It is quite enjoyable when you see an elephant ornamented with decorations in a marriage procession or some other function with every gesture of theirs being monitored by their mahawat, their master. They are the tamed ones and hardly cause any harm to others. Children are fond of playing with their trunk giving them sweets, bananas and some food to swallow. Wild elephants are just a different lot. They fiercely chase and attack the humans. Their modus operandi in the worst kind of cases is to wrap a human picking him up from the ground using their trunk for the purpose and then trample him to death with the pressure of their leg(s). Recently a full fledged herd of elephants organisedly attacked a village in Nishangara range of the forest extending upto Katraniaghat on India-Nepal border in Bahraich (my home town) district of Uttar Pradesh. They forced open the gates and the doors of several houses fully damaging them with a chase to the inmates to the last point. Fortunately none was killed. The peculiar aspect was that they didn’t target the children. The story says that a few days back an elephant had entered the village and badly damaged a paddy field when he was terribly stoned and driven away using a horrific sort of drumming for the purpose coupled with repeated gun shots in the air to frighten him. The attack in question by the herd of the elephants, say the people, was a measure of revenge for the ill treatment meted out to the animal. Elephants have a sharp and long lasting memory and they never forget to take the revenge when they are ill treated.