Thiruvananthapuram, May 9 (SocialNews.XYZ) It was a long-delayed visit for the three friends, who grew up in the majestic 55-acre Thiruvananthapuram Zoo. Although none of their former “friends”, which included lions, tigers, tigresses, monkeys, sheep and kangaroos, were around now, the three “musketeers”, as they like to call themselves, had a memorable reunion after decades.
The three are Cynthia Chandran, Hari Pillai and Sajiv Joseph. Chandran’s and Pillai’s fathers were the directors of the zoo and Joseph’s father was the veterinarian.
These three grew up inside the zoo nearly three decades ago. And now was their first visit with Joseph, who is now based in the United States.
“The three of us, almost the same age, literally grew up in the zoo and were partners in crime then and this is our first visit together in the last three decades. played and remembered what we had done. The highlight was visiting the old British bungalow with a sprawling garden that looked like a mini botanical garden, which was our home,” said Cynthia, a reporter here .
The three also vividly remembered Mini, the tigress, Tony and Leo, the two lions, Manju, the lion-tailed macaque, Boban and Molly, the sibling duo of Nilgiri Tahr, Johnny, the Kangaroo, Jerry, a another lion cub, Manichi and many more.
Joseph, a technical support manager for his family business in the United States, said mercury levels are high in Thiruvananthapuram compared to cooler Kansas.
“But that hasn’t deterred my mind from exploring the place. A lot has changed on campus with lots of new animals and aviaries coming, including the infrastructure improving by leaps and bounds, which brought us to take a buggy for our trip. I felt nostalgic to visit my old home where I grew up for the first 24 years of my life,” said Sajiv Joseph, 53, who his childhood buddies call affectionately Thampi.
Hari, who works as a corporate communications manager at an IT company on the Technopark campus here, had visited the museum and zoo with his seven-year-old daughter Vaishnavi some time ago.
“But this time the visit was a game changer as I was able to reminisce about my childhood with my buddies. We were three naughty kids languishing amongst wild animals who were our pets,” said Hari, 53. , which is Moni. to his friends.
Cynthia adds that they had the best childhood compared to their compatriots.
“On the weekends, we followed the blue van that carried food to the animals in the zoo. It’s no small task growing up among the wild animals and foster animals we cared for. ‘The revisits will be etched in our minds for the rest of our lives. Now we are already looking forward to Thampi’s next visit to Thiruvananthapuram,” Cynthia said.
Although the trio had older siblings who also grew up there, they were in a different league unlike the “Three Musketeers”, the three said in unison.