Mem­oirs of a dark hole

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - CITY -

We Rock pythons love dark holes! Snake res­cuers ex­ploit this weak­ness of our tribe by plac­ing a dark box in front of us. We go right in with­out think­ing a sec­ond and later hear the box clang shut on our new prison. Well, this time, I re­ally went wrong. One night, I got ma­rooned in the toi­let of the Ken­driya Vi­dalya sit­u­ated in the Udaipur can­ton­ment, Ra­jasthan. I tried to climb out from the roof but in­stead broke the tube­light. Next morn­ing, when the staff came to in­ves­ti­gate the shat­tered tube­light, they found me. They called in a fa­mous snake-catcher, Chaman Singh Chauhan, to cap­ture me. When Chauhan ar­rived and poked a stick at me, I jumped down and found a dark hole. I thought I would make good my es­cape and out­wit this Chauhan fel­low, who claims to have nabbed 20,000 snakes. I plunged right in head first. Alas, it was the shit­hole in the In­dian-style toi­let! The ag­ile Chauhan pounced on me and man­aged to grab my van­ish­ing tail. As I tugged to go deeper, Chauhan tied a rope around my tail and fas­tened it to the tap. From out­side, they opened the toi­let drain and poked a stick right up my face. I strug­gled but what could I do against the might of the In­dian Army as its jawans joined Chauhan in this un­fair tu­gof-war. I was soon pulled out, the full seven glo­ri­ous feet of me smeared with hu­man shit!

CHAMAN SINGH

The python in the loo.

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