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The Animal World of Satyajit Ray, Rabindranath Tagore and Gautam Buddha

Birth Month Special Article The Animal World of Satyajit Ray, Rabindranath Tagore and Gautam Buddha Meghna ‘Phoenix’ Ghatak
Since our beloved Indian Prime Minister talks of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (Self dependent India) as a means to revive the fallen economy during the COVID-19 epidemic, Pawcept brings you a native reading list for the quarantine to read on the animal world.
This month began with the birth anniversary of three important Indian animal lovers – the Oscar winner Satyajit Ray on May 2nd, the Nobel winner Rabindranath Tagore on May 7th and the enlightenment winner Gautam Buddha again on May 7th. While the initial two were Bengali writers of children’s fiction who have been almost entirely translated into English, Buddha’s biography has also been a source of inspiration for many children. Talking of children’s fiction, animals have been an indivisible part of many of these, for it has been found that animals with mystic powers (such as those found in fables) are a favorite of the…
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Diary of an Animal Lover

Diary of an Animal Lover Ayushi Sharma
Since childhood I have an enormous love for animals. I have had pets all my life which include dogs, parrots, pigeons, rabbits, fish, and even cows. Currently I have two cows, two rescued dogs and more than 40 pigeons. With time I have realized that there has been no greater feeling in the world than saving a life even if it’s one at a time. I was born and brought up in Bhopal, MP and I have loved animals since the day I was born. My brother calls me a naturalist as I have always felt a strong connection with nature and animals. People say that they cannot imagine their world without their phones or Wi-Fi connection but if someone asks me I would say that I cannot imagine a world without animals. For me the life of any other creature is as much important as the life of a human being. People need to understand that animals also feel loneliness, they also get hurt. Once I rescued three dogs and five puppies from a horrible lady who used to beat th…

How To Break Up A Dog Fight

How To Break Up A Dog Fight Emmanuel Samuel Osita I know this question might be bothering most of you guys, especially since quarantined humans aren't able to provide necessary food items, making them hungry and aggressive. Some of you guys might have seen one or two dogs fight and we all know that fighting isn't a good thing even to us humans. Now, fight as we all know is a physical conflict which involves violence coming from both parties involved in it and when such a situation like this happens, there's bound to be major injuries which can lead to serious complications. Seeing two dogs fight can be more frightening than a mere nightmare. Hey! I know some of you guys are like “WTF” but really dogs can do serious harm to each other during a fight or attack and in some cases, these injuries can even lead to death. As a dog owner and lover, you just can't stop yourself from jumping in to stop the fight cause really the thought of seeing your dog or a dog badly injured won&#…

Quality Quarantine: Feeding the Fauna during Lockdown

Quality Quarantine: Feeding the Fauna during LockdownMeghna ‘Phoenix’ GhatakThese 21 days, as India goes through trials and tribulations fighting COVID-19, emphasizing lock down, finding a reliable test as well as cure, a lot of online trends were seen worldwide. While many people were struggling with ‘working from home-working for home’ dilemma and triggering major memefest with parents loosing/winning the quest of keeping kids busy, others were forced to walk hundreds of kilometers towards home due to the transportation shutdown. Netizens are applauding the virus warriors who are making sure that the people on the roads stay at home, the dogs on the streets are taken care of and the poor pedestrian travelers are free of hunger and sickness. Many lock down offenders are also being criticized as policemen are seen begging bike riders; quarantined people are seen fighting hospital staff etc.
One of the most famous of these trends is posting the sudden surge in the appearance of wildlif…

Are You A Pet Parent? What Can You Do During Corona Virus Quarantine?

Are You A Pet Parent? What Can You Do During Corona Virus Quarantine? Meghna 'Phoenix' GhatakWe all have been reading daily that COVID-19 is a pneumonia-like epidemic disease spread by a virus with its epicenter in Wuhan, China. While it's unfortunate that people from China or with the appearance of China are at the wrong end of the bullying, multiple pets have been abandoned sadly for rumor has it that they can transmit the virus. Numerous companies have provided the option of work from home to their employees but while education institutions, entertainment shops etc have closed, most people in India do not understand that India has entered phase 2 and might soon enter phase 3 of the COVID-19 epidemic. It's satisfactory to hear that people who are working in smaller private sector firms and institutes have also been finally allowed to practice social distancing. Now, if you are a pet parent, what can you do during this quarantine time with your pets?
1.Make videos and…

Water Birds of Bhopal: Shahpura Diaries

Water Birds of Bhopal: Shahpura DiariesMeghna ‘Phoenix’ Ghatak
Every Bhopal dweller who has to commute between Manisha Market, Chunnabhatti, Kolar Road and MP Pollution Control Board, has to cross this man made water body that sits like a bowl collecting rain and sewage water. Surrounded by ornamental palm trees amidst busy traffic flowing from the B and C sectors of Arera Hills and Shahpura Area, the lake is also used for agriculture and aquaculture purposes post its construction in 1974-75. Morning and evening walks in the parks adjacent to the lake, known as Bhagwan Rhishabhdev Udhyan, brimming with young families and energetic toddlers, pushing plastic balls around, is incomplete without staring at the sky changing colors over the still steely hued water. My personal endeavor had been this past ten years, to buy a packet or two of bread from a neighboring Sanchi Milk Store and to drop the bread in the water granule by granule. Schools of fish clamor to gobble them up and chase at e…

Ban Jallikattu or Ban Ban Jallikattu?

Ban Jallikattu or Ban Ban Jallikattu?
Meghna ‘Phoenix’ Ghatak


The demonstration of domination of a ‘supposedly’ untamed beast to cheering spectators has always boosted the ego of men since the initial establishment of human settlements. While in ancient India, Harappan seals indicate the presence of a bull taming ritual, American settlements in Arizona has been celebrating ostrich racing festivals since the very start and wild west still celebrates bareback bronc riding. All of these historic events have faced criticism from animal welfare activists internationally as bulls, ostriches and horses are broken by professional/amateur riders, by hanging on to their bodies in a stubborn manner. Participants in these sports have precariously risked serious injury as well as death to emerge victorious over the scared, jittery beasts with rules meant to favor the humans. 
In all of the forms of rodeo sports, the said animal(s) is/are released onto the participants, or an arena with/without a jock…