The transformation

Shail's Nest


There is a Mallu saying that goes something like this: ‘Puliye poley vannu eliye poley poyi’ (Arrived like a tiger, departed like a mouse). At least I think there is one of the sort. Or may be I am confusing it with something I heard in some other regional language. Suffice to say I watched what it implies happening for real one morning.

We, that is the L & M and I, were about to embark on a drive to a place nearby. What usually happens when we walk towards the car is that Luci settles herself down in the verandah with an air of ‘I know my duties and will take care of things till you are back’. But that day, uncharacteristically so, Luci was found nosing around the pot holder with pots containing the thorny euphorbia plants. She then proceeded to look intently at the dark area beneath…

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