Interview of an Unique Couple That Cannot Be Missed
I nervously checked my camera to ensure it was charged before I embarked on what was to be my first interview for VOYAGER. The interview was special for us not only because it was our first, but because the incredible couple that I was going to interview were also very special and unique.
I reached the venue of the interview well in time and took my place in a discreet corner. I did not have to wait for long. My guests arrived as soon as I was seated. After exchanging the usual pleasantries, I indicated to them that we could get started with the interview.
Me: I would like to start with asking both of you about the name by which you are famously known as, “The Orangutans”, how did you get this name.
Both of Them:(Smiling and replying in chorus) That is a derivation from both our names, our names are Nora and Tanner. We played around the letters with various permutations and combinations, adding a letter here and removing a letter there till we arrived at something that we liked, “The Orangutans”.
Me: How long have both of you been together?
Nora:(with the hint of a blush) Oh! I think we have always been together, at least as long as my memory goes, isn’t it Tan?
Tanner: Absolutely darling!, then turning to me, you see both of us were born and brought up here and hence we have been together here for a long, long time.
Me: So how do you like your work and life here. Do you enjoy all the attention.
Nora: (with more than a hint of a blush) I love all the attention, especially the photography sessions!
Tanner: (with a contemplative look) We are well taken care of…. But, we have to do what we are asked to do and when we are asked to do. For example, the other day Nora was down with fever, but she had to doll up and smile and wave at the guests.
Me: Which is your dream destination, a place you would love to travel to?
Both of them: Africa! We understand that Africa is where are our roots are and we would like to visit the place at least once.
Me: Tanner, this one is for you, if you were given one chance to change the world, what would that be?
Tanner: (With a glint in his eyes) If I had my way, you would be in my place and I would be interviewing you! Man is treating animals like us badly, he uses us for his own selfish gains and entertainment. Who has given him the authority to do this? If I had my way all the zoos of the world would be filled with men and women and we animals would come to see you guys behind bars while we ate popcorn and made fun of you. That, is my dream, a day when the animals will rule the world and Man shall be shown his true place.
A chill went up my spine as I heard these ominous words. I lamented the insensitivity of man and how animals had borne the hegemony of Mankind for ages. The images of animals in captivity in various parts of the world danced frenziedly in my mind as my wife shook me. I woke up with a start and the book I had been reading fell to the ground. I picked up George Orwell’s “Animal Farm“, and placed it on the table.
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