A Snake Charmer

A snake charmer is a person who has snakes with him all the time moving from place to place. He can be seen in every nook and corner of Pakistan. Some snake charmers have now adopted this profession to earn their livelihood. They go about from place to place displaying their snakes which they keep as a precious treasures. No one knows from where they come and where they go. Probably they have no fixed habitation. They keep on moving from place to place. Usually they have a basket which they sling on their shoulders and in which they keep their pet snakes. The vina is their constant companion on which they play sweet tunes which madden the serpents. It is their man instrument which attracts the attention of the public as well. They are usually very poor. Promise them a pie and they begin to play on the vina. Their skill in modulating and controlling breath is wonderful and the drawling music which they produce has a strange fascinating influence. He keeps on playing it for quite sometime and he keeps on attracting the people. After sometime when the charmer thinks his music has produced its effect on the snake, he will empty the pot or the basket in which he keeps his jewels on the ground and your will see a curled up thing. It ties on the ground lifeless and he begins to rouse it by touching it with a stick or prodding it with the thin end of his vina. The lifeless thing now uncurls itself and begins to hiss and dash the charmer. The moment it moves it gives a fright to the public and spectators. When it becomes active it rushes at the spectators to their great fright. The dance of the Cobra when it stands erect and spreads its hood is very amusing. Sometimes the charmer would even make the snake bite him but the usually carries snakes whose poisonous fangs have been broken. He pretends to possess charms with which he can make these dangerous things harmless. In fact these snakes are their pet snakes and not poisonous. The more attention you pay the more puzzled you will be because it is very difficult to understand this mysterious being. You can't believe all what he says and yet you cannot deny that he is a very clever man. His eyes are always red and he was a very wild and fgrithtful appearance. He certainly takes some strong intoxicating poison otherwise you cannot explain the weird look of his eyes. Despite it he is very sympathetic. He is gentle at heart. In short the snake charmers are also part of our lives.