I lost my baby Beetle yesterday. He was a pet dachshund and lived his life to the fullest, being ill for about a month before moving away to a whole new world. I am still coming to terms with the fact that he is no more around and I can’t take his name often. I am remembering all the good moments spent with him one by one. He was always active and jovial at home. Outside of home, he used to become a bit territorial but we could manage that. I was his mom and he was closest to me though Harsha and Eva were also very close to him, something I witnessed when his last rights were being performed. All of us broke into tears as we shared a bond and Beetle was our family member.
What was the most funny thing
about Beetle? Well, he had a liking for the carpet in the living room and used
to dig right in its middle whenever he felt like. It was as if a tunnel was
being built with all diligence. This breed, dachshund, are famous for their
digging and hunting capabilities. Also, he had a very loud bark, enough to
scare a non dog lover. He used to guard the gate with all his might and wouldn’t
allow anyone to come in easily. I had to lock him up briefly before I could
even talk to the person at my door. Whenever I felt low, he would come and sit
with me and try to comfort me.
Beetle was a perfect apartment
dog and stayed with us for close to 15 years. We will miss him terribly and the
void cannot be filled by anyone else. I feel like I have lost someone very near
and dear. Hope he finds even more loving parents in his next life. You will
live with us in our memories, Beetle! Goodbye for now.
The death of over 150 children in Muzaffarpur, Bihar has shown us the real face of the Nitish government there. Although he has been ruling the roost since 2005, it is sad to see that the hospitals are not even equipped to provide basic medical facilities to the patients of AES (Acute Enchephalitis Syndrome). Don’t know how many more children will face the dead end. After this medical emergency, the Supreme Court has asked the Nitish government as well as the Centre to clarify why such a thing happened in first place. I am sure they don’t have any reasonable response to that. Remember that medical care is the basic right and such a thing is unacceptable under current situation.
AES supposedly happens by eating
unripe Litchi fruit by the already malnourished children. Who is responsible
for the health of these kids? I understand that basic healthcare comes before
education and should have been handled that way. Do the policies of the Nitish
government take into account such emergencies, people are asking. The hapless
parents have nowhere to go. They are just witnessing the saddest part of their
life, the death of their child. Is the government even thinking about some sort
of compensation for these parents, though nothing would be enough as of now.
Only time can heal such wounds, that too to a small extent.
The newspaper says that it is an
extraordinary situation. Well I don’t agree. There is nothing extraordinary
about it, it is just pathetic. Hope the whirlwind of deaths stop soon.
Was checking my e-mail and it came
as a rude shock that my Amazon Prime order has been converted to pay on
delivery. They didn’t provide any specific reason for it, though. The maid has
not turned up (she can have a headache too) and I am left wondering how to cope
up with that.
Hubby dear has got a new music
system installed in the car and he gladly takes us down for a demo of the same,
gadget lover that he is. We hop into the car and praise it liberally. Darling
daughter is busy with her own stuff, this being the last week to enjoy holidays
as it is back to school from July 1st. I casually pick up the
newspaper only to be bogged down by the horrible and unfortunate news of a depressed
teacher killing whole of his family as he and his wife were not keeping well.
Strange are the ways of the world…
I try to turn my mind to
something else and request Alexa to play some songs. Alexa promptly starts
playing my favourites. Definitely a mood booster, that is. And Alexa has her
moods too. When she doesn’t want, she will not turn on the lights. Does come up
with some or the other reason.
The pet dachshund is hard to
please these days and will do his own thing. Even in summers he seems to love
the sun and is found lying in the kitchen where the sun comes in. Old age has
Yesterday darling daughter came
back from swimming with a serious concern, “Mumma, why don’t these 3-4 year old
boys go and change in the men’s room?” I said that their mothers or helps must
be bringing them to the ladies room. “Yes mumma, but how come they have the
audacity to do that!!” My girl was sufficiently concerned and I had to say that
I will bring up the matter on the group. Women’s liberation jindabad!
They had been together for two
whole years, whether at the workplace or at home. They were totally inseparable.
Jai and Arshi were made for each other, but still could not gather courage to
tie the knot, even though they were living together. Jai had gone through a
tough time when his first marriage collapsed and he had vowed not to get into
the tangles of marriage again. Arshi knew this well and was okay with it. But
her clock was ticking. Even though they had successful careers, the thought of
a child lingered in Arshi’s mind. She wanted to feel complete, and it was
motherhood alone that could give her that feeling.
One day, while having lunch
together, Arshi did try to raise the question of ‘marriage for the sake of society’,
only to be snubbed by Jai. “Have we ever thought of society?” and “Do you have
time for marriage mumbo jumbo?” Arshi had no option but to remain quiet after
When Anand joined the office as a
manager, he won many hearts right away due to his witty nature. Incidentally,
he had to sit next to Arshi and soon after, her life was in for a change. Anand
made Arshi laugh and slowly he made his way into Arshi’s heart, only to learn
later that she was already taken. But he understood that something was wrong.
Jai and Arshi had lunch together
and did not allow any third person as a rule. But one day when Arshi asked Jai
if Anand can have lunch with them, he couldn’t say no. “I have to talk to Arshi. I have to put
things right.” But Arshi had already made her choice.
Divya used to live with her brother, Rajesh and her mother. She was a tall dusky girl and was working as a teacher in a secondary school. Things were going fine till Rani came into their life. Rani was Rajesh’s wife, and was very headstrong and authoritative. It did not take her long to understand that Divya is not getting married due to her complexion and is proving to be a burden on her brother and mother. She began to poke Divya on small small things which broke Divya’s heart. Now she also longed to have a place of her own where she can relax without someone disturbing her.
In the meantime, Rani got
pregnant and had a son and as a result she was on the top of the world again.
Both Divya and her mother took great care of Rani and her child and he became
the apple of everyone’s eyes. Still Rani’s behaviour towards Divya did not
undergo any change. Now and then she would comment on Divya’s clothes, eating
habits etc. and she would become distraught.
One day, Rani started complaining
of a pain in her tummy and waited for Rajesh to come back from office. The pain
persisted and they found it necessary to visit a doctor. The doctor did
necessary tests and told them after a couple of days that Rani’s kidneys are
damaged and she would need a transplant asap. They were flabbergasted. They came back home and shared the situation
with their mother and Divya. Doctor had said that if someone from the household
is ready to give the kidney then that would be quite suitable for Rani. Divya
got emotional and though Rani had always treated her with contempt, she came up
with the idea of her donating a kidney to Rani. Everyone was taken aback
including Rani who could only think as far as Divya’s complexion was concerned
and couldn’t understand what a wonderful heart she had. With tears in her eyes,
she thanked Divya and made a mental note never to trouble Divya again.