Man or Beast

Okay. Inspite of the laughs and jeers that I'll be afflicted with once my near and dear friends read this, I shall write to expose a sad truth of Life - Man is a beast.

It so happened that I was crossing a busy road on my way to the office. Just as I hopped on to the divider, I spotted a bull lurking dangerously close, pawing the ground with its massive hoofs, and lowering its pointed horns . Before I could react, it charged at me.

I wish I could say I nimbly dodged it and laughed at its face while it stumbled away from me, but sadly, it just didn't happen. I jumped off the divider in a blind panic and ran helter-skelter across the road at its busiest hour. Several cars screeched to a halt to avoid hitting me, and I made a spectacle of myself. Ice cream vendors, water sellers and sundry loafers lined up beside the road to watch me perform amazing acrobatic stunts to avoid cars and bulls and try (mostly unsuccessfully) to preserve my dignity at the same time.

As it happened, I was suddenly joined in this hotch potch and general milieu by another guy who wanted to cross the road and had to face the Ultimate Bull Challenge like me. Dressed in a snazzy and too-tight t-shirt, hair slicked back with something that had the consistency of grease and a wide smile, he remarked, " Bull troubling you Miss? ". Next thing I know, he's matching me pace to pace, step by step. If I dodged to the right, I'd find him right beside me. If I pulled a sudden left, he'd pull up right next to me. A few twists and turns and a few sneers and shoves later I started finding him a bit irritating. Add to it the fact that I was getting late for office, and I was willing to take my chances with the bull rather than spend my day running across roads with this fellow. As expected, my competitor for the Ultimate Bull Challenger joined me in my quest and headed for the divider with me. He probably thought there was safety in numbers. He could always push me in front of the bull if it charged while he made a free escape to the other side (funny how it never occurred to me at that moment!).

We finally managed to cross the road with life and limb intact. While I was still thanking God and my stars and my mother's prayers and the universe in general, Mr. Tere-Naam slunk up beside me. Before I could say anything, the guy shoots his pick-up line , "Its girls like you who could drive even a bull crazy!" and shoots a flying kiss to add to the effect. Still in shock and in no condition to argue, defend or break his leg, I simply walked away in a daze after giving him the dirtiest look I could muster.

Was the animal in this entire episode the bull or the man?

Kindly bear in mind the following:
1. "The animal was You. Ha ha ha" is not an option for this question.
2. No wisecracks as to my size or anthropological classification will be entertained.

Questions of Life


These days I've been asking myself Big Questions -
What is Life? What has my Life been worth?
Where am I and where am I supposed to be?
What have I done till now, and what should I do in future?
Where am I headed?
What do I want?
Am I truly happy?
I don't have any answers yet. Have started my search ....
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