First I saw their colony.
At glance I could count at least 50.
As the day progressed; they too progressed towards the human residence.
However, only us – the outsiders – were either amused or scared or interested.
First it was Neelesh – a 12th class student – who caught the crab and threw it.
Second time when another crab appeared (or was it the same?), Yogesh – 10th class student was around.
Have a closer look.
No, it is not only the expertise of boys. They remember one of their taai (sister, actually one of the elder girls) , who used to catch many crabs and cook for the entire group. Lately she has not been around.
“Ah! That is the reason their number is increasing,” I commented.
“Oh! No! They are not enough to make our one meal,” a spontaneous reply from another 10 year boy.
“Hmm… since these boys are educated by people like us; by next generation this art and skill will completely wither ….” I was sharing with my colleague.
“Don’t worry. Will teach our children how to catch crabs”, Yogesh assured me.