Is Love Unconditional ?

          WHOSE LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL ?            
Love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love!

People say love is unconditional, but it's not always true, and even if it was unconditional, it's still never free. There's always an expectation attached... it  always wants something in return. This is between humans. 
But , there are some great humans, they make it this true when it happens between human and animals. 
Hats off to Mr. Sajal for being a fine human being. I reproduce an article* about him and his pet from a newspaper which made my heart melt.

 "They say a dog’s love is unconditional. Well, in the case of 11-year-old Shweta, a mongrel from Noida – it seems like her owner’s affection comes pretty close. Sajal Srivastava drove his dog over 2,000 kilometres from their home in Noida to Chennai last week for a two-hour surgery at the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) in Vepery. Says the IT professional, “Shweta had a tumour in her right lung.” He adds quickly, “I didn’t want to take the risk of sending her by plane with crates and cargo. It could have led to further complications.”
One would think the gesture of sitting through a three day drive with overnight halts a little extreme, even in the case of an animal lover. But ironically, Sajal reveals it was his “streak of paranoia” that helped identify Shweta’s condition in the first place. “Last August (2012), I noticed her cough a little more often than I was used to, maybe four-five times a day.” His frisky four-legged companion was immediately whisked off to their vet for a check-up. “We did a chest X-ray and that’s when the tumour was diagnosed,” the owner relates.
This was followed by much research on the best thoracic surgeons for animals around the country and it didn’t take too long for Sajal to identify Dr Nagarajan, Professor of Surgery at TANUVAS. Unfortunately, soon after the date was fixed for the procedure, Sajal recalls, “Shweta got an attack of tick fever and so it had to be postponed by another month.” But he adds, “We took all the precautions necessary ahead of the operation – I even couriered a visual of the CT scan to Dr Nagarajan ahead of the surgery.” Just as hoped, the surgery was successfully completed on January 3.
Asked about the medical specifics, and Dr Nagarajan reveals that the surgery was a complicated one. “The tumour that we took out was quite large, 8cm x 7cm,” the surgeon reveals. “It was removed from the caudal lobe of the right lung.” The operation which took two hours was aided by associate surgeon, Dr Mohammed Shafiuzama. “Shweta lost about 20 per cent of her lung, but dogs tend to manage even with the loss of 50 per cent – so her recovery should be just fine.” Also, he goes on, “We checked for the enlargement of bronchial lymph nodes; they were normal and it  looks like there is no fear of the tumour spreading elsewhere.” Shweta should be ready for her drive back home in a day or two, her surgeon reveals. For this flappy-earred, white mongrel who will turn a year older this month – it seems owner and dog can ‘breathe easy’ as they blow out birthday candles later this month."
 It makes me to remember Stephen Kendrick’s words …
“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it's unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.”

*Courtesy : The New Indian Express, Chennai ,08th January 2013.( Thanks to Ms. Sonali Shenoy for her article ‘Tumor-free birthday for mongrel from Noida’)


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