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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Life in a cage.

Hello Visitors,

Yesterday, that is 20th Feb, 2010. I visited Kamati baug, in Vadodara city.

After a tired  day in the city, suddenly i stroked an Idea to visit this place at 2.00 PM, hired an auto and moved towards station. From station it was in my memory that place is near by so i started walking, and kept walking till i reached and i found its not that near.

Then i entered the Kamati baug (Garden), as the place was already visited by me in past it was no wonder for me.. The lush green grass and couples sitting hand in hand soon followed, i kept moving with wonder were to go and sit.. As i saw these couples truly speaking at some point of time i felt jealous. Many couple’s hanging out and i guess its paradise for them..


I found an ice-cream parlour and bought my favourite ice-cream “Chocó bar” and started walking.. I kept moving on the way, till i found end, then started walking back and reached back to same place (parlour). I thought not to disturb these couple’s any more and moved towards zoo or animals section.
The ticket or charge to see various species is just Rs. 10 which i happily paid and moved in.

Gate 1: The bird section
Watching birds is always a fun for anyone of us, the way they are gifted with colours and beauty makes them an apple of eye, but a bird flying in free air is more beautiful to see then a helpless one sitting in a small cage or room.

There are many birds almost of all varieties and also some water creatures like swan and others, i silently watched them and moved on, with a pain for them in my eye’s. The worst i felt was for a black swan, the only swan in his section. I guess life for him would be the worst, guess how will u feel, if u r the only human all around..

I got out and moved my way to see bear and lion section, in the way i saw crocodiles enjoying their afternoon near a small lake..

Gate 2: Here were some lion, dear and a bear.

I went to see bear, but the poor guy(bear) was sleeping and could hardly seen, many left un noticing him and many cried for unable to watch him, few observed that he is there in a corner and sleeping and many of them gossiped that ‘ someone awaken him, we have paid to watch him’.
I stood there silently understanding the pain of a silent bear, How the hell like situation he is forced to, no other bear in Km’s near by, the only poor creature, forced in a 2 room sized cage, with basic facilities. but missing the freedom, missing life, missing his fellows. I think the worst punishment for him, and still worse we human come to see them, feel entertain and proud of putting them there, who the hell are we to play with them and put them in lockers..

After 5 minutes or so, i moved away, watched a similar poor creature lion, who was taking rest. within a minute i moved ahead and watched some dears and so on.. Suddenly i found lion roaring, and i ran to discover that a group of students of a high school made him irritated, they all were roaring on him and throwing small sand stones, and the lion got angry and roaring on them, as the poor lion shouted some got feared, a few ran away and other still shouting loudly as they new the poor lion could not cross his boundaries, the cage. I shouted there, and told students, this is not fair and in mean time their teacher came running and took them away scolding. The poor lion sat down back in to his small world of 3 walls and iron bars fence, on the sand, discovering back his sleep'; i was looking at him and he too noticed me.. i really felt bad for him too..

I thought of moving out from here to enter the third and last gate 3, the tiger one.
But i stopped again to see how is bear doing, to my surprise he is awakened and sitting in the corner where sunlight could not reach him, i felt he is sad, he looked beautiful with his black hairy body, his small eye’s were relaxing clear cut symptoms of great pain in his heart, which we people can’t even guess.
His pain was felt by few more people, yes i was not the only one.. but all humans are not alike few talked of someone make him stand i want to see how big he is, i have paid for it. rest just noticed him silently and moved away, i was looking in his eyes probably the bear noticed..
Still watching him, i really tried to discover his pain, and to my surprise the bear stood up, and was walking towards me and he came to me as near as possible as could be and sat touching the fence, and he was looking at me, no not in anger but in love, i could see in his eye’s. I felt he is saying to me “Please rescue me”, but damn it “i was helpless”. i just looked in his trying to express “I understand u” but i am helpless.
In a mean time a group of student appeared and started shouting, the bear unmoved kept silent, it seems it was no wonder for him, as he is used to it, as for him many such groups have visited him daily, to take fun off him, the poor dear. I really really felt bad and while writing this blog i am still thinking of him and feeling pain in my eye’s.

I felt sorry and after staying nearly 15 to 20 minutes feeling his pain i moved away, probably i would be one such tourist who would have given such a time to the poor fellow understanding his pain, i hope everyone could understand this, and find a solution for the similar problems, how can we help and rescue them..


Gate- 3- THE TIGER. Finally i moved to this section, the tiger’s. There were not only Tigers but also one lion, 4-5 owls of 3 different categories, and a python. Again poor fellows with poor small sized cage’s, except for one tiger, there was a open type of cage, where he can roar in open, with nearly 40 feet iron bar fence covering from 3 sides and wall at other side. I guess the other two tiger’s and a lion would be allowed to move in this as small closed gate’s were there which could probably be open to walk in.. But in days they were forced to sit in their respective cages so that visitor’s could see them.
In this way, the evening ended and i have to walk back to railway station to catch the train, i moved out at 5.00 PM.

The journey will remain in my heart forever..

You may see, some pics of this location at
and historic pics of vadodara city at
(DISCLAIMER: The content of these links are subject to change, and i could not assure the availability of same. Moreover the content is not completely verified by me.)

I went in with a hope of some fun, and came out with tears giggled.

I hope You would have read the blog with equal feelings or at least would have understood the point i am raising.


Thanks and Regards,
Navneet Singh Chauhan.

8 comments:

  1. Very interesting post, Navneet. I have been to this very same zoo once, may be four years back. I understand what you feel and what those poor creatures would be feeling.
    In a sense, it is good that they are in cage, the world out there is more cruel than those school kids. Had we not kept them in cages, they would have been killed; at least they are alive.
    The world is not perfect. It never was and it never will be. I have seen people treating people in worst way than those school kids treating the lion.
    I don't care for the world, I can't change it. I can change my self. That is what I do. I do what I feel right. You can do the same.
    A nice post.

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  2. Thanks for the comments,

    I agree that cage is probably the safest place except the national parks, but there too a few registered deaths have been reported..

    My view is giving more benefits to the poor animals, more care, more space is what is i believe they deserve.

    Moreover initiatives like Aircel - Just 1411 tigers left, and others should also take care of these tigers and all other creatures.

    Are they creating just campaign to earn a place in heart of the masses or they really working at ground levels?

    I will probably write a special post for the Aircel initiative to safe our tigers..

    Thanks.

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  3. hi navneet
    m a barodian and kamatibaug used to be our regular family picnic spot..but even as a kid i hated watching those caged animals. its not fun to watch a caged, thakela lion, bear or a tiger. dat evoked a pathetic scene.ur blog took me back to those days.

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  4. Hi, Reesha.

    I am glad to know that my post have taken you back to your memories.

    And you too have a similar thoughts regarding the poor caged animals.

    Keep Visiting,
    Keep Commenting on my blog.

    Thanks.

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  5. I am sure that flying is a very beautiful experience weather you feel it or you live it..... but if that freedom is lost due to any kind of reason it will become nothing more then a body without soul....... a very nice point of view you have for freedom....... tremendous work dude......!!!!

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  6. @Gaurav: Thanks a lot for understanding my view point. Keep in touch. :)

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  7. Hello sir,
    I'm Vishal Talpada, living in Vadodara from my childhood.. i have visited kamatibaug nd the zoo many a times... its been more than 10years living here.... i read evrything you wrote here nd i was really touched.... i was actually searching for a good quote on the kamati baug but i came up with ur writings... ever since i was small i used to visit the kamati baug nd the zoo as well... nd every single time.. the bear you mentioned.... was there.. i am just a teenager nd I can't possibly do nything for the bear.. not only for him but for everyone in there...a zoo should not keep a single animal in a single cage... i mean it feels so bad.. how can the animal survive without a similar creature? There should be atleast 3 similar creatures inside a single cage.... nd i have noticed that nowadays the wild animals are not getting a healthy environment nd the people are irritating them so badly... zoos are meant for that... people are supposed to see the animals.. we are not supposed to disturb them... there is alot inside me but it would be too long... i really appreciate you nd ur honest opinion.. i hope you got back in the days.. you facing the bear.
    Thank Ü.

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  8. Hello sir,
    I'm Vishal Talpada, living in Vadodara from my childhood.. i have visited kamatibaug nd the zoo many a times... its been more than 10years living here.... i read evrything you wrote here nd i was really touched.... i was actually searching for a good quote on the kamati baug but i came up with ur writings... ever since i was small i used to visit the kamati baug nd the zoo as well... nd every single time.. the bear you mentioned.... was there.. i am just a teenager nd I can't possibly do nything for the bear.. not only for him but for everyone in there...a zoo should not keep a single animal in a single cage... i mean it feels so bad.. how can the animal survive without a similar creature? There should be atleast 3 similar creatures inside a single cage.... nd i have noticed that nowadays the wild animals are not getting a healthy environment nd the people are irritating them so badly... zoos are meant for that... people are supposed to see the animals.. we are not supposed to disturb them... there is alot inside me but it would be too long... i really appreciate you nd ur honest opinion.. i hope you got back in the days.. you facing the bear.
    Thank Ü.

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