The Parrot and The Pirate
After a long voyage at the sea, the pirate set foot ashore. In search of sustenance. Water, shelter and food. Little did he know that his journey would lead him to new pastures, new land and he would perhaps stop looking at the horizon, the vast sea which as magnificent as it seemed had little to offer him. Just salt, like his tears.
He heard a sound, calling out in the wild, the forest beyond. He may not be able to see the depths of it (not as yet). But it was alluring enough. A bird he heard. Though it sounded more like human. The first human sound in ages. He was pulled towards the sound, his basic needs forgotten for want of human touch or was it just the voice?
It called out to him, “Come hither!”
He smiled. How did it know he was there?
Suddenly, a bird, a parrot landed on his shoulder, whispering words that were familiar yet alien to him. In his voyage, he had been a lone ranger, travelling on a path that had no end. He was drifting. This bird grounded him. Stopped him from turning back to his ship. Ship that would take him afar, from the shore, from humanity, from everything. His search he realised had been futile.
And then she emerged. Out of the green, sweet as nectar was the sound as she called to the parrot.
“So the parrot belonged to her,” he mused. But as she came closer, the parrot perched higher on his shoulder, reluctant to go back to her owner.
Will the parrot stay with the pirate, the adventurer or will she go back to the nurturer, her mender?
Watch this space for more on this story.
Of course, the inspiration is Humsafars and its cast, Saahir Choudhary (Harshad Chopda), Asharfi (the Parrot) and Aarzoo Nausheen Khan (Shivya Pathania).
Do you see a parallel?