There was this time in July 2008 when I was frantically looking for a new place. The landlady of my then flat asked me to move out as her grandson was getting married and they needed rooms for the new couple. So, I was made the scapegoat.
Those who've tried looking for rented accommodation in Delhi, will understand my pain. Cursing my luck, I ventured out looking for a suitable option to move into, but even after a month of fishing around, nothing materialized.
And on the last day of the last week of my notice period, an agent showed me this place.
At the first look, I hated it!!! The owner of the place wad due for a knee replacement surgery and so could not climb to the third floor. The previous tenants had not bothered to close the balcony doors either and then being the monsoon season, the place was a disaster. I was sure I was not taking it.
Reluctantly, I walked in to see the rooms. Nothing great. I moved towards the balcony and I was held captive at once.
For there was this one place in that crowded area which did not overlook into another balcony! All I saw were trees followed by a playground beyond a government orphanage which were single storey rooms.
I stood out there for a while and reconsidered my decision. The place could be made into a home, for sure! And I took it.
Here is the view from my balcony, the one factor that made me take this place:
Isn't it so calm and green? Trust me, there are not many people in South Delhi who can boast of such a view from their balconies.
Everything was good till one morning a couple of weeks back when I found a heap of twigs lying in one corner of the balcony underneath the water cooler.
My experience told me what it was and I could not let it remain there. And of course I have my reasons for it:
- Being underneath the water cooler meant that it will sooner or later drown in the water spilling over from the cooler.
- I would definitely never let incessant chirping ruin my days and nights.
- I cannot and will not let my favorite corner of the house to be occupied and forever dirty!
The twice-a-day everyday battle. Every morning and every night!
After getting dressed for my morning walk, I go to the balcony, peep underneath the cooler and stretch my right leg to pull out the twigs. Then, I collect them, wave my hand with the pile before throwing them away.
And every evening, I repeat the exercise.
And they are always around.... perched nearby, looking at me.... probably cursing me. It is to them I wave before throwing the pile away.
To tell them that the place they have selected to build their sweet home is not a good choice.
To symbolize that not only a lurking cat, but even over flowing water means the end of their not-even-started family!
And that, I AM NOT willing to let them take my favorite corner!!