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MAITREYI SUNDAR
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While driving, it is important to be considerate about other beings in our surroundings

It was a monstrous large car that took my darling Bambi’s life. She was a gorgeous, fawn-coloured, Indian bitch with a deer-like appearance which of course explains her name, and was one of the three dogs living in our residential street in Thiruvanmiyur.

The three well fed, much loved dogs loyally guarded our homes. I'd like to quote D.H. Lawrence, who wrote, “in this empty world there was room for a mountain and me”. Why can’t we co-exist? Why aren't we careful when we use machines in general?

I understand that mistakes are a common occurrence and that it is human nature to err but once you’ve accidentally hit a dog, why run? Why not take the animal to a hospital? I am writing this not only to channel my distress and shock at having lost this lovable dog, but also to bring about awareness amongst people to give their undivided attention while driving and to be considerate about other beings in their surroundings.

Cats and kittens find our car tyres to be an ideal place to curl up, so please check the tyres of your automobile before starting them. Remember, Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Without the well-being of animals, we lose yet another stepping stone to Gandhi’s India.

MAITREYI SUNDAR

(The writer is a volunteer with Blue Cross)

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