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Legend of turtledove and messenger of looming danger

They made in movies, Kabutaar the harbinger of hope and playing the purveyor of good and bad news to us. Been party to the whims and fancies of minds blabbering on our lil’ birdies cooing outside the window sills? Legend has it that the turtledove warns us of the the danger looming large in our surrounding so that we are well guarded to ward off evil.

We are settled outside India and mom came to break my concentration yesterday as I was busy figuring out things at the work table. “Do you have few minutes to spare?,”  She asks. I reluctantly nodded, convinced that I’ll be asked to do something in the kitchen, much to my chagrin. She was standing at the door steps and coax me to pay attention in the surrounding. My supine mind fails to hearken to nature’s aesthetic creation that could only be heard tweeting something musical to the ears.

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Finally, Mom said, “Dekho Chor (See the thieves)”.

Huh! I was in disbelief wondering whether mom has just lost her mind or taking pleasure in breaking my concentration. I felt like a twit. She told me to listen carefully to the turtledove from afar. The birdie was squiggling in spiraling patterns that I could turn into Anu Malik by composing a song to make the moolah. Mom started with the legend that her father who hails from Bihar told her that whenever the turtledove makes such sound patterns  and indulging in a riff of sort , they sibilantly convey the message, “Dekho Chor! Dekho Chor! Dekho Chor!”

Quite nice and fascinating to hear of the turtle drove being the fey and blessed with super powers which is alien to us, humans. I mean, it might be true- kill my silly mind- but a legend that grand parents are led to believe as it is our country is made up of lotsa superstitious stories in villages that travel cities and the world. Have you heard about the snippet surrounding the turtledoves and other beautiful birds? I wanna know!


Disclaimer: It is a fun post to share with friends and bloggers and I cannot be held to task for spreading superstitions. Believe at your own risk.



Work-in-progress, seeker and bundle of contradictions. Stubborn and Refusal to grow up and constantly in search of myself, I blurt it out on my space. Drop in and share some love. Indian by choice.

10 thoughts on “Legend of turtledove and messenger of looming danger

  1. That is so fascinating. Somehow I never believed there really were turtledoves. I thought they were just a fanciful lyric in the Twelve Days of Christmas. You learn something every day. Thank you my friend for enlightening me! ♥

    1. I also didn’t know of its existence till Mom told me..hehe guess Mom should be thanked, Kathy. Oh! Now that’s making me dream imagine turtledroves were anciful lyric in the Twelve Days of Christmas, sheer delight:)

  2. Well I always believe in myths and all.. as they did have some logic when they were created .. may not be true for today but at some time they did mean something …

    1. I agree with you and there are certain things which are beyond human understanding. For sure, they meant something:)
      I am so glad ur read ur views and thanks for always stopping by, Bikramjit:)

    1. hehe! I dunno how true it is but what mom told me. Guess, it’s psychologically ingrained in our minds and it’s sounds as such. That’s the legend told by grand parents in Bihar:)

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