Monkeys and khuls

living in the concrete structures makes one realize the real importance of the hills and you want to visit them again and again.
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> Come Summer and my bag-pack is ready to hit the zig-zag path of the hills, but lately the hills are becoming synonymous with hap-hazard constructions, long traffic jams and over-rising simian population.
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> What happened in Uttarakhand and Nepal cannot be ignored , apart from human lives there was a huge loss of flora and fauna, but still we are playing with the nature. Kangra in Himachal Pradesh almost vanished during the earthquake in 1905 and still comes under the earthquake prone zone.
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> Palampur, is beautiful place in the valley of Kangra but it is becoming more prominent with encroaching structures, narrower roads giving way to the palatial houses which are over-taking picturesque beauty of Palampur.
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> Earlier it was pleasure walking as well driving amidst the pine trees and tea gardens. Plucking up fresh tea leaves and taking them home was my favorite past time, though I also knew that tea cannot be prepared from fresh leaves, but it was long and tedious process to turn fresh ones in to customary tea leaves.
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> Another thing which was a prominent feature of Palampur was, the khuls(the small streams of water carring water from the glacial melt) ,they were the integral part of almost every household, but sadly no more! Many have dried and rest have turned into places of dumping the waste material.. It was these khuls only, from which, the place like palampur got its name. In old times, the area which depended on khuls was called ‘Palam Kshetra’ and later this name got modified to Palampur during British regime.
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> khuls, once were main source of drinking water in the region but now with advance in technology , the khuls have been replaced by water supply to each and every home, which is in a way good as now ladies do not have to walk distances to access potable water but on the other side khuls have to bear the brunt and are only used for throwing garbage and are on the verge of extinction. These khuls were in the past the life-line of Kangra Valley but now themselves running out of life.
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> On one side if khuls are vanishing, then on other side the simian population is on rise. It was sad sight when recently while visiting Neugal cafe near Bundle Tea Estate in Palampur, i could only find the monkeys. They were all over the place. It was ironical, to see the human race being threatened by the monkeys. It was more like the ‘Planet of Apes’, they were now over-powering the homo-sapiens. The houses which were earlier made with huge door, windows, porch, verandas and balconies are now covered with wire-mesh and grills, as if we human beings are caged and our masters the monkeys are free to roam, we are now on their mercy.
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> They were all over the place, the little infants clinging to their mothers’ underbelly but not fed by them as for these babies the lesson of ‘the survival of the fittest’ has begun early. The mothers were busy eating themselves without even giving a morsel to the little ones. One odd monkey in them , who probably lost her baby was tight rope walking on telephone cables with a pup in her hand, who was almost dead, whom she must have mistaken to be her long lost baby, i guessed so!!
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> Now, to stop the monkey menace or to scale it down, the municipal authorities have started collecting the garbage from each and every home, which is a commendable step on their part, but moment the dham( lunch party) in my locality took place, the simians in hoards thronged the place as if feeling offended for not being invited , watching their human counterparts eye to eye and in a split second grabbed the plate from a lady, she screamed her heart out as she was terrified and left with few scratch marks on her hand and was immediately taken to the near by health center for rabies vaccination and was also given a sum of RS.5000/- but the damage physically and psychologically done was irreversible.
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> After the dham the monkey family came in full force some were hanging on the wires and some were scavenging for food, some were still busy getting their ticks picked.
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> Suddenly, a fight broke out among the trope members , from grinding teethes to biting each other they tried and tested every trick of proving their superiority and mean while all this was going on, we the so called superior race was hiding in our concrete castles and peeping from the windows covered with grills.
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> Later when this monkey drama was over and they had left after creating a mess , we managed to muster courage and step out of our threshold only to witness another disaster unfolding few houses away. The simian population had attacked the lady sitting in the vegetable shop, to our surprise leaving out the shops of the male vendors, i wondered if monkeys also believed in the philosophy of Ladies first!!
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> Are ladies and children on the hit list of the monkeys , as we are more vulnerable and so more susceptible to their attacks, like human race even monkey population also has picked up the nuances of striking out the weakest.
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> Well monkeys and humans share the same ancestry, but if today they are attacking us, then it is not we who are at the receiving end but they , because their natural habitats, the jungles have been cut down by us, they are homeless and to survive they like humans are also learning the tricks of the trade.
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