It seems Mumbaikars are not the only ones feeling the heat these days. A few weeks ago I heard this story from a friend who is a member of Mumbai‘s tony Willingdon Club a veritable haven with lovely old trees and a grassy golf course bang in the middle of the city. She told me that she had received a strange SMS from her friend ” Hey there’s a monkey in the pool!” It seems the weather had become too hot for a family of monkeys living in nearby Mahalaxmi so one of them decided to do something about it. Jumping from tree to tree, he came across a number of swimmers enjoying the cool waters of the Willingdon Swimming Pool. So he decided to join them and jumped into the swimming pool . Naturally the members were upset and amid screams, scampered out of the water and asked the Custodian to chase the monkey away. The monkey did leave the pool but not before walking upto a member, snatching his sandwich and giving him a friendly whack on the back before sauntering off into the trees from whence he came………
And just when we thought that this was a freak summer incident, we heard that this time round, the monkey decided to take his chances else where. Having been banned from entering the Willingdon Sports Club, the monkey wandered down to Breach Candy. This time he entered in a more gentlemanly fashion and actually walked in through the Member’s gate. Then he slid down the slide and followed a German lady round the pool and tried to do a pull up on a bar like she did. But, unable to manage it, he left the premises happy with his dip in the water instead!
So the next time someone SMS’s you with ” Hey there’s a monkey in the pool” don’t dismiss it as a hoax: it could well be the same monkey who has decided to have a dip in another pool.
Cheers and Happy Swimming!