|Bichhoo Booti - by Rajiv Lather|
Out in the mountains a camping trip
walk all day till there is a nightfall.
Spot selected for pitching the tents.
Move to attend to the nature's call.
As one crouches among the bushes,
Disaster strikes as the Bichoo Booti
The local guide gives us this advice
While this experience was unsettling
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'Bichhoo' means scorpion in Hindi and 'Booti' means a shrub. 'Bichhoo Booti' is a shrub found in the lower reaches of the Himalayan mountains. The leaves of this shrub cause an acute burning and itching sensation, when it comes in contact with the human skin that can continue for several hours. The local people claim, that wild spinach always grows along with Bichhoo Booti, and the application of fresh leaves of Spinach gives relief from this itch.