You won't believe how handsomely tall papaya trees can be unless you get to see one of the papaya trees in our garden. Although others have kept up to their ancestors' reputation and grown as much as a papaya tree is supposed to grow, this black sheep has grown into a lanky monster (any idea if trees too possess growth hormone like things?) presently competing with our old coconut tree! Do not ask me its age or I've to give you a rough estimate of something between 3 and 5 years. Its papaya production has proven to be inversely related to its height. Funnily, as it stands tall among the green crowd now, whatever quantity of fruit it bears gets consumed in the free lunch service of the avian species of our neighborhood. Holy shit, we water the plant so that those fickle minded birds can eat, poop and most importantly, waste the major portion of that juicy yellow pulp (what a pity!).
These papaya stealing acts by mischievous birds can be spotted from our first floor dining hall windows and the best location to shoot the culprit is a small washroom window adjacent to the hall. Till date I've captured dozens of birds and squirrels from this sweet snipper point. This time I caught a Bulbul and a Cuckoo red-handed while they were plundering my much loved fruits. Come on, papaya is rich in Vitamin C and if you've constipation it can help you clear your bowel (yes, try it anytime risk-free). I wish these wicked avian thieves revisit my giant papaya tree many times more, especially when I am at home. You know the reason, right? Oh are you enjoying fireworks outside or lazily wasting your evening inside the cave? May divine light of Diwali spread into your life- peace, prosperity, happiness and good health. Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!