Meet Shweta Rohira the artist, writer and pet lover

Life is complete with pets… and Shweta Rohira seems to have taken it to the heart. She is blessed with two dogs, huge fish tank, nine white mice and two hamsters and she still has room for more. Here’s more on her love for pets.


Shweta Rohira is known for her paintings, ingenious writing and working as a community worker with ‘Selfie With Police’ and her association with beauty and health makes her totally exceptional in her own intelligence of fine art. She has really come a long way and achieved it effectively in her grand inventive profession. Little known is that She is in love with pets as well.


Pets in her life…
“I never had pets in childhood though I was very keen. But, now I have many pets.
My dogs, Dollar and Bhagheera, are my two lovely kids while I have a huge fish tank which has lots of colourful fishes. Then, my white mice couple Ratatouille and Stuart and there with their seven children. I am also blessed with my hamsters, Ki and Ka. And that’s not all! I would love to have more pets,” she shares excitedly.


Favourite pet…
Like a responsible pet parent, Shweta says that there is no favourite, she loves all her pets but as Bhagheera is the youngest, he gets more pampering.


Incident that touched her heart…
“Once, when I was hospitalised, Dollar had given up eating and once I was back, I was on bed rest for few days. Dollar did not leave my bed side and it would be so tough to send him for his daily walks. Even when I would be asleep, he would be just staring at me and there used to be so much sadness in his eyes as if he too was experiencing my pain. He was my constant companion…he made me feel so special, I can’t even express it,” she shares.


Crazy antics…
There’s never a dull moment in a house with pets. As Shweta shares, “As soon as I enter my house, Bhagheera gets a sudden sugar rush and he starts running in the whole house and his running is so fast that many a time he slips.” Another special antic Shweta shares is that Dollar has a very special habit for eating. “Before eating his food, he wants me to eat first and then only he eats. Also, he does not eat in his bowl though he drinks water in any bowl. He needs a plate identical to what I use. If I change my crockery, one plate and a bowl is kept separated for him,” she laughs.


Spending quality time…
“My morning cup of coffee is with them. I also play with them in the morning. Dollar and Bhagheera and I have our breakfast together. At night, Bhagheera sleeps with me and Dollar waits till I sleep; only after I sleep does he go to his bed,” shares Shweta. “I would love to go for vacation with them but Dollar has motion sickness and Bhagheera enjoys running in the garden more than travelling. But, he enjoys his trips to the swimming pool,” she adds.


What she loves about her dogs…
“I really love the way they pamper me with their affection and unconditional love. They are the ones who totally understand my silence,” she shares.


What her dogs love about her…
“I think they love the toys that they get and the time when we eat together. Bhagheera loves sharing my pillow and blanket too,” tells Shweta.


Caring for the pets…
Shweta is very particular about her dogs’ exercise and nutrition needs. “With Dollar, I need to be very careful as he is a foodie and hates his walks and exercise. He tends to put on weight fast as well as he has asthma; so, we need to be very careful with him,” she adds.


Favourite dishes…
“Both Dollar and Bhagheera love chicken and ice-cream is very special treat,”
she tells.


Tips for readers…
“I feel that whenever there is any stress or tension, we should be careful and not to talk near them as they tend to take too soon at their heart. It is also very important that when we scold them to bring in discipline, we should show our affection and care. Communication is very important; we should spend quality time by talking to them and if required explain them. When we chat with them, they reply back with expressions and actions. I believe that we should spend quality time with them and also learn to understand their silence,” concludes Shweta.

Wake Up Kerala! Wake up to the apathy of stray dogs!

Gurpreet Singh Chawla

Directed by Gurpreet Singh Chawla (Monty) and Utkarsha Naik—avid animal lovers—who decided to let the world know the incidents of mass stray dog culling in Kerala, Wake Up Kerala is a movie based on the inhuman act.


So, we worked together, made a script and then we approached Shraddha Joshi and Gahna Verma, who were eager to work in the movie, tells Gurpreet. It took approximately two months for writing, screenplay, dialogues and shooting of Wake Up Kerala.


Every small thing counts…

Utkarhsa Naik, Gahna Verma with Fluffy

What’s more? “We approached few theatre artists from a college and they were ready to work in the same. We even have some real-life people (characters) working in the movie. For example, the character of coconut seller in the movie is a real one, not an actor. When we told him about the movie, he was initially reluctant to support us as he was also in favour of culling dogs. However, after explaining him about dogs being killed brutally and how it will impact Kerela, he agreed to act. After completing the shooting, he told us that he has also become a dog lover and started feeding stray dogs in his area. That was our real win,” explains Gurpreet.



Only a dog lover can do that…
“Killing dogs is like killing your best friend,” says Utkarsha Naik, who is also a massive animal lover who feeds stray dogs in her area and also rescues injured animals. The reason she got involved with the movie was that she wanted to tell people how kind dogs are. Utkarsha and her actor daughter Gahna Verma are blessed with three-year-old Cocker Spaniel named Fluffy.
“Dogs are human’s best friends and let’s help our best friends,” says Gurpreet Singh Chawla, founder of HALT – Stop Animal Abuse (an NGO). “My entire family is crazy for animals. My mom feeds more than 150 dogs every day. I have been fighting for animal cruelty cases across Mumbai. I got involved in such cause because I wanted to show people how bad is dog culling,” he says. Gurpreet is blessed with four dogs— Blacky, Billo, Romeo and Bumblee, all of them Indian breeds.


“Let’s make Kerala more beautiful by helping animals,” says actor Shraddha Joshi, who is always ready to fight for the rights of animals. She helps around 100 stray animals near her home. “Dogs are loyal to humans, let’s be loyal to them,” says Gahna Verma, an upcoming actor cum model and an ardent animal lover.


Behind the scene
July 09: To curb dog bite menace, Kerala government announced to cull strays; and vigilante groups in the state in turn started killing stray dogs in the following days.
July 26: Activists started staging #BoycottKerala campaign.
Sept 14: Taking strong note of the merciless killing, Supreme Court (SC) ordered the state government to file its response with details of the action taken on the offenders.
Sept 19: Social worker Jose Maveli arrested for heading the culling drive.
Nov 17: SC restrained all the vigilante groups responsible for culling the strays and distributing subsidised guns.