Monday, October 29, 2012

Meow- My miracle

I grew up with dogs, and like most dog people, had an open dislike that bordered on trust issues and prejudice for cats. This began to change sometime last year when I first met two pet cats with rather royal names. I thought, "Hmm, cats are not that bad to have around."

In the days after my return to India, I found myself entertaining the idea of having a "cat pet" more and more. Then, there was a period of two weeks when I was so desperate to get a kitten that I literally stopped my scooter at the sight of kittens on the road or near fish markets. One day, I happened to go to Panaji Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). There, Meow happened to me.

Though Meow is quite a plebian name compared to the cats that acquainted me with the feline world, he is every bit the pet I could ever dream of or ask for. So much so, I sometimes question myself how in the world can anyone ever be a dog person when there are cats around.

Meow took to jumping on my bed and sleeping near me since day one. It was his first week home and I had had a particularly bad day. I had tucked Meow in my bed and was trying to sleep while fighting ocassional tears when I felt a soft little paw rubbing my cheek. I opened my eyes to see Meow's green eyes staring into mine and then he rubbed his paw against my cheek again, this time flicking the tear away.

Meow is my little miracle. Yes, Meows happen!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Happy Dussera

Monday, October 22, 2012

Meow Mondays

Meow is on a roll and thanks to him, so are we.

Please go here and like this FB page :)

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Meow Mondays

Meow chose me at the animal shelter where he was since he was about one month old. He chose me, yes. I simply obeyed his "meow" and took him in my arms to carress and cuddle him just the way he likes.

The shelter staff told me he had a congenital lump near the side of his belly and my vet later thought it was a hernia.

At another animal hospital, the vet confirmed an advanced hernia and suggested an immediate surgery. Meow was operated on the evening last Tuesday, October 9 and he was up and running on October 11 morning, the day I shot this video.
Check this video:

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Because I always smile

Because I always smile
don't think there are no tears
that I hide.

Because I always love,
don't think there is no hate
that I have known.

Because I tolerate the ifs and buts
don't think I don't have
the power of rationale and reason.

Because I am always good
don't assume that I can never be otherwise.


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Monday, October 08, 2012

Meow Mondays

When he makes my heart jump out of the window

Meow will undergo a surgery for advanced hernia tomorrow.
Pray for my little cupcake with all the faith you have.
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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Vaishnav jana - Gujarati bhajan

Mohandas Gandhi (Oct 2 1869 - Jan 30 1948) was an Indian freedom fighter. He adored this devotional song written by Narsinh Mehta, a religious poet who lived in Gujarat around 16th century. The song describes the qualities that a man who truly believes in God has.

Listen to the song on Youtube:

I have attempted a translation:

He who understands the pain of others, That human is a person who knows God.
He who helps in the sorrow of strangers
But does not feel any pride in doing the same;
He who respects everyone and never critizes
and who keeps his heart unwavering in his work and his talks;
he gets the love of the mother earth.

He who renounces desire and judgemental views,
and considers another's woman as his mother
He who isn't stressed out by the material world
and who is staunch in his spartan outlook towards life,
He who is devotional and (carries the purity of) all the holy temples in his heart,
Narsinh says such a human is a person of God,
Narsinh says meeting such a human is like gathering the experience of 71 generations put together.

Ocotber 2, the birthdate of M K Gandhi, is celbrated as Gandhi Jayanti in India. It is a day when we remember his principles of non-violence and self-rule and a host of other noble ideas that he stood up for.


વૈષ્ણવ જન તો તેને કહિયે, જે પીડ પરાયી જાણે રે
પર દુ:ખે ઉપકાર કરે તોયે, મન અભિમાન ન આણે રે... ||ધૃ||
સકળ લોકમાં સહુને વંદે, નિંદા ન કરે કેની રે
વાચ કાછ મન નિશ્છળ રાખે ધન ધન જનની તેની રે... ||૧||
સમદૃષ્ટિ ને તૃષ્ણા ત્યાગી પરસ્ત્રી જેને માત રે
જિહ્વા થકી અસત્ય ન બોલે પરધન નવ ઝાલે હાથ રે... ||૨||
મોહ માયા વ્યાપે નહિ જેને દૃઢ વૈરાગ્ય જેના મનમાં રે
રામ નામ શુ તાળી રે લાગી સકળ તીરથ તેના તનમાં રે... ||૩||
વણ લોભી ને કપટ રહિત છે, કામ ક્રોધ નિવાર્યાં રે
ભણે નરસૈયો તેનું દર્શન કરતાં કુળ એકોતેર તાર્યાં રે... ||૪||

(Text in Gujarti script sourced from Wikipedia)
Translation copyright GG. Feel free to point out any errors.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Meow Mondays

Gata took all the time in the world to snub Meow's advances. After torturing the poor guy enough, Gata seems to have said "Yes." But look how she stresses out my white-little-cupcake so much already!
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