This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’
I am walking through the clean sparkling corridors of the hospital. The staff greet me. Then I meet and examine my patients and they share not just their ailments but their worries with me too. They say I am a doctor who just doesn’t treat the body but treats the mind as well. My patients are children who need to be dealt with lots of love and patience. My job as a doctor is taxing but I love it. That’s what I had wanted to become since I was a child.
What if I had become a doctor? Yes, I am not a doctor but every time I sit in any doctor’s cabin somewhere my heart still aches. I am very happy with my life. May be I would have treated innumerable patients, instead now I write innumerable stories of my life.
What if I had become a doctor? May be I would have been married to someone else and not the wonderful man who is my husband now. My kids would have been someone else and not the lovely kids that I have now.
What if I had become a doctor? May be some dreams might have been fulfilled but may be I might have missed out on the fantastic moments that life has offered me so far.
What if I had become a doctor? May be I wouldn’t be writing a blog and taken writing seriously as my passion.
Women still fighting to enter a temple
Women being mocked at #MeToo
A 16-year-old rape victim denied admission in a school as if its her fault
Still the birth of a girl child being lamented upon
Still the girls/women asked to dress up and behave “properly” to avoid attention
Still marriage being seen as the salvation for any girl
Still so many women being ill treated at their marital home
Still many parents referring to their daughters as “paraya dhan”
And many, many more things to say..
And yet irony is that Devi is worshiped with fanfare
Whereas women still fighting for their love, respect and care..
I was watching the old movie Anand of Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan today. In that movie one thing I like most, apart from Rajesh Khanna’s character’s positive attitude, is the way relationships are made easily and lovingly. Anand makes a nurse love him like his mom, a doctor’s wife his sister, and another doctor’s wife his bhabhi. He makes good friendship with Dr. Bhaskar, Amitabh’s character too.
It made me think why can’t relationships be so simple and unadulterated in real life? Of late, I have seen lot of “friendships with benefits”, relations of convenience and some motive. Can’t life be simpler? Then we say that our generation and our kids’ generation has become more practical. They learn by observing us, don’t they?
The lady saw a friend’s request on Facebook. As she clicked on the request, her heart skipped a beat. The familiar name brought back so many memories. It was her teenage school crush who had sent her the friend request.
Thirty long years had gone by, but suddenly she became that giggly, romantic schoolgirl again. A closer look at the photo revealed that the boy, now man, had gained weight, was balding, had signs of ageing. She smiled and thought she had also aged. She was no longer the pretty young schoolgirl. Her heart skipped a beat when she accepted the friend request; she was surprised! She wasn’t supposed to behave like this at the age of 46!
In some other city, a middle-aged man was anxiously waiting for the friend request to be accepted. He had been searching for his crush since the past 5 years since the time he had joined Facebook. Finally, one day he could find her profile. She was still pretty with that infectious smile. Time had made her older though! He was checking his FB every 5 minutes. He saw that she had accepted the friend request and the heart of a 46-year-old behaved like a 16-year-old.
Very nervously, he messaged “Hi..” Thirty years ago he had the same nervousness when he had given her a red rose.
Both knew that time had elapsed and now they could only be acquaintance and friends, but deep down somewhere the 16-year-old kids were giggling nervously…