The Charger

One afternoon, in the month of August, when the south west monsoon in Kerala is at its peak, me and a friend visited Nelliyampathy. Instead of taking the long main road, we decided to cut through the tea estates to reach our destination faster and in a more relaxed state. A 15 minute brisk walk rather than a 3 km drive. As we climbed a small incline and turned a corner, there in our path stood an elephant, not in his grey or black form, but almost brown. The elephant was covered in mud and slush and we found him right in the middle of his feeding. The wind being from the opposite direction, he hadn’t noticed our arrival. We waited in silence and he continued feeding. About 15 minutes we stood and watched, we relaxed too and even began talking, and then he turned, probably having heard or may be smelt us. He looked straight and waited, we did too. We started moving backwards, a step at a time… about a minute or so later, the elephant lifted its trunk, flapped his ears and took a step forward. One more small step and he charged. All that size, and all that mud flaring out, probably in anger of having disturbed his feeding, he charged and it was a sight to behold. The dust flying from his body, all we could see were the two small tusks protruding out… the earth almost shook…

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