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The guava and the grandchildren: Singanayakanahalli, 040921

Ten of us met up for the bird/nature outing at Singanayakanahalli Lake in north Bangalore. Alas, the heavy rain meant that the ground (we had to walk over the bed of the lake) was very squishy and squelchy indeed, and our shoes became caked with mud. I got fed up of clumping along and trying to look for path through the water puddles and small water ponds, and decided to go back to the road, and cross it to see what I could find on the other side. There was a path leading down to the guava orchard, and I took it, to get to the open fields where I might find Munias and other small interesting plants and insects.

As I was walking in the guava orchard, heading towards the open fields, I saw a man plucking guavas. I went up to him and asked him if he would sell me some. He pointed to a pile and said, "aivathu" (fifty). I put some of the guavas into my camera bag and took out my fifty-rupee note...when suddenly another man came charging at the first one, who took to his heels!

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The second man then looked at the money in my hand and asked what it was. I said I was about to buy the guavas. "What! I am the farmer who owns this orchard, that was a thief stealing the fruit!" he said. "You were going to buy the fruits from a thief!" Crestfallen, I turned away, when the farmer laughed and said, "Take as many as you like, you at least were not stealing!" I paid him the fifty and got fruits for all of the group which we enjoyed.

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I also walked up to see the Hanuman temple that shows up on Google maps

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and next to it was a shrine to the snake gods (nAga dEvathA).

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As I stood there, an old (well, older than me!) came up and said, "If you pray to these gods with devotion, you will get children."

I was about to tell him that I already had one of those, and was very satisfied, when he took another look at me, and corrected himself: "You will get grandchildren." Laughing, I told him I had two of those too, and was satisfied!

You can see the Flickr album of the photographs I took that morning

here
Tags: birding, human behaviour, humour, lakes, nature, outing, temples
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