Confessions of a viper
If you have read books on snakes, it will be stated that the Russell’s viper rarely climbs tall trees or floors in a building. Such ‘mountaineering” feats are ascribed to my more agile and distant cousins, the Rat snake, the Common wolf snake and the Royal snake. But we vipers have a trick or two up our sleeves that books are blissfully ignorant of. Let me introduce myself: I am a youthful viper, born this summer in the dirty nallah in Swastik Vihar, MDC, Sector 5, Panchkula. On September 24 at 8.30 pm, I was hunting rats/frogs when I strayed into the shopping complex. There were lights and cars and I got frightened. I searched for a dark corner and found the stairs of SCO No. 43. Fear gave me wings and I started to ascend the dimly-lit, steep stairs. It was a tough climb for a ‘sluggish’ fellow like me but Mother Nature has endowed me with formidable muscles! A young fellow, who goes by the name of Nipun Gupta and is a chartered accountant, was trudging up to his second floor office. I coiled up in a corner of the stairs and hissed loudly to warn him. He heard me but couldn’t figure out what it was. When the stairs ended, I slid under a door and saw Gupta sitting in his office. I coiled up in a corner. Gupta passed by me many times without noticing me. Finally, at about 1.30 am, I couldn’t control my panic and hissed loudly like a pressure cooker. Gupta saw me, shrieked and sprinted out of office. He locked it and even left his car keys behind. Haha! That was a funny sight! I moved under the computer table. It was warm and dark there. Fortunately for me, Salim Khan, who rescues us fugitives, came next morning and took me away to a nallah in the Nayagaon jungles. I am happy I didn’t have to bite a human because that would have wasted my precious venom. I, too, could have got killed.
Khan with the viper.