the tribe.

I was fascinated by the documentary and the deep message it conveyed. Retrospecting on it, I agreed that even in erstwhile Jungle Book the fiercest character was not Sher Khan but the Pack of Dhole’s. So here is something to think about, when you ( you the individual, you the team , you the company , you the country and … you the world ) is at the top of your game , spend time in building your team. It has never been a better time to pay heed to Ned Stark’s advice ….. When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives..

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhole


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