The Animal Acquisition

Here I am, kickstarting A to Z Challenge . Hold on to your seats  as here comes the first in the series of “Home Affairs of Elephant Warriors”.



Why Elephant Warriors?? Well, Hati (which means Elephant in Hindi) is a part of my surname.  Yeah imagine living your whole life with Elephant as your surname. More on that later, today ruddy animals will create ruckus here in my blog.

We grew up along with some dandy dogs jumping around us. But our love for animal kingdom wasn’t just limited to “man’s best friend”. My sister was hell bent on cultivating a spider farm. She would climb up the roof, catch spiders the size of my palm and place them in bottles with holes. Since she didn’t have a separate desk for her collection, all of them would be stacked on my study table. So instead of solving differential equations, I would be watching spiders devouring their preys. Geeshhhh still gives me heebie jeebies.

Her stay in college hostel wasn't bereft of any ‘pet’ty adventure. She was studying veterinary science. Once when I went to meet her, she happily said, “Di I want to show you something. It's very very special”. I thought it must be some cozy mushy thing that  “someone special” must have gifted her.  Little did I know that the sight would haunt me forever!! Safely tucked in a box, marked and labelled in her beautiful cursive handwriting, was her Beetle carcass collection. Yeah, bones head and every effing creepy thing.

My sister has quite the skill set. She can paint, dance, stitch goats, fight with kunfu cows, stick her hand in cow’s tussy  and is an excellent cook. 

Thats my kid Sister


Although once she started dissecting rats during her holidays, in our living room, Mom, myself and Mahi(mother’s sister) forbade her to enter the kitchen. 



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76 comments:

  1. Wow! This is the first post that I am kick starting my A to Z Challenge with! I can relate with your sister and the reactions of all of you at home too. My husband is an ardent animal lover too and has no inhibitions in doing anything for animals. In fact, just yesterday, he helped a goat deliver at a friend's farm, while the friend just looked on in amazement!! :)

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    1. That must be quite an experience :) my sister used to enjoy helping cows deliver their babies.thank you so much for writing in

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  2. Oh wow. What a post to start my A to Z! Yikes, that sight would have given me the heebie-jeebies too! Beetle carcasses.. yew. Such a delightful post though :)

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    1. That collection was haunting. :) thank you so much :)

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  3. From one animal lover to another, hello!

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    1. Hello there :) glad to have you here.

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  4. My first post for the challenge, nice read :)

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  5. I think that, to give relief to the ones who can't speak, is the biggest act of kindness, its a blessing to the world.

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    1. I agree. You said it in beautiful words. Thank you for visiting

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  6. Well written Raji! Esp.. the way you started explaining your name and ending with your courageous sister :)

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    1. Thank you so much Uma :) I am glad you liked the post.

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  7. Well written post. Your sister is versatile.

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    1. Yeah she certainly is :) thank you so much :)

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  8. hahahaha! I love your sister's picture and I love your description! She looks every bit the 'animal-person' you have portrayed her to be :) Great write up Rajlakshmi!

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    1. Oh yeah too much of an animal person. :) thank you so much for writing in.

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  9. It's good that she chose a career which she is passionate about. Except insects that fly, I am fine in the midst of all other animals/birds!

    Destination Infinity

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    1. I am proud of that fact too. She is doing what she loves :) thank you taking time to read n comment

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  10. Nice read!!! Most interesting post so far!

    http://iamstri.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/achilles-heel-day1-atoz-challenge-2014/

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    1. Thank you so much Sri... I loved your post too :)

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  11. Haha for hati. And love your kid sis...wow so much passion for animals. I love animals but have never ventured beyond dogs :)

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    1. The hati factor will always remain funny :P I too never ventured out of dogs. Thank you for writing in.

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  12. You have some wild sister there, Rajlakshmi! A very interesting post.

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    1. True true:) thank you for dropping by :)

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  13. Such a versatile sister you have!! Nice post :)

    http://swathishenoy.blogspot.in/2014/04/a-for-anger.html

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  14. Oh my God! Your sister is so brave! I run away from animals , I'm not really scared but I find it uncomfortable..

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    1. Hehehe I can understand. I have few friends who would request me to lock my dog before they reach :)

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  15. That's an amazing kid sister to have!

    Damyanti
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2014

    Twitter: @damyantig
    #atozchallenge

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    1. And I am so proud :) thank you for dropping by

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  16. Haha...omg...your sister cracks me up! I'm sure she won't be collecting spiders here in Aus! And you have Hati in your surname...that must have been tough growing up! Great start to the challenge Raj...looking forward to more...

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    1. Ohh yeah weirdest surname in school :) I hope she doesn't start playing with water dragons here :)

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  17. My God!!
    "stick her hand in cow’s tussy and is an excellent cook"...THIS RIGHT HERE IS THE REASON WHY I AM SKIPPING LUNCH! :P

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    1. Hahaha stop imagining :P imagine that used to be our lunch conversation :P

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  18. Haha what a fun sis u have, game for anything :P Looking fwd to more of your tales

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    1. Yeah and a tomboy too :) thank you for writing in :)

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  19. Your sister seems to be quite a pet! Look forward to more of your posts.

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  20. Loved this post, Princess!! Your sis is a rockstar, really!!! :)
    //cultivating a spider farm // and Beetle carcass does sound a little spooky for me :) :$

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    1. It was spooky Roh it was :P *shivers * thanks for visiting :)

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  21. It's certainly exciting to have such a lovely sister. Animal lovers are the best kind of people, your sister sounds lovely, like you. Great post for the first day of the challenge.

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    1. Aww thank you so much for yout.kind words. Glad to have you here

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  22. Whaaat!!! Your younger sis is really something else! ;) Enjoyed reading this!

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    1. Haha oh yeah she.is :D thank you reading :)

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  23. I so admire her!! I was *this* close to becoming a veterinary doctor...

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    1. Then you would have had your own 'pet'ty tales :) thank you.for dropping by :)

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  24. Oh my, my!!! She is one sister! But, you've weaved teh story so beautifully. Admire your sis.. Cheers... waiting for meore.
    Thanks for stopping by at my place too :)

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    1. Hehe I will pass on your comments :) thank you so much for writing in :)

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  25. Your sister is super... but I am thrilled that she caught spider as big as your palm, Oh my god, that's like jumping off a cliff for me :)

    Amritt

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    1. ROFL :D hahaha thank you for writing in :)

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  26. Passion transforming into profession :)

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    1. Yup you summarized it :) thank you so much

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  27. Spiders !! well, ahem ahem.... a nice way to start the challenge, dear :) Loved the pics,and the narration :D And yes, I'm an elephant lover too !!

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    1. Me too me too :) thank you so much :)

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  28. Well, I love dogs, but you can keep the beetles, spiders and rats. LOL Nice black Lab you have there! :)

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  29. Collecting palm sized spiders,dissecting rats in living room your sister's enthusiasm seems to have overtaken caution.A post laced with humour

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    1. Ohh yeah it does. I am glad she doesn't runs off with friends to catch snakes

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  30. Reading about insects and animals produces a creepy feeling inside me ....I can't stop appreciating the guts and talents of your sister...
    lovely animal account

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    1. Gives me creeps too... Thank you so much Mona :)

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  31. Lovely, Rajlakshmi. You're sister is brave and I'm sure you're so proud of her.

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    1. Yup very proud :) thankyou so much :)

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  32. You must be so proud of your sister! I might have to draw the line to dissecting animals. UGH! LOL

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    1. I have never done any dissection of any kind :) thank you.so much

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  33. I was so scared of cockroaches, but when in 12th I had to dissect them... and the terror I used to induce in my brother with the very mention of that... ;)

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    1. Hahaha you mischievous girl :) thank you for writing in

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  34. Whoa!! Capturing spiders?!! So glad that wasn't my study table! :D

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    1. Hahaha :D still haunts me ... thank you

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  35. spider are def. ugh:( could probably handle the carcasses - used to collect bones and skulls myself as a child but spider the size of . . . no, no, no! I like the sound of your sister is she the crazy one or will I discover you are as well? maybe all the elephants are - loved them as a child - have photo of self just after the war riding a baby one. great start to a-z:)

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    1. Hehehe we both are crazy ... so is my bro... I am sure you will feel the same after reading all my posts :) thank you so much for writing in

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  36. What exactly is your sister doing to that goat? Wonderful start of the challenge.

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    1. She was stitching it's ear :) thank you so much :)

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  37. wow ur sister is a real inspiration!

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  38. Dissecting rats? Now that's an interesting hobby. But it's awesome she has so many talents!

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  39. Wow such a wonderful start to A to Z .. it was so funny .. waiting to read more about animal kingdom.

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  40. " She can paint, dance, stitch goats, fight with kunfu cows, stick her hand in cow’s tussy and is an excellent cook."

    I stand in awe.

    anna
    Deeply Shallow

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