The ability of parakeets to mimic human voices has been their greatest curse, making them the subject of one of the most rampant wildlife trades. Nearly all species of wild parakeets found in India are captured, caged and traded openly, and a general lack of awareness ensures that the trade goes unchecked. What's worse is that for each parakeet caged, several are killed.
If you're a parakeet owner, it is time to hand your illegal possessions over to the forest department. If you know a parakeet owner, take some time out and educate him/her (this comic strip should help!)
The comic appears on my Sunday column with Mid-Day today.