The present autobiography of a pet is a bold, unique and offbeat attempt by the author and a special addition to the field of Indian literature. The portrayal of shared moments of over a decade between the author along with her family and her pet, who is no more, is straight from a pet’s mouth. The book is an honest depiction of human-animal bonding, a perfect metaphor for unconditional love. The autobiography, on the canvas of a wide spectrum of emotions, is going to fascinate readers across age groups. A glimpse of such an untold life story containing fabulous trivia and humorous anecdotes would find children wallowing in fun. A pet’s perception of human behaviour dripped with sarcasm is quite captivating. It is a great comfort to pet lovers who can understand the true meaning of bonding with a pet and the agony of its loss. The focus on the challenges of pet parenting and behaviour modification techniques highlighted in the book may help smoothen and accelerate the process of pet adoption. The issues raised in the book from a rights-based perspective are definitely going to ignite the sensitive souls and minds of the legal fraternity, policymakers and caregivers. As a psychologist and victim of a loss, the author has attempted to decode ‘grief’ and how to deal with it. Her resilience strategy to cope with the impending gloom, on the basis of her own experience, would offer a helping hand to the victims of loss. Focus on healthy grieving is the bottom line of the book. The prime highlights of the book, i.e., attitudes of people towards animals, their discriminatory approach, widespread cruelty towards the voiceless souls, the systemic inertia concerning the demands of veterinary care and facilities and animal rights along with numerous facts and figures surrounding the canine world are a feast for the readers.
Dr Sarita Sarangi, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi has worked extensively in the field of juvenile justice, persons in custodial settings, wellbeing of persons with special needs, women empowerment and issues concerning people belonging to underprivileged sections of the society. As a social scientist, she has a number of publications to her credit on various issues. During her internship at Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, United Nations, Vienna, Austria she updated the Manual on Domestic Violence. She has served as a Member of the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Child Welfare Committee, under the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of NCT of Delhi. She has taught at the undergraduate level in various colleges under the University of Delhi and GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi. She has also served as Deputy Director, RCI, under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Currently, as Founder-Director of SEWAK, an NGO established in 1998, she continues serving the needy, deserving and underprivileged sections of society in different parts of the country. In the edited book “Punishment and the Prison: Indian and International Perspectives”, a SAGE publication, she has a piece of her mind titled “Reality and Reforms in Tihar Jail.” She has authored a book, ‘Love Unconditional’, which is an anthology of poems of varied shades of life, that reflects the manifestations of her voice on social issues among others. She is an author, poet, trainer, field professional and proponent of animal welfare and child rights issues, besides an avid researcher in the field of behavioural science.