Took an early morning flight to Delhi and drove down 45 KM to Sonepat and checked into a hotel that looked very ordinary from the outside, but exquisite inside.
However, I will reserve that experience to the next blog..
The locality was full of Dhabas that are known for their mouth watering parathas.
People from around Sonepat throng at these Dhabhas over weekends for relishing all kinds of Parathas served with a knob of freshly made butter the size of a tennis ball.
Atharv and I ordered 6 parathas and finished in no time!
Atharv had a swimming competition the next day, so he chose to take a nap. I stepped out to visit the nearby Hanuman temple as the 15 foot statue attracted me.
The temple was by the Delhi Amritsar highway and I had to walk about 500 M.
As I walked down the service lane, I saw a dog sitting by the roadside howling. I didn’t pay attention until I saw her pup trying to play with her. As I looked closer, I saw another pup lying on the other side of the road, surely hit by one of the vehicles on the busy highway.
The mom was trying to get to the pup, but was unable to do so as the traffic was quite heavy. As I was moving on, a thought struck my mind! what if the mom desperately crosses the road and gets hit by one of those monstrous vehicles, and who will take care of the other pup?…
Then I managed to cross the road without getting hit myself, I saw the pup bleeding in the mouth and not breathing. Her body was still warm, so the hit must have happened just a while ago..There was nothing much I could do. But I could not bear the sight of the mom which was now looking at me (at least it felt that way..), howling for help.
I picked up the pup, walked towards the mom crossing the road. Although she hesitated, couldn’t resist coming close to me. I placed the motionless, breathless pup next to the mom and took a few steps back.
She came close, smelt and tried to move the pup in vain…
It took merely a minute for the mom to realize that it was over. She just left the dead pup and started walking in the other direction. Unaware of what happened to his sibling, the other pup continued to play with his Mom biting her tail and running between her legs. The mom simply kept walking, did not turn back even once.
I stood there for few minutes hoping that the pup would get up and run to her mom or the mom would come back and somehow revive the dead.
With a heavy heart I left from there, visited the beautiful temple, walked back to the hotel room and tucked in right next to Atharv who was in deep sleep.
This experience reminded me of the preface from Robert H Shuller’s ‘Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do’.
I have seen hundreds of articles to help us humans: ’10 tips’, ’20 ways’, ‘power of’, ‘learning to, etc..to let go, but this dog taught me this invaluable lesson in just one minute!
I wrote this story to express my gratitude to the dog who taught me how easy it is to ‘LET GO’.
What do you want to let go today?