Saturday, June 19, 2021

Anjali - RIP Zindagi!

 We got the call from the PFA people today - that Zindagi finished her part in this life and moved on. It was expected, though I had some visions of a miraculous recovery. But then that's life and we have no control over many things and must accept them as they happen.

Zindagi - at home!

We decided to celebrate Zindagi's life - short - at 2 months. Give Akela, Sona and Zor something nice to eat too. Playfulness, that curiosity and mischief of Zindagi - that is what will always stay. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Anjali - Recovering from Zindagi's Departure

 It left a bigger void than we thought,more so because it seemed so unfair that a young playful pup of two months is brutally bitten by a full grown dog. If nothing it shows us how unfair, unpredictable and cruel life can be. 


The other two pups sensed it perhaps and were uncharacteristically whining outside the door at 12 in the night. Anyway by morning they had settled down (though I suspected Shobhs hadn't). Anjali was fine and when I asked her if she was ok she said - When I first decided to give Akela food, I knew that this was a short term thing and that I was not going to get attached to her or the pups. So its ok really.

Whatever it was, the day was rather muted. We couldn't get ourselves to call the PFA chaps to find out her condition. Maybe tomorrow.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Anjali - Zindagi Grievously Injured

 And this evening, the one thing we dreaded happened. The pups keep going off to play and forage outdoors and these days spend quite a bit of time outdoor. I set out for a walk at about 5 pm and all three followed me to the gate and outside and I could not resist taking a picture of them.

Sona, Zor and Zindagi seeing me off on my walk!

I came back an hour and half later and found Anjali, Vajra and Shobha around Zindagi. Apparently she had just been attacked by a big dog while she was playing outside and was in bad shape. She had deep bite marks on the side of her abdomen, deep enough for her to leave pools of blood, was in a state of shock and could not move when she tried to move her hind legs. A friend later told me that dogs commonly attack the spine and paralyse the ones they attack.

Zor and Sona came and slept alongside Zindagi. Shobha called the People for Animals and they were like god send again - this time their vehicle was at Kukatpalli and two young boys came in half and hour. They said it was perhaps paralysed but they would do some physiotherapy and it might recover. All information would come tomorrow when we speak to the vet.

Zindagi was bundled off into a carton, made as comfortable as she could. Even as they lifted her e could see a pool of blood where she was lying. Shobha wished her well, asked Anjali to wish her too. And after she left, Shobha broke down. It was very traumatising for all of us, and though I have been very stand offish as far as their care was concerned, I felt sad to see the playful pup go to an unfamiliar place, with such grievous injuries. All we could do was send her energy and good wishes.

Life is life that. Shobha said 'I wonder if we could have done any more? Protected them.' But we did the best we can. Anjali was amazingly stoic through this whole episode. Though she was with Zindagi comforting her, cleaning her, holding her, seeing her pain, she was like I said stoic. 'I have become rather used to this since ajji's death,' she said in a way of explanation.

Zindagi being taken by the PFA volunteers - Get well soon!

I could not keep images in my mind of Zindagi in a distant and unfamiliar place for a while. end her energy and good wishes and hope the best thing for her happens. Lots of love Zindagi. Loved the way you'd roll on your back when you saw us, or go at my ankles, or stick your head out beside the gate. Until later then.       

Jokes and Cartoons!

 These are some jokes and cartoons I found on WhatsApp - Chitra is a major contributor just as my schol group is. Have some fun! 


Acknowledgements to those who made these jokes and cartoons, don't know many, but thanks for the laughs. You made my day. 

Pooja and Ardra Begin Teaching Dance Classes

 Two students of mine from the Department of Dance, have announced their dance classes. As part of the 'Arts Management' course that I teach, we discuss in detail how to market their dancing and teaching skills. We design resumes, brochures and other marketing collateral. So its always a pleasure to see them take off.

Here's the material they shared with me.

Ardra's Online Kuchipudi Classes

Pooja's Online Classes for Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi 

All the best Pooja and Ardra. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Photo Prem - Movie

 It's a movie about an elderly woman who is photo-phobic and who doesn't have a single good picture of hers and how she worries about getting the right picture for when she dies. The rest of the film is about how she goes about trying to get a picture clicked without letting others know the reason why - that she looks good on the wall.

Slow and pretty thin plot line. Not much we can do with that. Nice twist in the end though.


Priyatama - Movie

Basu Chatterjee's 1970s movie with Jeetendra and Neetu Singh, Rakesh Roshan and Asha Sachdev, most famous for its song 'Koi Roko Na...' is a bit of a damp squib. The premise is fine, the characters and the plot right, but somehow it never achieves that tension. Neetu Singh looks lovely.