That translates into ‘Monkey my brother’ in hindi. I am not trying to prove the fact the monkeys are actually our brother, which was proved by Charles Darwin ages ago. What I will talk about are the musings of the monkeys here in our campus(IITM).
It will not be surprising that I call these monkeys the IITian monkeys. They seem to be very intelligent(No offence). They tend to be a nuisance, since they like playing with our clothes hung outside, especially the young ones. Also, they are very fond of our home made food(For that matter, they don’t mind eating Dominos cheese burst or choco lava cake). If anyone makes a mistake of keeping the food on the table and forgets to close the door, he can as well forget the food.
However, our monkey friends are very punctual. They have very tight timing. Morning 7 AM is their arrival time, just when we start getting up(Conditions apply). They leave around 7:30 AM, creating a mess in our corridor. Once again, they come around 4 PM in the afternoon, but this time they go back a little empty mouthed. But the young ones have a gala time with our clothes, our foot wear etc. They seem to be synchronized with the habits of the students. They come 2 hours late on weekends, since we also wake up 2 hours late on weekends. But I think they have an off on the weekend afternoons. Also, they make their visit less frequent in the winter and summer holidays, since the students are also back home.
Our monkey friends are very playful, sober at times, fearful, ferocious, lazy, over enthusiastic etc. Most of the monkeys have stopped caring about the hostel inmates(Don’t get confused, they are the actual IITM students). They just don’t give a damn whether we give a damn about them or not. In fact, when my friend and I were brushing our teeth in the morning, they were just walking past us, something like 5cm away, not even looking at us. The fat and the big ones especially are too careless about us. There was one exception however. Once when my friend was talking on the phone, leaning on the parapet, the monkey was sitting near him, waiting for him to finish talking, so that it can go ahead. The young ones, who are yet to know that we are too lazy to bug them get scared of us, or sometimes try to scare us. The mothers are too protective about their young ones. They generally tend to stay away from the us, sitting at a place and keeping an eye on the young ones. Yet there are other monkeys, which are very sober. All they do is sit on the branches of the tree and keep looking at the sky. Sometimes in the middle, they may scratch their tail or leg. The naughty and the energetic ones do all kinds of random things. One of the monkeys was simply standing on the parapet wall. Then, a monkey jumps near it and shows it back side to the other monkey, as if challenging it to a duel. They also play(Don’t know exactly, but may be they fight over some serious issues also), by pulling their tails, catching their necks and so on.
What astonishes me is their handling of things. They know how to drink water from a tap, opening and closing it. They also know how to open a cool drink bottle and drink from it. They make the bathrooms very dirty, but they do close the taps, which they open. Once, in our math class, a monkey came and sat on professor’s table, opened his bottle and started drinking water. We just were amused, but the monkey, once again, did not even care about us.
Yet in another event, it pulled a chocolate wrapper from my friend. Then, when it found out that it was empty, it started shouting at me, as if saying “Couldn’t you say that the wrapper was empty?“.
Though it would seem that monkeys are a nuisance here, the truth is we have invaded their home(Our campus is a part of the Guindy national park. So, the next time you come, don’t be surprised if you spot a lot of monkeys, deer, black bucks and white black bucks). Our formed director used to say, ‘Apart from monkeys and deer, we have B.Tech and other students and faculty.‘. There was a proposal to move some of the monkeys out, since their population was increasing rapidly, but the director was warned against such actions by the wildlife protection guys.
Having said all these, I am sure that it is convincing to say that the monkeys here are actually our brothers, sharing the same land and food and water( Literally 😉 ).