The Flower Thief

I’m guessing…

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.

 The Flower Thief Eating Marigolds from a Bag on a Door, Tiruvannamalai, South India

The “Flower Thief” Eating Marigolds from a Bag on a Door, Tiruvannamalai, South India


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14 Responses to The Flower Thief

  1. vision5d2012 says:

    Good one. However, in India you would have a hard time making the evidence “stick” on this sacred animal. All is forgiven the Blessed Cow. Namaste, Alia

  2. Hey Alison and Kai ~ Good to see that you know each other! Just yesterday I was thinking of writing to Alison about you two down in Tiru! Sweet!
    Nice Cow Thief, too!
    We are all on our journey together…

  3. Alison says:

    You are in Tiru! We were there for nearly 3 months this time last year. I wrote a few blog posts about it.
    In love with Ramana. And life.

    • smallpebbles says:

      Alison…..yes! Have been staying in Tiru several months a year for several years. Such deep silence. My earlier posts are about the travels we did from CA to NY and back over the summer, originally started the blog as a road record. Since you are ever on the move (I think there are quite a few of us nomads) thought to just mention it. YES! Ramana! YES LIFE NOW! shanti…..kai

      • Alison says:

        A quick look thru your earlier posts – you were in Chang Mai – we’re headed there after we leave Laos so look forward to reading about your experiences there.
        I miss the boys singing at Ramanasramam, but doubt I’ll ever get Don back to India. There’s much he loves about it but deals less well with the dirt and garbage than I do.
        Do you know our friends Ram and Bhakti?
        We sit for a while in every temple we visit. Just to re enter the silence.

    • smallpebbles says:

      Alison, yes we know Ram and Bhakti! I have written up some information on Chiang Mai, places to eat, visit, etc. and have sent it out to several people. Let me know if you are interested and I can email it to you. I guess via your blog??

      • Alison says:

        Yes email on Chang Mai pls – you should have the address from the blog yes? Thank you.
        Pls give Ram and Bhakti big hugs from me and Don next time you see them.
        Hugs to you too xoxox

  4. Anonymous says:

    That’s too funny! Quite insightful dear!

  5. Jayashri Fairclough says:

    Cows are doubly sacred because they munch on sacred flowers and get prasad all the time!

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