Fiction (Family Life), Fiction (Pets and Animals), Fiction (Urban)
Date Published: August 15, 2020
You cried with Hachiko. You got spooked and then laughed it off with Scooby Doo. And you fell in love with John Grogan's incorrigible Marley. But you have yet to meet a dog quite like Super Bu ♥.
After years of arguments on the matter, the Bera family has finally decided to bring home a dog.
① Ajay has wanted a dog since he was a child. He has fantasized about every version of his future life around them.
② His brother, Arun, would love to get a dog as much but doesn't mind not having to clean up after one.
③ Ajit, their father, also wants to get a dog. He just wants to feel the love of a dog again, like he used to when he was a child.
⚠ Barnali, Ajit's wife, loathes the idea of having a dog in the house. She spent her childhood praying for only one thing, that she shouldn't get married into a family that has dogs. And until now, she got her wish.
But now, Ajay has finally worn out his mother's resilience and the Beras are bringing home a dog. Can this be just the homecoming that the dog or the family had anticipated?
Read now and find out.
“So, what breed is it?” Mohit, who once had a border collie of his own, was curious and waiting to start drawing parallels from his days with his own dog.
“A dachshund,” Arun replied.
“Oh, that tiny sausage-like dog?” Ajanta burst into a bout of laughter as she asked the question. None of the Beras joined in on her laughter so she let it fizzle out quickly.
“A small dog is actually better for a family that mostly stays indoors,” said Arun.
“Dachshunds can be very irritating, dumb dogs. They keep barking at everyone for no reason,” Mohit added.
“Not at all. I had a dachshund, growing up. I also had a German Shepherd. That dachshund was the most intelligent dog that I have ever seen in my life.” Ajit had been very vocal about that when he pushed Ajay to get a dachshund instead of a German Shepherd as well.
Ajay also decided to participate in the conversation, for a change. “Dachshunds are also tremendously vigilant guard dogs. And they have amazing energy.”
“Maybe, but it has almost no fur. Their skin looks like that of a mongrel on the street,” Ajanta added with twitched, judgmental eyebrows and her characteristic, sarcastic grin. Barnali chimed in as she brought out the now prepared tea and placed the tray on the table, “Actually, if you touch the coat it is extremely smooth and silky. I wish I had hair that silky!”
“Alright, alright! Your dachshund is the most pretty and most intelligent dog in the world,” the conceit in Mohit’s voice was hard to conceal, “but why are you keeping it in hiding? You don’t want us to see it?”
“She has been petrified since yesterday and has not stopped shaking since she arrived. I suppose she is yet to get acclimatized in her new environment. Perhaps also dealing with a bit of separation anxiety after being taken from her mother.” Ajit had evidently been thinking about Bu all morning.
“I’ll go and get her,” said Ajay, and headed back to his grandmother’s room once again. It was a good ten minutes before he came back holding Bu in his arms. The light was brighter in the living room and it accentuated all the ribs that her skin was barely draping.
“She looks like she is dying,” Mohit exclaimed.
About the Author
Debarshi Kanjilal (DK) is an urban fiction writer based out of Bangalore, India. His debut novella, Based on Lies, was touted as a gripping psychological thriller by several reputable reviewers. In 2020, DK is back with his second novella, SuperBu: Homecoming, an emotional journey of a family and their dog.
Debarshi ran the ‘God of Absurdity’ blog from 2012 to 2015, which published humorous anecdotes and reflection pieces. He is also an accomplished learning experience design professional who has help shaped adult learning strategy for some of the most well-known organizations in the world.
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