This is in reference to the article ‘In a dog’s life’ that was published on February 18. There are certain clarifications that I would like to make so that readers are not misled. First, regarding the expansion of the hospital, the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department has already taken initiative at the directorate level, and not at the hospital level as appeared in the article. Second, the department considered it important to establish a diagnostic laboratory in the hospital to provide better facilities and services. Third, with regard to the welfare of stray animals, we are not in a position to make comments, as this subject is under the purview of the Animal Welfare Board of India.
Dr S Kynjing
Sunday Shillong answers: The correspondent had spoken to the doctors at the veterinary hospital and had informed them about the subject of the story.
To Sunday Shillong,
This is in reference to the article ‘Pseudo-intellectualism’ that was published on February 4. The author, Willie Gordon Suting, has aptly pointed out the banality of the numerous literary festivals which are held every year in different cities at the cost of thousands of lakhs of rupees. Most of these festivals are another occasion for socialite writers, who mostly lead the life of glitzy celebrities than intellectuals or thinkers, to show off their hollowness and promote their books, most of which again lack creativity and depth of subject. If literary festivals could promote good reading habits, then by now we would have had intellectuals and thinkers in dozens. But that does not seem to be the case. So why spend crores of money on these superficial fests and instead build libraries or hold book fairs or do something innovative that will attract young curious minds? It is also the responsibility of sensible and responsible writers to point out the farcical aspect of such festivals on public forum and express the need for a better alternative.
To Sunday Shillong,
This is in reference to the article ‘(H)APPY EATING’, which was published on February 4. It is good to know that the city has so many food-related apps. After reading the article I got really curious and tried to order from one of the apps, Netfoodish. But I found that delivery is not free and in fact the charge is too high, which is not the case in metro cities. It will be really good if these app-based food services exclude delivery charges.