Thursday, 27 February 2014

3 naps and The Babbling Parrots

When we lived in Greece I adopted the magnificent local custom of having a  - lets call it power nap. A relaxing time out in the middle of those hot summer days, when the sun is at it's highest and the heat seems unbearable. I must admit that the nap comes kind of natural, after those looong lunches filled with Greek yummies in various forms. What joy then to locate a cool place in the shade of an olive tree, and just doze off to the sound of the waves and cicadas while a soft breeze caresses you. 

In Norway, I did not use to nap, and here in India, I must say my power naps has been less about a caressing breeze, (unless it is from the car's AC), and more about dozing-off-in-the-car (stuck in traffic anyway). But sometimes, my long-lost nap-routine is awoken by naps I see around me: 

1. Sleeping dogs is not an unfamiliar sight in the streets of Mumbai. And they sleep on the most noisy spots, by roads and in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Then, it was more peaceful to watch this guy, occupying one of the nicely painted benches in idyllic Hanging Gardens. He was stretching out there in the sun - making me sleepy just looking at him. -Car! 

2. And nothing like a relaxed cat, right? Lying there, blinking her eyes at you. This majestic lady had found her spot on a top of a box, pretending of course that she had no interest whatsoever in the smelling piles of fish lying around at the market... Ah, those smart cats. She reminds me of some of the Greek cats that use to hang out in the fish harbor, stretching out in the shade, on lazy warm summer days.. -Car! 

3. And don't you just love this little guy? Pretending to nap at the tourist's towel. Ye ye... Who are you fooling? Because can squirrels really nap? If they can, they must be the most active nappers ever. This fellow was up with his head all the time, looking around, watching.. He sure found himself a soft place for his express nap though:-) -Nah - don't need the car after this one 

- Oops! Tourist-Return Alarm: better hit the road, guys! 

So, some relaxing nap moments, a welcomed break from the busy city life. But what a contrast then to my domestic atmosphere. Because did I show you our new alarm clock?

Oh yes! Every morning, this gang have their morning assembly  -- where? Well, conveniently enough (!) - just outside our bedroom! They are always a group of 4-6 together, fly together, hang out together and talk together. And they can really talk. Loud and clear, I tell you. They are babbling and babbling. It goes on forever. Non stop.

So, I take their picture and they stare back at me, nodding their head, but only for a little bit, until they have enough of this paparazzi lady. Their colors are so beautiful, and what an effective alarm clock they are! And an exotic one, I think?!

Only wish I could teach them the difference between weekdays and weekends...

- Hi there, strange lady! We're on to you and your camera!
And while speaking of parrots, I read in The Hindustan Times, that a Green Parrot assisted the police in solving a murder case. Can you believe that? You can read it for yourself here. Amazing:-)

Babble babble from Mumbai! All the best to you, dear reader, and thank you for following.

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    1. So happy you love it:-) Thank you:-)

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  2. That's cute! So sorry though that these parrots are troubling but you made it sound so endearing as well. Have fun!

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    1. Oh well - an exotic alarm clock they are...:-) Thanks for following:-)

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  3. haha!! Loved this post!

    Power naps are essential me thinks!! Helps me get ready for the evening! ;)

    And the dog looks very peaceful!

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    1. Happy you loved it:-) Thanks a lot! Yes, power naps serve their purpose:-) All the best to you:-)

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  4. That fabulous! Sorry that these parrots are troubling you though but I your account of the whole thing is so endearing. Have fun

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  5. Such amazing Pictures Eli. I enjoy power naps too. I hope no papparazi picks up a camera to click me. It is not a pretty sight at all. :D

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    1. Ha ha ha:-) True, I can relate to that:-) So happy you enjoyed the pictures:-)

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  6. A couple of minutes nap can really recharge us during the day :) The parrots are so cute !!

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    1. True:-) Thank you so much Jahid - happy to see you here! All the best to you:-)

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  7. Loved all the clicks! So cute... The one in which the dog is napping made me a lil drowsy too :) Best of luck in teaching the parrots the diff btw weekdays and weekends ;) lol

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    1. Ha ha ha - thanks Aditi ... will need that:-) Have a feeling they won't pay much attention :-) So happy you enjoyed:-) All the best:-)

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  8. You have a great group of friends, bright and noisy too :) Great pictures and yes a parrot solved a murder case, how smart is he?

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    1. Yes, can u believe that?! Amazing. Thanks Sulekkha, yeah - great friends..:-) Happy you like the pictures. All the best:-)

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  9. :D Loved the squirrel.. and the cat.. and the dog.. oh well, suffice to say I loved it all! Pretty nice, this one.. the idea of power naps really appeal to me.. I've been known to take..naps in the.. ahem.. the office.. :P
    Beautiful colour on those parrots. I can imagine the cacophony they create.. To bad they don't come with a snooze button ;)

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    1. Ha ha.. Snooze alarm- I wish:-) Thank you so much:-) Your positive feedback makes me very happy :-) All the best to you

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    1. Thanks a lot Joshi:-) yes, he was quite some guy:-)

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  11. Oh, I do love a good nap, and all the animals, especially the little guy!

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    1. Thank you so much:-) So happy you like it! All the best

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  12. such a cute post .. Wonderful clicks. Each 1 looked as though they were posing for your camera :)..

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    1. Ha ha Thanks dear Smitha -Maybe they were... Those parrots sure seemed to enjoyed the paparazzi:-) Hugs your way!

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    1. Thank you dear Megha, happy you enjoyed:-) Big hugs

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