During my masters, I remember how we used to spend night in the corridor of departments because we only had internet in our department and using it in a day wasn’t enough.
We hardly had time to do something useful with the internet during the day, so we used to be there by 12 AM or so and then we would go to hostels.
I remember, that day I was alone there by 12.30. I packed up and headed to hostel. I had my favorite chips packet with me, so I was going by the road.
Although we had street lamps on the road, those were distant. So there used to be shadow patterns of the trees on the road..I always enjoyed looking at those, trying to somehow look for animals and clouds there .. Just like I used to find out on our ceiling in my childhood.
Plus, given that it was my favorite time, the night .. I used to enjoy every bit of it.
The road and everything was very much familiar to us so there wasn’t much to worry about but it was 12.30 AM, so I was little careful and that certainly paid off.
I was going by the shadow, one of the shadow looked like a rabbit so I virtually drew it in the air and bowed down as if I’m saying hello to that virtual shadow rabbit.
The moment I bowed, I saw that it wasn’t a shadow but a giant snake that had somehow managed to curl up in the middle of the road and was sitting there.
I was a step away from it with my face bowed right in front of it. I was so close that my next step would have been onto it. I just could not believe what just happened and I lost myself for a while and stayed as I was.
Slowly, I stepped back, the snake moved too, I kept stepping back, I did not run .. after enough steps back , I changed my path. I went the other way. I even forgot that I was eating chips … Hahha. I just threw it into the dustbin, put on my headsets and went to the hostel…
Hahaha … That was my closest encounter ever to snakes….Few inches away.
I was definitely afraid of it for a while but it did not bother me much later..neither we stopped staying at department for long.
Even though this snake was big, it was nothing for the other incident where we had slept on a baby snake for the whole night and we did not know that .. Hahahhaha.
Another story for another day …