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Amidst the hustle and bustle of a busy street, I witnessed an intense drama when I came across a lady selling hand-held fans made with peacock feathers. Oblivious to the crowd, the drama was staged in the amphitheater of my mind. Each peacock feather with its head tilted slightly towards right, had its eye on me, seeking some answer from unfathomable depth of my heart, the moment I chanced a look at one of them. I tried escaping its gentle yet taut gaze by moving away from it, first to my right and then to left. The eyes followed sans any air of stalker. I couldn’t get out of its sweet compelling clutches. What escaped its invisible, tight lips was a volley of questions, so very disturbing that it fanned the grief and sympathy. Were they not pointing to cruelty towards animals? Were they not telling me the untold stories from the forestland where they belonged, but in the shadow of danger? This silence grew deafening. I turned my back to it, but still could feel its gaze following my shadow, silently, for a long time.

Shot on my mobile phone when I was strolling the Colaba Causeway, the street shopping paradise at Mumbai.

Linking this post to #WordlessWednesday by Esha and Natasha


Vaishali · January 9, 2019 at 10:25 pm

True,silence speaks a thosand words …
Thought provoking article

    Anagha Yatin · January 9, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    It did stir a storm in my mind Vaishali, unsettling me for long. Though the topic is disheartening, I am happy that it resonated well with you. Thanks for visiting.

Abhijit Ray · January 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm

Your concern may be genuine but is peacock feather fan made from shredded feathers or by skinning peacocks?

    Anagha Yatin · January 9, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    True that Abhijit ji. I tried reasoning the same with me. However when I saw that the lady had more than 20 of them, I was not sure.
    Thanks for visiting and sharing your thought.

      Abhijit Ray · January 9, 2019 at 10:36 pm

      The lady most probably bought it from a wholes Eller. Peacock being national bird, not many will dare to kill /harm them.

        Anagha Yatin · January 9, 2019 at 10:44 pm

        Lady definitely was the last leaf. However, during my visit to Morachi Chincholi, a tehesil at Pune, few years back, I had learnt about the apathy towards the Peacocks and their dwindling habitat. My concern probably stemmed from that knowledge. Morachi Chincholi is known for peacocks and peacock friendly villagers.
        PS: Mor means peacock in Marathi. Morachi Chincholi thus is Chincholi famous for peacock.

          Abhijit Ray · January 9, 2019 at 10:47 pm

          Peacocks are growing all over western India. It is known as Mor all over. I have not seen / heard peacocks being killed. But may be you are right.

            Anagha Yatin · January 9, 2019 at 11:06 pm

            Destroying or interfering the habitat of peacocks is the main reason. As you rightly said, peacock being national animal may not be killed so easily, but intentional as well as unintentional activities by humans does pose a threat to them.
            Or may be now I wonder, if my fear is out of place? I would be happy if it turns out to be so.
            Thanks Abhijit ji for a meaningful dialogue on this topic.

Vaishali Khot · January 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm

True ,silence speaks a thosand words…
Thought provoking article

Esha M Dutta · January 10, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Thank you for sharing this very evocative post, Anagha. I agree there are times when we get into a certain strain of thoughts that force us to question our actions and why we choose to interfere with the natural way of life that our birds and animals have had for centuries, and why we need to make intrusions into their world. I felt this very strongly during a safari trip in South Africa. Thank you for joining our #ww linky party this week, Anagha. Loving your thoughtful posts.

    Anagha Yatin · January 10, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you Esha for visiting and appreciating. I’m glad my thought resonated well with you.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · January 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm

You have a thoughtful vision that gets accelerated with your good observation.
Indeed a thought provoking post.

Sajid Akhter · January 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Hi Anagha,

Silence is Gold in today’s hectic life. It feels wonderful to be sitting near a lazy pond or lake and just sit idle and feel the beauty of nature. It is a wonderful feeling which has no substitute.

Thanks for sharing this post. Have a good day.

Natasha Sinha · January 11, 2019 at 6:05 am

Anagha your writing is soulful and your thoughts so very nobel.
I would imagine that peacocks she’d their feathers most parts of the year and these fans are probably made of those. Have never heard of peacocks being hunted, but who knows.
I live in a locality where peacocks can be seen sauntering and preening around like any other bird. It is such a delight to behold. And I feel so blessed to be part of this blessing endowed by nature around me.

So happy to have you link up with us on #WW.

More power to you and your kind thoughts. ❣️

Deepshikha · January 11, 2019 at 9:13 am

Dear anagha….. it is really beautifully penned …I must say in few words you have conveyed a lot…Thanks for sharing.

Meenakshi Param · January 11, 2019 at 9:23 am

Your words me ponder over how mindful we are while travelling…I am sure your mindfulness made you empathize with the peacocks and pen this post.Such a thoughtful one! Peacocks are usually not hunted for their feathers as others here have reasoned.But, I have heard of cases where they are hunted for their meat which is quite sickening to hear and read.

Sachin Baikar · January 11, 2019 at 10:09 pm

A thought provoking post ? Anagha. Thanks for sharing.

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