I suddenly fell ill & got into a semi conscious state
My wife gets panicky and rushes me to the hospital
Doctors put me straight into I C U
I faintly hear Doctors whispering this as a hopeless case
I could see my wife and daughter totally in panic
My eye sight gradually gets murkier
My memory rewinding itself slowly like a shadow
Moving in waves behind the passing clouds…
Mother dressing me up, giving me food, sending me to school
Getting a liking to my first school madam….
Mother giving oil bath on Deepavali, lighting crackers…
Father taking me to a movie & Hotel….
Wearing new dresses and playing with siblings…
Spending the day in playground playing with friends…
Bunking classes, smoking cigarettes for the first time….
Staring & smiling at that beautiful girl in the bus…
Partying with friends on being appointed
Marriage & going on honeymoon to that lovely locale…
Becoming father, her growth to adulthood, seeing her as bride
The joy of becoming grand parents…
Retiring from Service and spending time with childhood
As I vividly saw stages my life journey unwinding…………….
I could sense a very traumatic feeling of my
soul trying to squeeze out of my body and
me trying to withhold it firmly in my grip
but in vain and helplessly allowing it to fly
I could faintly hear the agonizing
unbearable cries of my dearest wife,
daughter, all near & dear roaring high onto the skies…
Amidst the chaotic scenes, I lay dead and
motionless with my eyes open and staring at my wife
In a flash of a second I hurriedly got up
from bed to the deafening noise of the
alarm clock and for a moment I lay still
totally in shock but gradually come to
senses and realized I had encountered
a very bad dream
I saw my beautiful wife’s smiling face & she
in deep slumber.
I realized the value of human relations and
how much my family, near & dear love &
care for me.
I felt guilty of not giving my wife the
deserving love and attention all through
and realized that I really didn’t deserve the
adulation she had given me
With a gentle kiss on her fore head I tread
towards the wash room thinking how to start life afresh…