My room has been invaded by an army of black ants thanks to the nonstop rain outside. These ants are affectionately called saami erumbu / pillayar erumbu in Tamil (translated – god ants) cos they don’t sting like the red ants.
Yesterday night as I was folding my clothes, I noticed two ants making a beeline to a crumb of chocolate on the floor. They went around it, discussed something and in just a few seconds, hundreds of black ants arrived on the scene. In about 2 secs they lifted the chocolate crumb off the floor and vanished from the scene. Story not over yet.
I was feeling very happy that I got to witness the events and continued to do what I was doing when suddenly something sharp pricked me. It was a black ant. Damn! All the love I had for ants flew out of the window.
Saami erumbu is asaam erumbu!