Anjali was fond of doggies. Her father Mr Prasad was equally crazy for them. They lived in Shillong, a beautiful hill station located in the North eastern part of India. Shillong is at a distance of 100 km from Guwahati and situated at an altitude of 5000 feet above sea level. Guwahati is the major city and the commercial hub of the North East India. People from neighboring states have to visit the city frequently for official as well as for other unofficial purposes. One day Mr Prasad visited Guwahati for a couple of days. When he returned home he had a surprise for Anjali. He brought an extremely cute Pomeranian puppy from the city. Anjali was quite amazed and her heart filled with delight.
'Where did you get this cute little puppy?' asked Anjali.
'I bought it from a pet shop in the city; I paid 4000 rupees for it,' her father replied.
'Wow! So nice. It will be so much fun to play with the doggy,' both Anjali and her mother expressed with delighted.
'But please don’t tell others that I’ve purchased this puppy from a pet shot. Better tell them that one of my friends in the city had given me this,' Mr Prasad suggested.
'But why we have to tell a lie?' Anjali and her mother asked, confused.
'You don’t know the neighbors; they are very complicated people and I don’t know what they would feel about us if they come to know we have purchased a puppy,' replied Mr Prasad.
Even though the ladies found it a little weird but they were aware of their neighbors. Anjali and her mother knew that their neighbors looked for opportunities to speculate on every minor things. So they also felt it would be wiser to tell others that one of their family friends in the city had given the puppy to them.
As usual, one of the neighbor families visited them in the evening. Mr Prasad was not at home that moment.
‘Wow! Such a cute puppy! Where did you get this from?’ asked the neighbors
Anjali and her mother eyed each other for a while and then they simultaneously replied, 'Actually, one of papa’s friends in the city gave him this. They already have two-three puppies and since father is very fond of dogs so they gifted him the puppy'
Everyone was having a wonderful time, slurping their tea and biting the hot and yummy onion pakodas. Suddenly Mr Prasad popped in and joined the party.
‘Wow! Mr Prasad, you have got such a cute puppy,’ expressed one of the neighbors.
Mr Prasad's face brightened up with pride and he had a big smile on his face.
‘Yeah, it’s one of the cutest breeds; it is called Pomeranian. I visited four to five per shops yesterday in Guwahati and finally got this one. It’s very costly and I paid Rs 4000 for this puppy,’ uttered Mr Prasad.
There was an awkward silence in the room and everybody started staring each other. Mr Prasad realized his blunder but the damage was already done.