Best "Indian Cow" Story

#1 Jun 5th, 2007, 04:10
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Really this was in Kathmandu: On the sidewalk was an awfully ferocious fight between two dogs, practically killing each other, creating all kinds of commotion. Suddenly a cow runs across traffic and breaks up the fight. I was astounded! What gives?

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Also in Kathmandu -- in the early 70s, when Durbar Square had a veggie market, and odd peddlers of "things" (like used sarees).

The Swiss bull (a gift we were told, to improve the milk supply), fell in love with one of the small Nepali cows and was trying to get it on with her in the middle of the square.

The minivan full of German tourists was quick to leave. The rest of us -- Nepalis and travelling foreigners -- spread out along the walls, and shared laughter, cigarettes, chillums, and delight at the sight of this huge bull following the small brown cow around, trying to get her to hold still so he could mount her.

After about 20 minutes, the cow finally panicked and ran down one of those tiny alleys, with the bull in hot pursuit. Everybody laughed for a few minutes more and then went back to whatever we'd been doing.
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Hm. I must have described this before but heading for the middle-of-the-night train in late monsoon blacked-out Chidambaram to the sound of the occasional "moooo!" and the swishing of impressive-sounding horns close by stumbling around with your pack in the pitch-black darkness was, er, something else say.
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Late night arrival in Delhi - Taxi driver gets lost finding my flat sector - leaves taxi idling on the crest of a small hill - goes to ask for directions - taxi starts to roll down hill - half-awake I grab steering wheel from back seat and manage to steer vehicle between the gap of two oncoming brahmas giving them only a slight dusting and tickle while "threading the needle" - taxi jumps a small ditch and comes to a stop in a shrub thicket at bottom of incline.
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I was mugged by a cow.

In South Delhi I had missed lunch and was starving so I walked the 15 mins to the local market and bought some fresh and tasty samosas. While walking back I took the long path by the park and enjoyed one of my samosas. Normally this path and the adjoining park has lots of people in it, but that day it was deserted. Suddenly I noticed one single, sturdy cow with big, pointy horns was heading towards me down the lane. I thought, this is strange, it seems to be looking directly at me. I swerved a little to the right. It swerved and came closer. I swerved a little to the left. It swerved and came closer. I became very nervous because there was not another soul in sight. Within a minute or so this very large cow with long, torso-impailing horns was standing directly in front of me and had turned its body sideways to block the lane. I tried the swerve motion again, but it was too late, I was trapped and the cow was not amused. My only strategy was to jettison the samosas and make a break for it, and thank god the cow went for the samosas. I had been mugged! It was an egregious case of horned robbery.
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Was there a post removed from this thread - I had an email about a post by SitaParityaga, but it seems not to be here?
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You're right, Sita posted something here then decided to remove it for whatever reasons of her own.

An honest question in return: Some members seem to have email subscriptions to threads they're involved with. Doesn't it drive you nuts to receive notification everytime someone so much as farts on those threads? On really active threads I imagine it would drive one to distraction. (Not to mention the automatism it seems to lead to of answering to stuff that's been altered or is no longer there, but that's a second issue really.) Just has me wonder sometimes. It's not on by default I think. (Another funny side effect is of ancient threads being revived and the OP having notification so promptly answering like a few years hadn't gone by. To some according to their formulation it even seems like they think they're engaging in private email conversation, whereas you'd think they'd at least need to log in here to post it. I assume it's the private sense of such messages that weren't private at all to begin with that inspires them to write back in the same tone: "regarding your email" etc. -- what email??)
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Why did the cow come for nick's house warming ceremony ?

Sorry though im an india i dunno a lot about cow and house warming . Cuz we usually call a priest from the church
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On the way to my office, I have seen a number of times, a cow at the junction of Veer Sawarkar Marg (Cadell Road) at Dadar waiting for the pedstrian signal to turn green to cross the road . I have also seen the same cow at the same junction crossing the road in a hurry when pedstrian signal is blinking to turn red.

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Originally Posted by Sadanand Kamath View Post On the way to my office, I have seen a number of times, a cow at the junction of Veer Sawarkar Marg (Cadell Road) at Dadar waiting for the pedstrian signal to turn green to cross the road . I have also seen the same cow at the same junction crossing the road in a hurry when pedstrian signal is blinking to turn red.

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Prashant,
City cows are more resourceful and dynamic than those in towns or villages. Try out while driving on the highways and other roads outside cities. Your persistent horn will not budge those cows and buffaloes to move aside from the middle of the road .

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I'm afraid that one of the Hindu IMers will have to answer any questions about my housewarming ceremony.

My wife, too, would have called a priest from the church --- it was me that insisted on having a Hindu ceremony, and we just did everything that the temple priest told us to do!

I can say that it was basically a puja to Ganesh, for the beginning of our life in this house, and also included puja to the nine planets, and a symbolic boiling of milk in the kitchen (for which I bought a beautiful brass vessel).

I know that the cow is associated with Krishna, of course, but I understand that there is also relevence to Lakshmi (so that we may remain prosperous) in this ceremony. Everybody was delighted that the cow crapped on our floor.

(I'm just remembering... isn't there one of Beach's excellent posts on this subject?)

More personally, my late mum, whose estate we invested in this house, was an eccentric lover of all animals: she would have been utterly (or even udderly) delighted to have a cow and calf visit her room to be fed
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I'm afraid that one of the Hindu IMers will have to answer any questions about my housewarming ceremony.

My wife, too, would have called a priest from the church --- it was me that insisted on having a Hindu ceremony, and we just did everything that the temple priest told us to do!

I can say that it was basically a puja to Ganesh, for the beginning of our life in this house, and also included puja to the nine planets, and a symbolic boiling of milk in the kitchen (for which I bought a beautiful brass vessel).

I know that the cow is associated with Krishna, of course, but I understand that there is also relevence to Lakshmi (so that we may remain prosperous) in this ceremony. Everybody was delighted that the cow crapped on our floor.

(I'm just remembering... isn't there one of Beach's excellent posts on this subject?)

More personally, my late mum, whose estate we invested in this house, was an eccentric lover of all animals: she would have been utterly (or even udderly) delighted to have a cow and calf visit her room to be fed
I liked the last paragraph of your post

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post More personally, my late mum, whose estate we invested in this house, was an eccentric lover of all animals: she would have been utterly (or even udderly) delighted to have a cow and calf visit her room to be fed
I'm sure she would've but think about it - she most probably was there with you and having a good giggle at the cow's house-warming gift
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Originally Posted by Tapestry View Post I was mugged by a cow.

In South Delhi I had missed lunch and was starving so I walked the 15 mins to the local market and bought some fresh and tasty samosas. While walking back I took the long path by the park and enjoyed one of my samosas. Normally this path and the adjoining park has lots of people in it, but that day it was deserted. Suddenly I noticed one single, sturdy cow with big, pointy horns was heading towards me down the lane. I thought, this is strange, it seems to be looking directly at me. I swerved a little to the right. It swerved and came closer. I swerved a little to the left. It swerved and came closer. I became very nervous because there was not another soul in sight. Within a minute or so this very large cow with long, torso-impailing horns was standing directly in front of me and had turned its body sideways to block the lane. I tried the swerve motion again, but it was too late, I was trapped and the cow was not amused. My only strategy was to jettison the samosas and make a break for it, and thank god the cow went for the samosas. I had been mugged! It was an egregious case of horned robbery.
I had a similar experience last winter in Jaisalmer. Amusing at first to be followed by a cow, but the cow was after my bhang cookies. It was an addict I assume. I'd taken photos of it before the unexpected chase began and noticed that its horns had been removed - the remaining stumps were smudged with red paint. Anyway I shoved a huge cookie in its mouth and got away. I surmise that the horns had been removed for a good reason.
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