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About Ritika Jain

Ritika jain hails from Rajasthan, She is pursuing her journalism studies from Mumbai. She loves to meet new people, explore new places and also loves dancing.
For #TellMeYourStory, Ritika is dedicated to collect stories from senior citizens, especially from those at old age homes, who aren't tech savvy but have marvelous stories to say, reflecting upon culture, values, ideologies and a generation.

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They say 60 is the time to retire. But there are some such jobs you create for yourself, which you can never quit.

And then, I am engaged with my dreams, in the land where dreams come true. Mumbai!

I love dogs. I was around 11 when my father brought home a German Shepherd. I was very scared of dogs then. And my father was just my opposite. I sometimes felt that he loved him more than us! By the way, his name was Sheru.

One day my dad told me to take Sheru for a walk. I was so scared of him that I refused. I don’t know why, but my dad got really angry. He slapped me for no reason. None of my pleadings worked. I had to take him for a walk.

As time passed, I lost my fear and started growing fond of him. I understood why my father loved dogs so much. They are far better than humans. I  used to share everything with him, all my ups and downs, tears and smiles. I belonged to Mumbai itself. So I never had to go outstation for my studies or anything else. Everything I needed was right there in the city. So we were never separated which only got me more attached to him.

My father always said, “I have two sons. Vidit and Sheru.” This statement always made me.He was as important to me as were my mother and father. Likewise for them.

I was 21 when he had aged considerably. We could slowly realize that he was struggling with his life. By the time I was 23, he was blind and by 24, he lost his life.

It was the toughest part of my life. Everyone in the family was shattered. We had no clue what to do and what not to. Till date I miss Sheru and never kept another pet as I have the fear of losing them. I don’t want the past to repeat again. But still, whenever I see dogs around, I remember him and miss him. No matter what, dogs will always be a human’s best companion.

Storyteller : Visit Bhanushali

As told to Ritika Jain


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