The first Glimpse. 287

The Door opened and as if it bought the sunshine inside, her face lightened up!

Radhika, a patient at Room number 244.

“I was waiting for you,” She said.

“How do you know it’s me, even before I opened the door?” The deep voice brought an even bigger smile on her face!!

“I just knew.” She said smiling

“Hmm….” This was Dr Parth Mitra.

“I can’t have a lunch date with my patients. So to have lunch with you I had to wind up all my commitments and then report” His voice had a hint of mischief and they both laughed.

Hospital is least of places to find friendship leave love aside. But Miracles happen or you can say that cupid can strike anywhere!

Dr Parth Could have taken modelling as an alternative career if medical profession had not clicked.

With an impressive height of 5. 10’, an athletic buildup he stands tall in the crowd. He has a certain charm, a mix of confidence, chauvinism and immense respect for the fellow people. His spectacled look doesn’t cover the deep intense gaze of his eyes.

His passion for helping people has brought him into the medical profession and this is the reason of his immense success at a young age. Owning his own clinic and assisting at many Hi-End Hospitals kept him too busy to look for someone special in his life.

And the patient in room 244!

A budding entrepreneur, giving a platform to art and artisans.

Ms Radhika Sharma, young determined women with thinking the head on her shoulders. Not to mention her charming personality, her long locks and big beautiful green eyes.

“So what are we planning to eat?” Asked Radhika.

“Whatever you say? I asked the driver to get whatever you order.”

“Wow Doc, not bad! I thought we will have lunch from hospital canteen.”

“Ms Radhika, I guess till now you know me this much. I have got a good choice!”

Parth helped Radhika to come and sit on the chair near the window. Parth wanted to make this lunch as comfortable and memorable as it can be in a hospital!!

As Radhika sat she was handed over a bunch of flowers.

Her face had many colours just like the bunch.

It’s been more than a year since she came in touch with Dr Parth. Being of contemporary age created a bond of friendship between them. Which was initially declined by Radhika as a care or even sympathy. But Love has its own ways to knock you down.

The long stay in the hospital and frequent visits and of course the genuineness of feelings made Radhika a bit soft. She started accepting Dr Parth as a friend and slowly this friendship was turning into a more beautiful journey. Which they both knew but didn’t acknowledge.

“Thank you. You need not do all these Doc. You took out time for me, before the big day…that’s enough for me.”

“I too love colours and that is why bought for you.” He replied in a voice which just touched somewhere deep in Radhika’s heart.

Parth sat opposite Radhika after giving an order to the driver on phone to get Radhika’s favourite food.

“So Ms Radhika, let’s start our discussion which was left that day.”

“Oh Please, Doc there is no discussion. I only talk! You only say Hmmmm.”

Dr Parth had a hearty laughter, “Is that so? OK, now today I will use proper words. ”

Radhika laughed too. ”Ok Than Tell me your favourite colour?”

“It’s White”, smilingly as if he knew Radhika’s reaction .

“Sacchi. I mean Its mine too.”

“And, Favourite food?”

“Äny thing cooked by mom. I love milk and its products.” Parth replied, keenly observing Radhika’s expressions.

“Mom’s Kitchen!! Awww that’s sweet but…..” Radhika stopped abruptly.

“But You don’t like milk. Right? I know” Parth completed

There was a sound of laughter again.

“Now my chance…Tell me about your hobbies.”

“Mine?? I love painting , travelling , writing , watching movies , long chats with friends and everything which is good! And I missed all these since a year…” She said trailing off.

And then there was a silence. A heavy prolong silence.

“Radhika…I want you to know and understand that nothing is going to change from tomorrow. I am with you and will always be the same.” The silence was broken by Dr Parth’s  voice.

“Hmmm”

“It takes immense courage to fight back with this kind of situation. But you did. God helped to find a donor for your eyes too.”

“………………………..”

“You are strong Radhika. Very strong.”

“…………………………”

“And I fell in love with this strength.”

“……………………….”

“Radhika… Whom you want to see first? Tomorrow..?? After you open your eyes ???”

“………………..”

“Radhika…”

“I need to see a mirror, Parth. I need to see myself. I have not seen since the Acid attack……I need to meet myself.”

Silence prevailed again; n two heart beats were in sync. Not sync in pain but in hope, and of course Love.

Slowly a hand slipped into Radhika’s hand and the fingers entwined… making her even stronger.

She was ready for the first glimpse!!

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“I Fear a Relapse”, Says Deepika Padukone. 1359

The trailer of the most awaited Padmavati movie was released making us wait on a tiptoe for the movie to be released soon which is actually on December 1st, 2017 (See the trailer here). While on-screen Rani Padmini fights for her honor, the actress who plays the role, Deepika Padukone is fighting altogether a different battle in her real life.

While shooting for the Happy New Year movie, Deepika was fighting her inner battle of depression. Although she did not realize it then. Her mother who came to visit felt there was something wrong and requested Anna Chandy, a psychiatrist from Bengaluru to talk to her daughter. Though Deepika ignored it for a period of time, she finally recognized her problem and took steps to cure it. However, in a recent event, while talking about the Jauhar scene of Rani Padmini in the movie Padmavati, she revealed that she lives in a constant fear of a relapse of depression. She said “ I don’t think, I am completely over it. There is always a fear of relapse as that phase when it happened is the worst experience in my life”.

Since her opening up about her condition in public, there are numerous articles written about depression and there are plenty of suggestion available for someone who is looking for help. But, the truth is a lot many of the population who are suffering from depression do not know that they have it and they need help. Most of them try to think it is nothing but stress, fatigue and they are over-worked.

Like Deepika said in one of her interviews earlier while talking about her feelings during the time, being sad and being depressed are two different things. When someone is sad, they look sad, but when someone is depressed, most of the times they hide it. They try to behave normally while the feeling of emptiness keeps nagging at them. You do not have to be poor or have to lose something in life to be depressed. Sometimes the feeling of depression has no reason.

How to recognize the signs?

When someone is depressed, you may notice certain changes in them. Such as,

  • Less interested in daily activities
  • Loss of appetite and weight changes (can lose or gain)
  • being angry and irritable most of the times
  • less energised
  • self-loathing
  • reckless behaviors
  • Change in sleeping patterns

These are some of the changes we notice in a depressed person, not for few days but on a regular basis. If you spot these in someone or if you are facing it yourself, get help. There is no age or gender who are affected by depression.

Recognizing and understanding the symptoms of depression is the first step to finding a solution. Once you know, meet a good psychiatrist and get help. There is no shame in finding help to cure a mental illness. We meet our doctors for physical illness. In the same way, sometimes our mind also need that extra help too.

Do not, I repeat do not ever be afraid to ask for help!!! Because you might be surprised that there are so many good people around you who really care and want to help you.

Marriage – the funniest ironical institution in India 225

Many people would not be able to figure out the mistake in the following figure. Well, there is no grammatical mistake, there is no printing error or any other fault in it. If you still haven’t figured it out, I have an answer for you, I would like you to face the ironical reality of the modern world or the 21st century where the thoughts and ideologies of Paleolithic age still prevails.

Women have always been considered as a pillar of the society, we have given her various names, we worship her, pamper her and consider her to be the live giver; there is nothing wrong in it. However, it blows my mind to see such kind of ideas still prevail in the society. I personally feel that a woman gets a chance to change her life, the first time she is born, the second time her life changes when she gets married and the third time she changes her life when she gives birth to a new life. But, amidst all this ebb and flow of life cycle, why is there a question that she needs to answer every time. Why is there a need to prove that she can equally love her parent and in-laws? Well, if you feel that I am proclaiming something different, then you must have a look at the picture here.

I find arrange marriages to be the funniest institution in India. Irrespective of the fact that I am a party to it, I still believe that it has some funny traditions and beliefs flowing in it. I would like to highlight a few-

  • The first thing that we say in India is, “Shaadi hamesha barabari ke khaandaan mein honi chahiye (One should get married in a family who is equal in status with the other),” Well, if that is true, why this equivalence is only restricted to money, why no one questions on thoughts, beliefs, ideas, vision etc. Yes, money is important to run a family, but imagine a situation where you have a big house, a big car etc. but both husband and wife are never on the same page. Is that the mantra for a happy married life? At least I don’t feel so.
  • Another popular phrase which we commonly here during the marriage is that “Shaadi to parivaaro ka mail hai ( Marriage is not between two people, it is the bonding of two families,” if that is so, why a girl has to put her in-laws first and ignore her parents. If that’s not the truth, I would again request you to run through the picture above. Why can’t both the families co-exist. Although, things are changing, the ground reality is different.
  • One of the common things I have heard is, “ Ladki ko sasural ke hisab se adjust karna chahiye (girl must learn to compromise and live as per her in-laws and husband),” there is nothing wrong in it and I too believe in it, but what if we tweaked this scenario, like both the parties can make slight adjustments so that everyone is happy and the guy or the husband doesn’t have to take sides.

What I have written is not new or neither revolutionary, I have actually started to find our society to be hilarious. We are never in a phase to create an equal world, rather we always pester on the fact that one has to be above, I think this hierarchical ideology is still haunting us since the time of Britishers. I don’t know how much change will come in the times to come, but, even if one person transforms after reading this, I will feel content.