A New Monkey Wrinkle

This afternoon, while Satvamrita sat at a table in the kitchen, he looked up to find the monkey perched on a ledge close to the ceiling. I have taken my son’s photo and enlarged and cropped it to create the second photo for this post.

When I found out the monkey had gotten in through an open window in the next room, I asked if he was going to have the cafe windows screened. He replied, “Nah, we’ll just shut the windows.”

Is He Here to Stay?

Probably not. Their nature seems to be to roam. Hang out for a bit, and then move on. But it’s been nice for the cafe staff to have him around.

Even when he’s trying to show his mean face.

He’s even taken to posing for the camera.

Or trying to act uninterested in your presence.

But it seems there’s always a hidden agenda. Food.

Monkey Retaliation?


As I had mentioned in one of the earlier posts, my son keeps a broom handy to shoo the monkey away when he’s getting too close. Well it seemed that the monkey learned this trick and was using it for himself. As my son came down the stairs from the roof, the monkey held on to a tree branch that was hanging over the stairway and was shaking it to shoo my son away. Satvamrita may have experienced a moment of fear seeing the branch waving at him, but he quickly realized that the stick was still connected to the tree. Of course, Satvamrita, thinking this was funny, stopped to take pictures.

An Encounter with a Thief- The Real Story

I have written four posts about the monkey who is presently visiting Amritapuri. Early in his visit, he stole eggs from the western cafe. Since then, he has tried many times to steal more eggs. He obviously considers them to be a delicacy.

He hangs around the cafe even when eating food he has found in the vicinity.

My son believes the monkeys around the ashram are more bark than bite. If they show you their teeth, you should show them yours. If they growl at you, you should growl back. If you combine these actions with a stick, the monkeys will probably run away.

On this particular day, it was obvious that the monkey was determined to get in the cafe. It watched Satvamrita closely. He began to carry a broom so he could shoo the monkey away whenever it came near the door.

Watching Satvamrita. Looking for opportunity to steal eggs.
Watching from stairs. Getting tired of this.

When it became convinced its efforts were futile, it started to yawn. Soon after that, it wandered off. Time to look for an easier place to get dinner.

Getting tired of this. Big yawn.
Tired and bored. Even bigger yawn.

Nightmare Monkey/-Fake Story-Total Fiction

What would you think and feel if you met up with this monster monkey one day? Would you run like your life depended on it? You’d better.

My son, a cook for the western canteen, had an encounter with this monster monkey recently. He ran and hid and in so doing barely escaped.

He was fortunate. If the monkey had caught him, he would have become the dinner.

Amritapuri, India Wildlife #2c

Two more monkey sightings. It is the same monkey that was the star of previous posts. The first video was taken by Chaitanya. The monkey is eating a carrot.

The second was filmed by Pranesh. The monkey is rummaging through a compost bin near the dishwashing section by the cafe.

Amritapuri, India Wildlife #2

Vedavati said: Sorry, it’s real pixelly, it was so dark back into this tree. The crows were creating quite the ruckus at the sight of this monkey. Actually the crows chased the monkey into the recesses of the tree. Never a dull moment on the Tumban (dog) walks!