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    GOVIND D. BELGAUMKAR
    RENUKA PHADNIS AND ANISHA SHET
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A little bit of rain can mean a lot for birds, it seems. Morn-ing walkers on Saturday were greeted by the chirping of a variety of birds. The Friday night's showers had appar-ently enthused them. The small pools of water sudden-ly became centres of activity and birds know that they have a lot to look for around them. Myriad sounds from the birds added fine touch to the pleasant morning at the Mangala Stadium that attracts a large number of morning walkers. About four weeks ago, heavy rains created pools of water in the stadium and one could see two long-legged birds which probably camped on a tree in the vicinity. They would frequently move near water and go back to trees ensuring that their cries attracted all the attention. Watching them run at good speed was a pleasure.

Tough to crack

Eliciting information from people is sometimes easy and sometimes difficult. One such challenge appeared last week. Two schoolchildren from Puttur had just return-ed from Los Angeles after winning accolades at a global meet for their science-based invention. One of them proved to be man of few words. When asked “What did your principal say to you when you returned with the award?” He replied, “Congr-ats!” When asked what the activities he enjoyed abroad, the boy answered, “So many.” When prodded on, he said, “I can't remember.” It confirmed that children say whatever they please and do not care what others think of it.

Blunder

Despite being tedious, long-winded programmes some-times throw up gems of anecdotes for those who patiently or impatiently sit through them. One such occasion, although almost no one but two journalists noticed, the master of ceremony, in a hurry to get on with the programme, made a blunder while announcing the Chief Minis-ter, who was in the city last week to attend a programme. Requesting the Chief Minis-ter to speak a few words, he said, “I now request former Chief Minister Yeddyurappa to address the gathering.”

GOVIND D. BELGAUMKAR, RENUKA PHADNIS AND ANISHA SHET

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