Appearance of bats in human lives has never been a pleasant experience. Their mere presence has a terrible spookiness to it and causes major upheavals, great misery, and suffering.
My poem House Number 974 was inspired from my own experience with bats. Click here to read it. https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/house-number-974/
Even the current corona virus pandemic, which has caused millions of deaths worldwide, has been attributed to bats.
Our Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bacchan wrote on Twitter recently about the eerie entry of a bat in his study for the first time in his life. While reading about it, I was reminded about a similar incident in my life 7 years ago.
Here is the story.
Way back in November 2013, while travelling in the Blue Line Delhi Metro on my way to work, the train suddenly broke down. There was an announcement for everyone to vacate the train.
Even after everyone came out, the train remained immobile and its doors wide open. So it was pretty obvious that it was a serious breakdown and the next connecting train may not arrive soon.
Time was ticking away and I was now very close to missing my office cab from Dwarka 21 Metro station.
In exasperation, I looked up, only to find myself gazing into the unblinking eyes of an impudent, black giant bat! I almost fainted. I had never in my whole life ever seen a giant that big. For a few seconds, I remained paralyzed.
And then, with my trembling, newly trained fingers on my official Blackberry cellphone, I managed to click a picture of the bat. It was my way of overcoming my fears and remaining grounded enough to be able to tell the story with solid evidence.
A moment later, the train doors began gliding towards each other and the bat slowly crawled towards the upper part of the door to avoid getting squashed between the doors. The manner in which it moved looked so terribly sinister.
The train left soon after with one passenger riding on its roof…For those of us at the platform, still quite shaken up, the sight of that big, black thing becoming smaller and disappearing was a matter of great relief.
After getting a seat in the next train, I sent that pic to my husband Sukhangshu with this caption, “I sighted THIS on the train today. God knows what awaits me at the office!!!”
He replied, “Don’t worry. Stay positive. Worst is already over.”
Being still a novice in the field of social media, I was completely unaware of the immense importance of that bat pic. I deleted it right away from the phone, hoping that it would help me forget this episode and move on. Well, it did. Until today.
Today, on 27 May 2020, going by what the virus experts say, it appears that Sukhangshu was wrong… Worst is not over yet.
But before you jump to conclusions, I must hasten to add that bats too are God’s creatures, servants actually, and we can only pity them, for they are only following God’s instructions, doing all the shitty jobs, just like those overworked, underpaid scavengers, morgue workers, and police constables, to preserve order in our Universe.
Take care, friends, and stay at home as much as you can. Bats will keep coming. May God bless us all. Amen.