Shamlatha Rao has put together an entire book as a play for children – and it is an outstanding effort because of the lucidity with which complex, including legal, issues are highlighted. She uses ‘speaking animals’, who narrate their plight in the hands of insensitive humans and appeals for empathy.
Chutki is a 5-6 months old female puppy and is running for her life as she is stopped by Appu, an adult male, neutered dog
Chutki is narrating to Appu, how brutally dog catchers catch dogs and how she managed to escape
Chutki and Appu are exchange their experiences about a few kind people who feed them n care for them
Appu explains to Chutki the importance of Animal Birth Control (ABC) and how could one identify sterilized dogs by the clipping at the tip of the ear (‘U” cut)
Chutki discusses with Appu how street dogs take care of their respective streets by alerting the people about strangers, check the field rat population and of entry of new dogs into their area.
ppu runs away on seeing the mother-daughter duo. The young girl falls in love with Chutki, the street puppy
The mother wants to buy a “foreign dog”! The girl convinces her mom to adopt this Indian puppy as she is equally sweet n affectionate
Mom realises her fault and recollects that Indian dogs are the best breed for Indian climatic conditions and also are genetically less prone to diseases. They decide to go home to inform the girl’s father and ask Chuki to wait!
Chutki hears the dog-catcher’s voice and runs away deciding to come back again by the time the girl and her mother come to take her home. She sees a crowd that had gathered around a monkey-charmer…and sneaks into the crowd
At the end of the show the monkey has a quick exchange of words with Chutki as he comes to collect money from the on-lookers.Chutki feels sorry for the condition of the monkey and advises him to run away to the forest…
Chutki’s Experiences by Shamalatha Rao
Page excerpt (with animal rules)
Chutki is running away from the dog-catcher who is bent upon catching her. She manages to have a word or two with other animals whom she meets up with during her escapades. She meets a chained Pomeranian, an over loaded bullock, a cow near a garbage bin and sincerely sympathises with them and muses at the human ways of dealing inhumanely with animals. The mother and daughter, who want to adopt Chutki do not find her when they come back for her!
What happenend to Chutki then? Does Chutki get adopted or not? Buy this wonderful book to help your children, and those in the neighborhood, understand stray dogs.
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June 6, 2019
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