A child- Arnav - was on SMTA campus a few days back. One day, when I heard a shrill excited voice coming from somewhere near the dogs on the grounds - I went out to investigate - in alarm! Then, I saw Arnav playing with dogs- as if they - Leo and Moti - were just another bunch of kids. Interestingly, they two were behaving very well with him. Caring for another animal and having someone to talk to- even if it is 'just' a dog - all these can be great ingredients to growing up. Yes, Arnav talks to them- asks them to be reasonable while eating, not to growl at each other and behave like "good Children". He regularly reminds his naani ji (Ms Dhaneshwari) to give them their lunch when due... and he wanted to take them back with him to his home in Rishikesh! He had my full permission to do so! But he did not!