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He came .. saw him .. and he became ‘King’ – Loksatta

In the villages, our national bird, the peacock, has recently disappeared. But the temptation to look at him, no matter who he is in his village, or even if he has a crush on him.

In the villages, our national bird, the peacock, has recently disappeared. But the temptation to look at him, no matter who he is in his village, or even if he has a crush on him. This peacock, who has been blessed with beauty in the male caste, has become a friend and ‘king’ of a family in Panvel taluka for the last four years.
This peacock has a good bond with Atmaram Patil of Chindran village in Panvel taluka and his family. Four years ago, he entered the village towards the forest. He was very young at the time. It was difficult for him to take a big leap with small wings. Even so, he used to go and sit on some trees in the village. He had become a good friend of the children’s company in the village. Even though he was rumored to be coming, the children’s company climbed on the roof of the house to see him and struggled to see if he would ever be found in a tree branch. There is a Zilla Parishad school in the village. This peacock always used to come there. Then, as soon as the first rain falls, he dances in front of the children. So these kids were very happy. The peacock’s charm and beauty not only captivated the children but also the villagers. Adjacent to this school is the house of Atmaram Patil. It is in this house that the peacock finds its food shelter. The owner of this house has named it Raja. After four years, the peacock’s large feathers have begun to bloom. There is a forest near the village. So he goes to the forest from the village at night, and again every morning after dawn he comes to Patil’s hut through the path of the tree branches. Even in Patil’s house, he behaves like a man. And he eats the food they give him. If he is late for food, he stays at home, or if the TV is on, he stares at the TV with his family. The fan in the house is turned off when the king is in the house due to the noise in the house. In the beginning, the king’s feather was not big, but today it has grown to full size. In the village, the king has given the identity of Patil to Morwale Patil just like Mandapwale Patil. In the evening, the king marches back to the forest. According to Patil’s family, he is taking shelter in Patil’s house for staying overnight due to heavy rains. Seeing this unique relationship between the Patil family and the king, the term Pakshimitra comes to mind. If there is an event in the village, the guests who come for the event do not go to Patil’s house without meeting this peacock king. But the Patil family insists that the king does not like large crowds. At present, this man-made peacock has become the identity of Chindran village in Panvel taluka.

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