I am back in India, and back to writing full-time, after four months devoted to saving this little one, Alice. She found me in a lane in Kathmandu. Sick, dehydrated, and terrified, she looked up at me and I was a goner. I tried to find her a place in a shelter, but the shelters in Kathmandu are woefully overwhelmed. I found her a home, but she refused it and made it clear she was not going to let me go. I intended to return to India much sooner, but stayed on in Nepal in order to get all her shots and the paperwork needed so she could travel.
Then Nepal was hit with a violent general strike. The country shut down. And we had to leave by a certain date. Staying too long meant, at best, a huge fine and other expenses I couldn’t afford to pay, growing food and water shortages and more violence in the streets due to the escalating strike. Oh, and the rains were coming to ground flights and wreck the roads, which have a terrible reputation in the best of weather. Luckily, Alice has a way of winning people over, and humans from all over the world helped, from Indiegogo supporters to the amazing Dr Jha to Buddha Air to Russian Peter to Jody Epstein to a brave rickshaw wallah to Mr. Harbinder Singh. After 37 hours of straight travel by foot taxi turbojet cycle rickshaw and train we made it safely to friend Kurt's place in Delhi. Now we are working on Alice's trip to Canada.
It's a cliche, but true, that when you rescue an animal, the animal rescues you back. I am giving up my itinerant life, looking for a way to settle down and give Alice, and her future four-legged buddies, a stable home. Stay tuned.