The Last Tiger Speaks…. (If the last surviving tiger speaks up…)

Posted: June 14, 2010 in Bpl, Contest, Last, Tiger

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Last Sunday, there was this meeting in the jungle to elect the next national animal for India. It was held in a quiet clearing, deep in the forest. It started with quite a fanfare… Each animal came to the centre and introduced themselves. The irony of it all was so funny that it took all my self control not to let a roar of laughter out. , though my roar was somewhat at lower decibels. I cleared my throat, something was wrong. Ah well, the water at the pond was getting contaminated. The once clear bottom seemed somewhat slimy. Oh jeez, I’ll have to find another water hole even further away. What has the world come to? A tiger can’t find a decent clean water hole these days without suspecting Man to have dirtied it, washed his laundry in it or worse, poisoned it!!

It reminded me of a song that the humans love so much

Kar chale hum fida jaan aur tan Saathiyo
Ab Tuhmare hawale yeh vatan Saathiyo

When the famous singer Lata Mangeshkar sang this song the whole country was crying, though I doubt if anyone will shed a tear as I sing it to you today, my fellow animals. But soon the next national animal will understand … too late for me though!

Kar chale hum fida jaan aur tan Saathiyo
Ab Tuhmare hawale yeh jungle Saathiyo

All good things come to an end, no regrets there. The era of tigers came and is soon going to end. We had a good time, we were magnificent, we were impressive and we carved a niche for ourselves in the memory of all living creatures. The humans even have tales, fables, and portraits of us.

Yes, we had a good time while it lasted. But it all changed in the end. It was not pleasant sight to see my mum and dad butchered. I had to flee as I was hunted all night long in the high grass on my homeland… But by some miracle I survived, just to go back and see the rotting remains of my dead parents… Bare skin, bones, claws It was heart aching. But I am a survivor, I took courage and walked

All who saw me admired my majestic walk. The other juicy animals would run wild trying to hide if they just smelt me… but this puny fur-less animal called MAN did not, he would smirk, he would smile when he found a pugmark. He would follow me like a dog. Trying to get hold of me… But my parents had taught me well, I managed to survive…

Oh so many men made merry when we were in numbers. We were the bread and butter for these men, yet they did not show us any respect. They came in numbers and killed us one by one, never having the guts to fight us like warriors, mano e mano… No my friends no one dared to have a Manly/Tigerly fight with us. None or them dared to challenge us one on one.

I know for a fact that if we went into their lair, we would have defeated them and been Kings of their abode too. We chose to remain in our world, but that did not stop them. They came into our abode in huge numbers and destroyed us. They killed us, captured us, trapped us and maimed us. Truly said, in numbers we have strength.

I ask the people who earned their living by killing us, what will they do now? How are they going to feed their kids once I, the last Tiger have gone.

Why is it that there is a MAN called Tiger woods, he makes millions and I, the real tiger am attacked, hunted and my race finished? It is funny Tiger and Woods…

When we killed an innocent man (who is not all that innocent as he is trespassing our land), we are branded man-eaters, and MAN takes this as a license to kill us….. And yet, when they killed us without any reason they were hailed heroes…

I looked around my lair. It seemed the same as yesterday. The cave walls bore the art I did with my talons whenever I got bored which is pretty often these days. Off course if you were the last tiger on Earth with half of the human population chasing you, you’d try to stay indoors as much as possible too wouldn’t you? I miss Leila, my sweet adorable tigress of 8 years. We had such fun together, going hunting, playing at the water hole with our cubs, watching the sunset. She died a few months ago. The head of the vultures who is a good friend of mine, told me it was an accident. Apparently, she was mauled by the buffalo herd. No buffalo could have killed my magnificent Leila. His words couldn’t fool me. It had murder written all over it. The damn poachers!! Why couldn’t they let us live in peace?

So Last Sunday the meeting did not yield any result as None other wanted the responsibility to be chosen as the next National animal of India. Look what happened to the one they had, I am on verge of extinction. Last One standing …. Don’t know when I will say my good byes to this world.. But mark my word

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Ritu Lalit
Deepak Amembal
Bikram Mann
Vibhuti Bhandarkar
Karthik
Manna
Meghana Subramanian
Deepti Raman

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Comments
  1. Deeps says:

    Excellent post, Bik..very well written!'YOU WILL REMEMBER ME WHEN I AM GONE' that one line conveyed the much needed message!Good luck, Teamie 🙂

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  2. The Fool says:

    Interesting post. The drawing was also very good. Best of luck.

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  3. Phoenixritu says:

    Yayyy Blue Inkers, here we are

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  4. nice post buddy… written very well and brought out the entire image very well.. all the best…

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  5. magiceye says:

    wonderfully done biks!!!!

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  6. kavita says:

    Very nice…best of luck Bikram !

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  7. Bedlam says:

    Bahut achche Bik.. All words perfectly put..All the very best teamie.. 🙂

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  8. Insignia says:

    😀 😀 :-DYou know why these 😀 is for!! Excellent 😀

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  9. BK Chowla, says:

    Very nice, very well and clearly written.It is a pleasure reading your posts.

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  10. "Last Sunday, there was this meeting in the jungle to elect the next national animal for India. None other wanted the responsibility to be chosen as the next National animal of India. Look what happened to the one they had" This was posted by me on some blog during the save the tiger campaign. Good work Bik, you developed the idea to a good piece.

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  11. Bikramjit says:

    @The holy Lama :- Yes you are very right.. when you mention that. That comment was on my Article on Tigers I had written ages ago.. So yeah thanks to YOU… for that too.. got a idea from there Thank you very much.

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  12. Vibhuti B says:

    Heyyy Bikram ..your post is Rawwwwwring mannnOSUM..I liked th epunchline with which it ends.Should be a tear jerker atleast or an eye-opener most definitely!ATB Teamie..Lets rock BPL mann

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  13. awesome…poor tigers…they have been sorely neglected…but why only tigers…today every wild animal is dying a slow death thanks to the selfish activities of human beings such as poaching etc.BTW i have an idea…lets make dogs the national animal…as they are seen in huge numbers everywhere and anyways the nation has gone to the dogs…so a dog can represent our country very well.

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  14. Well written. :)Best wishes team members. 🙂

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  15. god!!1 likthe jao likthe jao. nice one 🙂

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  16. As alarming as the truth is, the story was touching. God forbid, we wake up to tiger-less days….Good work! 🙂

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  17. Arif says:

    Good post dude! Your line 'No one wanted to be chosen as the next National animal of India' really hits the bell. Despite being a national animal, our tigers face the risk of extinction which is very sad.

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  18. Leo says:

    Good post dude! Nice narration 🙂 I loved the image also! All the best for BPL! 🙂

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  19. Madhu says:

    This one is really so good..:)Ihell envy u for this man..GRR

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  20. DiDo says:

    Wow.. that's an awesome post bikram 🙂

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  21. R. Ramesh says:

    bik bhai..awesome post ya as everyone has said…and thanks for all the encouragement even when i was away on a trip ya..best wishes always…

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  22. Dhiman says:

    point put across very nicely … and the image with the parting message was the best….

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  23. sangeeta says:

    Wow!! Brilliant piece of work. I'm going to read this to my class, with your permission.

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  24. Neha says:

    nicely written Bik..but how come your BPL posts are different from regular posts? regular bhi yehi tone/language me likho na..this is far better 🙂

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  25. pal says:

    That was a really interesting post….loved the irony that there were no takers for the 'next' national animal post!! And the reference to Tiger Woods was clever 🙂

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  26. Sandhya says:

    That is brilliant! What a great way to convey the msg, enjoyed reading every bit of it.Also, thanks for your visit to my blog! 🙂

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  27. hitesh rawat says:

    i found this topic pretty restricted….and that's why i didn't pick it….when offered…….but the way you described it……i see how well you have managed to touch the different aspects of the topic……. i really liked it……about tigers…… I find myself confused on this situation……. i mean it won't be the first animal to extinct………but i think it would be the first to be by not environmental reasons……..i hope this could be reversed…….loosing anything is bad…..i don't want to show my kids only pictures of tiger………it also reminded me of Paul Adams…..there was this incident …. i mean Paul Adams, the south African Spin Bowler with an abnormal kind of bowling action…….there was this incident…when i was talking to a kid who is very much into cricket……i told him about Paul and his action….and he didn't know anything about him……i told that i'll show him video's of Paul adams bowling……but then came the biggest shock of the decade……There is no video on Youtube or Internet…. of him Bowling……. Okay, he wasn't the greatest of them all……but still…………it feels as if he was never ther……..hope to have not confused you more cause of my ramblings……Best of luck….for BPL \,,/

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  28. @Deeps:- THank you teamie.. results will tell…@The Fool :- Drawing was one of our teammates Manna .. she is to be thanked for that .. Thanks for the comment@Ritu :- Yayyyyyyy BLue inkers .. here we COMEEEEEEEE peopleeeeeeee 🙂 @Tavish:- thank you so much .. @MagicEye :- Thank you fingers crossed lets see what the results say 🙂 @Kavita :- Thank you a lot @Bedlam:- Thank you and all the best to you too Teamie 🙂 your pic is wow 🙂

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  29. @Insignia:- I know i know and hey same to you 😀 😀 😀 and lots more… aise hi make fun of me.. post ke baare main kuch nahin likho 😦 yeh bhi aapke standard se bahut kam hai shayad 🙂 @Chowla sir:- Oh thank you so much,, you dont know how much that means to me .. saying what you said .. Thank you so much … @Vibhzyyy :- i hope it ROARSSSS tooo rather then just rawing 🙂 he he he thank you same to you .. .rock and rolll vibhzyyyyy

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  30. @gayathri:- i liked your idea, dogs will go long way and yeah if we have dog like politicians representing us .. why not make the actual dog represent us.. I am sure it will be more faithful.. then our leaders :O THanks a lot @CHandrika shubham:- thank you for the wishes .. @Dr Chandana:- likh raha hoon likh raha hoon.. dekhte jao… comment karte jao 🙂 @Destiny's child :- Its a fact , tiger-less days are right there round the corner .. just a matter of time … thanks for liking it .. @Arif:- thanks mate.. yeah sad but true.. i must say the risk of extinction is gone .. this is gonan happen as i said earlier WHEN is the question now .. thanks for visiting

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  31. @Leo:- thanks mate.. the image is one of our teamies work.. yeah its great.. thanks for the wishes .. @Madhu :- Really u do WOW not thats a beautiful compliment coming from you.. THANK YOU .. so muchhhhh grrrrrrrrr back :)@Dido :- thanks a lot @Ramesh:- shukriya meharbaani.. thanks for the wishes ..

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  32. @Dhiman:- The image is a work of one of our teamie's Manna ,, yeah it has put stars to my otherwise post … Thanks for the visit @Sangeeta:- anytime you dont have to ask.. hope you are not pulling my leg now …

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  33. @Neha:- Thanks and coming from you it really is a compliment, thank you.. trying to get there and yeah will try to write it .. hopefully one day will be good 🙂 regular posts have been more of rants 🙂 but point taken madam ji will try to make you like them 🙂 @Pal:- Thanks a lot.. glad you found it interesting.. hope the judges see it the same way now .. @Sandhya :- thank you for visiting , anytime again would be great.. Thanks.@Hitesh:- You came on my blog thanks.. i understand your point of it not being the first one.. but the point is its our national animal.. we aught to do something for that.. if we cant do it for our national animal then others dont stand a chance at all.. and yeah you are right its not cause of environment.hmm you are into cricket.. though i must say havnot heard of this spinner my knowledge is limited even if i love the sport and am a great fan of it. No ways .. and no ramblings mate.. Thanks for taking the time reading the article and then commenting on it , in such a manner APPRECIATED THANK YOU.thanks for the luck do need it i guess :):)

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  34. Gyanban says:

    The sense of irony is well captured and the narrative flows well.nice.

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  35. hitesh rawat says:

    can't believe you don't know him…well that does prove his extinction…. 😀

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  36. sm says:

    excellent postthey should open schools.

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  37. Bikramjit says:

    @gyanban :- thanks for the visit and liking my article. @Hitesh:- sorry mate.. but now i will definitely dig him up and find out about him for sure… Hope I did not offend you.. @Sm:- thanks .. open schools where .. i think you put the comment on the wrong post 🙂 but i get you idea he he hehe

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  38. smitzy says:

    Awesome post 🙂 congrats for the 3rd position. keep up the good work and number 1 position is not that far 🙂

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  39. very well written bikram but this one is even better yes this is the irony how tigers are important for jungles because men as you say wud not plunder in their fear but when last tiger goes wat wud happen to the jungles is anybodys guess very well written mate and good luck for this round

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  40. very well written bikram but this one is even better yes this is the irony how tigers are important for jungles because men as you say wud not plunder in their fear but when last tiger goes wat wud happen to the jungles is anybodys guess very well written mate and good luck for this round

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