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A large flock birds were flying towards east in the dusk. So what is special in that?

Nothing. But, why?

These clouds are ever present. From morning till evening. Everyday. But they do not bring any rain. But only some hope. Vain, futile hope.


Like that Raabat joke from yesteryears - "Raabat, in kutton ko Liquid Oxygen me duba do. Liquid inhe jeene nahi dega. Oxygen inhe marne nahi dega"

So the clouds are acting like that. Obviously the birds are concerned. What if Sun hides in these clouds. Or worse still, what if he is lost within them. If there is no sun, how can they find their path?

So they have seen him coming from that direction everyday. He must be some where near by. Hence they go in large numbers to make a request to him to come and give them light.

Jokes aside, I some times wonder was the situation similar when the ice age was in its inception? Dark days and not enough sun light for flora and fauna? Will we see another ice age?  Not literally, because if there is an ice age, none of use will survive it.

Then I wondered while all these birds go in groups, only birds of prey fly alone. The reason is obvious. They are greedy and do not want to share. So they fly solo.

I was proven wrong immediately, one small bird - not a flesh eating bird, with gray body and black feather came and perched on a water pipe. Why? Is it an introvert? Or did it feel the need for introspection or little zen time? Or does it have social phobia? Or it is from an affluent household and hence was having a nice evening flight?

I left it its alone time and came down.

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