Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Some monkey business to attend to...


I had visitors today at home...unwelcome though. A couple of monkeys entered my 3rd floor apartment through the balcony while I was seated in the living room, watching a film and trying to work on a story . They sneaked in post lunch. We have an open kitchen and the house is kind of seamless, so an entry inside the kitchen virtually meant they are in my drawing room. It was a rather cloudy day, so I threw the balcony doors open .I saw a movement through my bamboo curtains and I thought maybe it is the wind or probably a bird in my little garden, when I suddenly spotted one monkey stealthily sitting next to the sink in my kitchen balcony..I rushed to close my balcony doors when I was stopped by one sitting happily inside my kitchen munching a carrot that it has probably snatched from somebody else's house..Today I had skipped preparing lunch and there was nothing in the house to munch..not even a stray biscuit ..so the monkeys probably had knocked at the wrong number. They didnt give up though..when I finally with the help of people chased them away, I saw one desperately opening a dustbin and gnawing at some pieces of apple and orange peels. They had plucked some flower buds in desperation and tugged at the clothes and left some paw marks in my kitchen ..but fortunately disappeared..Some monkey business this.Incidentally this is the second time I am seeing monkeys in this area in these few years Ive lived here .(By the way, the monkey in the picture is not the one that visited me today..this was taken at the Shibi temple at Tumkur..I had no intention of photographing my visitors.more keen on chasing them away :))

22 comments:

Kamini said...

I love most animals, but these monkeys can be a real menace. Once, some years back, we were in Nagarhole, and a couple of monkeys coolly came into our room and ran away with my mother's medicines. Another time, one grabbed a dosai off my plate and made off. And they responded to our shouts and threats by baring their teeth!

humanobserver said...

Lol....completely agree with Kamini..they are really terrible....

ugich konitari said...

Lakshmi, Welcome to the club. There are monkeys on our campus, that know how to hold aside a curtain and peer, they know how to open windows, energised by what they see inside, and wonders of wonders, they have class.

I had a two tier tray on my dining table last summer, with hapoos mangoes below and "pairi" (juicy) mangoes above. These monkeys came in, examined the stuff, pushed aside the pairi with disdain and completely destroyed my hapoos, by half peeling,sucking and throwing them around. There was one monkey trying to twist open a transparent bottle with peanuts inside. Huge chaos.

I found out that if you bang something on the floor to make noise they get a bit alarmed. Shooing them doesnt work. They just bare their teeth and give you one of those evil grins.....

vishesh said...

lol :P obvious you want to chase them away first :)

Katney said...

Since monkeys are not a problem here, it was with a chuckle that we read the warning in our hotel room at Periyar to be sure to close the windows when out of the room to keep thses visitors away. I'm sure they must be a terror.

Cuckoo said...

Ha Ha Ha...
We used to get these guests in Rajasthan sitting with us on our dining table !!

magiceye said...

they sure have a knack of striking terror!

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Wendy said...

Cheeky monkey :^)

Fida said...

LOL - but at least you didn't have a bear on the couch like my neighbours :-)

GreatEscapes said...

they visited my place to, my one n half year old daughter had a nice laugh feeding them bananas :)

dharmabum said...

i love them. i think they intrude because we have, over the years, deprived them of their habitat. they have no choice, the poor things.

Nomadic Matt said...

i love monkeys!!!

Jeevan said...

Even in cities they have some space to live is nice, but unsafe for both of us. I mean the monkeys and humans. We get receive monkeys rarely to wonder where they come from. Lovely shot buddy :)

hitch writer said...

Monkey's can be a menace.. but their pranks are wonderful to watch.. if you happen to have one inside the house.. it can be quite hillarious to see the mummies screaming and running... lol... In my town in bharuch we have them coming everyday to eat our guava's and what not... but they are really lovely to watch from a distance when they are playing, especially the younger ones..

Medhini said...

So was it 'Hullabaloo in your apartment'????

Couch Potato said...

Monkeys are not all that bad. If you're mobbed by a troop, then you're in serious trouble.
My 10-year-old son had a wonderful time at B.R. Hills feeding the resident troop there in his own unique way. He stuffed biscuits in his pockets in full view of the monkeys and sat down fairly close to them. I have a picture of my son giggling away while a monkey dug into his pocket for the contraband.

Vittal

mark said...

oh-- L...this is so funny...to your reader, that is...maybe next time you could get a photo?

Prashanth M said...

an off-topic question here - need directions to Shibi (or is it Sheebi). Mail them please... :)

Mridula said...

Lakshmi skipping lunch is not a good thing :D, and I know I would have been quite scared if I saw monkeys in my house!

koala said...

Wow________
this is so unimaginable over here.

Amazed

koala said...

Wow____
this is so unimaginable over here.
Amazed