When snakes decided to give me company – with a cat saving my life (final part)

I started running like a freak, jumping here and there without ever once daring to look behind my shoulders.

In a split second thankfully I was at the threshold of the door with mom and I quickly shutting it behind.

Only when I gathered some courage did I venture into investigating via the same window with my heart crashing inside its cage. 

Expecting the same cobra, I tried to focus but the scene that unfolded left us dumbfounded.

The sub uncle was right, there was a snake that resided there. But this was not a cobra, rather a red soil hued super long snake. Also there wasn’t just one snake here but it had a whole variety.

In time to come, we realised that this snake was a supersnake of the snake world and perhaps many’s worst nightmare too.

Famously known as Godhapachad (one who could beat horses! Google says Ptyas Mucosa or Ratsnake as translation) It was called so for it could outrun horses with the potential of killing them too.

Okay, one quick question.

So what could be your last resort if you want to ditch a snake?

“Duh-h! Climb the stars and reach the top floor!”

Lol, no! Not with Godhapachad! The snake would come right after, climbing stairs or boyndary walls, however it pleases. 

Yo! It could climb these things!

I could only see half of it as the rest of it was still coiled beneath the tree. Even now I get severe chills at the memory. 

I was shaking with fear thinking over and over again that the snake would have been there while I was flooding its home but couldn’t make out because of its colour.

Each time that I stole a glance, it gave me a panic attack. 

Like the cobra, this too left for some place within minutes of arrival or shall I say, emerging from his humble abode.

“That’s it, we are leaving this place as soon as possible,” we kept saying to each other in further panic strikken state.

And so began a search for a better place. But the entire Bhopal city appeared to be a snake prone zone with a python caught from the house of the chief minister itself! Although, the colonies neighbouring our township were somewhat better.

While house hunting, things began to get a little better. But after that episode, backyard lawn was strictly prohibited for use. We cleared the front part of the house of any decorations that would help the snake in lurking or hinder our quick scanning of the place which we always did before coming out of our house. That is always a must.

After some days we got to know that a far bigger quarter had gotten alloted to us which would be safer too. But in between something else happened.

One evening I was studying outside in the veranda with a beautiful white stray cat who had become a friend and kept me company. 

Little did I know that the cat would save my life.

I saw the cat acting weird, with it’s tail in the air , it’s body elongated while it constantly looked at something.

I talked to the cat (yeah, I’m weird, let’s move on!)

But the cat ignored me which was the most weird.

So I asked again.

“What are you looking at dear catty?” getting to my feet and following the direction of its eyes.

I literally screamed at the top of my voice as my eyes took in a thick cream and light green stripped snake hissing just over a little distance from where I was sitting.

But sensing my foot movements it began to move away and crawled towards the neighbours lawn.

Side tip – make them aware of your presence by thumping loudly and making your footsteps louder. That works the best and they’ll avoid coming in your direction then because who doesn’t hate humans? (King Kongs, dinosaurs, aliens, weird looking machines, vegetation, fellow humans, you name it and you’ll find a Hollywood movie on how humans made an enemy out of them!)

Also, night time is worst so, lights, thumping footsteps were always a must. We often heard the bushes rustling at night. 

Anyway, back to story!

Lol that was enough motivation and so we moved to the other quarter in the same township but because of the size of the house and lawns, we hardly came across them. 

But they were always around. Our gardener would randomly drop things like, “madamji, aap darr jate isliye bataya nai, samne wale lawn me snake ghoom raha tha. (There was a snake passing through your front lawn.)

Gate wale ped se saanp latak raha tha! (A snake was dangling from the tree next to your gate!)

There were some more incidents and several with many others but then I’ll have to write a book to write them all!

But the locals’ chill attitude was very astonishing.

Our domestic help would strode in through the gate and disappear somewhere adding all the more mystery to the already Khatron Ke Khiladi (Fear Factor) plot.

My mom would get anxious like,”arey I saw her coming here? Kaha gayab hojati hai ye? (Where did she go?)”

And then gradually we realised she was collecting all the raw mangoes from the back lawn and making a heap out of them in the veranda.

“Didi ghar lejayegi, sabko baategi! (Taking them home for everyone!)

But I know what you might be thinking, what was with the locals who were so casual about snakes?
“Kuch nai karega madamji, kuch nai krte ye bichare (it won’t hurt you, these poor folks are harmless!),” would be their response when you ask them.

To our utter surprise, despite Anaconda 2 movie like zone, fortunately, we hardly heard any instances of snake bites. They kept to themselves, simply passing through our lawns and sometimes entering other people’s place. (EEEEEEEEK! Happened with some! Like washroom, bedroom and courtyard – so our brains were perenially alert.)

Gradually, perhaps the locals’ casual outlook towards them somehow rubbed off on us too and we began to be at more ease in the township. Though we never even once let our guards down.

Despite everything, it reminds me of good old days. It was one of the most beautiful places I had stayed in. With so much greenery, different lakes, variety of floras and faunas and such pure air!

 Early morning breeze, pollution free air, warm sun beams when I watered the plants still make me smile.

Even during peak summers, the weather used to get better towards evening with frequent showers every once in a week. I miss the place but the memory of snakes still make us shiver with fright!

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Thank you so much for reading.

By Twinklingwords


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48 thoughts on “When snakes decided to give me company – with a cat saving my life (final part)

  1. You left me a little shivering V :/ ai am so curious to Google that gopichand snake, but himmat nae ho rahi !! Thanks for this post before I join my training in August πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Perhaps the most practical and useful tips I will have in hand from your post ! And seriously itne snakes hain Bhopal mein so had no clue. Used to think mountains were most dangerous, but you revealed something else: P Hats off to you for the bravery again !

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    1. Hi, AR
      It’s been so long since I’ve talked to you but life is not so kind always and that’s why I was missing.
      Anyway, the experience was scary in the real sense, hence the fearful vibes you’re getting. Also, I’m glad to help.
      Where is your training?
      Congratulations once again. Take care!

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      1. Hey V, kahaa gayab thi ?? I hope everything is better now, and you are back to being your usual self πŸ™‚ And thanks again, training starts August end. PS : I wrote my interview blogpost, give it a read when you are free enough since it is too long and might test your patience πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. Waah TW!! What a humorous narration!! Really loved it. And yeah congrats to you for surviving with snakes for couple of months. If i see a snake I would probably die with a panic attack!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  3. and thank you for the laugh, TW! Well I can totally relate to the snakes but also the beauty of the place you so very well describe, that could be the other reason for you to keep ‘hissing’ memories of the place.
    How have you been?

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this post and spared your time reading it (Because it’s honestly very long!) I have been busy friend. But now I want to spend more time on WP because I miss it dearly! How have you been? I certainly need to catch up a lot. So good news for me, I would have plenty of your amazing work to read❀

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      1. Hahaha… I loved your experience with your slithery friends, TW!
        I have been good, TW, how have you been?
        Will be very happy to have you read my last updated on the imperfections of dear life
        So, was it exams?

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    1. Hey Natasha, thanks a ton for considering me for this award. I am overwhelmed, really πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ I’m not so sure I would make a post because I don’t do awards that much. But I really want to thank you for nominating me. πŸ˜„

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      1. Bhopal:Β Tigers have registered their presence on the outskirts of Bhopal, sending the forest department scampering to find them.

        Sources in the forest department said that tigers T-122 and T-121 have been traced in the areas close to Lurala nullah on the outskirts of the city through their pugmarks.

        As a precautionary measure, the forest department has made announcement in and around Mendora village regarding presence of the big cats in the area and urged locals to be cautious while moving around in the forest areas.

        The forest adjoining Kerwa dam and Kaliasot dam on Bhopal outskirts till nearby Ratapani wildlife sanctuary in Raisen district have emerged as tiger corridor in the last couple of years.

        With people moving away from agriculture and selling their land on premium to real estate developers in these areas, the cattle have a free run in the wild and offer easy prey to the big cats. Availability of prey, coupled with dense forests and water bodies, makes this area suitable for the tigers, said Addl PCCF (wildlife) RP Singh.

        The area is dotted with a number of higher education institutions, several leading schools and two prominent universities which make human-big cat conflict a possibility so the forest department keeps a strict vigil on the movement of big cats.

        β€œWe are keeping a close watch on the movement of two tigers presently roaming around in city outskirts,” said an officer from the Divisional Forest Officer’s office in Bhopal.

        The forest department in the past has ensured chain link fencing on the main road linking Kerwa and Kaliasot areas for preventing big cats ventures. Though the tigers haven’t assaulted humans so far, attacks on cattle do take place more than often.

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  4. This inspired me to write my own “snake story”… this was such a hilarious post despite being about snakes!!
    I am right now living in an area where spotting a snake is like a daily occurrence. Just last weak a snake was loitering around our kitchen garden hopping from one tree to another. snake is in fact the only animal I really despise.
    great story.. you have a knack for making people laugh… keep writing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so very much once again!πŸ™ŒπŸ˜„
      Hopping from one tree to another, My God that’s taking things to another level😱😱 be careful. I’m glad I inspired you. I’m sure I’ll get to read amazing stuff from youπŸ˜„πŸ™Œ

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