I think it’s time now to write a book about my monkey and call it The Adventures of Chunmun Bandaria. In Hindi, bandaria is a she-monkey and Chunmun is her actual name. Her story is the reverse case of Tarzan’s story. Tarzan’s parents died and he was brought up by monkeys. In Chunmun’s case, her mother died and she was brought up by humans. I have never heard of such an incident where a female monkey dies during delivery and the newborn baby falls down from the roof.

Chunmun was born by the fountain in the garden and fell on the ground when she was just two-three minutes old. My big dog caught her and my sister took her from the dog’s mouth thinking her to be a mouse. She was brought to the house and nobody knew how to take care of her, what kind of milk to give her. Cow’s milk did not work and she survived on goat’s milk (luckily, we had a goat at that time). And slowly she grew up… It’s interesting to analyze this story and its timing. There are no coincidences; every coincidence is a will of God. She might be a messenger from Hanuman who has come toprotect me or something like that. You never know. She is very intelligent and sometimes answers to us, reacts to what we say. We believe that she has many mystical powers, siddhis. I feel certain powers in her.

She arrived when I had started to come down with the sickness. One night I had a severe backache. I couldn’t sleep and was shifting in my bed, moaning. Chunmun was awake as well. My sister was present and she said to the monkey, “Why don’t you cure him?” And the monkey stretched her arms outside of the bars of her cage where she sleeps and moved her hands three times towards me and miraculously the pain disappeared within seconds. It has been many months since then and I don’t have to take the painkillers any more. The pain has simply disappeared. Her arrival was right on time. She is now seven years old.

She always sleeps on the bed sheets, covering herself witha part of a towel or a blanket, and always with her feet facing east, never facing any other direction. From time to time you can hear gunshots in the garden. They are fired to scare away the armies of monkeys who come to free the most beautiful princess, bandaria, kidnapped by the humans. At least we believe this to be the reason behind their constant attacks…🙂

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