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A Chronicle of the Peacocks

A Chronicle of the Peacocks Allah alone knows why this evil spirit is after me! I am shocked and upset. I had actually gone there to inquire after the well-being of the peacocks. How was I to know that this evil spirit would grab hold of me? It was by chance that I came across that small news item; otherwise, in the midst of all that turmoil, I would never have found out what had really happened. Tucked away in the middle of the terrifying news about India's atomic bomb was a small note about the explosion having so frightened the peacocks of Rajasthan that they had flown up screaming into the sky and scattered in all directions. Immediately, I wrote a column expressing my sympathy for the peacocks and thought that, having done my duty, I was free from all further obligations. But had I really done my duty? Was I actually free? That insignificant piece of information disturbed me in the same way as a small fish had disturbed Manuji. Manuji had once caught a fish no longer than his little finger and had placed it in a pot. He, too, thought he had done his duty and was free. But http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

A Chronicle of the Peacocks

Manoa , Volume 27 (1) – Sep 29, 2015

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Allah alone knows why this evil spirit is after me! I am shocked and upset. I had actually gone there to inquire after the well-being of the peacocks. How was I to know that this evil spirit would grab hold of me? It was by chance that I came across that small news item; otherwise, in the midst of all that turmoil, I would never have found out what had really happened. Tucked away in the middle of the terrifying news about India's atomic bomb was a small note about the explosion having so frightened the peacocks of Rajasthan that they had flown up screaming into the sky and scattered in all directions. Immediately, I wrote a column expressing my sympathy for the peacocks and thought that, having done my duty, I was free from all further obligations. But had I really done my duty? Was I actually free? That insignificant piece of information disturbed me in the same way as a small fish had disturbed Manuji. Manuji had once caught a fish no longer than his little finger and had placed it in a pot. He, too, thought he had done his duty and was free. But

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 29, 2015

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