|BALAN: COOKING AND SERVING FOOD TO ANIMALS OF THE LOCALITY|
worrying about its significance or lack of it, some time back Balan
from Vadakayil, Nelleri, Mavat, Arikkulam, Quilandy in
involved with service activities in Adivasi areas, Balan has now withdrawn
from such social activities and is concentrating on yogic practices which
he learnt at Siddasraman, Vadakara. Blessed
or cursed at birth with sufficient land, he found his relatives turn into
enemies after his parents’ death. Now
his kith are the punctual beasts and birds who await the food cooked and
served by him at 6.30am and 1pm everyday.
doves, sparrows, other birds, cats and dogs, squirrels, all are regular
visitors to his abode. In
addition, Balan serves the horde of monkeys at the Thamarassery-Wayanad
hill pass once a month with payasam. Another
category of recipients is the fish. He
serves payasam and rice for the fish at the
is an FCI godown adjacent to his area.
And Balan knew that a good part of the rice stored there turns
inedible for human beings and is finally destroyed.
He wrote to the district authorities to sell such rice to him at a
nominal rate so that he could go on with his care of animals.
However, he was informed that there is no provision of ‘ration’
for animals. Now he no longer
worries about such possibilities.
with rice he cooks curry from bananas or leafy vegetables in his yard.
And the same food that is served to the animals is the food taken
by him twice a day.
K.Vayalil (text), James Arpookara (photo), Sree, Malayala Manorama,
November 27, 2005
"Our last garment is made without pockets."