I woke up this morning and couldn’t believe my ears when my husband announced “the terrorist is caught!” I jumped from my bed all excited and relieved and feeling quite triumphant for achieving the impossible!
Chennai terrorists are like unwelcome guests as they come uninvited and plant themselves in your house and never think of leaving at all. Probably it is easier to evict the inmates of Big Boss’s house if they don’t comply to the rules but it is next to impossible to evict a terrorist from your house especially if he is smarter than you think he is. Our terrorist would visit during the nocturnal hours and ransack my kitchen, perhaps to find some ready to eat food. Since he wouldn’t find any,(as all the instant stuff is stored in my fridge)he would tear open sachets of wheat flour, tamarind, semolina, etc and consume whatever he fancied leaving “proof” of his visit. I always wondered at the strong teeth the terrorist had! Slowly all my colourful plastic baskets/containers were eaten away and soon the bundle of paper napkins, disposable plates, cups, glasses and the like turned into shreds and were strewn all over the kitchen.
All my attempts to trap the terrorist with the most alluring bait proved futile. The delicious masala vadas and onion pakodas couldn’t lure the terrorist to come anywhere near the metal trap, the sight of which would have become too familiar to the nocturnal visitor, I felt.
Lets change our strategy and buy a new trap, suggested my husband and soon a new wooden trap took the place of the old one and it was placed at a strategic point in the kitchen and lo and behold, the result was immediate!
But the prisoner was not one to accept defeat and wanted to wreck vengeance– he started biting the roof of the trap with all the strength he could muster to find an escape route. I sighed not at his plight but at mine. A terrorist is caught alright but at what cost, I lamented and realized Chennai terrorists are more elusive than thieves in Europe! I seemed to have achieved a pyrrhic victory after all!
n.meera raghavendra rao