I woke up early this morning and sat upright in bed. I had woken with a start and felt extremely tired. Surely, it couldn’t be morning already! No light crept in from my ajar bedroom window; my phone lay silent. But it had to be morning for outside, about a dozen birdies chirped for all they were worth. In fact, they presented quite a rousing orchestra, punctuated by some shrill screeches and a few out-of-tune notes. I love birdsong, but just then, I wanted them to shut up and let me catch a few more minutes of sleep.
I inspected the alarm clock on my bedside table.
It was 3.00 a.m.
No kidding! It was HOURS before I needed to wake up, but the birds had grudged me an undisturbed night of sleep. I shut the window all the way through, plugged some cotton-balls into my ears, and tried to slip into dreams again.
Last night wasn’t the first time I have been so unsettled. Lately, the birds have been singing at all odd hours, completely refuting my long-held belief that they serenade the morning. The koel has been especially loud, cooing throughout the day. Many crows attempt to imitate her. I think the sparrows join in too. On silent, brooding summer afternoons, when the world seems to have come to a standstill, I love the music they make. But I would prefer my nights to be quiet, thank you.
But truth be told, I cannot blame the birds for being so boisterous. They are thirsty. They long for rain. Summer has been insanely early in Pune this year, and the heat has started to be scorching. The nights are completely still, without the slightest hint of a breeze. Perhaps, raising their sweet voices in protest is the only thing the birds can do to fight this oppressive weather.
I wish a big horde of birds would come together, complete with sharp beaks and raging tempers, and silence all those who claim global warming is nothing but fear-mongering.
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