The day of the leech

10 Apr

  (With due apologies to Nissim Ezekiel)It was the day of Zoology practical in our third semester .We reached the lab only to be told that the practical for the day was dissection of leech.We were told that the leeches were  alive and we had to wash them and ready them for the dissection. With fluttering hearts and trembling fingers we did as we were told. Throughout the practical periods we were obedience personified. When we finished with the creatures we rushed back to our hostels for a bath and lunch-we felt nauseated by then. However my friends Kala and Sangeeta got delayed at the lab itself. They reached the hostel quite late. They postponed the bath and rushed to the dining hall. We were trying not to think of the squeamish experience.  b-)When Kala finished her lunch, she was asked by a non- zoology student about the new sari she was wearing. Kala displayed the pallu in a theatrical manner and suddenly screamed!! A leech was stuck to it!!Normally animals bought for dissections are counted and accounted for at the end of the practical. That day must have been an exception. Girls screamed hysterically and left the mess as if they had seen a tiger!But we the brave gals who had just vanquished several leeches calmly finished our lunch and ran back to afternoon classes.For more info on leeches click on this link:


10 Responses to “The day of the leech”

  1. Vani April 11, 2007 at 5:16 am #

    mm…nice story….by the time we finished college, the mandatory frog and Cockroach dissection in PU was scrapped, perhaps we were one of the last batches to do it ………….

    Oh, and there used to be atleast 2-3 fainting incidents at each dissection class….

  2. rk April 11, 2007 at 5:47 am #

    paata maadakke andre Teachu,
    zoologyli balistare Leechu
    dissect madovaga aagalla Reachu
    some parts of the Leechu
    therefore practical bookalli sumne Geechu
    diagram of the Leechu
    but beware: results banda mele
    hodaga trekkingu
    aagabeda Peechu
    by seeing the deadly Leechu

    — Bellur

  3. greatunknown April 11, 2007 at 10:13 am #

    Christ! I used to dread the dissection sessions. I am lily livered in such matters and am proud of it:)

  4. neel3 April 11, 2007 at 10:54 am #

    Making mincemeat of animals is of not of much use.I agree. One of the benefits is one develops a sense of oneness with other living creatures–ivaru namma tharane anta !!Praani daye in a backhanded way. 😉
    Nimma praasada jhari nodi aadenu naanu pechchu!!
    too good sir!!
    neevu ashtaavadhani/shataavadhaani na??
    Monne Yaanadalli sikkaru aa leechina vanshadavaru!!
    sadhya nammanna kelalilla avara poorvajara lekhavanu!!
    hahaha. we too weren’t too bold. we only did the needful.In an autonomous college one learns to display blind obedience if one wants to leave the college in the minimum time period. 😉

  5. greatunknown April 11, 2007 at 9:18 pm #

    Well said neel3!

  6. mouna April 12, 2007 at 10:53 am #

    well, dissections, how i enjoyed them. it was absolutely fun! a demonstration always preceeded before we got to experiment with those animals. i liked the one deanling with a fresh water mussel the most, frog too was nice. but cockroach STINKS!!!!

  7. neel3 April 14, 2007 at 5:21 pm #

    mounaji,welcome to my blog.
    I used to be scared–not of the animal-but about chopping away the most important nerve/vessel 😉

  8. gmohanprakash April 16, 2007 at 12:05 pm #

    Probably you can checkout my college chronicals for a cockroach session!

  9. Prashanth M May 4, 2007 at 5:51 am #

    Cockroachs, lizards and not leeches to the list!!
    jigaNegaLanna naanoo meet maadide monne…

    ps: Dissection/zoology/botany – was never fond of it & never will be… Luckily never got a chance to do one 🙂

  10. neela May 5, 2007 at 5:06 am #

    Welcome to blue wheel !!
    I agree dissections create a false sense of bravado.

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