Written by Jeff Mackey
India Science Policy Adviser Dr. Chaitanya Koduri and his wife, Vidya, found Laila,
she was a terrified puppy alone on the streets of Mumbai. But after the couple
welcomed her into their home, giving her the care and affection that every dog deserves,
Laila blossomed into, as Dr. Koduri describes, "this beautiful, naughty
girl who will never get tired of playing. She needs to put her nose into anything
As you can see, Laila—showing her paws decorated with golden
turmeric—gladly joined in the family festivities on Ganesha Chaturthi, which celebrates the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the Hindu deity with the head of an elephant.
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