27 October, 2020

Sittilingi Diary

Wednesday evening, we had a four-foot cobra, Thursday night a spider as big as my hand, and Friday night a five-inch scorpion...

Sittilingi Diary
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Wild Green Registan

The pace of life here is astonishing. Of the wildlife, that is. Wednesday evening, we had a four-foot cobra, Thursday night a spider as big as my hand, and Friday night a five-inch scorpion. I’d have left the cobra alone, but the dogs first ‘treed’ it, then scared it down and mauled it. (I’d never heard of dogs expertly hunting a snake.) Unhappily, I had to finish it off. The youngest cat had the furry spider for an after-dinner snack, needing no help, which was lucky. The scorpion was in the kitchen and had to be dispatched, shuddering (both of us).

Regi George is a Buddhist and lets these creatures go their ways. We don’t have his training, or his detachment. Regi and Lalitha are away trekking in Ladakh, their first break in five years. They go to the Himalayas when they can get a month off, which is rare, but my wife...

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