Kanchi’s Diwali Tale/il

A very Happy Diwali to each and everyone. (Since I am not President Obama, that’s all I am going to say).  However, I am so very happy about the fact that my state, SIKKIM celebrated  a quiet Diwali this year.

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Thank you Eclectic North-East

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And thank you Business Standard as well

I know Diwali is all about bright lights and the dazzling night skies but let’s get realistic here. The pollution level at Diwali sky rockets higher than all those crackers combined and that’s something to worry about; But then again, I am not here to lecture on those lines. I am just extremely happy because I don’t like people bursting loud crackers for one reason alone and the reason is ….”ANIMALS”

You are allowed to completely NOT empathise with the dog/animal lovers here and go on counter arguing about how Diwali is about lights and crackers and blah blah blah….

For those who’re still reading this, I’ll share my Diwali story with you and this Diwali, it’s all about the stray pup, Kanchi.

(NOTE: Kanchi is a Nepali word which, when translated refers to the youngest female member in the family).

So, the story started a couple of weeks before Diwali. I went to visit a relative who owns a car accessories/wash/all in all kind of Car place called PitStop. He also has a restaurant so I went there with the idea of stuffing my face with axone, pork, bamboo shoot, beef and all tribal things possible! I always fall into situations/predicaments that are totally unforeseen and that’s exactly what happened.

A heart melting image in the form of a playful fawn coloured stray pup caught my attention. I could see the workers there had adopted her and she was a restless, energetic, cutest little thing around. That was how I met Kanchi.

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Say “Hi” to Kanchi

I am in no state to adopt any more animals! My house is a mini zoo right now but I am willing to and will continue to work towards providing any and every possible help to the ones in need.

So Diwali came and the houses and the spirit of the Sikkimese people shone the brightest because 95% of the people did NOT burst crackers. Those of you who did (those loud annoying ones)…I WILL FIND YOU AND KILL YOU; And I was super overwhelmed when I saw most stray dogs had a red jacket around them with the words, “Yeh Diwali, insaano wali.” You wonderful, amazing, awesome people…whoever you are, who took this initiative to protect and shelter the dogs from the cold and spread a message during Diwali, I WILL FIND YOU AND THANK YOU.

So yeah, coming back to Kanchi, I knew she already had a home at PitStop where she was being fed and looked after but I also knew they weren’t going to be able to vaccinate her and take her to the vetregularly. So, this morning, instead of heading to work first, I headed to PitStop, picked up Kanchi and took her to the vet.

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I think she likes me

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We chilled in the car and I think she liked the images passing by

Since I didn’t know how old she was, I assumed she’s about 3-4 months. The doctors and people at the State Veterinary  Clinic were helpful and they helped me with her vaccination, deworming and registration.

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The people here helped me and Kanchi 

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Registration: DONE!

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DHPP: DONE!

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Deworming and Calcium dose has been advised for Kanchi

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Her anti-rabies shot is on the 17th!

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After we were done, I had to drop her back to PitStop

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I caught her checking herself out in the side view mirror

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Clearly not a day to wear white…but then, totally worth it! Yes, I went to work wearing this!

So, I handed Kanchi back to her people at PitStop because I know she has a home there. However, PitStop is just a minute’s walk from my office  so I am going to be checking on her regularly and the truth is, I can do so much more for Kanchi and others like her. What I did today is only the beginning.

Once again, a very happy Diwali to everyone and thank you for making it a silent one. Those who took the effort towards catering and caring for the animals during this festival of lights, your spirits shine brighter than all the fire crackers combined! YOU are the real PATAKA!!!!!!

Cheers!

The Tail/Tale of Genji

This post has nothing to do with the 11th century Japanese classic by Murasaki Shikibu.(Sorry If the title was misleading). Or may be perhaps, just to let you know that I love Japanese literature and The Tale of Genji is something I’ll definitely be reading in the future…Okay, so this post is about a a dog that I named Genji.

I have a three year old labrador who is named Yuki San. She is a spoilt, pampered and (for me) the best dog in the world. She sleeps with me, wakes up, whenever I wake up and I find myself talking to her more than I talk to anyone else in my family. In short, she is a part of me.

Some months ago, I woke up to the sound of Yuki San growling. I opened my eyes and saw that a small black mongrel was in my room and was playing around with Yuki San. The mutt was short with sharp ears and had a shade of white on it’s chest and front two paws. It was a cute thing so I didn’t mind. I mean I didn’t chase it out and let the two play.

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Yuki San and Genji Kun fooling around with a rag

After that day, the dog started visiting us everyday. I named in Genji. It was a smart dog. It started responding to the name in just a couple of days. So Genji started coming over everyday and Yuki San and Genji Kun would run around and play along with my carpenter’s kids (The carpenter and his family lives in the servant’s quarter). I noticed that Yuki San was beginning to get jealous when I showed affection towards Genji Kun. So, at times when Genji wouldn’t be around, I’d call out his name, just to get Yuki San agitated. Yuki San would begin growling and barking and running all around the house when she heard me call Genji’s name.

We never bothered to find out if Genji was someone’s dog or just a stray dog. He would come over everyday and I’d feed him the same meal that I’d feed Yuki San. However mother would come from office after 4pm and yell at Genji and he would run away…out of the gate. So every day, until mother would come home, Yuki San, Genji Kun, the kids and me would spend our days lazying away, eating and sleeping in the sun.

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My dad(who is a super busy man) also noticed Genji and he was okay with him visiting us. Mother said Genji had a lot of fleas and would probably infect Yuki San with all the disease that street dogs carry. That’s why she chased him away. I wasn’t bothered. I mean Yuki San seemed happy when Genji Kun came around so yeah, I didn’t mind the two of them playing together and having fun.

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The carpenter’s youngest kid(he has four), Lakshmi with Yuki San and Genji Kun

Last week, Genji stopped his visits. At first, I didn’t bother but then I began wondering what might have happened. I thought may be his owner (may be he actually had one) locked him or something. Then, last evening, the carpenter’s wife came in to my room and told me that her friend (another carpenter’s wife) had seen Genji being run down by a car on the main road, about 4-5 days ago! She told me Genji had died.

Last night, I dreamt of Genji. It wasn’t anything special. The same thing, Genji came and was playing around with Yuki San. I don’t even remember how I felt in my dream, watching the two play; But I woke up this morning with a bitter feeling. May be I should have held Genji and kissed him…one last time.

REST IN PEACE my love. I’ll see you some day…again.

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