The Fall of a Sparrow

Written as an entry for Friday Fictioneers.

Prabhakar, was bored. Like really, really bored. Well, visiting your ancestral home does do,  inexplicable things to your internet connectivity. He was stuck in this place for a whole week. With nothing to do, he turned to exploring the place.

One of these days, he found a book, called The Fall of a Sparrow. When he asked around, he got to know that it was written by a close friend of his great grandfather.

He started flipping through, casually at first but with greater interest later. He read on as the story of Salim Ali, took him on a roller coaster ride. From a common boy, to a titan of Indian ornithology.

Weeks later, it was time to go, as he packed his bags, a sparrow landed on the porch, Prabhakar didn’t know it then, but that sparrow coupled with the writings of Ali, had instilled a love of birds in him, that would transcend his childhood.


PHOTO PROMPT © Luther Siler

Salim Ali was a real ornithologist in India. He practically wrote the book on Indian bird watching and also worked on their conservation.

Excerpt from Wikipedia:-

Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali (12 November 1896 – 20 June 1987)[1] was an Indian ornithologist and naturalist. Sometimes referred to as the “birdman of India”, Salim Ali was among the first Indians to conduct systematic bird surveys across India and his bird books helped develop ornithology. He became the key figure behind the Bombay Natural History Society after 1947 and used his personal influence to garner government support for the organisation, create the Bharatpur bird sanctuary (Keoladeo National Park) and prevent the destruction of what is now the Silent Valley National Park. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1958 and the Padma Vibhushan in 1976, India’s third and second highest civilian honours respectively.


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