Last conversation… 103

“We grew up so fast…”,she mumbled.

“Life teaches so much, Isn’t it?”There was a deep voice on the other side of the call.

“Hmmm true.”

“Oh come on.Don’t cry. It’s just that we won’t be able to talk much.”

“Ya..”

“It’s not feasible to naa. I mean you are busy with your work. I am busy in my life. Doesn’t look nice to give clarification to people about our status. Isn’t it?”

“……………………”

“Stop crying please.”

“I am not crying.”

“Oh yes, Meera you can’t fool me! I don’t need video chat to feel.”

“…………………..”

“Say something, dear.I know you are mature.”

“I don’t want to be.”

He laughed and her heart skipped a beat again.

Arunansh Banerjee and Meera Rai.

Childhood friends, best buddies and who were perfect for each other. Yet life had other plans.

Studying in the lovely valley of J&K where their fathers’ posted, they both went to the same school and initial college days.

Arunansh was the lean lanky studious guy whom every teacher considered to be the next topper who would make them proud.Introvert and warm personality. Artistic by nature, he was a darling of teachers.

Meera, on the other hand, was the fiery orator who was known for her off-beat take on society, religion and customs.She had an air around her, not of arrogance but don’t mess with me kind. Extrovert and confident.Poet at heart, she was apple of her teachers eyes.

Like chalk and cheese they were poles apart, but they were buddies who grew up together.

The moment they were with each other, they had a changed personality. Arunansh could share each and every thing with Meera and Meera needed Arunansh’s, “Yes”, for her weirdest of ideas!!

They complemented each other, all the way supporting, caring and loving each other.

Time passed and they both shifted to new places along with the transfer of their fathers.

Years passed and in an era of letter and telegrams and black rotatory dialer phones they lost touch.

They were friends, may be just a bit more.

They missed each other, but life kept them on the go.

Years passed.

Arunansh Banerjee was a successful young IT entrepreneur with a charismatic personality. Apart from his work, and small lovely family, his search for Meera kept him busy.

Yes, Meera the fiery orator got a bit mellowed, running an NGO for down trodden woman, she too  could make many weak in the knees but none could come at par with image in her heart.She had something missing.

15 years after they lost touch, friends book bought them face to face. It was as if they have never been away.

They had continents in between them but  still shared same warmth, affection and understanding. Some things never changed or they might had some thing more to themselves.

“Wow, Arunansh, I never realized that I miss talking to you so much.” She admitted the very next day of exchanging their numbers.

“Hmmm, Me too”

“Oh please, get over this Hmmm. Can’t you speak proper words?”

“You are talking, I am listening. ”

“I want you to , talk too.Tell me about family.”

“All well. Mom dad are with me. Shifted to US four years back.Just married last year. Doing good in business too.”

“Good. So you married quite recently?. ”

“Yes…Was searching for you but alas.”

“……………………”

“Don’t tell me that you didn’t knew this?”

“Ummm…..I was ….I mean….”

“Meera! Don’t loose the sheen of our friendship.We can say any thing to each other.Right?”

“……………………”

“Ok, tell me when you are getting married. Enough of of your NGO. Find someone.”

“That someone got married Arunansh. No one left for me now.”

“…………………………”

Months passed.

The duo were busy in their lives and work but took out some time just to have a video chat over their favorite coffee. The aroma and warmth they both shared took every woes of their lives.The two friends shared an unspoken rapport with each other. Its been years they haven’t met but the physical presence was not expected by either of them.

But there unspoken rapport started creating rift in the happy world of Arunansh and today they decided to put a brake on their evening coffee sessions.

“You can give me a call or message me any time you need.OK!”

“Hmmm….”

“Shall  I put down?”

“Hmmm…”

Life teaches to come over every heart break. The two friends never called each other again.

Meera took up one day in a year to message.

Every year Arunansh phone buzzed on 6 july at 00  hrs IST

Happy Birthday Buddy

Thankyou dear!

Their connection was unbroken.

The chat box had  stored 20 birthday wishes. 20 years of care, longing and pain.

6 july 2016

It was way past midnight in India and  he was waiting. The chat box didn’t flashed her name.

He  decided to call finally, after their last conversation.

The phone buzzed and a young voice picked up.

‘Hello, is it 98********?”

“Yes,  ”

“Can I talk to Meera please”

“Sorry she isn’t available on this number anymore”

“What? She had been using this number since ages. Whom I am talking to?”

“Her daughter.”

“Oh!! I….I never knew she got married.Great. Nice to hear your voice beta.”

“I am adopted, but she is my mother”The voice had all the affection n pride for her mother.

“Oh! Stubborn she was.Can I talk to your mother please.”

“I told you.she isn’t available on this number anymore. ”

“…………………….”

“She is no More”

“What??”

“She wanted me to wish you today.But I allowed you to miss her once . I need this connection broken now so that she can rest in peace!”

“…………………………”

“Happy Birthday Mr Arunansh Banerjee.”

“…………….” There was a deep sigh of silence.

“Can I put down?”

“Hmmmm….Whats your name?”

“My mother loved to call me……. Arunima!!”

The connection was still unbroken…

…………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

 

 

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This little girl is afraid of lights…. WHY?? Watch the video! 232

A couple of days back I and my daughter witnessed an accident of a man with his child driving on a bike. Lot many people gathered at the spot and some helped the victims. I and my daughter stopped and helped the child who did not have any major wounds but was scarred here and there and was bleeding a little. The man too, but his back was hit badly to the road divider. Probably, I am afraid the inside damage may take some time to be revealed, though I hope he will be healed fully. The public started judging that the father must have lost control. Either he was driving with high speed or was on the phone while driving.

The truth was none of these reasons and the father had no mistake. The mistake was the car that sped away which drove in front of him while they were on the road in opposite direction. The father was at normal speed but when the car took a left turn and the high beam light blinded the father and he could not open his eyes. This made him lose control as he was caught suddenly. The car driver did not realize what he did or how he became a reason for someone to fall and so he just drove away. Luckily the father and daughter did not have any much damage, but what if something serious happened? Who is responsible for it?

Dear people, most vehicles have an option to dimmer your headlights. While driving in city limits keep your headlights dim and when in a darker and outskirts place you can make it higher. Many do not realize this and drive without even bothering about it. Please, do not be a reason of someone’s death knowingly or unknowingly. Do not take away a child’s father or mother just because you were too ignorant to check your headlights while driving. Here is a beautiful video that explains what I am talking. Share with your family and friends and spread the awareness. Because like you many just do not realize and once they know, I am sure people will be careful.

“I Fear a Relapse”, Says Deepika Padukone. 1379

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.