To a ‘Pepsi’ I loved


Just learned that one of the first to welcome me to the US is now gone. Pepsi, the adorable lab, with all her energy and love was a constant companion during my first five years in this country. There is so much to remember about Pepsi. Our long walks. Her “let’s play” look, and how she mistook me for my cousin– or should I say, her ‘dad’ – once.

I will remember for a long time how I had to open the bedroom door when it was time to sleep and race to bed before Pepsi could occupy the whole bed with little space for me. All too often, she won and I had to push the gentle giant with all my might to create some space for me. And there were the mornings when she would be hovering over me patiently waiting for the slightest movement that would kick start a storm of licks over my face and her not so subtle gestures that it’s time for food and poop.

I cannot imagine what it would be like to visit my cousin’s family without her around; what is for sure Pepsi, is that we will talk about you – a lot. I am sure that Ravi, Viji, Nila and Arun gave you their best in your last days, as they have over the years, and I hope that you are now resting in peace.  I think of you often and will miss you every time I visit New York.

About Vivek Srinivasan

I work with the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University. Before this, I worked with the Right to Food Campaign and other rights based campaigns in India. To learn more, click here.

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