One fine foggy morning, I was accompanied with my friend, Kaif to click around the streets of Downtown of
Srinagar. While we were taking shots around Makhdoom Sahib, we spotted an old well which was built during the
era of Mughal Empire. We could hear the cries coming from the well, sadly a puppy was trapped deep down 50
meters down in the well.
We decided to rescue the puppy. However, to rescue a puppy we needed a rope which we could tie to a bucket
and leave some food in it to get some attention of puppy. So we went in search of rope, which was the first step of rescue process. There was a shopkeeper whom I asked for a rope. To my disbelief he said back, “Where do you live? Go to your home get your own rope and rescue the puppy.”
This rude behavior of a shopkeeper disgusted my friend. She reflected about the basic human and Islamic values which we wear on our seleeves but do not want to rescue a puppy. As we were searching, some curious kids from the nearby locality asked why we needed the rope. The kids had already tried to rescue puppy but they were not successful. The puppy was stuck there for three days. We couldn’t let the puppy die there, and continued to start our quest for rope. The endless search made us realize that it will be tough to rescue the puppy this way. So, we decided to call a fire service station. They usually have long rope so we thought they might be able to rescue puppy.
We walked all the way up to this fire station. After reaching the Fire Station, Mr Sajaad Hussain (FM1972) who is a fire fighter answered and enquired about the matter. We asked for the help and he said that he needs to check
with his boss about rescuing the puppy. We were very much apprehensive about the help. To our utmost disbelief, he agreed to help us.
He called his team, Mushtaq Ahmad (SG1367) a fire fighter, Krishna Meet Singh (FM107), Head Constable and
Mohammad Yaqoob Bhat, a fire brigade’s driver. He asked us to accompany him to rescue the puppy. As we walked to the spot, we showed him the location where the puppy was trapped.
He realized that the ladder won’t go down as it was way too deep. We tried but it all went in vain, so we thought of aborting the mission. Sad and disheartened, we all left towards the fire truck. But it seemed like the cries of puppy had moved Sajaad’s heart so he still wanted to try once again. This gave us a ray of hope. They bought some ropes and a ladder with themselves.
The ladder couldn’t reach down there so Sajaad asked local boys to get a bucket for them. After some time we got a bucket, the fire fighters tied it with a rope and dropped it inside this well. But the puppy didn’t jump in. So, they tried to elongate the safety extension ladder and it was lowered to the bottom of this well.
Mushtaq went down. Biting our nails we were scared about his life.
A small crowd formed in, praying for his well-being.
Everyone cheered when he finally rescued the puppy.
The puppy was shivering so we wrapped it in a blanket.
We were grateful to the fire fighters as they were our only hope, who helped us and believed that it was important to rescue even a small puppy. The whole place was filled with mixed emotions. Some were happy and some thought that we were crazy to rescue the puppy by putting a fire fighter’s life in danger.
Later, we went in search of veterinary doctor to get the puppy checked up. We reached a clinic located near
Badamwari. However, the gate there was locked up. After knocking for several times, a guy came out and asked for a doctor. The doctors had left the clinic and there was no one around who can help us out. So we asked the guy who opened the door to call the Doctor. Unfortunately, doctor had a wicked laugh when he got to know the query was about the rescue puppy. We were shooed away, so we headed back home with the puppy. Kaif took the puppy to a place where she was putting up. Thus, the puppy which was about to die with no food for three days got himself a home and a family.
On my way back home, I was engulfed in thoughts and the question about humanity. I reflected while walking back home and questioned myself, even though Kashmiris live in a conflict state and have witnessed deaths of their own people, does it give us right not to care about other’s life? I have heard a story about a person who saw a thirsty dog and took his leather socks (Maes) to get water for thirsty dog and was granted paradise after his death because of this kind gesture towards other living being! Aren’t these stories strong examples for us to help everyone who is in in stress? What if it had happened to a person would we have still acted so insensitively? Shouldn’t we look deep inside our souls and ask ourselves this question?
It is a matter of great concern to consider our humanity. The only thing that matters is our deeds. The old legend
says it all, “You reap, what you sow.” In this race of survival, our humanity has been lost, we have lost our virtues
and have been blinded with the love of greed. We are so deeply concerned about our acts that we have forgotten
to look at a bigger picture. At the end I believe, the only difference between success story and statistics is you.
Go out and make a difference. Though the difference is negligible but small heaps of differences will surely lead to a change, the change that we have always been dreaming off!
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