you had different plans for those marigolds hanging in that plastic bag on your door. Maybe they were going to be placed on the family shrine, around a photo of your guru or on a picture of a deceased loved one. Or maybe taken to a temple and offered at the feet of your favorite deity.
I didn’t know, but of one thing I was certain, those flowers were not going to be used for any of those possibilities. For while you were absent from your house, “the flower thief” helped herself to breakfast.
She was very clever removing the flowers from the bag and wrapping her long tongue around the petals before placing them in her mouth to enjoy their delicate flavor.
By the time I passed by your locked door, she had devoured most of them.
So should you wonder why your flowers are missing, and see bits of petals, small shreds of evidence lying round your doorstep – Don’t blame the neighbors!
It was the four-legged one, the “flower thief” of Tiruvannamalai on her morning rounds benignly chewing up your scrumptious meal.
Since the “thief’s” disguise is much like other “flower thieves” in town – you might have a hard time catching her. But here is the evidence should you need it.