Conducting a research on lizards?
Short on them??
Feel free to drop into my office-cum-study. At any point of time, you'll find at least one on the wall.
Right now, a little one is playing 'catch-me-if-you-can' with an adult!
Actually, the word 'lizard' sounds so unemotional and scientific. I prefer the Hindi chipkali... it sounds slimy and creepy - and, suits the creature better!
Not that I haven't tried to chase the chipkalis away....I have tried every kind of repellant - from the commercially available stuff to placing peacock feathers at vantage points... and failed.
Now, my teenager tells me that her friend has a surefire solution - to write Kaanchi Maharaja all over the walls - mind you, it should be written in Kannada with chalk!
After having a good laugh (alone) at this one, I began to wonder..................................................
Maybe, lizards find it hard to move over chalk-dust?
If so, writing 'Stupid Chipkali' should work just as well as ಕಾಂಚಿ ಮಹಾರಾಜ! Or, perhaps some artistic chalk-doodle all over the wall!
Well! I will not write on the walls, and, I see a major drawback with the last one - within a few days, the art will disintegrate and you-know-who will have the unpleasant task of cleaning the walls/ re-doing the art-work!
Some years ago, I had read an article by Maneka Gandhi... about why one should be nice to the chipkalis... They keep the house free from cockroaches, spiders and other keeday-makoday by eating them and are thus good for the general well-being of the human home.
Since she is right, I have adopted her attitude. It is an attitude that we 'old - B'loreans' can sum up without beating round the bush.... 'Swalpa adjust maadi' !!