Saying it with Silence: a chance encounter with a bird over a cuppa!

Last week I was at a mountain spot (the Western Ghats again and another town this time) with my husband.

I always wake early. That day too I did and had made myself a steaming cup of coffee. Taking that and a biscuit in my other hand, I went to the hotel room balcony and sat down on a chair surveying the vast mountain side and lake.

In a few moments, this plush birdie (it is a red whiskered bulbul – a cute name isn’t it?) landed on the balcony railing and cocked a meaning eye at me.

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I didn’t move a muscle lest I should scare it off. But, I won’t pretend I wasn’t itching to reach out and say Hello!

I was swift to realise the bird was hungry and was probably exploring the opportunity to share my biscuit. Well, now comes the sweet part. Even before I could decide how to give it a piece, it had flown to the chair next me and awaited my response. Absolutely, I assure you!

With minimal movement, I snapped a small piece off the biscuit and nonchalantly laid it on the table in front. The bird swooped on it, caught it in its beak and streaked off.

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It just goes to show, doesn’t it, that communication simply isn’t about words? The dumb chum showed that anyone could be eloquent while being silent.

Evidently, we all connect at a deeper level. Ironically though, at most times, we just lack the capacity to go beyond the superficial.

When I told my husband about this incident, the poor fellow turned green at having missed the lovely encounter. And that completely made my day (mean me 😀).

Note: The photos I have supplied here are from my earlier stay on the very same Western Ghats, but at a different town.

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