The most legendary Bollywood villains have their own god: Lord Shrike the Impaler! Infamous for skewering its victims to death, that range from insects and lizards to snakes and mice, the bandit-like eye stripe further accentuates the shrike's reputation!
My fascination for this bird extends across all my work now, with the shrike featuring in two of my books, Bird Business and Naturalist Ruddy!
(For my readers from the West, Gabbar Singh (played by Amjad Khan) from the film Sholay, Shakaal (played by Khulbhushan Kharbanda) from the film Shaan, and Mogambo (played by Amrish Puri) from the film Mr. India, are three of the most iconic Hindi film villains of all time).
Cartoon from my column with Roundglass Sustain.