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Monkey Business

Monkey Business Talakona Falls Tirupati

Yes, you heard that right.

No, Monkey Business isn’t a metaphor for something. It is actually about monkeys!

I was sorting out my photos when I realized I had way more monkey photos than I imagined. And I thought, I ought to share them here. I am fascinated by monkeys. I guess it is their human-ness–the similarity, the fact that they were right behind us in the evolution process and their agility as they swing from point to point.

They generally never bother with humans unless provoked–usually by a plastic bag as they’re intelligent enough to guess that it might contain food–thanks to the human thoughtless tendency to litter.

So yeah, let me introduce a few of our cousins I met during my recent travels.

Closest home is this dude from Bannerghatta National Park. Happily getting ready for a siesta after a rather satisfactory lunch, he seems pensive. But what I really would like to know is this: who is his hairdresser? Can I get that address please?

Monkey Business Bannerghatta Zoo

His neighbor was lost in thought. Rather looks like a letter has just arrived and he doesn’t know what to make of it. What’s that in his hand? What kind of news? Maybe he has to move and is wondering about the logistics? A new job?

Monkey Business Bannerghatta Zoo 2

And we leave him to his thoughts and head to Talakona Falls, Tirupati. This guy is so Zen. Basking in the warm sunshine, enjoying the sound of the waterfalls nearby, oblivious to the human chatter around.

Monkey Business Talakona Falls Tirupati

Hmm. Now let’s head north towards Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. Truly, it takes a village to raise kids, eh? Look at this little group. Moms and kids? One mom whispering in her little one’s ear. What’s she saying? The other one seems peacefully asleep holding her baby close.

Monkey Business Kasauli

A bit farther up North–is the Menri Monastery, where we saw this dude perched on the gate. Beyond was a steep drop down the hill, but of course that didn’t bother him. He was too agile and practiced to slip and fall. So cute, just sitting still and letting the breeze caress his skin, as he listened to the chanting in the monastery!

Monkey Business Dolanji Bon Monastery

And finally, my most favorite monkeys! This Mom and baby simply stole my heart. Just look at her! She lives in Kufri National Park, Himachal Pradesh in her natural surroundings, in the wilderness. I just wanted to stand and stare, and I did.

Monkey Business Kufri

And watching her eyes gently close and she hugged her baby tighter…. so endearing!

Monkey Business Kufri 2

And I leave you with that lovely sight for now!

I am joining Claudya for Sundays in My City–and will be doing so every Sunday.

Let’s travel the world together ♥

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    September 26, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Haha…love the different expressions of the monkeys! Great pictures Vidya, they all made me smile! 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      September 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you Sanch!

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    Soumya
    September 26, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Hehehe, what a cute post! The first guy’s hair I sure am envious of 🙂
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    Kumar
    September 26, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Seriously the first monkeys hair too beautiful..

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    Claudya
    September 27, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Vidya, I love this and you reminded me of a story I had forgotten. One of my daughters was asking about evolution and if we are related to monkeys and I gave a not very clear answer on how long evolution takes apparently because the other daughter was like, “So your mother isn’t a monkey, but your grandmother is?”

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    Damyanti
    September 27, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Oy vey. So cute, and so capable of mischief!

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    Natasha
    September 28, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I love monkeys and I will always cherish my breakfasts with the Orang Utan’s at Singapore zoo. Recently one came calling at our fifteenth floor balcony and I offered him a banana. But this was an angry chap.

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    Modern Gypsy
    September 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Awww….those last two photographs!! <3

    It’s fun to watch monkeys, but in some areas, they’re quite aggressive, and then they are scary!!
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      Vidya Sury
      September 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Oh yes, they are best from a distance and ideally viewed via a zoom lens 🙂 They are aggressive, alright! I once got scratched by one simply because I was in the line of fire when it was fighting with another monkey! Scary.

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    bangladeshtourist
    October 9, 2018 at 11:46 am

    It’s fun to watch monkeys, but in some areas, they’re quite aggressive, and then they are scary!!

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