Meet my friend, ‘Simone Original’ (yes, I have named this one, too), a red-vented bulbul (‘nattu bulbul’) who always makes it a point to visit its shadowy hazy friend, ‘Simone Reflection’, who lives ‘on the other side’ of the great gloomy glass ‘wall’; everyday unfailingly.
Simone Original can be identified from the rest of its kind, by a discoloured feather at the tip of its tail. Even though it is customary for a large group of its friends to occasionally attempt to ‘break down the wall’ by repeatedly pecking at the glass, in order to free their contemporaries ‘from the other side’; Simone Original is distinctively daring, and quite a revolutionary too, I presume. I have seen it hopping back and forth on the sill with uncontrollable indignation, inspiring and educating; while the others stand in attention, inspired and educated, and listen to its rants about why the ‘wall’ should fall. Interestingly, its counterpart ‘on the other side’, Simone Reflection, does the same to its followers, who also respond and even peck at the glass in the same way.
However, as time passed, its revolutionary movement lost its ground to other shiny flowery colourful priorities and Simone Original’s followers dwindled to just one (was not available for a picture), who is probably its best friend/partner. Now, this backlash hasn’t stopped Simone Original from persisting in its fight against deprivation of liberty. Simone Original still determinedly pecks at the glass with all its might, and untiringly continues to motivate its one faithful comrade on the need to help their friends ‘on the other side’ achieve freedom.
The most noteworthy quality of Simone Original is its perseverance in bringing about a change for others by relentlessly fighting for what it believes in, while its friends would rather fret over petals and florets and fruitlets. I’m sure Simone Original’s name will go down in the history of red-vented-bulbul-kind as a great inspiring social leader.
Way to go Simone Original!
Tear down the wall!
(But, don’t break the glass!)