Masai is a tribe of Kenya and some parts of Tanzania. Both Masai men and women are tall, strong and lanky. They live in their tribal ways and follow the tribal rules and laws. Masais are very strong and fearless warriors. An able-bodied Masai boy becomes a warrior (or may be used to become) only after killing a lion alone with just a spear.
Masai warriors are required to defend their clan from enemies and their livestock from predators like lions of savannah grassland. Readers must be thinking, what does Masais of Kenya doing in Pune and that too on duty.
Two Masais, a male and a female, tall well built and fit, in form of two wooden statues came with me from Mombasa (when my ship INS Delhi visited Mombasa somewhere in 2004) obviously without any passport and visa. They were picked up last minute from the handicraft sellers in Mombasa Port on the insistence of my friends to pick up some souvenirs as till then I did not pick up anything.
|Mr Masai From Mombasa, Lost his Spear and Shield in last 13 years|
|Mrs Masai from Mombasa. She has managed to retain her Cooking tool for all these years|
|The Masais generally guarded one of the corners of our house passively|
Somewhere during 2016, we picked up a dog. A cross of Doberman and Indian Dog. We love our pet Cookie (a boy named Cookie by Johari family who rescued him originally). With this kind of name everyone mistook him to be a girl and then we coined a new name for him and told everyone he is Cookie Singh to denote his gender.
As a Pup, he did not have a reach to climb sofas. When we reached Pune, after a few months he was big enough to climb up on sofas. While we love him, asking a guest to be comfortable on a sofa which has hair on it (dog hair are all over if any dog keeps climbing and sitting on a sofa), was becoming embarrassing. We tried to put back-cushions on the seat but he would pull them down and climb on the sofa. We tried many such methods to dissuade him from doing so and failed. We were at our wit's end and did not know what to do and then we remembered the Masais, Mr and Mrs by a sheer act of God.
It so happened that while playing with him one day we noticed that when his ball reached the Massais and hit them, they moved and shook and that put a scare of mighty Masais in his mind. Then on, when his ball or toy reached anywhere closure to these Masais standing in a prominent corner of our hall, he begged us to remove the toy or ball from their vicinity and give back to him.
That was our Eureka moment. That was also the moment when our Masais finished their peaceful time and started getting their duties off and on. Following the law of gender equality (and also because we had two sofas), both the Male Masai and his wife were placed on duty. The saving grace was, they are placed on duty only when we go out during the day but their night duty is always there as this boy has a habit of getting up in the middle of the night and go and plonk on one of the sofas.
See for yourself how they hold the fort for us and prevent Cookie the Great from ravaging our beautiful sofas.
|Mr Masai Guarding one Sofa|
|Mr Masai Guarding one Sofa - Second Post|
|Mrs Masai Guarding the other sofa|
|Mrs Masai Guarding the other sofa - Sleeping but doing the duty|
|The victim of Masai Atrocities (LoL) - Cookie|