banno, dhanno and teja in bumm-bumm-bhole-land

this ullu wants to be an owl

Last night, outside a friend’s house, an owl was stuck in a tree.

The boys playing volleyball on the street called the fire engine. The fire officers parked the engine outside the gate just as we drove in, and marched in purposefully ahead of us.

The owl hung like a bedraggled sepia tinted kite by the tip of its wing, a remnant from Uttarayana.

We did not stop to watch the rescue, certain the officers would accomplish it in a few minutes. The boys went back to their game of volleyball.

Later that night, as we drove back home, the owl was not there. I assume it took its rescue in a matter-of-fact manner, and without thanking the boys or the fire officers, or regretting those minutes of distress, went its way.

Ullus, on the other hand, take much pleasure in entanglement.

Boys playing volleyball would be rudely dismissed to mind their own business, shouted at for playing on the street. Fire officers would be treated with stony silence, disapproved of for not taking care of more important disasters. Curious passersby would get a taste of spit, venom or deadly smiles. A few may find some unbidden tears fall on their shoulders.

“How dare you rescue me?”, ullus say. “I am happy, I am fine, stuck in this tree.”

All my life, I have resisted advice. Teja on the other hand, asks too many people for their opinions. This used to irritate me. “Why do you give the impression to others that you don’t know anything?” Teja would answer mischievously, knowing I would be annoyed, “Research.”

That conversation is over now. The next time, I am stuck, you are welcome to come and untangle me.

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28 comments on “this ullu wants to be an owl

  1. My God, I am an Ullu too. Entangled with an Owl.

  2. Banno
    January 27, 2012

    Natasha, :)

  3. nuktaa
    January 27, 2012

    :) witty and how true…ask and only then u will receive, they tried to tell us years ago…but alas this ego!!!

    • Banno
      January 27, 2012

      Nuktaa, yes, the ego!

  4. Sanjana
    January 27, 2012

    I’m confused about what I am!

    Argh!

    Good luck with your transition! :)

    • Banno
      January 27, 2012

      Sanjana, we are all confused.

  5. harveypam
    January 27, 2012

    Isn’t the wish to get out of the entanglement the first step towards enlightenment? Then here is wishing you a happy journey! ;-)

    • Banno
      January 27, 2012

      Harvey, thank you. It’s going to be a journey with no destination.

      • Anu Warrier
        January 28, 2012

        It’s the journey that counts, no? The destination will arrive. Eventually. :)

      • harveypam
        January 28, 2012

        When the journey is the destination, does it matter if the journey has one?

        • Banno
          January 28, 2012

          So true, Harvey, Anu. And thanks for sharing Hemant Kumar and a road song, and the lovely Waheeda Rehman, and the dappled sunlight. :)

  6. Violet
    January 27, 2012

    me likes :)

    • Banno
      January 27, 2012

      Thanks, Violet. :)

  7. sur notes
    January 27, 2012

    I love this post.
    Ullus and owls, i oscillate between the two, sometimes many times in a day. That is why, probably, i have a hard time figuring who i am and how i want to be saved.

    • Banno
      January 27, 2012

      Sur, I think we all do oscillate between the two. It’s hard to be saved. :)

  8. The Wild Child
    January 28, 2012

    Dude, story of my life! And I only just found out. I’m such an ullu. Thanks for enlightening me :)

    • Banno
      January 28, 2012

      TWC, :)

  9. kateshrewsday
    January 28, 2012

    Lovely metaphor, Banno. I don’t know what an ullu is! googled it and came up with nothing…but owls and ullus will be in my repertoire from here on…thanks!

    • Banno
      January 28, 2012

      Thanks, Kate. An ‘ullu’ is an owl in Hindi. It is used as a slang term for someone who is being stupid, dumb, idiotic. :)

  10. Suja
    January 28, 2012

    Well written! And it makes us all smile because there is much truth in it :) I was a true ullu when I was a young woman – the worst of it is that even if you know you have made a terrible mistake, if you cant get out of it and wont get help, you get deeper and deeper into a mire of your own making. The first step may be unknowing…but later it is with knowledge of one’s own errors and thats the worst! I am much better with age at being an owl !

    • Banno
      January 28, 2012

      Suja, Yes, the worst is when you know, and yet persist in resisting help. :) I’m just beginning to learn to be an owl.

  11. dipali
    January 28, 2012

    Isn’t it amazing how the same bird has different attributes in English and Hindi?
    Like all of us, I am sometimes the ullu, sometimes the owl.
    Baaqi, given that it is meant to be the vaahana of Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth, I would love to have some ullus visist me, bearing their precious passenger, of course!

  12. dipali
    January 28, 2012

    Damn typos- pliss excuse!

    • Banno
      January 28, 2012

      Oh Dipali, thanks for that information. I did not know that the owl was the vahana of Lakshmi. So yes, please some visits here would be welcome too. :)

  13. BongMom
    February 7, 2012

    OMG..I am kind of like Teja and never liked it. Now that you put it that way…things seem better. Wait…you did mean he was the nice, sweet owl right ?

    • Banno
      February 9, 2012

      Bong Mom, yes, definitely. The owl. Not nice and sweet always, but definitely wiser. :)

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