loons and moons

SiMplY mArVeLlOuS!

I found this gem of a movie while I was trolling the internet for Feel Good Movies (FGM)


That’s not just the name of the movie, it describes the movie perfectly.

Marvellous is actually a TV movie (movie made only for Television screening)  and is based on a real life story. Neil Baldwin, the person who has inspired the movie is hale and hearty and just celebrated his 70th birthday party in March. What is interesting about this party is that it was attended by friends and family, professional footballers and football administrators, members of the clergy, professional actors and screenwriters, impresarios of the circus, Keele University professors, students and graduates, local dignitaries, singers from the Neil Baldwin Choir, three Cambridge University Boat Club rowers, and members of the Neil Baldwin Football Club. The highlight was a birthday greeting by video-link from Sir Alex Ferguson. Vice-Chancellor Professor Trevor McMillan remarked that “Only Neil could bring together people from such diverse walks of life to celebrate his birthday” (Thank you Wikipedia for this piece of information!)

So this man knows a whole lot of people. And is a registered clown. And has Learning Disability.

What the movie brought to me was how unfortunate we normal people are. Normal as in, you know, with average IQ. That is one way to gauge normalcy. There are many other ways, but that we shall file away under Random Musings section. Simply because we are so easy to train! We get trained to set our expectations, trained to think, to act, to be. We are so easy to define because we get our boundaries set. Either by experiences or by teachings! We become SO LIMITED. While THEY are LIMITLESS.

We label them as People with Special Needs. But in fact, they are simply Special. You will understand when you watch the movie. There are many movies that have touched on the subject of learning disabilities and other psychologically profiled illnesses. What this movie brings forth is that in spite of what we would view as roadblocks or impossibilities, there is this man who simply does what he wants to with the belief that he will achieve his goal.

Nello manages to be gainfully employed without asking for special privileges, makes friends from all walks of life – young and old, and believes that everything is possible if you just ask. His special skill includes Vicar Spotting – pointing out which priest is in line to be chosen as Bishop. And he did manage a football team as well.

Toby Jones, who plays Neil Baldwin in the movie, does a wonderful job. You don’t feel sorry for the character. You will be amazed at the strength of the man. And you would wish to be blessed by half the perseverance and faith that this man has.

Mrs. Baldwin, like any mother, is worried about her son. Worried about how he would survive without her looking out for him. Gemma Jones, who plays this character, won a BAFTA for her role. Mrs. Baldwin is forever worried about Neil, but he manages to surprise her every single time.

There are certain scenes that remains with me – how Neil would wait at a corner for a lift. Because someone would come and offer him a lift. Or how he would play tricks on his team members when they would pick on him. Or the reason he is so positive and happy is because he just decided to be positive and happy. All the time!

If you want to watch a FGM, this definitely should be on your list. You will keep smiling throughout the movie and after the movie and generally have a great day. I can vouch for this since I am still smiling as I write this. Although, NOTE: this is not such a fast paced movie. Hang in there. It is totally worth it.

I give it 4 clown hats!


P.S. Neil Baldwin – Totally Google Worthy!

Enjoy the trailer 😀

We Are Your Friends


Zac's abs have abs!!

Zac’s abs have abs!!








This review is not about Zac Efron, Well, almost

I am OD-ing on Zac Efron. And his movies. I am an easy person to please. You just need to play your cards right.

And this guy knows how to do it just by turning up on the screen!

Yes,I have watched the High School Musicals and got inspired to break into a song and dance.

Like all true stalkers, I usually google the actors that catch my attention. It can be their amazing acting skills, or the way their eyes crinkle when they smile, or their six-pack abs or other hundred million things that can catch my attention which leads me down this path towards utilising my limited time into looking up their lives, to know more about them, to find out what other movies they have acted in on their way to immortalization…

But the point of this post is the movie.

Because, hello! Movie review plus a push in the right direction for you when you are contemplating what to do on a Saturday night when the friends are gone and the plates are empty. The glasses are never empty.

This is a good movie for a Saturday night (or any time or any day) – We Are Your Friends.

This was a feel good movie for me. The main characters evolve to what their best can in a span of two odd hours.

The cast was interesting. I have watched Zac Efron and Wes Bently in other movies, but the remaining cast was new to me. This goes to show I need to up my ante for watching more movies.

What I loved about the movie was how the music followed me even after the credits had finished rolling. It was more of EDM. I am not a big fan of EDM. They all sound repetitive to me. But this movie opened up an integral aspect of how this kind of music can be special and mesmerising. Maybe that’s what sets apart one regular DJ from a great one. I have the music from this movie on repeat. So I am OD-ing on the music as well. But hey, it is worth it.

There is one particular scene that was interesting. I guess if you have been intoxicated enough or high on whatever the new high is, you must have experienced this. To see colours in everything. Okay, life is in technicolour but to Become Colours!

The storyline is simple and interesting. A laid-back one, nothing intense. Everyday struggles of everyday people, to have a better life. And how they choose to overcome the struggles. Work for the devil, sell your soul for a quick buck, the usual drama. There is love, life, loss and friendship. The movie is especially easier to understand since they spell out all the important bits. You’ll understand when you watch the trailer.

The leading lady, Emily Ratajkowski (Sophie) is beautiful, hot and definitely google worthy. I am sure other actors are too, but since I limit myself to the offerings of the Pandora’s Box, called the Internet, I choose only couple of actors to stalk. The remainder of the time, I spend watching trailers.

So in my humble opinion, this movie is definitely worth a spin!

I would give it 4 tubs of popcorn!


And one tub while watching the trailer:


And one hanky for the ladies to wipe that drool while watching Zac:


Chase away the Monday Blues!

A sure shot way to be chirpier when you start your work week!




brewed by imagination and of course, borrowed from Jim Davis!

Making sweet music since 4EVA!

Making sweet music since 4EVA!

Because life comes full circle. And generally, it starts with a Monday and ends on a Sunday. If you are a human who lives productively by either working or studying or raising other humans, you will generally dislike Mondays. Unless you are from another planet.

So we will try to find ways to not hate Mondays. Because hate is never good for the universe. Or for the constipated.

Let’s go, shall we?

  1. Take a heavy duty sleeping pill, with the intention of playing Rapunzel – not suicidal – on Sunday evening. You will wake up on Tuesday sometime, successfully having avoided Monday and hence the blues! One less day to deal with the worldly poop.
  2. Quit your job/ education – become a bum. Without responsibilities, you will not care which day it is. Let alone Monday morning.
  3. Gather enough signatures around the globe to start a new initiative called “Pay me extra to show up at work/school on Monday with a smile on my face and not intentions of stabbing people in their eyes!”
  4. Gather some more signatures to start Monday morning at 1300 hours, that is, after lunch. This will give you enough time to acclimatise from your ‘relaxing Sunday’ mode to ‘meet deadlines Monday’ mode.
  5. Since people are signing, include the movement Move Melancholic Mondays to Troublesome Tuesdays. Let Tuesday become the new Monday. Mondays require some love. Let it evolve to Memorable Mondays. That should help change the thought.

And if still nothing works, just do what Garfield does.


Brush up that attitude!


You, Me and no Cuppa Joe





Ek Chai toh banta hai…


In fact, it is You, Me & Cuppa Tea!

I haven’t been to Parsik Hills, CBD Belapur for ages. Not that this spot was easily accessible for me when I was living and studying in a nearby college. I remember this place being a non-accessible, quiet, lonely and, some say, a place not to be found at after dark. Let your imagination run wild over the last one.

Things have changed after ten years, but not much. It is still inaccessible – if you don’t have a bike or a car. It is still dark and lonely as the streetlamps don’t work all the way up to the top and there are dark corners. This is strange given that the Mayor’s Bungalow is situated somewhere along the way to the top. Security measures, anyone? Unless there are stealth mode Ninjas in training. And I don’t mean the 250R or the 600R variety. Though these can be seen racing up and down the hill.

Many houses and buildings seems to have popped up on this road. But they don’t seem to be heavily inhabited.

What does add spark and light to this place is the tea parlour that has sprung up in the middle of the Hill.

You, Me & Cuppa Tea seems unassuming, yet cosily inviting at first glance. It does raise your curiosity meter by a few notches given that the rustic look of the place blends in with the dense foliage growing on the hills. On a closer look, you start seeing and noticing the details. And this is when you are blown out of your mind.

We – as in my group of friends – got the opportunity to visit this place for a book signing session. This was my first attendance for such a session. Our friend Venky’s mom is an author. We love Venky and wanted to meet his family – they don’t live here. So this was our opportunity. It was an informal session and a memorable one!

Lalitha Rao has been a columnist and a writer for over 30 years. Bougainvilla Magic is a beautiful compilation of her experiences over the years. It is well written, a pleasure to read, and one can relate to the stories of a time gone by.

Some stories were read out and more experiences were shared and laughter was one of the key ingredients to the evening. Venky did choose an idle place for the event.

Since there is outdoor seating, our group of 12 were comfortably sprawled out, listening to the stories and swapping some more. I was in seventh heaven when I read the menu card. I am a tea person. Completely. There were concoctions I hadn’t even dreamed of! Although I knew I couldn’t try out all of them at one go 🙁

My friends, they are not so adventurous. They settled for Masala Chai. Which I must admit, was a cup well brewed! I went for the Christmas Tree tea, for the flavours they mentioned. I was, well, a little disappointed. I don’t know too much about tea, but I don’t like my tea overly boiled. It tastes bitter. I couldn’t taste the orange or the roses or the essence of Christmas at all! But since I had ordered it, I slugged it down. Thankfully, there were sandwiches which were ordered and they covered the taste of the tea for me!

The owner is from Kashmir. Maybe they brew their teas for a longer time. Well, their brew was lost on me. The company saved me.

Also, the decor saved my drowning spirit. Once I got over my disappointment, I realised I had to visit the loo. Which meant I had to go inside the establishment. The decor is simply beautiful. Thought has been invested in doing up the place. There are wooden seating arrangements which are comfortable. The reception desk is a tea cup! Delightful!


And there are “sitting rooms” A Japanese sitting room, a Chinese one and even one for the managerial meetings! It is complete with low ceilings and small tables. You would have to stoop and walk and be seated on the cushions on the floor. Very authentic. I am not sure on the comfort levels, but I hope they provide tea in the traditional cups of the Japanese. I had a visual that you’d have to dress up in kimonos and wear wooden shoes to enter this area.

There are lot of items for sale. Like copper tea pots from the Mughal era. It was a thermos in its own right! With contraptions for putting in hot coals and will keep the tea hot throughout the day! Prices ranged from Rs 10,000 to Rs 75,000 depending on the size. I quietly and carefully put those babies away. There were also tea sets and tea pots with funky designs! All for sale. And let’s not forget tea mixes. Specially kept ready for brewing your own cup at home. Walnuts, directly from Kashmir, were for sale.


There was art everywhere! This was paradise for me. I am sorry the tea didn’t impress me much, but the decor surely did. There were paintings even on the bark of the trees around the place. Another item that is worth mentioning was their wash basin. I will just put up a picture so you see what I am blabbering about.

The owner is easy to talk to. Maybe he will brew me a mellower cup the next time I visit their Tea Lab. Which means I don’t mind giving this place another go. This place can be a hang out when you want to just unwind. Get a book and get cozy with a pot of tea. And wonder about the mysteries of the universe.

What it requires is more accessibility and streetlights. Will it lose its charm? I don’t think so. It will only make the Hills safer.




All Pie, No Crust! Chicken Pot Pie

Goodness in a Pot!


This is as easy as pie! Just keep all the ingrediants ready and you can cook up this storm anytime!

Serves – 4

Cooking time – 45 minutes


·500 gm boiled chicken
·2 cups boiled vegetables – It can be peas, carrot, beans, potatoes, corn – basically anything you fancy. Note – if you use beetroot, the pie will take that colour.
·2 cups of cream of chicken soup. You can use packet soup or create your own.
·Salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste
·Rosemary – optional


1. De-bone the chicken into shreds and put the meat in a baking dish

2.Mix in the boiled vegetables.

3.Pour the cream of chicken soup over the mixture and mix well.

4. Add the salt, pepper and chilli flakes and adjust as per taste.

5.Sprinkle rosemary over the top and bake in a pre-heated over at 180 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

6. Let it stand for 10 minutes.

·Ladle out a portion into a bowl.
·Cut some bread and toast it. Rub some garlic over the bread to make your own garlic bread! Drizzle some olive oil over it.
·And Viola! Enjoy!!



Philomena Pennefather



Have a good time since It’s Saturday night and not one minute we can lose!


Remember that song from Whigfield?

Who Dat?
Is that what you said?
Not if you remember the ’90s. Unless you were born in the era or later. Then it is a 50-50 chance.
Anyways, the reason why the song popped into my head was because some Saturday nights, you just want to make the best out of it. Okay, correct that – ALL Saturday nights!

One of the things that you can do is check out the party sense at one of the night clubs in Mumbai.
If you are a regular party-goer, then this post will only tell you what you already know.
If you are a party-virgin, or a party-absentee – like I was, then this post will help you get an idea of what to expect.

I am lucky to be friends with Kumbu who knew a friend who recommended a hip and happening place to go dancing. This is no ballroom dancing kind of place. Although, you can attempt it if you are able to find that space. Maybe, before midnight. After that, you are lucky if you can even turn without bumping into anyone.
This is a “dance like there is no tomorrow” and “dance like a maniac” and “I don’t care about how I look like when I dance” kind of place. Also known as Trilogy.

Trilogy is a club located in Sea Princess Hotel, Mumbai. There are entry fees – I hear upto Rs. 2000 per couple on any night. Although we were blessed to be on the guest list that got us free entries. Thank you, Kumbu’s friend!
I must warn you though, on a Saturday night, you may not always gain entry even if you are ready to pay your way through. You have these somewhat beefy bouncers at the gate, speaking into mics, confirming names on the list. I don’t really know how do they “okay” a paid entry. I think being early is your best bet. But the place gets bouncing only after midnight. Oh and the club is open till three in the morning.

The rules are strict – no drugs, no alcohol, no guns allowed. There is a dress code for the gents. Ladies, you can go crazy with your dressing. The decor is interesting. There are 2 levels, which thankfully translates into 2 bars. And lot of place to sit and enjoy with your group – if you feel like it. But what is the most fascinating thing about the place is the ceiling covered with these trippy lights! Above the dance floor, there are hundreds of these lights which change colour and blink in and out and feels like it moves rhythmically to the music. You can just be completely awed by it every time you step into this place. I personally feel the lights help you transcend to another level altogether.

If we thought we saved up by not paying entry fees, we shelled out that money over the bar counter. A drink as simple as beer can cost you about Rs 400 Add various taxes and it may cost you upto Rs 600 and our choice of drink was Long Island Iced Tea. Let me not recollect how much THAT cost me!
I am sure there was something on the menu about food. But it was too dark to read. I’d say don’t order from the bar. If you are hungry, there is an all-night buffet in the hotel for about Rs 1000

The music left a lot to be desired. That was the most disappointing bit for me. Maybe it was “play crappy music” night. So that is something you’d have to risk if you are planning to visit Trilogy. Even though it was disappointing, I am not the one to make a fuss over it. And neither are my friends. So we found our beat and kept at it, jostling and pushing the other party goers.

The staff was pretty okay. Although if you spoke to them nicely and smiled and thanked them, they are warmer towards you. I guess this applies in all situations 🙂

As for the actual party goers, Trilogy is supposed to be one of the more happening clubs where the Who’s Who comes to party. Although I didn’t see anyone famous. And even if I did, I sure didn’t recognise anyone. Not much has changed since the last time I went dancing with my friends to a club. Mostly everyone is out to have a good time.
The club also offers a view of the Arabian Sea. But we didn’t check it out. Primarily because we have the sea at our disposal closer to home. I am sure you’d enjoy the view and the breeze if you check it out at the hotel.

Time slipped away and before we knew it, we were on our way back home.
Did I have a nice time? Yes.
Will I go back again? Never for the music. Maybe for the dancing. Surely for the lights! Definitely for the company!


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Peas Meal – Green Pea and Spinach Soup

Peas Meal – Green Pea and Spinach Soup

Philomena Pennefather



At first look, the soup reminds me of the Hulk. And the soup is like that. Looks weirdly alien like but is yummy to taste. Ah!
Serves – 4
Preparation time – 20 minutes

• 1 cup fresh peas
• 1/2 cup blanched spinach
• 1 tsp butter
• 1 tsp olive oil
• 1 tsp wheat flour
• 2 spring onions – bulbs only. Finely chopped
• Veg stock – 1 cup
• Salt and pepper powder to taste
• 1/2 cup milk
• Milk cream to garnish
• Note – cup size is about 200 ml.

1. Boil the peas and spinach in 1 cup water till the peas are tender
2. In another larger pan, heat the butter and olive oil together and saute chopped onions in it till transparent – DO NOT BROWN
3. Add the flour and saute till it is cooked
4. Add the liquid from the cooked peas and stir well
5. In a blender, add all the above cooked ingredients. Also add the milk and veg stock along with salt and pepper as per taste.
6. Run the blender till you get a nice green “smoothie” consistency
7. Strain the mixture into a larger pan and heat it gently. Do not boil this mixture as the milk may split.
8. Serve garnished with cream.
9. Enjoy!


Wrapped with taste: Patra Ni Macchi (Fish cooked in Banana Leaf)

Pic from All Recipes.com

A delightful Parsi delicacy, made with ease

Ramiya Bhas

Patra Ni Macchi (Fish cooked in Banana Leaf)
I enjoy making this dish at home. Though it may seem like too much work, the end result of this dish is absolutely amazing. It’s fresh, it’s delicious and full of flavour


A For the chutney stuffing
1 Half a coconut
2 500 gm fresh coriander, cleaned and segregated from its stem.
3 500 gm fresh mint, cleaned and segregated from its stem.
4 6 chillies
5 2 tsp salt
6 1 tsp sugar
7 1 lime
8 12 -15 cloves of garlic

A 6 silver pomfrets, cleaned and cut into 2 pieces. This will give you 12 individual pomfret slices
B 8 banana leaves, each banana leaf can be cut into halves. Keep extra handy.
C Thread, regular one available at home
D 5 cups of water


1 In a mixer, first grind the coconut, the mint, coriander, chillies and garlic. Add 3 tsp of water to help with grinding.
2 Once the same has been ground properly, squeeze the juice of 1 lime and add salt. Blend this mixture again so that the salt and the lime juice has mixed with the chutney. Taste to make sure that the salt is as per your liking.
3 Finally, add the sugar last and give the chutney a quick whirl.
4 You can make this overnight and keep
5 Cut the pomfrets into individual slices.
6 Take a piece of pomfret and place it on the banana leaf. Coat the same with a good dollop of chutney. Once one side is covered do this on the other side also.
7 Fold the banana leaf in into a packet and tie it with the thread. If you see any tears in the leaf, use one of the extra pieces to wrap it so that it covers the spot and tie it.
8 Do this to all the pieces. Make sure that it is tied properly, so that the chutney doesn’t spill out of the casing
9 To cook, place them in a steel vessel and cover it. Add 4 cups of water in a deep-bottomed cooker and steam the fish for 10 minutes. I remove the whistle of the cooker, since I don’t have a steamer. It is best to cover the vessel that holds the fish, so that there is no extra water that goes inside it. Even if it does, don’t panic. It will not ruin your dish.
10 Serve with some onions or salad of your preference.

Wrapped and packed

Hello, 2016!

Hello, 2016!



The New Year did come in with a bang!
And it was followed up beautifully with a day spent out in the open.

Kumbu had asked me keep my day free and he wanted to take a few of us to a special place.
By the time we had to leave for the drive, it was the three of us, including Chota Bomb.
Everyone else had things to do and people to meet. We had the day free, so we took off!

We left at 1230 hours. The place where we were headed was kept a secret. Sneha and I knew it was towards Nasik. Where exactly, we weren’t sure.
But we didn’t bother too much about it. Kumbu was at the wheel of his beloved Achilles (Honda Jazz) and we were making good time with not too much traffic.

In fact, the maximum traffic we found was in the restaurant Green Lawns just after Kasara Ghats, on the way to Igatpuri. Human traffic, that is. The place was packed and the waiters were super busy.
I wish I could say that it was the awesome food that drove in the crowds. I think, it was just the location. Easily accessible and visible.
The food, by my experience, was spicy. The dal khichidi was spicy, the pav bhaji was spicy, even the masala papad was spicy. It was like the cook decided to ensure everyone has a spicy and hot new year! Thank fully the chaas (buttermilk) was cool and saved me from my peril.
It was already 1600 hours by the time we left for the secret location.


The road seemed familiar – it looked like we were heading towards Shirdi. I told Kumbu if he had told me before, I would have gotten my mum along. She would have been thrilled!
By now, I thought I knew where we were going. Towards the sea of windmills!
But what could be so special about these windmills? I can see them from the road!

This is where it got interesting. Kumbu took some turns through some villages and we found ourselves at the base of a curvy road leading up the mountain.
Do you know the feeling you get when you know you are going to be greeted by something that is totally awesome and breathtaking?
That is exactly how I felt.
I became quiet, rolled down my windows and sat up.

Nothing can prepare you for the first sight of the windmill, standing tall and straight, going up towards the limitless sky. What appear like sentinels guarding the Western Ghats, keeping a watch over the sleepy inhabitants from a distance, ends up being a force that you don’t want to mess with when you come close to it.
It seems like such an everyday thing – windmill. It’s there somewhere in the deep recesses of our brain. We don’t pay so much thought to it. Because it doesn’t really affect our day-to-day life. But now, faced with this giant, I am forced to think. To acknowledge. And be amazed.
It is a man-made wonder and common but yet – not so common. The weight, the length, the height – I cannot even think to put that in numbers. I am sure Wikipedia will do that for you.
For me, I cannot attempt to put AMAZING into numbers.

When you stand close to the windmill, you can hear the blades making the whoop…..whoop…..whoop sound as it slices the air. And the unmistakable sound of electricity buzzing through the wires. You want to just lie down on the ground and keep looking at the humongous blades as it keeps going round and round like the propeller of the airplane.

And the view! It felt like you could see the entire world from up here. It wasn’t really the entire world, but that’s what it felt like. Of course, we had to keep in mind, one wrong step and it would be the end of our worlds. So we gave the edge of the mountain the respect it deserves. And kept away.
It was the silence that was the added gift. I mean, you can try to listen to silence anywhere – you only have to try a bit. Here, you don’t even have to try. It surrounds you. And if I had to stay there long enough, I would become Silence.

Of course, we did the city-people touristy things and clicked hundreds of photos. To share it with people who were not there with us. I think we clicked them for our memory bank – so that when we come across these pictures, we live those few moments where we experienced feelings of complete joy and freedom once again.

The air started getting cooler and the sun, softer. Everything was bathed in magic dust. And it was time to leave. We travelled for almost seven hours to spend just a half hour at this place. And it was totally worth it. I had started the journey not knowing what would I find and whether I would be disappointed or not. Faith prevailed. Of letting the day take its course and that it would be worthwhile. It was totally worthwhile.
And sometimes, you just have to do things on faith. Like a road trip, not knowing what the destination holds. You will be rewarded with Magic.







Images – Sowmiaow

Humans and animals have shared a special bond since humans were living in caves. We were either hunting them or befriending them or both! The reasons to keep a pet when we had just discovered fire and dressed to cover our modesty (or not) might have been different from the ones we have now, but the benefits are as applicable now as they ever were. Here are the top 10 reasons to go to the nearest shelter and adopt a pet:

1) The unconditional love that a pet gives.
All the clamoring about unconditional love from a pet is true, you know! Anybody who has been blitzed by the love attack of an excited doggy will vouch for it. Animals seem to have a never-ending supply of love for their humans and who doesn’t love periodic doses of love without conditions?

2) The sense of responsibility for another living being.
Children who grow up with pets tend to be more empathetic and learn about responsibility when they are given jobs to do for the pet. No matter how tired your kid might be after soccer practice they will take the dog for a walk. When Ttommy has to go, he HAS to go!

3) The dreaded word for many – EXERCISE!
A pet is the perfect way to get couch potatoes to go out for a walk. It’s either that, or bending to scoop Tommy’s poop from the expensive carpet and then clean pee from every room. Fresh air (and less work) wins!

4) After all that adrenaline pumping, one needs to calm down as well. Pets are a calming influence.
Research has proven that stroking your cat or watching fish swim is calming and soothes even the most frazzled of nerves. This is a big bonus for the oldies that fall short of time to worry about all and sundry even after worrying all day. Gift your parents a pet next anniversary and watch them learn to calm down and breathe a little!

5) No more nightmares!
A soft, fluffy, warm bedmate means no nightmares. Even if the unfortunate sleep stealer does make an appearance, a reassuring nuzzle and a soft head in your arms or on your feet will drive the demons away.


6) Protection for the house.
An alert dog has saved quite a few housing societies from being burgled. For a potential thief, a dog in the house will raise the alarm and will be one more adversary to tackle making it extra work on their part. Plus the fear of being bitten seems to be a primitive one (in this case – Tthank God!). What high fences and alarm systems cannot achieve, a set of razor sharp teeth and an even better sense of smell and night vision manage pretty well!

7) A happy face after a long hard day at work.
Nobody, I repeat – NOBODY, can deny the pleasure felt walking in to a house, after a long day of work, where a wagging tail and eager eyes are waiting to greet you. Did I hear someone say ‘instant stress buster’?

8) The perfect cure for loneliness.
In this day and age when people don’t even know who their neighbors are, it’s nice to have another living being that gives offers companionship and love. Dogs have been known to take the ‘companion’ role a tad too far sometimes. They will follow you to the pot if you let them (and then drink from it afterwards!).

9) An automatic vacuum machine. No more food on the floor!
Those beady eyes will watch every morsel you eat and every crumb you drop. Food on the floor is as non-existent in a house with a pet as a Kardashian’s sense of privacy.

10) You get to give somebody else a home and shelter, how can that be a bad thing?