“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain

It is said that Man is the most intelligent of all creatures made by God…that he is the “best” of all creatures and the most superior. And most people in the world actually believe this to be true! But I don’t believe this ONE BIT!

Are human beings really better than animals? Are they really more intelligent and superior? After reading the newspapers these days, I wonder why people still choose to believe that they are better than animals. The news shows clearly how cruel “man” can be…how human beings are willing to go to any extent and hurt each other for their own personal gain. Do animals ever do that? No they do not.

Sure we have the carnivores animals who kill…but they do it for SURVIVAL. It all comes down to Charles Darwin’s theory of “Survival of the Fittest”. Animals do no harm to their fellow kind unless they need to eat to sustain themselves. It’s all a part of “The Circle of Life”. And animals don’t hurt human beings either unless they’re provoked. But what about all the wrong Man does to animals?!

There are so many news articles about how an animal decides to look after and nurture another animal from a completely different species. An example that comes to mind is that of the cat Smaigel. She took it upon herself to nurse a litter of puppies after their own mother died in a car accident. There are so many cases of such immense love between animals. You can read up on some more examples here- http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/01/27/unusual-animal-families-photos/27740/.


But how often do we see such compassion among human beings? Nowadays, it is rarely to be found. Human beings barely look after their OWN kind; let alone animals! Human beings are now all about lying, cheating, and hurting their fellow kind. Just for their own personal gain! Human beings will step over their own family to get ahead in life! This video really shows the compassion of animals as opposed to human beings- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pbthNAEOxQ


After all this, can we really say that human beings are the “superior” species?? I think NOT! When we were kids, my brother and I would always talk about relocating to a quiet mountain with just animals by our side. Yes this seems quite far fetched. But the reason behind it was that we found animals to be more trustworthy compared to human beings! The love of an animal towards a person knows no bounds! A person can be rest assured that the love of his pet towards him will NEVER die and that the pet would never hurt him! Can we really say that about human beings? Marilyn Monroe rightly said “Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

Lying, cheating, stealing, murder, bloodshed…THIS is what the human race has come to. But animals? All animals know is to LOVE and LIVE in peace! I think “Man” can learn a thing or two from animals!

I will leave you with this line from a song by Savage Garden- “Animals and children tell the truth, they never lie. Which one is more human? There’s a thought; now YOU decide.”



Valentines Melodrama!

Ahhhh Valentines Day! Red balloons everywhere…Cupids all around…and LOVE in the air! It is the day of absolute joy and happiness for girls everywhere as they receive flowers, teddy bears, chocolates and gifts from their “special someone”.

Or is it?

This Valentines day proved to be quite stressful for me personally. This was my first Valentines day alone in THREE years!! Now THAT is quite a long time in the “relationship calendar”. Three whole years of being in a relationship…and three Valentines days with the same person…a person I had grown to love more than life itself.

But of course, not all tales have happy endings and suddenly I found myself alone on Valentines Day 2013! How did I handle it? Not very well at first! I spent the entire day of February 13th crying my eyes out and feeling sorry for myself. As I saw all the store windows showcasing hearts and flowers for this special day, I kept wondering why I didn’t have anyone to spend this day with! I spent the whole day looking at pictures of my past relationship and crying about the fact that I don’t have that anymore.

“Why can’t I have someone who loves me to bits?!” I cried!

And exactly 5 minutes later, my friend called up and asked me to make dinner reservations for February 14th. “It’s Valentines Day and it’s depressing for all of us! So why not have a Girls Night this Valentines Day…just us girls” she said! And that’s when it hit me! I’m not the ONLY girl who is spending Valentines Day as a single person. I’m not the ONLY girl feeling low and sad. There are many girls out there who feel exactly the same.

And I realized, I DO have people who love me to BITS! I have my friends! They realized I was sad and decided to go out of their way to pluck me up! They ensured that I wouldn’t spend “the day of love” feeling UNLOVED! And I realized how LUCKY I am to have such incredible and amazing friends!

I read a couple of articles on the internet that changed my perspective as well. The articles made me realize that LOVE doesn’t ONLY mean the romantic love that couples share. There are so many types of love in the world and having just ONE of them makes u lucky! The articles the links http://www.upshiftcoaching.com/articles/9_valentines-day-love-is-not-just-for-couples.html and http://www.kitegirlcoach.com/spending-valentines-day-single/ direct to really helped me STOP feeling sorry for myself and just let go and have FUN!

Of course I could never have done this without my wonderful friends! I would never have got through the day without them. And it’s safe to say that I never again will feel UNLOVED!

So girls, don’t fret! So what if you don’t have a boyfriend this Valentines Day? So what if you don’t have a boy to give you chocolates and teddy bears and roses? There’s always another year! And until then, you have always got your friends.

As the quote says “Boyfriends may come and go…but friends always STAY!”


The Big Cardiff Move!

Ever so often, we go through things that change our perspective on life. Our very outlook. And life as we know it changes. Perhaps it’s a new job. Or maybe a unique relationship. The factor varies from person to person.

For me, it was my move from India to Cardiff. How did this change me as a person you may ask? Well, being the youngest in my family, I was always treated like a baby. I always had things done for me. And I barely had to work for anything on my own. I had my Mom cooking food for me and ensuring that I stick to a routine. I had my Dad buy things for me which I really required but which I was too lazy to go out and buy myself. And I had my elder brother always looking out for me and ensuring that I made friends with the right people. I was the darling of the family…always pampered. Everything was handed to me on a silver platter!

Of course, at the time I didn’t appreciate it at all! I always thought “Why can’t my parents just let me do things on my own?” and “Why do they constantly treat me as if I’m a little kid? Don’t they understand how grown up I am?” All I wanted at the time was to be “independent” and do things on my own.

And then in September 2012, I moved from India to Cardiff for my Masters. Now THIS was an absolute dream come true for me! I had always wanted to study in the UK and live the ultimate “student life” with no parents by my side setting various restrictions and curfews! THIS is what I had always wanted. And finally, I was able to follow through with it.

The first couple of days in Cardiff were simply AMAZING! Parties every night, returning home at 3 in the morning, sleeping through the day! Everything seemed absolutely perfect. “I knew I was ready to be away from my parents”, I thought with a smug smile on my face, “I love being away from home”!

The defining moment (my moment of truth, if you will) arrived a few weeks later…once classes began at University. After weeks of non-stop, routine-less, curfew-less partying and fun, I was in bed with a TERRIBLE case of “freshers flu” and tissues all over my bedroom! But since classes had begun, I had to drag myself out of bed in order to attend University. And because of the flu, I just couldn’t come up with enough energy to actually cook something for myself. And after a long day at lectures (all the while, blowing my nose into loads of tissue papers), I returned to my room, opened the door and flopped back onto my bed…tired and drained completely of all energy.

And it was then I realized that I still needed my parents. Sure they would baby me and sure they were over-protective. But everything they did was in MY best interest. My mom always had a hot bowl of soup ready for me whenever I was ill. Of course, I would BARELY fall ill because my mom was always there to give me healthy food at proper times and my dad was always there to cheer me up when I was down.

My mom always had a tasty, home-cooked meal for me the minute I walked through the door. I never once had to walk into an empty house because my mom made sure that she was always at home when her “little princess” arrived from college.

It was then I realized that while being independent seems great and liberating, it is also a LOT of hard work! And while the “student life” looks like it’s all fun and partying, there is also a lot of cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry visits! And it is also a lot of looking after yourself and fending for yourself. Since your parents aren’t around to take care of you, you need to do it yourself. Which gets extremely tedious at times! And I realized that I would trade the “independent student life” for being my mom and dad’s “little girl” ANY DAY!

I will ALWAYS be a “little princess” to my parents. They will ALWAYS baby me and treat me like I’m a little kid. They will ALWAYS be over protective of me and set restrictions and curfews that sometimes just seem unreasonable!

And I will ALWAYS be grateful for that!!