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UKArchive ID: 6083The Snakes Cannot See by chrisk
Originally published on April 19, 2004 in Non-Fiction

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A love story.





chrisk






THE SNAKES CANNOT SEE

By C R Krishnan





Long time ago love marriages were rare in India, especially in the South. Most marriages were arranged and of course horoscopes were looked at and an auspicious time fixed for the wedding. That was the norm.

But then here and there some people escaped that, for better or for worse.

Ravunni was one of those. He had met this girl, Janaki at a wedding of some relatives and fell in love instantly. Then he was training to be a Doctor, some 300 miles away in a big city.

The courting was a problem. Those days you just met and talked in front of your folks, no holding hands and definitely no kissing! If you were lucky some nice auntie or sister would disappear for an hour or two, which will give you that special time together.

During his vacations from the Medical College he used to walk some twenty miles from his home to see his girl. The journey was mostly during the night after his supper and those days the remote villages had no bus service, as the roads were impassable. So you just walked. He had to cross paddy fields and coconut groves or just miles of fields with nothing but overgrown plants and many snakes, some of them extremely poisonous. One bite and you are dead. There is an old Indian wife’s tale that when a snake hears it cannot see. So this young man clapped his hands from time to time to ward off the snakes, as a blind snake cannot attack. He was just lucky!

He would arrive at dawn as his love was milking the cow, and she would give him warm fresh milk straight from the churn. Then he had his bath in the pond, which was naturally decorated with lotus flowers, and their plate like green leaves. This courting went on for about four years! Ravunni got qualified and then they were married.

Some 12 years later his wife Janaky died. Nobody knew until the last moment that it was rabies. A dog had not bitten her, but the saliva of a rabid dog had infected her wounded feet. She used to feed this stray dog from time to time and even allowed it to come to the porch. Many doctors, friends and colleagues of his milled around, but they could not help her. She was just 37 years old and left four children behind. He was devastated. A doctor who couldn’t help his own wife

. Recently he was attending the wedding of one of his sons and this was in a big city, a place where he spent his youth as a medical student and from where he travelled many times back home to see the one he loved and drink the warm milk, straight from the udder of the cow, after escaping the snakes!



The Doctor shifted in his bed. He just had his third heart attack. Most of his family are around him, but he is far away, walking. It’s late at night and the sounds of the tropical insects are deafening and he is clapping his hands to ward off the snakes, and then it’s suddenly dark, very dark!






© chrisk (chrisk on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 6083
Archived comments for The Snakes Cannot See
bluepootle on 2004-04-19 04:09:23
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you have a style all of your own and it really worked here. Wouldn't change a word of it.

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chrisk on 2004-04-19 05:00:26
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Hullo Bluepootle
Thnak u for ur kind comments. I wasn't very sure about this. So I thought put it under'experimental' and was nervously waiting for comments. So today u made my day!
Regards
Chris


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ruadh on 2004-04-19 05:12:10
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Enjoyed this Chris!

ailsa

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Claire on 2004-04-19 05:42:58
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A lovely sad tale. Hope he meets up with the love of his life, a very good story here.

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uppercase on 2004-04-19 11:01:25
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Now that he is dying he will begin to live with his love as it should be ...I adore this story and your style....Erma

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dancing-queen on 2004-04-19 11:05:10
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Yes, I enjoyed this, too, Chris. Is it a true story? Sounds like it is, the way it's written. A tale of true love. He must've loved her to have walked so many miles every day to see her. That's dedication for you! DQ

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Gerry on 2004-04-19 14:44:47
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Your experiment worked very well for me.
Nice one.

Gerry.

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chrisk on 2004-04-19 16:33:16
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Hi Leah
I can never lie to u, ok? Ya its a true story. The story of my father and my mother.
Regards
Chris

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chrisk on 2004-04-19 16:35:15
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Hi Ruadh,
Thank u so much. I enjoyed writing this too.
Regards
Chris

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chrisk on 2004-04-19 16:38:02
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Hi Claire,
Thank u very much. I do hope he will.
Regards
Chris

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chrisk on 2004-04-19 16:47:51
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Hi Erma
Your comments made me very happy. I admit that this is based on a true story and its too close to my heart.
Love
Chris


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chrisk on 2004-04-19 16:53:38
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Hi gerry
Thank u so much. I might as well tell u that this is bio and non-fiction. Thats the right place for this story.
Regards
Chris

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shangri-la on 2004-04-20 04:14:52
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I enjoyed this. As I read I felt, as I often do when I read your work, that this came from true experience, it's this essence that always makes your work so enjoyable and easy to read. I see from the comments to others that it is indeed a true love story, a very beautiful and poignant one, so obviously written from the heart with your usual refreshing flair and style.

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chrisk on 2004-04-20 05:35:06
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Hi Shangri-la
I am amazed and touched by your comments. I never expected this kind of reaction from you and the others. You see, I felt this was something special only to me and may be boring for others. Thank u so much.
Regards
Chris

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chrisk on 2004-04-20 05:35:09
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Hi Shangri-la
I am amazed and touched by your comments. I never expected this kind of reaction from you and the others. You see, I felt this was something special only to me and may be boring for others. Thank u so much.
Regards
Chris

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thehaven on 2004-04-20 10:58:12
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Gob smacked as ever by the clarity and feeling in your writing Chris.

I can only add my 2 pennorth and say Wonerful.Well worth another 10.

Was that you in your car this PM ? Sorry ddint see til to late.

Mike

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chrisk on 2004-04-20 11:52:32
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Hullo Mike
If award winners like u think that this is good, then what more can I ask buddy? Thank u so much.
Regards
Chris

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expat on 2004-05-17 12:21:23
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I like your style of writing, Chris: simple and effective. I haven't read a story of yours that I didn't like.
:^) Steve.


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chrisk on 2004-05-21 17:10:18
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Hi Steve
Thank u for ur comments. This story is of course very close to me. The other day my sister who lives in India read this and her daughter says she cried a lot. She was only 5 years old when our mother died.
Regards
Chris

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soman on 2005-08-22 19:43:11
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Hi Chrisk,

This one stirred up a lot of childhood memories in me, and I felt as if someone very dear to me was involved. Brought tears to my eyes, too. Very touching story.

Soman

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chrisk on 2005-08-22 19:57:59
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Thank u for that.
The edited version is much better, I am told. Its in the book but then u will have to buy it!
Our uncle Kuttettan (Kunair) told me the story. Some times he used to accompany him on his nocturnal trip as he was courting Thathamma at the time!

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