Zoo : Day 26 of A-Z Challenge

Life is a zoo in a jungle.

My first memory of our country’s capital, Delhi, is of visiting National Zoological Park.

Mathur aunty use to live in our building that too on our floor. Mathur uncle use to work with my father, while aunty was a homemaker like my mother.

The sad part of their life was that they didn’t have children. They liked my brother but they loved me more. One summer evening she asked my parents whether she can take us to Delhi for a week. My parents were very apprehensive about it and told her that they will think about it. Meanwhile aunty divulged her plan to us and we got ready to accompany her.

My brother insisted my parents to let us go, so after much persistence, they gave in. Our bags were packed, mom gave a long list of dos and don’t s and we happily left our home to explore a new city.

After resting for a day, we went to see the zoo. I still remember the big stone with an inscribed name of the park.
The beautiful small lake at the entry where white ducks were playing.
The different colourful birds sitting on small branches of trees. The hopping monkey’s inside a small cage , where people were offering them bananas from outside. The sleeping crocodile lying in cool pool of water. So many peacocks dancing on the fences together.

The big black tiger with brown eyes staring right back at me. Seeing big lion called bababar sher( the toughest among the lion clan) roaming inside a big area which also had small lake for him. Big fox inside a room which had a small window for peeking visitors. The big rhinoceroses behind a big wall, for showing them my uncle had to pick me up on his shoulders. The lazy hippopotamus inside a marsh.

It is what all I can remember from my first visit to zoo in Delhi when I was four years old.

This all came flashing back when my four-year old nephew recently visited a zoological park in Mysore and came back with interesting stories for me. We discussed how all animals looked like , to the voices they were making , to the activities they were involved in. It was indeed great to go back down the memory lane, once again.

PS: Share your story of first zoological park visit or wild life century?

This my attempt for the Twenty-sixth day of the A-Z Challenge.


Day 26:Z(alphabet)


21 thoughts on “Zoo : Day 26 of A-Z Challenge

  1. Awww, that was such a sweet memory plus a beautiful cherry to the cake ❤ You finished the Challenge with flying colours, Neerja Di, this is like a memorable diary!! I loved all your posts! I finished reading it so very late, but better late than never 😀 Keep writing more, darling, you're an incredible story-teller ❤

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  2. And here you complete the A-Z with flying colors. Great Job!

    I have been loving visiting Zoos, have seen a couple in the last few months alone. Happy reading about your escape.


  3. I finally made it over to your Z post! 😀 😛 I love going to the zoo it’s a lot of fun seeing the animals and it does make you feel like a kid again. Your stories have been a joy to read NJ ❤ You are so funny saying your aunty and uncle liked your brother but loved you more 😛 ❤ Sometimes I feel like my life is a zoo with everything going on in it but for the most part it's all good. 🙂 Great job on completing the challenge!!

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    1. LOL, Jen, I couldn’t help giggling when you said your life is a zoo XD It reminded me of this episode from the Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Have you watched that sitcom? If not, it’s this hilarious (The hilarity similar to F.R.I.E.N.D.S in terms of the way each and every scene gets you rolling on the floor 😀 ) about these two mischievous twins, Zack and Cody, who live in a five star hotel with their single mother, and they love causing mayhem and driving the manager, Moseby, insane 😀 In one episode, they’ll bring up a baby hawk and Moseby will order them to give it away to the zoo. They retaliate saying, ‘If you love zoos so much, why don’t you go and live in one?’ And he responds, ‘I already am.’ XD

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      1. Hahahaha..Deepika this sounds like a show I would like and be able to relate to! 😛 😀 My life is very similar and crazy at times! I’ll definitely look this one up, thank you Deepika!!! ❤

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      2. Haha, you’ll love this!! The Suite Life of Zack and Cody has a spin-off, The Suite Life on Deck, where the twins attend high school in a cruise ship! You’ll truly enjoy this, it and F.R.I.E.N.D.S are the most hilarious sitcoms to exist, I think 😀

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      3. Oh God, it’s completely crazy! 😀 You’ll definitely enjoy it! The actors playing Zack and Cody are twin brothers in real life, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and you know what? Cole Sprouse is the child playing Ross Geller’s son, Ben, in F.R.I.E.N.D.S 😉 He absolutely rocks as Cody here in the Suite Life ❤ The manager goes from one end to the other trying to keep the hotel and the cruise ship in one piece because of the mischief these two get into XD They also rope in the ditzy and dumb heiress to the hotel in their schemes and other hilarious characters too. It's a must watch!! I haven't seen the Big Bang Theory yet, Jen, everyone says its really good 😀 I should watch it after writing the book 😀

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  5. I still love going to the zoo.. back home in andamans we had a small tiny zoo and that was our only entertainment as kids watching few snakes monkeys deers and crocs.. i remember the first time i visited the zoo in Trivandrum it was amazing..i made sure i went there every summer vacation. I used to spend a lot of time watching specially the lion, peacock and giraffe.
    I think a Zoo always makes us feel like a kid. Congratulations on completing the Challenge. As always your posts are so refreshing. Happy weekend 🙂

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