The satyagatha of the infamous Kachindabhai in the proverb of Manav

by Ana Lopez

Nisarga’s motto – Dharmendra Trivedi

On the occasion of marriage, on the occasion of death or in a conversation about a lost person among relatives, friends or friends who have just met, somewhere we will hear that ‘Jawa de ne yaar, e to kachinda hai hai.’ And the use of the word is such that no one who uses the word for that person understands much. Yes, we all understand Kanchinda after seeing it or without seeing it based on its natural feature that the person can change his nature, behavior or ideology momentarily according to the occasion or situation. And this simile is so familiar that it needs no special explanation.
So let us know the fact of this camel, and also understand whether the characteristic of the camel is suitable or not according to the simile. Despite the fact that we liken it to humans due to the natural peculiarity of color change, chameleons are actually a species of lizards belonging to the reptile class. The chameleon we saw is a garden lizard. This chameleon can’t really change color in the way we imagine. This chameleon changes color in two or three situations, one is when the chameleon seen around us turns red to show its anger when it is attacked. Otherwise, the chameleon turns red to warn other chameleons that have entered its territory and that it is dangerous. And the third case is understandable. A chameleon wears red color when it lives in its territory or to beat a chameleon that has climbed up or to attract another Ishki Tattu chameleon that has come behind that chameleon!
Now let’s keep our kachinda aside and learn about the cousin of the kachinda who is actually a master at changing color. The name of this animal is Chameleon and this animal may have many names in Gujarati, but only one Gujarati name is known to this writer till date. Chameleon is called ‘Sardo’ by the people of South Gujarat. People who watch nature-themed channels like Discovery, National Geographic and Animal Planet are familiar with it. Two binocular-like protruding eyes are the distinguishing feature of the chameleon. The structure of its legs is different from other chameleons. Instead of four fingers and one toe, the chameleon has only two thick fingers, front and back, with which it grasps the branches of trees and, if necessary, walks by holding the branches with its tail.
Two of the most notable features of the Chameleon are: The first thing is that since the chameleon lives in trees, it only hunts insects. And its method of hunting is very unique. Its skin is rough like the bark of a tree so it easily blends into the background of the tree. Seeing its prey, it moves very slowly as if swaying and after getting close, it catches the prey by throwing its long tongue out of its mouth. A chameleon’s tongue is said to be twice as long as its body length.
Now let’s come to the origin of Chameleonbhai’s color change. A common belief is that they can take on colors that blend in with their surroundings to avoid predators. In a way it happens that it is difficult to find a green colored chameleon sitting in the green trees, but the scientific fact is that the chameleon changes its colors due to changes in its mood i.e. mood, ambient light, temperature or humidity. . Also, the bold and handsome chameleon is bright in color while the weak male is gray and dull in color. In addition, female chameleons respond by changing their colors accordingly to accept or reject a male’s egg. That is why some scientists believe that chameleons have the ability to communicate through color changes.
There are about 200 species of chameleons in the world. Some of them are as big as 27.5 inches while the smallest is only 1.14 inches. The most interesting thing is that the chameleon can change color to blend in with its surroundings, which is not surprising, but if a chameleon has become blind for any reason, it can still color its body according to its surroundings. Thus, it has nothing to do with laziness to enjoy this ability of the chameleon to change color, but the fact is that we are doing a grave injustice to the color changing nature of humans by comparing them with chameleons aka chameleons aka snakes.

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