BIG CITY NEIGHBORHOODS A news report says the neighbor came to know of the death of the next door neighbor from the decomposing smell. In the not so olden days, the entire neighborhood would know about it at least one hour beforehand unless it was a sudden death in sleep at night. This was possible because they talked among themselves, shared their joys and miseries. They would know of forthcoming weddings or even the due date of the new member coming on the earth. They even knew what was cooking in the next door. They were aware of who is sick and whose days are numbered. Now at least in matchboxes like flats and segregated big bungalows in the metros people do not know or do not want to know about next door neighbor. Who knows he may be a smuggler or a terrorist or a bootlegger or what not. Most keep to themselves. They do not talk to each other. Under these situations, I think a dog as a pet is a good idea. The dog when hungry will raise alarms and neighbors will awake.