Once upon a time there used to be a rat. He was an intelligent,
handsome and brainy rat at that.
He was lacking no qualities. What was grander was that the Rat had whiskers
like a king. So in due time, all the rats made him a king rat. Now it
so happens that King Rat didn’t have a name. He was once exploring
a jungle when he met a cat. Her name was Lucy and she was very beautiful!
As soon as King Rat met Lucy he was head-over-heels in love with her.
This was the same case with Lucy.
At first neither of them told each other about their feelings but introduced
themselves and over time became good friends. They used to go to the
movies and date. One day King Rat confessed his love for Lucy. Lucy
was delighted and said that she felt the same way about him. King Rat
was speechless with joy. Finally, Lucy and King Rat decided to get married.
Now, folks, have you ever heard of a cat marrying a rat, huh? They decided
to talk to their parents. Lucy and King Rat went to King Rat’s
house first. King Rat’s parents were flabbergasted “Rat
marrying a cat” screamed his father. “You stupid rat,”
said the mother in a shrill voice. However, no persuading would change
the King Rat’s mind, so his parents decided on the wedding very
“You have to go to her parents first,” said his parents
with nasty grins. Of course we are going to go, said King Rat. The two
of them then went to Lucy’s house. All the cats were sitting on
an old fruit tree. When the cats heard the proposal they fell off the
tree. Father cat picked himself up, started shaking his tail and spoke
at the same time. “Are you crazy, Lucy?” “Why do you
want to end up with a rat?” demanded mother cat. “Are you
nuts? This is scandalizing,” said brother cat. “S-C-A-N-D-A-L-I-S-I-N-G”
“Lucy dear, let’s go,” said King Rat who was getting
very annoyed. “Lucy you are a ninny and a twerp,” bellowed
“I am going to marry King Rat,” said Lucy stubbornly. “Oh
God” what have you done, what have you done moaned mother cat
closing her deep grey eyes in sorrow. Finally, after much insistence
the cat family agreed though still glowering. They decided upon the
wedding date. Finally, the wedding day arrived. The thousand rats that
trooped towards Lucy’s house were glowing like the setting sun.
The cats had hosted a banquet for everybody. There were cakes, pastries,
chocolates, and sandwiches. You name it you got it. There were also
So, the marriage was solemnised. After some time, as soon as King Rat
got in bed, he was fast asleep, snoring loudly. In the morning when
King Rat woke up he saw his wife preparing tea.
“What do you want, Honey?” asked Lucy. “Cold coffee
or tea?” Oh! Just plain milk, said King Rat. “Honey, where
should we spend our honeymoon?” questioned Lucy.
“Oh in Kodaikanal,” said King Rat. “My best friend
is the GM at a hotel there called The Carlton.” Oh! What’s
his name? asked Lucy. “His name, said King Rat puffing himself
up impressively, is Tyrone Whiskers. And then bursting into laughter
he said: “Let’s go to Kodaikanal. Full steam ahead I say.”
Lucy and King Rat reached Kodaikanal and then went to The Carlton. There
they were embraced by Tyrone Whiskers who was covered with sloppy kisses
by King Rat. Lucy and King Rat had smuggled themselves from Delhi to
Kodaikanal on an airplane called Indian Airlines.
Times flies – Lucy was pregnant . After three months, spouted
a newborn. Half cat and half rat and this is how the species began.
Sad that now cats eat rats. But we should get into the spirit of things.
So if you ever see half cats and half rats, don’t be surprised.
( Year 2003 )