Love in the times of Today

love in the times of today
And then said the dog, ‘the people who make you laugh are more beautiful than beautiful people.’

The Indian summer for sure has lived up to its unforgiving reputation. With mercury tipping to acmes, the savage summer sun is akin to a remorseless nipper with magnifying glass. Man as well as animal, bearing the brunt of the heat wave. Our feathered friends and the homeless dogs are facing tough times. I urge all the readers to kindly put up water bowls for birds and strays. A small act of yours could mean the difference between life and death for a helpless living being.

Love in the times of today is starker than it has ever been. It is not a subject that I know much on but I know this for sure, if someone doesn’t want the frisbee, it’s no use urging him/her to play. Remember the good times and bid a fateful farewell for you can’t make someone stay against her will. I know my ramblings are of no use yet I hope that someone serves panacea to the kid.

May be this is what ailed Charles Bukowski when he said, “Love is kind of like when you see a fog in the morning, when you wake up before the sun comes out. It’s just a little while, and then it burns away… Love is a fog that burns with the first daylight of reality.

Love in the times of today

Following is the excerpt from a forward mail that a feline friend of mine sent across:-

 As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it’s harder every time. You’ll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken.  You’ll fight with your best friend. You’ll blame a new love for things an old one did.  You’ll cry because time is passing too fast, and you’ll eventually lose someone you love.  So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you’ve never been hurt because every Sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.

 Don’t be afraid that your life will end, Be afraid that it will never begin.

Found solace? Come on comrade, be good and pass the same around. Life eventually comes full circle. There is this line by Hindi poet Shri Harivansh Rai Bacchan,  ‘मन  का  हो  तो  अच्छा  न  हो  तो   और  भी  अच्छा ‘

Here’s yet another, one of my favorites from the inks of Jorge Luis Borges, the original poem is called “Y uno aprende” which translates to “And you learn

After some time, you learn the difference,
The subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning,
And the company doesn’t always mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts,
And presents aren’t promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats,
With your head up and your eyes ahead,
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn,
That even the sun burns if you get too much,
And learn that it doesn’t matter how much you do care about,
Some people simply don’t care at all.
And you accept that it doesn’t matter how good a person is,
She will hurt you once in a while,
And you need to forgive her for that.
You learn that talking can relieve emotional pain.
You discover that it takes several years to build a relationship based on confidence,
And just a few seconds to destroy it.
And that you can do something just in an instant,
And which you will regret for the rest of your life.
You learn that the true friendships,
Continue to grow even from miles away.
And that what matters isn’t what you have in your life,
But who you have in your life.
And that good friends are the family,
Which allows us to choose.
You learn that we don’t have to switch our friends,
If we understand that friends can also change.
You realize that you are your best friend,
And that you can do anything, or nothing,
And have good moments together.
You discover that the people who you most care about in your life,
Are taken from you so quickly,
So we must always leave the people who we care about with lovely words,
It may be the last time we see them.
You learn that the circumstances and the environment have influence upon us,
But we are responsible for ourselves.
You start to learn that you should not compare yourself with others,
But with the best you can be.
You discover that it takes a long time
to become the person you wish to be,
And that the time is short.
You learn that it doesn’t matter where you have reached,
But where you are going to.
But if you don’t know where you are going to,
Anywhere will do.
You learn that either you control your acts,
Or they shall control you.
And that to be flexible doesn’t mean to be weak or not to have personality,
Because it doesn’t matter how delicate and fragile the situation is,
There are always two sides.
You learn that heroes are those who did what was necessary to be done,
Facing the consequences.
You learn that patience demands a lot of practice.
You discover that sometimes,
The person who you most expect to be kicked by when you fall,
Is one of the few who will help you to stand up.
You learn that maturity has more to do with the kinds of experiences you had
And what you have learned from them,
Than how many birthdays you have celebrated.
You learn that there are more from you parents inside you than you thought.
You learn that we shall never tell a child that dreams are silly,
Very few things are so humiliating,
And it would be a tragedy if she believed in it.
You learn that when you are angry,
You have the right to be angry,
But this doesn’t give you the right to be cruel.
You discover that only because someone doesn’t love you the way you would like her to,
It doesn’t mean that this person doesn’t love you the most she can,
Because there are people who love us,
But just don’t know how to show or live that.
You learn that sometimes it isn’t enough being forgiven by someone,
Sometimes you have to learn how to forgive yourself.
You learn that with the same harshness you judge,
Some day you will be condemned.
You learn that it doesn’t matter in how many pieces your heart has been broken,
The world doesn’t stop for you to fix it.
You learn that time isn’t something you can turn back,
Therefore, you must plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure.
You really are strong.
And you can go so farther than you thought you could go.
And that life really has a value.
And you have value within the life.
And that our gifts are betrayers,
And make us lose
The good we could conquer,
If it wasn’t for the fear of trying.

And here’s the highlight reel, my furry friend features in this incredibly cute TV Commercial.

 So without transferring the pathos of the restless canine heart… leaving the pendulum of Utopian bliss, I  sign off from the Dog kennel, wishing you all a spirited time ahead!

Yours truly,

Kaalicharan

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How dogs are fighting against the Terrorists?

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The monument commemorating the canine contribution to armed forces. The inscription reads, “Twenty-five Marine War Dogs gave their lives liberating Guam in 1944. They served as sentries, messengers, scouts, explored caves, detected mines, and booby traps. Their names are inscribed at the War Dog Cemetery monument at the Guam naval base: Kurt, Yonnie, Koko, Bunkie, Skipper, Poncho, Tubby, Hobo Ni, Prince, Fritz, Emmy, Missy, Cappy, Duke, Max, Blitz, Arno, Silver, Brockie, Bursch, Pepper, Ludwig, Rickey, Tam.”

How dogs are fighting against the Terrorists?

Trained dogs have been long been braving the militants. Coupled with their inherent courage and ballistic body armor, the dogs can survive shrapnel and gunfire. Dogs have proved far better than people or machines at quickly finding bombs.

Dog helped the US army to capture Osama Bin Laden.

The aftershocks of Abbottabad haven’t yet subsided. It was quite a stir that the stealth mission stimulated around the globe. However neither the celebration recognizing the drawing of final curtains on the face of terror nor the controversy simmering over the alienation of Pakistan from the cohort operation has quite faded. Amidst all the media brouhaha, there remains our good old friend the dog who helped Navy Seals in the operation! Well, he is not quite in obscurity anymore. There are articles being written about him in The SUN and The New York Times. Here’s saluting our comrade for the gutsy galore!

Image courtesy: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Vince Vander Maarel

During the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, US navy Seals special forces had with them a dog named Cairo, who had undergone the canine equivalent of special services training. He wore a Kevlar vest with harnesses for repelling and parachuting, and a night-vision camera with an 180-degree field of vision.

Image courtesy: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller

The trained pooches attack anyone carrying a weapon and are now a pivotal part of special operations as they crawl unnoticed into tunnels or rooms to hunt for enemy combatants. The cameras on their heads beam live TV pictures back to the troops, providing them with critical information and warning of ambushes.

Image Courtesy: Coast Guard photo/PA3 Henry G. Dunphy

Closer home in India, the cousins of the special breed canines, which assisted the elite US Navy SEALs in sniffing out Osama bin Laden from his safe haven in Pakistan, will now help Indian security forces in ‘find and fix‘ anti-Naxal operations in dense forests and difficult terrains.

See Also: Why no Nobel Peace Prize for Zanjeer, the dog? 

In the recent Paris terrorist attacks, French police dog Diesel lost his life at the Saint-Denis siege after brave act.

It is understood the dog was the first to be sent into the apartment where three terrorists were believed to be hiding out. Unconfirmed reports suggested Diesel was killed when a female suicide bomber activated her explosive vest.

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RIP Diesel.
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Tributes have come in across the world from people applauding Diesel, the dog’s handler and police for their bravery.

And it isn’t all; dogs have always played a pivotal paw in many of such military operations. The operation that led to the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain was also aided by the canine support.

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RIP Caesar. The last surviving member of the 26/11 dog squad who passed away after a prolonged illness…

Personally, I detest having animals involved in the imbroglio but given the state of the world, we can’t trust humans to ward off terror. After their service is done, most dogs are available for adoption. Loyalty is a quintessential canine trait! Goes on to establish (all over again) that dogs are a comrades’ best friend too!

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