A dramatic event occurred in Santa Cruz, Mumbai today.
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( For most accurate experiencing of this, please read with dramatisation, ‘correct’ pronounciation and gestures bordering on hysteria. OK ? Or just flick that TV remote on and settle for a news channel )
At around 1.00 PM, when the temperature was reported to be hovering around 40 degree, sirens pierced the afternoon air. Heads turned. People stopped doing whatever they were doing. The others peeped through the windows. Those that had a window for the door and the sky for the roof, squinted to see what the fuss was about.
A fire engine appeared. True to form, stopped some distance away. There has been intense debate about ‘fire in the belly’ for politicians. And perhaps some one called for a fire tender !
And then, in some time our crew found a crow whose wing had gotten entangled to string, struggling to free itself. This perhaps was a string that was used to fly a kite some time back. For all its flaps, the bird got further entangled.
The firemen demurred. And got to work. A crowd gathered. Everybody looked up into the sky. And some genuinely surprised that all this ado is about a crow. Others very happy that someone took the step of calling the firemen at the plight of the crow.
An old lady who lived in the house next door steps out spoke to us. ( Camera Pans )
‘Oh, I thought, someone in our building committed suicide’. She continued, ‘last week, a tree fell in my backyard. I called the firemen. Nobody turned up. Now they have come for the crow’ ! She said.
And then, looked into the sky at the crow and its struggle to break free, and said, ‘poor thing’ while walking away.
There are three hundred and twenty two people in the crowd. And suddenly, a parcel of crows arrived on the scene. All crowing madly.
Its the peak afternoon heat. And it was getting to everybody. The firemen. The onlookers. The neighbours. And the crow that was hanging in the balance.
To cut a long story short, the crow was rescued. And the firemen walked away with the crow ! And someone in the crowd shouted, ‘go send it to Maneka Gandhi‘. Someone else said, ‘this is what the firemen are trained to do. Catch crows’.
In the meanwhile the parcel of crows that were there, have flown in the direction of the first minister that they can sight for a ‘fly-in crowing dharna’. Unconfirmed sources also state that they are reported to be on the look out for slippers. The public are requested to watch out for them.
The crows were unavailable for comment. We will be staying on course to update you on the latest on this epic crow saga.
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Ohhh I loved this story!
and thank you for such a brilliant coverage, kavi 🙂
Oh !! Hilarious…..
NDTV, CNN-IBN etc etc etc couldnt have done it better!!!! I can almost ‘hear’ the hysterical journalists screaming out your words!!!!! ha ha ha!!!
Brilliant coverage Kavi24X7:-)
have to praise those taken step to rescue the crow. good coverage bro, u made me too curious 🙂
I just heard on newsflash on the same channel. “We the crows” , a special edition of the prize winning newsprogram on Sunday evening, will be held in one of the Raintrees in IIT Powai. Reports coming in indicate that the monkeys of the area have filed a PIL concerning worries that the crows are being favoured, and the election commission is looking into it.Additionally Barkha Dutt is being given special treetop insurance in view of the monkey threat.
Stone the crows!
Not literally…it’s a saying for those who don’t realize 🙂 It means “Blow me down!” :))
And i am surprised none of the ‘mainstream’ channels reported this.
I suppose they were busy covering the other crows, of which India has no shortage! 😉
Kavi, you should think of starting your own news channel! Great satire!
BTW- Did you know that the Mumbai Fire Brigade receives 15 calls daily to rescue birds in this summer season?
That’s now a good read.
First time visiting your website will drop by often …
Haha! A good read indeed! And raw pics to accompany! So could you get the crow to ‘crow’ finally? Wonder what it’d say with all this hooplah about it being rescued:)
It doesn’t seem that simple. I think that crow definitely had some valuable information and was trying to run away from the system.
Otherwise dedicating so much resources for a crow….hmmm seems kind of not so believable. All of us have heard stories of road accidents where no one comes forward to help and then after passing by everyone hopes for a miracle for the poor guy fighting for his life.
In short all this was awesome. The life saving operation, the coverage, the reporting, the survey of the story.
Note: I tried to send sms and recieved a message back that this number has been disconnected due to non payment of funds. May be I dialed the wrong number or got the busy network.
Any ways pretty good…..
why is the rescued crow being carried upside down in such a cavalier fashion?
it looks like the crow is dead?!
this is crow abuse and will not be tolerated. If word of the crows death leaks, there might be dharnas in your area to protest the way the government abused the crow.
I was waiting for this. I am wondering what happened to the crow? Good the crow was taken away. The human touch is not tolerated by other crows. If freed, the crow would have been killed by his colleagues.
A group of crows is called a ‘murder’ of crows (if I am not mistaken).. sure this was not a suicide attempt?! Or was it a publicity stunt to divert media coverage to more worthy issues?!
Pulitzer award winning reporting!
I wanted to scroll down to the end of the post quickly to make sure the crow was infact rescued. I happen to think that its great that the firemen was able to save the crow, not taking a Maneka Gandhi stance, but its good to see them value a life you know? Now, hopefully they do the same for other issues too.