Why do I dislike snakes? Childhood memories are very strong. The experience that I had as a kid are still fresh in my memory and I will share with you.
I read a story by Thewriteyard Snakes, Love Them Or Hate Them? She says that they deserve a life as much as we do. I am agreeable to that so long as they keep away from human habitation and don’t have the right to spread their poison.
She asked to relate some stories of snakes from our life’s experiences.
Many times I see the resemblance in human beings also. I call them snakes when they are slimy and undercut you. I can feel them be in the snake’s skin spreading poison.
As a child, my first experience with snakes was when I was only seven years old. There used to be a big All India National exhibition spread out in an expanse of five acres of land. Ranchi was a small place. We used to look forward to this exhibition every winter. Everything under one roof was available here from a pin to the big consumer goods during those days from all over the country. We loved to meet our friends there and organized get-togethers at a meeting place.
We would play games and have fun over there.
At the entrance of the exhibition grounds, there would be snake charmers. They would bring a big round box in which the snake would rest.
The snake charmer would take out his instrument. It is called a Been in India. They would not let us go into the exhibition unless we stopped by saw them playing the instrument and the snake dancing slimily. Then we were supposed to give money or the snake would keep coming after us and scare us.
The snake charmer would only make the snake stop after getting his money. All this was ugly and there were no rules or laws to stop this menace.
Some people enjoyed the music from the Been and the snake dance and would stand and watch having fun.
This was one such experience. We still have snake charmers but now they are not seen that often in big cities
In another incident, there was a little boy with his parents roaming around in the park. A snake hissed and came and bit the child. Many of us were on the swings and witnessed this scene.
The child cried out in pain. He shouted, then he slid and fell and some white foam came out of his mouth. Many villagers came running and sucked the venom from his mouth but the child did not gain consciousness.
A doctor was brought from the nearby hospital who administered an injection and gave some medicines but the pulse was very feeble.
Snake charmers came but could not do anything about it.
On the third day, the child died and the parents cried their heart out. I also cried and so did a lot of other parents. I of course did not understand where my little friend had gone but never saw him again as he had gone to God I was told.
I was banned from going to the park but were the houses safe from snakes?
I saw many snakes in the large beautiful house that I lived in. Many snakes used to come out from the orchard and find their way inside the house and make a sound of HISSSS. There used to be flying snakes as well. Just glide quickly away on the wall.
Many times in my life I have seen people who misbehave and take the rights of other people when it does not belong to them. I have often seen them climb up the ladder trying to crush others. I call them slimy snakes.
I could never befriend snakes. I do not wear snake bracelets amulets or pendants. I do not know if I am mortally scared of them or I dislike them but I do not want to go near them.
I would like to keep away from people who behave like snakes. My takeaways and life’s lesson is to stay away from their poison. Be good and do good. Let the snakes do what they want to as long as they are away and let people live their life.
Please do see Thewriteyard’s story on Snakes give below.
Thanks to the charming young ladies Claire Kelly and Noorain Hassan, BMS who are working very hard to make this a successful publication. I appreciate their efforts at building the blocks and also writing beautiful poems and stories.