For 25 years, Sekar has operated a camera repair shop in Chennai, India. He regularly fed the birds who lived near it. About 10 years ago, a tsunami drove 2 parakeets to his neighborhood. He was fascinated by the beautifully colorful birds. Sekar fed them.
More parakeets came. Soon, he was feeding thousands of parakeets every day. He does this by laying wood planks across the roof of his shop, then spreading 60 kilograms of feed over them. This task, which costs 40% of his income, wakes him at 4:30 every morning.
The sight of thousands of parakeets perching in one place is an amazing swath of color that impresses people who live and work in the neighborhood.
This is Sekar's life. He enjoys it. But he's also feeling old. It's harder for him to do the physical work of hauling and arranging so much bird food. He says:
Like how people keep parakeets in a cage, now the birds have me in a cage.