This south Delhi brat likes Parmesan cheese and chocolate chip cookies. A resident of upscale Nizamuddin East, Editor (that’s his name) owns a nice collar, a nice leash and a serviceable winter coat. Last year we did talk about this dog in these pages but dismissed him in a few lines. Now, we realise, he deserves a more in-depth coverage. Editor was the guest editor of the September edition of
, a pet-care magazine.
Editor owns two pets — Sumita and her husband Vinod Mehta. As the editor of
, a Delhi-based newsweekly, Mehta often puts in a nugget or two on Editor in Delhi Diary, his column in the magazine. That could explain the exposure of this family secret — all three share the same bedroom. Editor snores on the sofa; the Mehtas on the double bed. Unlike other pampered Nizzamuddin East pets, however, Editor is not pedigreed.
We met Editor at his home. He was having his afternoon siesta in a smallish room that looked like a study. “A friend gave him to us,” said Sumita as she kissed Editor on his lips, patted him, coochi-cooed him, called him sweet names like Eddie and Ed.But why this name Editor? “Because like most editors he is willful, stubborn and thinks he knows everything,” said Mehta in one of his diaries.
In the evening, a woman called Chanda joins Editor for a walk. If Mehta is home early, he goes instead. Once he reported in Delhi Diary, “The other day I was taking Ed for his evening walk when I heard someone shouting behind my back, “Editor, Editor!” I thought the gentleman had some important work with me or perhaps wanted to say nice things about the diary I wrote. When I rushed to him, he said nonchalantly, ‘Sorry, I was not calling you, but your dog!’”
Chanda was down with fever the evening we were there, so, Ravi Kumar, Mehta’s driver, took him out.
As Editor cocked his leg against a pilkhan tree, Kumar said, “Both
love Editor more than parents would to their child.” Not far from Mehta’s home, Bhola, a street pet, came running, and started licking Editor, who licked him back.
Are they gay? “I’m not sure,” said Kumar. “
got operation done on both of them.” This has restrained Editor’s basic instincts but his baser emotions are worsening. “He’s stubborn,” Kumar said. “He is growing middle-aged, lazy and grumpy,” Mehta once wrote. But he likes Editor’s editing skills. In his latest column he wrote, “He (Editor) pontificates on a host of issues, from inbreeding, to the girl pup, to being born in a ditch, to his fellow strays.”
Another week the magazine editor wrote, “When I meet Editor in the evening after a trying day at the office, most of my troubles go far away.” In another diary, he wrote, “Possibly the best decision I made in my life was to acquire Editor.” The sentiment, hopefully, is mutual.