‘As the sunrays disperse across the sky , with the rest of the
animal world still in drunken stupor, Polytoonia awakes to freedom’ said King Chimpawanka I. 800 years since that day,
the Chimpawankas were still in power
,ruling Polytoonia with the sole intent
of frantic nepotism! An unusual place to say the least, the kingdom was presided
over by an enormous but dumb Chimp, King
Chimpawanka XVI in the present day
alongside his Queen God Mother Chimpawankari.
The eccentric animal
empire of Polytoonia, the largest
democracy in the animal world was situated at the foot hills of the mighty
mountain range Orangutania; it was an
uncanny yet magical land of rainbows, goblins and unicorns.
The Chimpawankas had been in power for
hundreds of years ever since Polytoonia
had attained freedom from the Chimpara
tribe. They had gone on to become the foremost political family of the land. Fortunately
(for them) and unfortunately (for the rest) Polytoonia,
though a self-proclaimed democracy, had become a reticent Monarchy led by the Chimpawanka Family.
Polytoonia, a land of unity in
diversity, had animals of different species and breeds, all living together.
Superficially it was the most ethnically rich animal country. With over
hundreds of animal species combined with breeds, something as basic as animal
sounds used for communication too were many in number. But only the oooooooooaaaaahh of the Chimps was made
the national sound while the popular bau-waus
and cock-a-doodle-doos were banned or made illegal. Well, it was obvious
that Polytoonia had become the land
of the Chimpawankas ruled by the Chimpawankas. Every law in the land was
bent to favor the Chimpawankas. It
had become suffocating for the other animals in the realm. The signs of decay
of the land had surfaced and it was time to take steps, to make amends.
There was however a
silver lining as it was the year of the Polytonian
Elections, the chance to change Polytoonia
forever. Once in every ten years elections were held in Polytoonia. It was the day when animals such as dogs, cows, hippos
and lizards too tried to break the barriers and ascend to power. It was the day
when every animal had the power to use their jaws to change the course
of Polytoonian history.
Being a magical
land, the dental decay of the Polytoonian
citizens had been linked to the deteriorating condition of the country many
years back by a royal wizard, who was also an Elephant and a dentist. It was
thought at that time that since dental problems would never be ignored by the
common animals, it would help in getting them out of their barns and nests to
vote in the pretext of checkups! So elections in Polytoonia were unique for the way in which they were held and the
rules that guided the results.
On Election Day, Polytoonia held dental camps for the
animals. The number of animals that turned up was believed to be a direct reflection
of the failure of the government. So, more turn up meant more votes against the
It was the day
when the dentist Elephants would be present at the drilling booths to investigate the state of every animal’s tooth.
More animals visiting the drilling booths
would mean high dental problems. That in turn would signify high dissatisfaction
index against the government. From there on they would be stripped from power
if the numbers of visiting animals exceeded those of not visiting ones. This
was the day with the once in a decade chance to oust the Chimps from their
But like every
election year, the turnout was abysmal that year too. Inspite of the fact that
the animals were dissatisfied with the ruling clan and highly disturbed by the
silence of King Chimpawanka XVI on important matters, they avoided the drilling booths. Inspite of the fact
that their dental problems had surfaced to foretell a grave future for their
jaws and the country at large, they still failed to reach the drilling booths. They
chose to ignore the blood from their cuspids, dogteeth, fangs and upper jaws.
They ignored the warning signs, buried the pain and let the Chimpawankas walk all over them again. They
ignored the faltering state of their country!
When a year had
passed since the Election Day, Polytoonia
became a royal mess. Not only were the jaws of the animals affected by gingivitis,
halitosis, receding gums, periodontal diseases and tooth loss; everything else
was in disarray too. Inflation had
made life difficult for the animals. Renting a kennel or a sty had become unaffordable; while buying one dragged
the animals towards the never-ending road of EMIs. Terrorism by the species on two feet called humans from the other
side of Orangutania was growing worse
by the day. Any opinion against the Chimpawankas
was met with litigation at the doghouse.
The poor animals were getting poorer while
the rich Chimpawankas were getting
richer. Taxes on every basic animal
good were like leashes tying the animals to the pillars of poverty. Scams by the Chimpawankas in power had also drained the common animals of the beast-currency! If that wasn’t all, the Chimpawanka cricket team too was duping
the unsuspecting animal spectators with spot fixing! Nothing was going well for
Polytoonia as a country and the
animals had only them to blame!
If only, they had
not ignored the signs of their teeth, they would have been living a life of
luxury in a kennel villa or a sty
bungalow with a sensible four legged head of the Government at the helm. The
animals of Polytoonia had learnt the
lesson of never ignoring a warning sign. So inspite of the fact that they would
have to wait for another nine long years to turn up to the drilling booths again, they would do it and at that time they would
make sure that the Chimpawankas were gone once and for all!
Ignoring warning signs gifts you perennial troubles in life or as in this case, the rule of Chimpawankas for life!