Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bird without beak

Morning whispered its noise in the ears of the jungle, yawning and curling the living woke up.Flexing their limbs and stretching the faces their eyes slowly welcomed the sunlight. In no time the whispered noise turned to a loud continuous chatter.

A bird flew from her nest, flapping and soaring and gliding in the air moving up and down, occasionally facing the whoosh of the breeze coming from the jungle Peech. Looking for the breakfast, she hovered and alighted on the huts and houses in the nearby village Sat-Tal. Generous people of the village loved the birds and would put seeds, rice and food leftovers from last night in front of their houses. Large groups of birds would come every morning and afternoon in the village to fill their belly. They would fight amongst themselves for the tastiest food, feed their offsprings and would carry boiled and soaked food to their children in the nests. Villagers would love watching and talking about them. Our bird, Chiki was also one of the naughty ones from the groups. But one day a gang of hunters came to the jungle Peech and everything changed for her.

It was mating season for the birds when Chiki fell in love with Choker and conceived children. They were very happy and it was the first time Chiki would become a mother. Every morning Choker would get ready to bring food for Chiki but she would insist and go along with him. Chiki could not leave him alone, so madly she was in love with him. Other birds were jealous of Chiki's love for Choker. It was sometime in the spring when new leaves and buds were rejoicing their birth on the plants and flowers were blossoming when Chiki gave birth to three cute little birds. The newborns were very noisy and demanding, they would cry for food all day and Chiki-Choker would make hundreds of trips to the village to bring enough food for them. The loved their babies.

One day a gang of hunters visited the jungle as tourists. They came with the intention of hunting rabbits and had guns with them. One of the shooters saw a rabbit and started following him. After trailing for a while the rabbit sensed it being followed and instead of running on ground climbed on the tree. The shooter prepared! He sat down quietly and set his target. As he shot the rabbit escaped, the bullet skipped to the next tree and hit Chiki. Swirling in the air by the impact Chiki fell on the ground.

When Chiki opened her eyes all the birds had gathered. There was a lot of noise, some who witnessed the incident were telling others, some cursing the hunters, some felt viciously happy and others just joined the crowd. No one was really bothered about her. Chiki closed her eyes again and the image of her babies appeared in her mind and suddenly she could hear them chirruping and crying for food. Anxious Chiki stood up and saw Choker sitting by the nest, sad with tears. She flew to him and cuddled near the neck. As she did the pain from the beak gripped her and made her restless.

Next morning Choker went to bring food to the babies, Chiki was weak and in too much pain to fly. Choker made hundreds of trips to the village but the babies were still hungry and so was Chiki. Choker did not know what to do. When he asked other birds to help they advised him to leave Chiki and that she was useless anyways now. Others also made fun of the broken beak. Slowly the lower beak also gave away from the crack obtained by the impact of bullet and this left Choker completely confused and one night he slipped away quietly.

Finding herself alone with kids in the morning, Chiki knew he had left. She flew to the village for food but with broken beak could not carry much and the rice and seeds would fall. Tirelessly she tried all day but could not bring enough even for one baby. Faced upon by such a situation she had decided that she would try to save the healthiest baby but even that did not seem possible. This broke her completely.

It had rained last night in the jungle and the nest broke due to the thunderstorm. Chiki spent all night keeping the babies safe and since dawn repaired the nest. It was tough for her. Without enough food, help and hope she was getting weak and was worried about the babies who were getting weaker day by day and would not fight and cry much anymore.

She went to get food from the village. Tired she could hardly fly had become very slow. She rested in the village for a while. When she returned one of her babies was not very well. Worried she fed him and cuddled but the baby did not survive long. It was the cold from the last night's rain and starvation that had suffered. Tears started to pour from the Chiki's eyes she could not contain the fear of future anymore but she gathered all her courage and brought food for the two babies. But they did not survive long either. Within 2 days of the rain they fell sick and died. Chiki was left alone, weak, withered and hungry. She could not even feed herself with the broken beak. Slowly she was also dying in hunger and she decided to die.

She dragged herself to the near pond where she thought she would drown and die. Probably some crocodile or other animal would eat her. She went to the pond and looked in it. She could hardly identify herself. As she closed her eyes the younger image appeared in her mind but as she opened the withered image appeared again. Chiki closed her eyes again. She wanted to remember how young and happy she was before she dies. And with that image in her mind she jumped in the pond.

As she drowned into the pond floor something unusual happened and a small fish got caught between her beaks which clutched the fish like jaws. She could not even die peacefully. Angrily she tried to get rid of the fish and cuts it and eats the fish! She came out of the pond and dipped her beak again in the water and another fish was clutched. Dipped again and another fish and another. Other birds gathered to see what was happening and suddenly the new ability of broken beaks to catch fish took all birds by surprise. Happy, Chiki started running around, jumping, fluttering, flapping and screaming. Soon she became famous in the jungle as miracle bird and would help the weak birds by bringing them fish.

Even when she thought everything was lost she found that not all was gone. She just did not know what there was!

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  1. the only sad thing was her children died else this will make a fine story...

  2. @Sonu: I had the same thing in my mind when i was writing but i intentionally wrote it in the story. Thanks a lot for reading!
    I hope you will continue to read my stories :)