Cookie of Abbottabad

I would like you to meet this little guy. His name is Cookie, and as you can see, he is in the process of writing a hub. I haven’t asked him yet whether the hub is of common interest or whether it is specific.

So whether his hub will appeal to those of you with esoteric or eclectic tastes remains to be seen.

Time will tell. Not because he is shy, or not forthcoming. Heavens no! He is not one little bit reticent. It is I who am at fault.

Cookie of Abbottabad

You see, Cookie lives in Pakistan, and although I was born there, I am afraid I do not speak his language. Cookie, as any linguist must realise immediately upon watching, and more specifically, listening to his video, speaks Hindco.

Cookie lives in the North West Frontier Province (N.W.F.P. – recently changed in name to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), one of the four provinces of Pakistan.

Cookie speaks Hindco

Hindco is the language of the area. He also knows a little Urdu. When he was just a little guy, very little more than an egg, he lived in Lahore. Well actually he was born in Lahore, and I believe that while he was there, he also spoke Punjabi quite well, considering his age. But when he was slightly older he adopted a Family in Abbottabad, and realising that he couldn’t do better than that, he stayed and now lives quietly and respectably with that same Family.

That was about nine years ago, so he isn’t a teenager yet, and one hopes that he will always remain a well behaved and responsible member of his adopted Family and also a credit to his community.

Abbottabad - View of Shimla Hills

So now Cookie lives in Abbottabad, a beautiful city located in the lovely Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Yes, that’s right, Abbottabad, the city in which Osama bin Laden is reported to have been captured and killed.

But this does not concern Cookie, because he is a peace loving person, not a political bird at all, being known for his gregarious ways.

He has few hobbies, apart for a fascination for the computer and its workings, and, as you are already aware, he has a desire to express himself in writing, and has taken to Hub Pages, like a fish to water, or to coin another analogy: “like a Green Parrot to the computer”.

Abbottabad - Food Road

Life has always been pleasant for Cookie, and his adopted Family make sure that he has the basic requirements of life and more, if he so desires. However, he isn’t a pushy character, and as he doesn’t have tastes beyond his station, he not only eats with them but also prefers the food that his Family likes also. Consequently he has a very refined taste in local foods and definitely has his own favourite dishes.He has always had a great liking for Desi foods and culture.

(Desi refers to the people, cultures, and products of the Indian subcontinent).

Parathas and yoghurt

His favourite foods are rotti, yoghurt, curries, and churi (a preparation of paratha and ghee).

Rotti and curry

He draws the line at what he considers to be very indifferent foods like birdseed and the like.

Drama, whether we invite it in or not, will enter our lives unexpectedly.

But drama, whether we invite it in or not, will enter our lives unexpectedly, regardless of whether we are vigilant or not. There was an incident about three years ago when Cookie, for some reason, took it upon himself to do a little sightseeing around the immediate area of his home.

One minute he was at home, chatting to his Family in Hindco, assisting his friends when they were experiencing trouble on their computers, and perhaps having an afternoon nap when the heat became unbearable and everyone slept for a while – the next thing he was out and about, all by himself, and nobody had realised that he was AWOL.

Where's Cookie

Of course the Family were so terribly worried, and search parties were organised immediately throughout the local area.

But the results were disheartening.

“LOST” posters were posted wherever possible; the local shops were asked to enquire of any sightings of a small green parrot answering to the name of Cookie. Of course a reward was offered. The Police were notified, naturally, and it was sad to wander the streets and outlying districts near Abbottabad to see posters on walls, shop fronts, pillar boxes, lampposts and everywhere else imaginable offering a reward for dear, lost little Cookie.

The posters were posted again, but this time offering an even more substantial reward, and still no one seemed to have seen or heard of Cookie.

So where was Cookie?

Kidnapped... errm... Parrotnapped

What the Family hadn’t known was that when Cookie had made his first excursion into the outside world, he hadn’t even left the street where he lived. The little girl only a couple of houses away from where he lived had seen him taking the air, and approached him. Cookie, being a friendly little chap, had allowed her to come close, and before he knew it, she had captured him and taken him home with her,

There he started fretting and missing his Family who were searching all over the city for him.

The Plot Thickens

But worse was to come.

A Taxi Driver who knew that family happened to drop a fare close to their house. The Taxi Driver came in for a cup of chai (tea) and seeing the lovely little green parrot, offered to buy him. A deal was struck, and Cookie went by Taxi to the Taxi Driver’s home; about four to five miles away.

God moves in mysterious ways, as this story will show as it unfolds.

One of Cookie's adopted Family was a Schoolmistress, and she, like the rest of the Family, was very upset about the loss of Cookie. She told the children in her class and the children agreed that it was a very sad state of affairs, so they, as a class, said prayers for the safe return of Cookie. They even said that they would fast for a few days if Cookie were to be returned, unharmed and happy.

But Cookie, by now, had been missing for over a month. His absence had dragged on to almost forty days. The Family were beginning to despair of ever seeing their little Cookie again.

Serendipity - a long word meaning... errm... serendipity.

By serendipity, one of the boys in the school lived very close to the home of the Taxi Driver, and the boy went to the Schoolmistress member of Cookie’s Family, and told her that a man (the Taxi Driver) in his street had a lovely new green parrot.

“What a coincidence,” thought the little lad.

The Schoolmistress went home and told her Mother, and they decided that they would go to the far away street and visit the Taxi Driver, but not let him know why they were there in case he got rid of Cookie (if it was Cookie) or even worse.

To the rescue

The following day the Schoolmistress and her Mother went to the Taxi Driver’s home and knocked on the door. The Taxi Driver let them in, wondering what might be the purpose of their visit. But there, suspended from the ceiling in a cage, was Cookie.

Cookie recognised the members of his Family and shouted down to them (in Hindco, of course) that he was trapped and that he was a prisoner against his will and that he didn’t like being in the cage.

(He had never been in a cage in his life before.)

Help! I'm being kept against my will (Translation from the Hindco)

The Mother and the Daughter told the Taxi Driver that the green parrot in the cage was a member of their Family, and that they wanted him returned to them at once.

A substantial amount of money changed hands

The Taxi Driver maintained that the little green parrot was his and refused to comply with their wishes. A bitter argument ensued. But this was a matter of principle involving a kidnapped Family Member.

Then he said, “There’s a reward for the bird. Hand over the reward, and you get the bird… Or the bird gets it”. (All this is Urdu, or Hindco or some other local dialect).

After a while, and after a good deal of pressure from the two Ladies, he admitted that he had paid the little girl’s family for Cookie, yet still refused to give it over unless he was reimbursed.

Luckily, Cookie’s Family were well connected, and they brought down the weight of the law. Some of Cookie’s relations by marriage were Lawyers and the Father in the Family, a much respected man, had influence with the Police. So the Lawyers, the Police and several other important people were called in. The Taxi Driver agreed to release Cookie on the understanding that he was paid a substantial amount of money, and Cookie was returned to the bosom of his loving Family.

Safely back at home

Hooray! and also Oh No!

Cookie was returned (Hooray!) but with a broken, or badly damaged leg (Oh NO!)

But he was taken to the vet and the vet made him better, and eventually he limped home (well actually, he was brought home in a very nice car by his happy Family) and that ended the worst possible thing that had happened to Cookie in his whole ten years of life.

Now he lives a very quiet, and gentle life; loved by his Family, and loving them back. He spends his days, when he isn’t sleeping in the long hot afternoons, making sure that everyone’s computer is functioning properly and writing a little bit every day.

Some say that he is writing about his adventures, and that may be the purpose of the hub he has been working on.

So I won’t write any more, in case I steal his thunder.

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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

That's one mischievous bird! I understand why he's a food snob, I would having to eat bird seed with all that awesome food waiting to be sampled. I'm glad to hear he's healing and safe. Will he share more adventures soon?

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I don't know Augustine. I thought he was interested in writing, but I have heard that he wants to do a BSc in Computer Engineering. There is a very good University in Abbottabad, and his family can afford it, so we will see.

I, personally, would prefer him to develop his writing skills, but you know what parrots are like... they become very focussed, and he'll most probably make quite a living from Computer Engineering, and possibly work from home.

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

By the way, Augustine, thank you for being my first visitor, and for your comment. It's nice to keep it in the family.

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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

I don't want to sound racist, but it seems like everyone from India and Pakistan are crazy good at math. Now Cookie is considering a degree in engineering? What is it that makes everyone and everything good at math and science? Is it the curry? Spring water? Flat bread? Please share...

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I would share, my friend, but it is difficult to type with three fingers when I am laughing like this.

They're not only good at Maths, but my friend from Pakistan knows more of the construction of the English language than I ever did.... And I majored in Englsih at Teachers' College, and taught for about thirty years.

Becky 5 years ago

Very nice story. I hope Cookie doesn't have any lasting repercussions from being kidnapped. That may be why he has decided to switch from writing to engineering.

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I think too much excitement, even is a small Green Parrot's life is unwise. I meant to ask my friend whether Cookie was finding it difficult to get any parathas or rotti and curry now that it's Ramadhan, but I know that his family is fasting, but making sure that he is well fed and watered.

I don't think that he has been out of the house since the trauma, and perhaps he wouldn't like to go anywhere in a taxi even if he did.

He really is lovely, isn't he?

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Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

This reminds me of my mother's darling pinky.

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Pinky? This isn't a Pink Parrot. It's a Green parrot.

Pink parrots would be... er... Pink.

Regardless, Binaya, thanks for coming along and looking at my hub.

I asked Pinky... er... Cookie, and he said, Thanks for coming too.

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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

A Green Pakistani Parrot parading proudly? Proving periodic playing provides polite people problems.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I just discovered this fascinating looking new writ and am looking forward to savoring it, but not now. It's 3:30 AM and I'm bleary-eyed. I wouldn't do it justice as I am. But I was here, like Kilroy - and - unlike Kilroy - (more like Swarzenegger but, of course, more honorably) - I'll be back! (If for no other reason than to try to wrap my tongue around Mike's alliterative tongue-twissser. . . :-)

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You can always be relied on to provide a great comment, Mike.

But you always surprise me. I love alliteration.

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Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

my grandma used to love parrots. this was a cute little story. glad he made his way back home.

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Looking forward to a return visit from you, Nellie.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks Nikkij. I think he'll be more careful in future.

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you weren't too worried that he wouldn't make it.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

OK - now about this pretty green C-O-O-K-I-E~! So cute and so much his own person. I admire that in a parrot. He obviously does his own thing - and does it well, at least up to the point when he overestimated his independence with such disastrous results.

I'm also a bit concerned for that keyboard on which he showed off his skills on the video (or any other keyboard on which he writes). His little toes don't fit so well and tend to get down in-between the keys. That cannot be good for either his toes or the keys! I have a fitted silicon cover for my keyboard on this laptop. It's a Mac, but it might be available for PCs too. It would be well worth it. (After I fried my Dell laptop motherboard a little bit of spilled water when I dozed off holding my Ozarka, I became VERY cautious!) I was about to say the silicon thing would kill two birds with one - er - cover - but that would be be very indelicate, in case Cookie is within earshot - or reading this hub. From the looks of his intensity about writing his own hub, it's likely he might be!

Oh - but he surely made the video years ago and after he's studied computer engineering, he's probably far too savvy for such plebeian precautions. Or - - is it, sadly, maybe that his damaged leg limited his actual performance on the keyboard? He probably devised some sort of vocal 'no-touch' setup to do his writing. Perhaps he'll write some techie articles to help us all, though his stories about his exciting adventures will certainly be the highlight of his writing career.m He could probably even write some legal advice, after all that haggling to get free of that horrid taxi driver. The guy HAD to have been aware of what he'd done, with all those reward posters all about. What a jerk. The little girl might be excused. She was probably too short to read the posters up higher.

Postscript: At first I was thinking he now lived with you in Norbury-sur-Mer. You obviously have much rapport with him - and seems like, some first-hand experience as well. (the language thing and your knowledge of his personal food preferences seemed clear) - But, then, in the event that he lived at your house, his name would likely be something like Cookie-of-Norbury or Norbury Cookie. What was I thinking? 'Sides, I wondered why he lacked a British accent. . . But you might consider suggesting one of those names as his nom de plume! It would add a dimension and a veneer of literary class!

Becky 5 years ago

Nellie, They now have a roll-up keyboard for laptops. A little larger and you just plug it in. I have one that I actually put one on my desktop computer after my daughter, both sons and my husband spilled into my keyboards, each requiring a new keyboard. It is totally water proof and I don't have to worry about it. There is another computer for them and this one is mine. Don't make it impossible for me to use it. You would be verry sorry.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

haha - Becky - How marvelous! I'll bet you love it and can see why you're very protective of it. I'd NEVER want to do anything to deter you from using it, even if I could, which, of course, I can't! :-)

My only hesitation about the rollup keyboard in my own situation would be that my laptop is a Mac and it has this wonderful back-lighted keyboard with such smooth-working keys, which is a spoiler! The little silicon cover for the keys fits them exactly and is undetectable to my fingers, though it's getting a bit worn out from much use!

I can definitely see advantages in being able to type away on a separate keyboard, stretched out on the couch - or whatever, and not having to worry a bit if I dozed off and spilled my water! I wonder if they make it for wireless connection? My mouse is wireless and it's a joy, allowing a lot more freedom of movement than a wired one would. It's one of Apple's "magic" mouses with a smooth top - no buttons. It's sensitive to the touch and pressure and does everything a mouse with right and left - and other - buttons does. Again, a spoiler!

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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi TL ... very cute ...and so is the parrot. I WANT ONE! ... though The Toof may have something to say about it ... not that he seems to want to hunt birds ... far too much effort needed. You have to get up from a reclining position for a start.

Loved this hub ... but how come 2 people voted it 'useful' ... perhaps they need him to mend their computers? x

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

No. Nellie, he still lives in Abbottabad, and seems to have decided that that is where he's going to stay. I doubt if he has any knowledge of English, although the Schoolmistress member of his family speaks it and so does his friend who currently lives in Norbury-sur-Mer.

I have not met Cookie. but have heard so many tales of his comings and goings, He really is a lovely little guy, isn't he? I have heard him nattering in the background when his friend talks on the computer to his family in Pakistan, and as far as I know, he doesn't have a nasty bone in his body.

Don't worry about his leg. Apparently he has completely healed, and has had check-ups and is OK.

It wasn't the little girl or the Taxi Driver who were really at fault, but the little girl's father. I only heard this week that they lived only two houses away from Cookie's home and would have known who his family were.

Dreadful person.

But it made it a better story to paint the Taxi Driver as an evil man. Ha ha ha!

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Maybe you're right, Angie, and they marked it useful because they think he'll be there for them if they want any maintenance on their laptops.

Or maybe they think he would be able to suggest a good meal or two.

I'm the pakora king, right now. I have refined my recipe over the second week of Ramadhan and I am going to be perfect by Eid.

Even Raj's Ammi thinks I make a good pakora batter.

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I'd hate you to stop using your keyboard, Becky. You've been a great support since you first found me. It's been great getting to know you.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Oh my goodness happy Cookie was finally able to go home..what a cute little bird and wonderful story..I find Parrots amazing and so beautiful..Love this so much.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

It's definitely a good story, Ian, whoever is to blame for the parrotnapping! I'm relieved Cookie's leg is doing well!

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I've just seen your comment Sunnie. He really is beautiful isn't he. I have not met him personally, but apparently he is very gentle and loving with his family and is loved by everyone he meets.

Mind you, I don't speak Hindco and he doesn't speak English, so if we did meet, someone would have to translate for us.

I suppose we could have a meal together. We like the same foods.

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Can you imagine how much his family love him, Nellie. I remember when he disappeared the phone calls every day, the concern. They thought they would never see him again mad were so distressed. I have no idea how many times I have watched that little video and smiled because he is so cute.

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Hummingbird5356 5 years ago

An amusing hub. I have visited Abbottabad and enjoyed the visit very much.

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