Sunday, December 28, 2014


I love Lady, no doubt, but she's vegetarian and I am not. So, I am a happy boy when meat eaters come to visit. We Lady got up at 5:30 to help them get off to the train station. Lady bought my little buddy Pallu her own window seat on the train. After all, she is a big five now. They will ride the train for four and a half hours, then go by bus for an hour and a half to where their car is, then they have another four and a half hours to get to where they live now in HP state. Pallu took the huge Santa balloon. Whew! I do not like balloons. They move around and scare me. Lady made her keep it in the guest room while here. 
Our flat was the only one in the 'hood with lights and a star. Christians hang these large stars outside. Some of our neighbors came by to wish us a happy Christmas. All of the workers came by. Normally, people give the garbage collectors, street sweepers, night and day lane guards, stairwell cleaners, iron wallas, and their helpers a bonus at Divali, the Festival of Lights. That is the biggest Hindu festival which many faiths also celebrate. Lady doesn't give bonuses then. It is not our main festival. So, they all come by at Christmas to get their bonus. Lady gave them all a very special Christmas card that friends in America gave her to give out. We like to share the real meaning of our festival. We gave the guards gloves this year, as well. Our helper, Mani came to our party. She was thrilled with her new shoes. She let Lady know that her shoes from last year were too tight, so Lady bought her new ones. 
I gave the two street dogs on our lane doggie biscuits. I think they like Lady's scratching better. I am still not allowed to play with them. They are not inoculated. They are very dirty. They will act all nice and then try to bite me in the face. I try to bite back. 
The malls and big markets where the foreigners live were all decorated so many people spent their day at the malls. But mostly, you couldn't tell it was Christmas. The fundamentalist Hindus chose December 25 to forcibly reconvert Christians to Hinduism. It was all over the news. They want India to be a Hindu State. But, the Muslims, Jains, Buddhists, and Christians remind them that India is a democracy with freedom of religion. And there's no caste system any more, so they say. Balabir had the news on any time Pallu wasn't watching Nickelodeon channel. I prefer the news. Her programs are annoying. 
When I woke up, I went looking for my friends. Gone. Lady says that next year, we are going to HP to spend Pallu's birthday and Christmas in their home. We'll have to take a taxi all day. She doesn't want me to ride in baggage on the train. 
Well, I didn't lose any weight this week, but Lady says that's okay -it's Christmas! I guess I'll get some exercise helping with the mountains of laundry, dishes, and wrapping paper!
Happy Sunday.


  1. Hope you don't have to wait another whole year for meat eaters to visit again. Sounds like you had a great time....except for the balloon. We'd find that scary, too.

  2. Hari Om
    ...yes such times create work to happen then create work to unhappen! I like the clearing up part though, as it gives time to reflect on all the good company and love shared. Blessings to you and Lady. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. After reading about all that excitement, we're ready to take a nap here! We're so glad you had a wonderful Christmas. It was filled with friends and love and that is what's important.

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  4. It was so nice that you got to spend time with loved ones over the holidays. If you didn't put on weight you came out even over the holidays and that is ok!