Monday, January 13, 2014


THE MONKEY KING AND THE JUNGLE DURBAR



The "Monkey King" jumped the tree and jumped more trees and vanished into the jungle. All the vegetarian animals, all the innocent birds and  all the harmless creatures of the jungle that came to hear him, with the hope he would protect them from the wild animals were  in for a shock. The 'jackal' that acts as an outside advisor to the "Monkey King" was last seen smiling cunningly as it went behind a huge family of trees. "Jungle Durbar ended!", suddenly someone announced and a mocking chuckle was heard from behind the huge family of trees. All the vegetarian animals, all the innocent birds and all the harmless creatures were thoroughly disappointed and went away as peacefully as they gathered there. All the vegetarian animals, all the innocent birds and all the harmless creatures,back at their homes were in for a further shock when the "Jungle Now" channel that prompted them to vote for the "Monkey King" in place of the "Money Queen" was silent on the jumping act of the "Monkey King".

'I told you so" roared the lion from his den.  In the meantime, the jackal traced the King and reassured his support. "You don't open our gates; we will protect you from outside your gate", said the jackal. The King came out of hiding and told 'Jungle Now' channel that his next durbars would be more organized and he won't jump trees. He retracted the statement as is his wont and cancelled further jungle durbars and said he would come to all the vegetarian animals, all innocent birds and and all harmless creatures at their homes, hopping and jumping. They chuckled in their own voices. "It was a mistake to have given the key, to the monkey", they rued.

Now, all the vegetarian animals, all the innocent birds and all the harmless creatures who voted the monkey their King are in a dilemma. They were prodded by the "Jungle Now" Channel that the monkey was blot less. "He is in fact adored by all the Hindus, disciple of Lord Ram. He can jump the ocean, if required" they boosted his image. Now, the main issue that is bugging and haunting all the vegetarian animals, all the innocent birds and all the harmless creatures is that they are being ruled by the same hand of the Tigress by proxy. Monkey King is a name sake. Now, they know that his basic nature is instability. He goes on jumping and hopping from tree to  tree, from wall to wall. He makes differential sounds for different occasions. He hardly knows what the problems of the hapless animals, birds and creatures that voted him, are. Above all, now he is too afraid to face the Tigress Queen and the Jackal behind the family of tress. He is a monkey whose hand was stuck in the coconut for enjoying the peanuts of power and  the cunning hunter trapped him forever. ( In Africa there is a practice by hunters to make a big hole in the coconut and fill it with peanuts. Smelling the peanuts the monkey puts his hand in it and the hunter captures him never to release).

Now all the hapless vegetarian animals, all the innocent birds and all the harmless creatures in the jungle are resigned to their fate. Unless the jackal moves from outside the gate of the monkey's habitat the monkey can not be ridden of its power. The jackal never moves out of its secure place for fear that the lion will become king and break open its gates. So the stalemate continues. In the meantime the monkey king goes on jumping from wall to wall and from tree to tree. His stability is a dream. Problems of all vegetarian animals, all innocent birds and all harmless creatures remain. No Jungle Durbars can solve their issues. The jackal is enjoying his safe place outside the habitat of the king. The lion is helpless to take over the kingdom with the stalemate continuing.

So, all the vegetarian animals, all the innocent birds and all the harmless creatures in the monkey kingdom, ministered by the jackal are waiting for another election so they can get rid of both the unstable monkey and the cunning jackal and elect the lion king. Now, they know better that the lion king, though non vegetarian is royal and does not harm its own subjects. No more "Jungle Durbars", they thought and felt happy!

They all realised very late they made a mistake of their life. Direct hand of the Tigress was better than her proxy hand. At least the Tigress was stable and staying at one place, not jumping and hopping!      

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This is a "satire" intended to be laughed off. No character of any animal in the blog has a direct or indirect reference to any living individual.