Hello, my name is Akshat Jiwan Sharma and I’m an innocent lamb.

I live in Gurgaon, India. It used to be a small town though it is not anymore. I graduated in computer science in 2011.

I suppose you already know that some lizards break off their tails when threatened, so that they can escape while their predator is distracted by the wriggling object. But did you also know that some lizards store additional fat in their tail? During the days when food is in short supply they use their tails for nutrition. The motion of the tail when it’s shed is an object of deep scientific curiosity. Cool right?

Lizards which do not shed the tail are also quite interesting. Monitor lizards, for example, may lay their eggs in a termite mound. The mother first demolishes the existing mounds, then she lays her eggs in the remains and then she calmly leaves the premises as if nothing happened. I found this behaviour quite shocking when I carefully examined the circumstances of the case.

Now here is a big giant[1] lizard who has just finished ruthlessly crushing the termite nest. She has got no sign of remorse on her face. She gives absolutely no hint that she is sorry for what she did. Instead she goes on ahead and lays her eggs in the dilapidated remains. She does not even have the decency to assist in repairs. Oh no! our majesty the “Lady monitor” would not stoop to the ground. She would twist her tail and leave for her chambers where she would like to have a moment or two of repose. Meanwhile the poor termites repair their castle and in the process they enclose the eggs within it giving them both protection from predators and a perfect environment for incubation.

Here is a random image of a puppy who is zealously guarding the belongings of tourists

And here is a random quote:-

Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see–because I do not happen to be a ‘Somebody’–why my diary should not be interesting. My only regret is that I did not commence it when I was a youth. — The diary of a nobody

[1] Big giant lizard? Didn’t you mean big fat lizard?

I agree that big fat lizard sounds more natural in this context. “A big fat lizard swooping over the termite nest” is definitely more dramatic and sensical. Where as “big giant” seems a little redundant. I should have used either big or giant but not both. But still I would like to defend my choice of words here. I used “big giant” instead of “big fat” for one very simple reason. No female, whether a monitor lizard or a human, likes to be called fat. They are very sentimental about it. I can tell you from a very painful personal experience that it is in bad taste to call any (and I use the word ‘any’ in the broadest sense) female fat. Especially if she has the ability to bite your leg off.

Anyway,I think that ‘big’ goes well with a lot of different words. You can have “big fat”,”big boss”, “big giant”,”big bully” etc no problem. Except for small. “Big small” just sounds stupid.