Report From India

Typical south Indian cobra
Typical south Indian cobra

Kapiti man escapes Expressway; meets cobra in south India

By Guy Burns

The golden cobra slowly and sleuthfully snuck along the ground, seeking prey, but, soon turned on its heels when it when it came upon me and a handful of others playing chess at the local Gokarna Chess Club.

A beautiful creature nearly 2 metres long (but something I’d love seeing restrained at the local Golden Gecko Care), a shade of gold, amazing black patterns on it’s back—the design’s zenith a shape of an eye on it’s deflated hood.

Once the cobra saw that it was ‘spotted’ by humans, it turned like the tide and slowly sneaked away.

After being followed, at a respectable distance, for 5 minutes by me, it eventually disappeared into a small hole under some boulders at a dried up creek, right in the middle of the accommodation area of a local hostel.

That is the fourth snake I’ve seen—firstly; two sick looking sea-snakes on the beach, left behind by fishermen, gasping for air and dear life.

Guy follows one of the sea- snakes
Guy follows one of the sea- snakes

Tthe 3rd snake was also at the Chess Club (set in a jungle area) a skinny dark brown tree snake, about 2 metres long climbing a tree after a rat hunting expedition along the ground.

But, that Cobra was the most magnificent of the lot—strong, vigorous, proud, mindful, but not frightened of humans.

After an invitation from Kapiti Independent News, I’m writing this column from Gokarna in the state of Karnataka, South India to give people a glimpse of life outside the realm of Kapiti

I am a Kapiti Coaster, bred, but not born, in Raumati,

I’ve used the opportunity of the provided by the end of my work contract and by being pushed ou t of my house, by the government, for their road of national significance—the Kap0iti Expressway – and I’m  taking a year off to go roaming through some of ‘them thar hills’ in  this world of ours.

guy burns in jungleThis is my fifth Indian trip, and my longest—I’ll be here for around five months, based in Gokarna, and making excursions to places nearby.

‘Why India, surely not?’ many people have asked  me.

My answer is that I am no stranger to these diverse, somewhat mysterious, paradoxical and contradictory shores—my father was born here and my son followed suit.

India and I seem to have an attraction; the food, people, culture, climate, landscape and pulse of life—a great place to visit and experience, but with the knowledge that you are only visiting and one day you’ll return to that warm and nostalgic place you call home—Aotearoa.

India is a place of huge contrasts which will challenge the world view of most pakehas.

Through this column, I hope to be able to share the dichotomy of India with you.

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