Thursday, March 6, 2008

Does every dog have its day


Last evening as always, I came home tired and asked mom to get me something to eat.
I sat relaxing on my sofa and waited impatiently as to why mom didnt come with a plate, but heard her scared voice which echoed in my ears.
She called me and showed the fire which was caught by the bamboo bush which is behind our house.
This was an annoying bush because of which the thieves runied our night sleep and though shocked for a moment, mom told "To hell with it... let it burn up and be gone..."
I somehow didnt like the idea and thought of calling the watchman.. and try extinguishing the fire..
But as a caring mother, she didnt want me to go near the fire.
Later she realised that a street dog had thought that bush as teh safe place for its puppies and placed all her 5 cute little puppies in the bush.
She herself then ran towards the watchman while I and my neighbors gathered buckets of water and started our job to save them all..
By then we could here the painful voice of a puppy which was trying to escape from the swirl of smoke and fire.
We had no idea whether it was totally burnt or how many were alive as it was night.
As we continued the task with a torch lit, we finally found that one puppy seemd half burnt and we put it on a gunny bag...
Its pain was unbearable and more pityful was the situation when I saw that it had not yet opened its eyes to see this world.
But only the painful screams/barking ( I dont wanna call it barking though) told how it felt....
We put a wet cloth around it to cool it down..
This was the first time I saw something live burned up like charcoal..
Its tail looked like a dead stick and the fur completely powdered giving out the carbon smell.
My neighbor gave a lil milk in a cup and I dipped my finger in it and tried to chek if it could intake anything.So kept my finger in its mouth..
It held my finger so tight as if it ahd someone to whom it could express its sorrow...Or may be I felt so...
after sometime its mother came and changed the location for all the puppies...
In the morning,I went to that place to check if I could see any of them but may be its mom took them all to some better place.
But it left me with many questions on my mind...
We the humans have landed everywhere, leaving no place for anything else.
Dont the other creatures have any rights to leave on this earth safely?
Also one more thought which came to me after seeing its pain is....
There are somany laawaris ( orphans) who are not cared by any and their life is not valued by any...
New born babies are thrown out in dustbins,gutters...
Women are burnt up for dowry.....
People are killed in wars,burglary,naxalite acts....
But just a thought of a knife or a bullet entering my body gives me chill on the spine....
Have you ever tried imagining things like this.....
And facing a person or a life encountering this act is much more painful....
A small burn while cooking at home itself gives out so much of pain and I sometimes scream and cry... and I wonder how could have such a puny thing suffered it...
I dont know whether to pray god for it to be alive or ...... for the pain it has undergone and it might have to undergo in future if alive....
wat do you say...???

6 comments:

PRAVEEN said...

Soumya,

Had you published this blog few months ago i guess you would not have got my comment. You could remember street dogs ripping people like crazy then..?!?
That was on a lighter vein. One is really moved with such things happening. More is the tragedy if the victim is a young one.
I would prefer euthanasia. I know its crime to even mutter the word but just visualise the pain it could suffer hereafter.

I have much to comment but lemme fix my laptop battery and then get back

Praveen

Tin said...

Hmmmn...good choice of words to describe some great thoughts.....you seem to be thinking a lot more deeper rather than being content having a surface view point...
Some serious questions you've asked, hope you get a few answers.....welcome to creative curiosity !!

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Anonymous said...

Women are burnt up for dowry.....
People are killed in wars,burglary,naxalite acts....

all such negitive thing happen in society bcoz people like me n u only read about them and write about them r v discuss about such matter ,solution is not that,v have to work 2 remove them from the society ,working 2wards it is very important

Laura Slay said...

In reflection of the previous comment and the comment in the writing, as an American woman reading this notion about women, violence, and dowries, I can only imagine the suffering and pain that for some may be a normal aspect of Indian society. I guess I think, perhaps naively, that such punishments that women may endure are surely outdated in this modern age. Yet, I am not too naive to realize that women in other parts of the world suffer at the hands of tradition values of patriarchal societies. Perhaps the first step toward dealing with strife is to recognize it. - But how does one change indelible traditions in a society?

I realize that this piece is really about the burning of the puppies. Truly horrific!!! I agree - that euthanasia would have been so much more humane - or what about adoption? But maybe adoption wasn't an option for these criminals. I find that hard to believe. It just seems thoroughly cruel - inexcusable, incomprehensible cruelty.

I wonder if this poem is a metaphor for something larger? Certainly writing about social wrongs is an important and vital step in the process of change. It creates awareness. I consider prayer self healing, contemplative, maybe cathartic, soul searching imploring. Some believe that God will change things for us. I don't believe that praying to God to ask for change works. I do believe that praying to ask for the power to act toward change may be more powerful. God empowers us toward free will. There are stronger, for fiendish ills in play when it is considered ok to burn a litter of puppies. Of course, I speak from my experience and perspective, and not completely understanding the entire issue.