Stories from Paradise, Gobind Sadan Peacocks | Stories from Paradise, Gobind Sadan

Peacocks

In India it is said that it took God 21 days to create all of Creation, and another 21 days to create a peacock. Exotically beautiful, ever-enchanting, peacocks are nonetheless not rare at Gobind Sadan. They have become so numerous that we have to station people to chase them out of the gardens to keep them from eating the seedlings, cabbages, peas, marigolds, and such. But they are functional as well as beautiful, for they eat small snakes—and thus we rarely see any snakes here in paradise. Trying to photograph the peacocks is a challenge undertaken by most of our foreign guests. Mostly we get pictures of peacocks running away, for they startle at the mere sight of a camera. They are most difficult to photograph during monsoon season, when the adult males spread their tails and dance, to everyone’s great delight.