Alfonso the Hero 49

Something I have had to get use to now I live in India is sharing a house with these scary looking things…

gas cylinder india hero

Yup, that is just chilling in my living room.

These gas cylinders are usually battered and bruised, and I spend a lot of time sniffing around them to check for leaks. The more I think about it though, isn’t it a little more scary to have pipes of gas running through your home like we do in England? I would have to look for some statistics but perhaps that is even more dangerous!

For those who don’t know, we cook using these gas cylinders. I still haven’t learnt how to change one because they are pretty heavy and I fear being blown up (although I am sure that would be unlikely, better safe than sorry!).

Anyway, back to my story…

My husband goes away for business very rarely, but when he does I usually end up staying awake until the early hours watching movies with Alfonso. This particular time I thought I would try to honour my sleeping pattern and go to bed at the usual time. I was tucked up nicely, teeth brushed and face washed. Only one thing was missing, Alfonso. 

I call him and he started barking from the kitchen, he only barks when someone is at the door or I’m eating something he wants, so this was strange. I was already settled in bed but he carried on barking and wouldn’t come however much I called him so I had to get up and see what his problem was.

There was my little friend sitting next to the gas cooker, looking up at me. Then I smelt it, I had gone to bed, leaving the gas on!! Alfonso the hero, I couldn’t believe be could be so clever!

I was really scared about sharing a house with gas cylinders, but now I realise they are safe if you are careful and don’t do something stupid like leave the gas on and go to bed!! DSCN4131


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Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.

49 thoughts on “Alfonso the Hero

  • Antonina

    I don’t change gas cylinders either, though I know I should – it’s useful when no one is around, the gas gets over and there is no way to make tea 🙂
    Alfonso is really a hero, please give him a hug from me 🙂

  • Bibi

    My husband is into the habit of turning the gas off on the valve that’s on the cylinder every night. I haven’t learned to change the cylinder myself either when it’s empty- looks too scary.
    Our kitties regularly dispatch rats, mice & even a few small snakes & leave the remains on our front doormat. Unfortunately they catch baby birds & lizards too. I wish they’d catch these big, ugly cockroaches that seem to be everywhere.

    • vkjoshi

      Best remedy for getting rid of cockroaches is prevention. At least don’t leave any food remnants at night in the kitchen exposed for cockroaches to have a feast. Wash the utensils with water (for maid to finally wash with soap and water next day) and throw the food remnants in plates outside the house, and if this is not possible, collect them in plastic bags, tie the bag and keep in the dustbin. Keep the dustbin covered tightly. Learnt all this from wife and mom-in-law, when I asked them why they go thru all this trouble every night.

      Apply Laksmanrekha stick on the floor every night for a few days if cockroaches are everywhere in the kitchen to kill them. Close the kitchen doors shut.

      Keep the sluice vents covered at night to prevent mice to come inside from outside.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hey Bibi,
      Aww, my cats in England used to do that from time to time, leaving you little gifts! Would love to be able to have a cat in India!! When I see the street cats, they are so gorgeous!!

      I hope you are well! xx

  • friend

    Good and careful dog. We have piped gas in our locality. Earlier, you had to run around booking the gas cylinder. Sometimes it arrived late and you had to borrow for someone. Now, it is a big relief. Gas cylinders sometimes come with less gas so you got to weigh them with a potable weighing scale. It is a common problem. Like all things Indian, there is a lot of history with gas cylinders. I think now you get a fixed number of cylinders on subsidy and the rest on full price.

    It was fortunate that you did not switch on the light otherwise it would have been trouble.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hey Friend,
      Luckily I was already paranoid so always keep the window open in the kitchen!! That’s really interesting you have piped gas up there!!
      Yes, there is a complicated process to obtain a gas cylinder, I don’t know it but… I think it is complicated!

      I hope you are all well! 😀 Take care

  • ango

    Lady u are veeery lucky that Alfonso is so smart. In our house brush before bed is second.. Gas cylinder off before bed is the prime rule.
    Moreover once u understand how it works, u’ll see that u don’t need to be scared, just careful.

  • anenglishwomaninmumbai

    Wow! What a little hero! Dogs are amazing – my old dog did a similar thing: We had a party many years ago when I lived in a big shared house. My bedroom was on the ground floor next to the kitchen. I woke to my dog howling and jumping on me licking my face and barking, going crazy pulling the covers off me. As soon as I woke I smelt the gas. Thank god I didn’t flick on a light switch (I had fallen asleep with the lights on) as the cooker was leaking gas through the hob and the whole ground floor was full of gas! I got the gas shut off and woke everyone else in the house and got all the doors and windows open. It could so easily have gone another way – scary stuff! That puppy saved the lives of nine of us that were asleep post-party – he turned 17 last week.
    It’s funny – you never teach a dog to bark at the smell of gas – they just know instinctively! Well done Gravey-dog and Alfonso super-hero dogs! 🙂

  • Tracy Patil

    Wow, that is a very clever dog! Glad you are alright, marvellous how once the husband leaves home on a trip some thing happens. I swear our heating or the car goes wrong every time!

  • garga sarkar

    It is not only stupid but also dengerous.always make triple sure that the stove and the gas cylinder are off while you are not cooking. And whenever even for once if you sense that gas cylinder is leaking open all the windows and doors immediately and keep them open for atleast one hour. This time literally Alphonso saved you from being blowned up.

  • rohit

    “waah kya baat hai” (wow…marvelous..etc ) Alfonso did .fantastic job….heheheh ..but don’t show this pic to your hubby…he feel jealous……hehehe(just kidding) ..but don’t worry .. cylinder r very common in any house in our country ….u just need to developed a habit to off it when don’t need… just like to doing brushing teeth daily…. i am going to read other post on Alfonso hehehe

  • suzan

    I can relate to fear of being blown up…This is why I try to always use the induction cooker (electric stove) if I can. Sometimes electricity goes, so I cant use it. We have the gas cylinder where you light the flame directly on the top of it. I always have my husband light it because it is scary for me.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hey Suzan!
      Awww, I have a small oven and rarely use it because it hikes up the electricity bills so much!! It definitely takes a long time to get used to dealing with a cylinder of gas in your home!!
      I hope you are well! Take care, sending love xx

  • Susan

    Smart pup! He’s watching out for you! Sweet guy! Take care, and give him an extra kiss! So glad you’re back to blogging! ?

  • Ajit Joshi

    What you had done was very dangerous, the cylinder can explode. hope you will take care in future. Anyway your pet seems to be super intelligent to notice it,

  • Hot Madras Cafe

    Good to see your post after long time. Hope you are well. Please take care about gas cylinders. I suggest you to purchase the regulators which detect the gas leak and gives alarm.

    Good job by Alphanso.



  • Anshuman Mishra

    Alfonso proved himself to be a loyal pet always true to his master.
    This gas incident is quite common in our households but thanks to the pungent smell that it emanates is detected just in time.
    I am glad that you are safe.
    Take care.

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Thank you so much, Anshuman!
      It happens a lot in my in-laws place too, I am extra paranoid these days so I have smelt it several times and turned it off!
      I hope you are well!
      Take care

  • Kimberly

    Oh Wow! Alfanso saved you!! That is wonderful. I’m not sure if I could get used to an Indian stove, but if that’s what I had to cook with I’m sure I’d learn. I’m sure your husband was very happy to know your little protector kept you safe!

  • Bianca Lemos

    We use these cylinders in Brazil. We also have gas pipes in some cities but the cylinders are cheaper and I’m so used to them that I can say I consider it safe.
    If you put some soap foam next to the hole you can see if it’s leaking because the gas starts bubbling. If the foam stays the same, everything is ok. I make this test whenever the cylinder is replaced. 🙂

  • Justyna

    In Poland this gas cilinders are very popular still so i lived for 20 years with this! When i will move to India it will be like back to beggining 😀 it was at my parents home, at flat i rent we havent something like that. Wooow!

  • Shanta

    Alphonso is awesome! Dogs really are so smart and intuitive…Glad this story had a happy ending! And those gas cylinders frighten me too!

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