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Monday, February 20, 2012

Spectacle of love

SS Hans, Hindustan Times

Recently, a Gurgaon park witnessed a strange spectacle. A baby, monkey strayed from his family, came hopping from nowhere. Scared of the chasing dogs, the monkey  used to climb up a tree. This went on for a few days until the dogs left their pursuit in sheer frustration. One of the dogs, however, kept up his pursuit. He was seen looking ‘passively’, with his tail wagging (a sign of love) towards the monkey sitting on the tree. I was their constant and keen observer. The dog with his proverbial smelling power smelt and realised that the monkey was in dire need of love and had made this park his very abode.

The dog released his 'Aura' (Force of love) towards the baby monkey on the tree. It caught the forceful 'Aura', came down the tree and sat beside the dog. It was a moment of revelation. Their comradeship began like between two humans. One day, we saw the monkey scratching the back of the dog and then the dog taking his turn. And they were always seen playing and frolicking.

The dog, used to his life with the baby monkey, would wait eagerly in the morning for the monkey to appear. And they had a good time for quite a long time. Then one day came the anticlimax. The monkey suddenly disappeared. The dog waited anxiously but all in vain. He became depressed and crestfallen.

One day, as I was walking in the park, I saw the dog lying in a pit near the pathway with closed eyes. As I passed near him, he sensed my presence and hardly opened his eyes and said to me, as if, with meek and half-opened eyes, "You very well know how much I loved the baby monkey. I wish him good luck wherever he is. Yet, I want him to come back and sit on my back and scratch it softly or even harshly, as he used to do earlier."

The dog comes to our home quite often. And I try to share his sadness by means that I know .

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