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A Deserted Home

Last month, I wrote about a dog family with five little puppies. It was the worst time to be a newborn on the cold, hard streets with Delhi’s winter breaking all previous records. But, thanks to a good Samaritan, they were luckier and survived.

They had food, water, a warm rug to sleep on, a roof over their heads and they appeared to be loved.

Every morning, on my way to work, I always found the five puppies and their Mom fast asleep, curled up together into a single mass, with their eyes shut, blocking the cruel, heartless world out of their lives, if only for a little while. Each time, as I clicked their pics, I thought theirs, at least, was going to be a happy story.

I was wrong. My young 23-year-old daughter broke the bad news to me yesterday.

She said, “Nina Aunty visited them last night. She was not surprised as she keeps rescuing stray dogs. The mother dog (I hate to use the word bitch because of its abusive tone) had left. One puppy was dead. Three had disappeared. The only one left was in great distress, crying bitterly. She brought him to her home. She gave him food, milk, medicines, blankets, and the most important thing, her love and attention.”

She already has a 17-year-old dog whom she rescued when he was three years old. Most people adopt only little puppies because older dogs are unfriendly and difficult to train, but Nina was patient enough and managed to cope with him.

Let’s hope her two adopted dogs get on well with each other.

I am not a dog lover, but for several minutes I remained benumbed after I heard this.

Wryly, I told myself, unplanned parenthood is a curse.

Everyone can’t be like Nina. But the pain and misery, at least, of those poor, hapless dogs can be surely minimized by preventing births of more unwelcome puppies. The municipal bodies and civic authorities ought to sterilize all stray dogs roaming out there on the streets.

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, are you listening?

Beware! Dogs Live Here!

On one freezing morning of last week December 2019 in Vikaspuri, West Delhi, I came across a pair of street dogs with a few puppies snuggled close to them with their eyes shut.

They looked so cute and I had a strong temptation to click their photograph with my cellphone, but I didn’t have the heart to take advantage of their adversity without doing anything to help them. I do regret, I must admit, losing a great photo-op that day, but I console myself with the thought that I may get a better opportunity next time in happier circumstances.

On my way home that evening, however, I got a pleasant surprise. The dogs were enclosed in a shed with some food kept there for them.

Well, I guess, there is a Jesus inside each one of us who understands what it is to be born to be homeless, hungry, and shiver through cold, chilly nights…

May God bless that Good Samaritan who made this arrangement for the family.

A Painful Distinction

It was a hot, steamy day in Noida, a developing city of Delhi NCR. The rains had taken a break and the sun glared at the whole world through a clear, blue sky. The beggars, their monkeys, and a baby monkey sat expectantly on a path literally strewn with slippery mud, stones, and broken tiles. It was a very sorry sight. Quite embarrassing too, making the distinction between the haves and have-nots far too clear and painful.

While the huge buildings with their swanky glass exteriors and plush air-conditioned interiors cast their impassive shadows across this sad landscape, the beggars kept on crying themselves hoarse.  It was obvious that CSR (corporate social responsibility) is just a theoretical concept for these companies located just a few yards away.

The office goers rushed past the beggars without giving them a second thought.  They were more worried about fingering their office attendance machines in time because late arrivals always imply loss of earnings that could have been spent on toys for their kids, medicines for their old parents, gifts for their wives and girl-friends, etc, etc.

Just like the beggars, the attendance machines were also greedily waiting for their share of pennies from the daily earnings of the hapless office workers…

Here are some pics…

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Sleeping, Suffering Humanity

Last month, while walking through the AIIMS Hospital Metro Station, I saw lots of people in a sleep mode. They looked so helpless and utterly exhausted. At one place, a dog had also joined them. Each one of them probably had a seriously sick relative or two admitted  in either AIIMS or the nearby Safdarjung Hospital and must have stayed awake all through the night. It was such a pathetic sight…

Once again, the Delhi Metro was found playing the role of a saviour by giving shelter to the downtrodden…