One of the things about living in India (and many other parts of the world!) is there can be a casual impromptu approach to popping over to someone’s home.
The other night was such an evening where my partner bumped into a friend when he was out, so the friend came home to savour a couple single malts, nibbles, music and conversation for a few hours. It was a relaxing, thoroughly enjoyable and completely unplanned evening.
However after he left, we had an unexpected guest… who stayed for the night.
Now that doesn’t normally happen in such an impromptu way and in this case, what was most unusual is our guest was not of the homo sapien variety. Nope! We had what we think was a young pied cuckoo also known as a “Monsoon” or “Courting Cuckoo” as they make their appearance around monsoon and have a distinctive mating call.
The little fellow initially seemed a bit distressed at having flown into our home. My partner gently caught him and then released him outside… only to have him come right back!
Eventually we decided to let it be. And our guest decided to stay. Flitting around, settled in, and certainly seemed to enjoy perching on top of our bookshelf and art.
We went to sleep…
In the morning, the little one was still there. Greeting me with a cheerful chirp. Flitted around a bit and seemed quite curious about my morning routine.
However it turns out our guest is camera-shy. At the point I grabbed my camera, I managed to get only one shot before it blithely went to our balcony, for only a moment perched on the grill rungs, then flew off!
With nary a thank you for spending the night. I tell you, the manners of house guests these days!