Often, when I took our dog (not so lucky with such unlimited freedom) out in the evenings, both Ramu & Brownie would come over and hang around. Then I started giving them biscuits. Occasionally I surprised them with the branded-treats! Ramu would enjoy the biscuits more than Brownie, who had an air of detachment for biscuits & treats!!
Ramu & Brownie had a very loving presence when we were out.
Since Diwali, Ramu is missing. I have been looking around for several days. No sign of Ramu. Brownie has been around, but occasionally. At times Brownie would be found barking his heart out in the dead of the night. He was restless.
Yesterday met a familiar face from the neighborhood and I asked him about Ramu.
He said, 'Ramu looked very agitated during Diwali. This Diwali-season people burst more crackers in our locality. Ramu would run helter-skelter. He seemed to be under severe stress. A couple of days after Diwali, when most crackers were burst, Ramu looked very agitated. And just disappeared...
Ramu is very old. He has never gone away like this. We have no idea where he is and how he is...'
Ramu is missing, or is in danger... :(
There was a tinge of sorrow in the young man's eyes. A sense of helplessness just like these animals feel when we burst crackers indiscriminately...
Why are we 'Sapiens' are cruel? (Currently reading Sapiens by Yuval Harari)
This year we have seen unusual levels of bursting crackers in Bangalore. We continue to burst crackers even till today! It is getting worse by the day...
For many of us, life may be a celebration! Hence some of us burst crackers. That may not be the case for many others.
- Children and senior citizens, who can not handle the pollution, esp those who are sensitive to breathing-related problems
- Animals, birds and environment.
Whatever the excuse, should we stop bursting crackers and reserve some pollution for the next year?
Spare a thought for Ramu and all the birds & animals. They need all our loving care...
'every being, knowingly or unknowingly, is on a spiritual pilgrimage'.
And that includes Ramu...