Following Pigs

August 27, 2008
Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta

In one of the previous trips to India, I was distracted by the noises of squealing pigs. So I grabbed my little trusted camera and off I went to investigate.

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It was Mommy pig with a whole tribe of piglets clustering around her. Mommy had obviously recently had an excellent mud bath. Before you wrinkle your nose, we do it as well, check this and this out.

And then she collected her brood and off she went on a trip to god knows where. The piglets had not noticed me haring after them with my camera trying to get a good angle.

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But then they noticed me, and all hell broke loose, it was like zip zag, dive in and out, weave in and out between mommy's legs. A strange fat man is chasing after us with a camera, Mommy.

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Then Mommy noticed me too and she took off as well, her panic translating to the piglets, can you see them running fast, specially the ones on the right who are banking hard to port?

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Ok, so that's enough of running. So they settled down a bit to a fast walk. It reminded me of my college days when we used to grease up a piglet, put it inside an enclosure and offer 100 rupees to anybody who could catch it. Never, ever could you catch a greased pig. Pigs are very intelligent creatures. That reminds me of the Churchill quote, "I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals". Anyway, Piggie family then ambled off to pastures new. But the story does not end here.

Thanks to the local municipal corporation, we are blessed with the presence of a garbage bin next to our house. The idea that the bin is there to collect garbage inside of it seems to have missed most people. They seem to think that the garbage bin is more of a general guideline or a sign post for dumping garbage. Hence more garbage is around the poxy bin rather than inside it. And whatever is inside the bin is usually excavated by rooting dogs. Which means that it is generally a feast day for pigs around that place.

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Pretty interesting lives, these pigs live. I mean, looking at it in another way, they have mud baths, they are physically active and they recycle food. I could almost be in California!!!!

Full slide show here.

Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta works in the city of London in various capacities in the financial sector. He has worked and travelled widely around the world. The articles in here relate to his current studies and are strictly his opinion and do not reflect the position of his past or current employer(s). If you do want to blame somebody, then blame my sister and editor, she is responsible for everything, the ideas, the writing, the quotes, the drive, the israeli-palestinian crisis, global warming, the ozone layer depletion and the argentinian debt crisis.
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Deepti Lamba
August 27, 2008
08:13 AM

Terrible bd; harassing pigs!!;)

August 27, 2008
10:09 AM

I think pags are hysterical... very cute... and you know, they are very intelligent animals! also, most breeds of pigs are pretty fastidious, and when provided with a choice of environments they prefer to be clean (meaning they like mud but do not like to be near feces)

August 27, 2008
10:11 AM

oops, meant pigs... not sure what a "pag"

August 27, 2008
11:34 AM


The Italian aim for the trash bin is similar. If it were an Olympic event, they wouldn't even qualify. Unfortunately we have one at either end of our street...senza maiale.

Ciao, Guido

August 27, 2008
07:35 PM

I agree with Deepti.. poor pigs!

August 28, 2008
09:38 PM

Is this in India, or the UK? I didn't realize that they let pigs/hogs run wild in suburban areas in the UK.

August 28, 2008
10:52 PM


""Is this in India, or the UK?""

Had you read the first sentence carefully, you would have known that this pic was shot in Manchuria.

August 29, 2008
03:39 PM

Oh, I didn't see the paragraph above the picture. Strange way to format an article.

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