I attended the event organized jointly by the CPREC and the Madras Book Club more for the proximity of the venue and the added attraction was there was no hassle of climbing two flights of steep stairs. The subject of the book had no particular appeal to me as pets were my pet peeve. But once the author, Wayne Pacelle began his speech, we expected him to talk more about his book ‘The Bond’ as is the usual practice of authors at Book club meetings but he was pleasantly different. His passion and concern for animal protection came through in every word he uttered and it was a comfort that Indians contributed a great deal towards this as most of us are vegetarians compared to people in the U.S.
During the interaction that followed, I chanced to take a peep into the book and chose to read an excerpt when I proposed a vote of thanks. It was a moving tale of a terrier that was rescued and trained by a family and subsequently the faithful dog proved to be a savior of their young daughter who was prone to seizures.
I came back with a feeling that bonding with ‘The Bond’ was really worth one’s time.
n.meera raghavendra rao