Perfect weather makes a  glorious morning and the Garden is all set to receive guests.

Garden is set for the afternoon
                                             Garden is set for the afternoon

Dressed in a three stripe  suit the first guest gives a quick look all around and heads straight for the table.

the first guest arives
                                                                 the first guest arrives

After a swift jump on the chair and then onto the table  the uninvited guest does not realize it has been spotted.

a stealthy walk
                                                                    a stealthy walk

Sniffing around it assesses  the goodies .

the uninvited guest sniffs the goodies
                                                          the uninvited guest sniffs the goodies

The enchanting thief is caught with its head in the sugar till.

hand in the till
                                                  hand in the till

The Three Striped Squirrel ( English)  , Gilheri ( Hindi), Funambulus Palmarum ( Scientific) is native to India and well adapted to modern life.

Lord Ram , the  hero of the Indian epic Ramayan is said to have blessed this sweet chipmunk which helped his army in making the bridge across the Ocean to Lanka.

Mythology claims the three white stripes on the back of the squirrel are said to the be marks left by the fingers of the Lord Ram.

Do watch out for the  rarer five striped squirrel.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

17 thoughts on “AN ENCHANTING THIEF”

  1. Caught at the moment
    I like to share this link for more info on this beautiful creator.
    Indian palm squirrel –

    Thanks for mentioning its significance in Hinduism. This religion is protecting many species (many endangered one also) including elephants, tigers, lions, buffalos, cows, rodents, snakes etc. These are considered holy or servants of some diety.
    Thanks for sharing this post. Sorry, I get a little emotional on mention of my culture. I am proud of it.

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