The Hunt

Come and stay with us in India and we will arrange for you to shoot tigers from the back of elephants from the back of tigers,” Lord Curzon remarked to a friend.

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © What’s His Name

Lat-sahib* and the Nawab along with few others waited on the machan for a tiger to be driven by drum-beaters in the jungle below for the Lat-sahib to shoot it.  They whiled away many hours, relishing succulent kebabs, stuffed-fowls, curries, dry-fruit pilafs and sipping  burra or chhota-pegs**.

The Lat-sahib’s english digestive system went in a overdrive with all the spicy food and all he could hunt were the large flies in the thunder-box that had been especially built for the him.

In the grand-finale the Lat-sahib was photographed with his foot on the dead tiger.

Words ~ 95
*Lord-sahib ~ A term loosely used to address high ranking officials in British India. **Peg~measure of liquor; burra~60 ml, chota~30 ml.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.



36 thoughts on “The Hunt

  1. Though I am totally against this type of “hunting” this was a good story. I kind of like the fact that he suffered for his gain…

  2. It never occurred to me some of those sahib hunting pictures were staged. It’s both sad and funny.
    What a shame that led to the near extinction of beautiful animals in the wild. Good writing, Yarnspinnerr. —- Suzanne

  3. The concept is grotesque; its execution macabre. How times have changed. In some instances for the better, but alas, for some pygmy minds the lust to kill remains paramount. Thank you for highlighting the difference and the need to THINK.

    • Hunting the animals (beasts) was acceptable in those times and unfortunately the way forward is still – pleasing those in powers is still a way of life in many regions of the globe.
      Thanks for the read & your POV, MJ. 🙂

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