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The Tusker Scare

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Resemblance to any elephant living or dead is purely coincidental and unintentional (Doodle Courtesy: MJ)

Day 8, the last day, on the BSA Tour Of Nilgiris 2009 had riders entering the Bandipur National Park from Tamil Nadu, after having descended the Kalhatti Ghats. Spotting an elephant or two in this park is not a rarity and I was disappointed to not have seen the giant myself. At the MC Resort I understood that the privilege was reserved for a bunch of riders on the BSA TFN, not the blogger or the photographer.

While Siva Sai N, Arvind Bhateja and Ashish Bhardwaj were riding together inside the park, it was Ashish who spotted the beast first and screamed –

Stop! Elephant!

Siva, who was riding ahead, then spotted an elephant crossing the road. Siva froze. At this moment, the elephant stopped too and stared at Siva. He(Siva) dropped the bike and ran into the bamboos, towards one end of the road.

The tusker crossed the road, stopped again and once more, stared at Siva. He(Siva) ran to his bike and zoomed past. Upon seeing this, the elephant started running too, fortunately in the opposite direction.

Post this adventure, there have been serious efforts in order to determine the sex of the elephant and understand the reason for its attraction towards Siva.

Anand Iyer, a rider on the tour says – After back breaking research I have come to the conclusion that the Elephant that attacked Siva was male.

Eye witness Arvind Bhateja refutes this claim saying – I do believe that the elephant that attacked Siva was not the one that Anand is hallucinating about. Siva’s elephant was obviously female

Meanwhile other riders are devising strategies to well-equip riders in order to survive any such elephant scare in the future editions of the tour.
Manish Bhatnagar, I’m sure, is a trained bartender. Here’s his recipe, to be served at a Support Station just before entering Bandipur

  • 60ml Siva’s Regal
  • 1 packet Electral
  • Top with soda

He says this mix is guaranteed to make one bike faster than any chasing elephant. Or not feel anything if s/he catches up with the rider.

I’ll let the riders continue to fill up the Elephants’ Diaries. And, for the time being, due to lack of ingredients for Siva’s Regal, I’ll gulp down some Chivas Regal, on the rocks .

Written by Sangfroid

December 28, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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  1. Ah the tour seems to be so much fun!!!

    Winnie the Poohi

    December 29, 2009 at 12:26 am

    • It was an experience of a lifetime 🙂

      Sangfroid

      January 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

  2. 🙂

    sam

    December 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

  3. Fun!
    Awesome doodle btw, who’s MJ?

    Arun

    December 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    • She’s already replied. You know who she is. The one who could cycle without handle-bars 🙂

      Sangfroid

      January 4, 2010 at 7:34 pm

  4. soooper. One siva’s regal plz 🙂

    Aashish Solanki

    December 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    • LOL!
      Sure thing, the next time we meet 🙂

      Sangfroid

      January 4, 2010 at 7:35 pm

  5. MJ is MAlvika Jain

    Malvika

    December 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    • Of course it is! The only other MJ i knew is no longer 🙂

      Sangfroid

      January 4, 2010 at 7:35 pm

  6. Lol.. very funny dude

    Gautam

    December 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm

  7. Oh God. Ganesh in a different form. He was never a obstacle. He will scare only the evils.
    Hope enjoyed the dharma darshan

    vaidyanathan

    December 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    • Yea, In a ‘scary’ avatar.
      I wasn’t an eye witness but I enjoyed listening to the tale 🙂

      Sangfroid

      January 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm

  8. You don’t have to be the fastest rider to escape an elephant, just that you shouldn’t be the slowest one…

    enidhi

    May 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm


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