Now I work in the service industry which means I deal with a lot of irritating customers and I have no choice but to be patient. I’d be damned before I’d be patient with someone trying to ruin my holiday! To start off with I gave an annoyed look to the father who immediately went about silencing his offspring. There was silence for exactly 78 seconds before the kid started wailing, this time loud enough for the other jeeps as well as Arrowhead to get bothered. Knowing that if I let my brother or Durani saab handle it, the little kid would have ended up as lunch for Arrowhead I quickly told the kid,”If you keep crying the tiger is going to come and take you away and your mama and papa won’t be able to help you out”
It was magic! The kid didn’t so much as move after that. The parents were understandably embarrassed. Which brings me to-especially if you’re parents of little kids…
Rule #4 Explain to your children you’re going into a jungle not a garden. Bawling in the middle of the jungle is annoying not just to the other people but to the animals who don’t want you there in the first place. If your kid is a squealer anyway then wait for him/her to grow up before showing them these magnificient sights!
The morning session wasn’t very eventful as we only spotted Arrowhead relaxing in the shade and cool. We returned back to our hotel, showered, ate breakfast and dutifully went to sleep.
After eating lunch, we were ready to head for our afternoon incursion. Thankfully, there was no one in the jeep this time. I somehow had a feeling this session was going to be special.
We drove around in the jungle waiting for the radio to crackle as we hadn’t identified any paw prints yet to track the tigers. After a while it did,”Jaha bhi ho seedhe Tamakhan aajao!(Wherever you are come straight to Tamakhan!)”
Obediently we raced off(Once again flying all over the place-I’m pretty certain I lost a couple of kilos just bouncing in the jeep which I made up for every night by hogging the killer kebabs.) Which brings me to probably the most important rule after rule #3:-
Rule #5 No matter how calorie conscious or how big a fitness freak you are, when on holiday just let it go! Eat to your heart’s content! There’s too many local food items that you won’t get back home and they are just too yummy to be missed. DON’T EVER FORGET THIS RULE!
We rode off to Tamakhan on our faithful chariot only to be blocked by 2 jeeps ahead of us. I was furious till I saw what was ahead of the jeeps. Not one, or two but three tigers…T19, her daughter 3 Lightning whom we met yesterday and her brother Pacman. T19 had killed an animal somewhere and she was escorting them there so that they could eat too.