Moments and Memories…!!

March 30, 2010

THE FIRST KISS…!!

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sky was reddest…

 sun was lost…

 all we were was ONE silhoutte in the rocks…!!

 

 

and the moment was sealed in the memories………………… forever…!!

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November 3, 2009

Being OMNIPRESENT…!!

3rd November; 6:20 PM:

right at this moment…

i want to be in Agra, jaipur, hyderabad, ajmer, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, noida, ghaziabad, bangalore, mysore, Ahemedabad…

I want to be with sisters, Family, friends, colleagues, seniors, juniors…

I want to be in school, college, office, home, on a trip…

I want to look at pics, browse thru messages, call up everybody, write a lot…

 

huh…!! GOD surely enjoys being OMNIPRESENT…!!

August 29, 2009

THE FREEDOM WRITERS…!!

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I did what i always wanted to do...!!

 

 

“Once there was a lion… and a mouse. Whenever lion was asleep, mouse used to come and dance on his chest… one day lion caught mouse dancing, but being a good lion, he didn’t hurt the mouse… and let him go.

 

They became good friends…

 

Days later, when lion was hunting for food, he got trapped under a net set by hunters in the jungle… then mouse came and cut the net for him and set him free…”

 

 “So, moral of the story is, GOOD FRIENDS are for LIFE…!! and that we must help others and then others will also help us”

 

 

WELL… sometime back when one of his friends told him that he is gonna leave his job to become a teacher, Rohit didn’t know how to reason him to stay back…

And now he doesn’t want to… not any more… now, after he knows that Teaching Is Infectious….!!

 

This Saturday, when a weekend followed after long long time… there were no plans to be executed… just that Rohit had volunteered to teach a class of students in a school where nobody gets an equal shot of destiny as he always had…

 

7th class in Vivekananda Public School, Hyderabad…!!

 

It was as good as it could have gone…

 

Rohit, Tarun and Sadashiv… an inconvenient group of teachers…

And an awesome gang of students… Nikita, Nadeem, Shivaji, Afreen, Hafsa, Bushra, Nazia, Nihaal, Ramulamma, Mansa, Rajesh, Ganesh, Deepak, Kaavya, Sarita, Niyaaz, Vijay… (m missing 3 names here)

 

The so called teachers for the day entered the class with no concrete plan in mind… they didn’t even read the day’s module. The day started with everybody’s introduction… and the platform was set…

Rohit got a first taste of Hyderabadi Hindi here… “apan ne sun to rakha hota ki kaisich hoti hai wo… par bolne me hichak hoti hai saab… par abhi apan mast tareeke se bol sakta hai…”

 

Later in the day,  kids were asked to write a story of their own… AND THE FREEDOM WRITERS WERE BORN…!!!

Every kid had something to write about… something they have sometimes heard of… some incidence in their life which is still fresh…

Those who wanted to write something different started with writing about themselves… where were they born… the description of the trips thay had managed with their families… the age they will get married… the no. of kids they will have… and  even the name of their kids…

All those fables we used to listen… the turtle- hare race, the lion mouse friendship, “respect ur parents” stories, “god is always there to help u” and “friend in need is a friend indeed” stories, Thumbelina… all were back for the narrations…

One narrated and other listened…

They got  to know that “NO” and “KNOW” are two different words… where to use “HUNGRY” and where to use “ANGRY”… and that if somebody calls u NOTORIOUS, what he actually means…

 

 

Among all those learning and clapping… dancing and singing… creation and narration…  the 2 minute long 3 Hours of celebrations was over…

All of them… all 20… came and shook hands… said BYE to the most inconvenient group of teachers they had ever met… and asked them to come back again next Saturday… “SIR NEXT SATURDAY AANE KA HAI… NEXT SATURDAY TEACHER’S DAY HAI…” 

 

5th Sept was never so awaited… Rohit is waiting…

desperately…

told u, this teaching is infectious…!!

 

 

 

P.S.> while i was writing all this, i got a message… SALARY FOR SECOND MONTH HAS BEEN UPDATED IN UR ACCOUNT… man… i am loving this day…!!

March 30, 2009

The Puzzle That LIFE IS…!!

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few memories scar forever...!!

few memories scar forever...!!

 

 

MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION aims at fulfilling last wishes of children suffering from life threatening diseases….!!

 

 

ROHIT was happy…

Things were good… everything right in place…

 

But there was something bothering him… few resolutions he had made… some good things he wanted to do… pata nahin kya… but something was missing from life… something bothering him…

perhaps he was happy…. perhaps he wasn’t…

 

He wanted to contribute to the bettering of the world he had lived in… but how… he had least idea.

 

Then he came across the name of MAKE A WISH foundation… took almost three years to see if his commitment is strong enough to keep him going or not… and determined, he walked in for it…

 

Make a Wish’s office was in Bhagwaan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital…

As he stepped in… he was well received. They thought that he is a student and won’t be very much available for kids always… but he had resolutions…

 

The next day, he was called and a sort of interview happened… not exactly interview… the lady in green saree wanted to now why is he doing this…he had no reasons:

“Mam, these being the last days of my college, I will be free for most of the days… and in all those free days I don’t want to sit in my room and think what good I can do to this world of mine… I would rather help people… or whatever… and that’s why I am here…”

 

Satisfied, she asked: “rohit will u volunteer to organise events here…”

“No mam…. m not here to help MAKE A WISH… I am here to help and talk to kids… I won’t do anything for Make a Wish… I will do it directly for the kids I meet.”

 

Pata nahin kyun, she smiled and then sent him to another room… there he was told what is the whole procedure of talking to kids and getting friendly with them… but who cared… he was quite confident of himself… he had his own ways of dealing things… his own ways of getting involved.

 

He was taken in a ward… there were 4 kids there… they were there in the ward for long long times… all looked up to him… perhaps they didn’t have the habit of seeing visitors…

Rohit looked around not sure of what to do… suddenly all his abilities of dealing things his own ways were of no use. Then he saw a little girl, 8 yrs age, at the corner of the room fighting with her mother…: “moti, tu mujhe khaana khaane de…”

yeah…!!  ‘moti’…

 

He moved towards her bed… There was something in her aura… and he knew that they will be good friends. Starting the conversation was not a big deal… the little kid was ready to prefer anybody above her mother. So he was well received.

 

“hello beta, kaisi ho…”

“tu is moti ko yahan se le ja…”

“achha… kyun kya hua…”

“mujhe pareshaan kar rahi hai ye..”

“acha, le jaunga.. tum khana khao… Tumhaara naam kya hai …”

 

“nahin bataungi..”

“chalo khana kha lo fir baat karenge…”

 

It didn’t take her long to open up herself to him… he just had to favor her above her mother every time… and aunty was there, always smiling…

 

After a while she spoke herself: “mera naam Prachi hai… Prachi Jain”

“mein Rohit hun.. Rohit Mishra.”

[pause]

“pata hai Prachi, meri ek aur sister hai…  uska naam bhi Prachi hai…. wo Bengal ki hai… tum kahan se ho?”

“mein agra se hun…”

“o teri… mein bhi agra se hun… fir to tum bhi meri behen ki tarah ho gayi… hai na…”

She grinned… for the first time since he had entered the ward… and that smile of hers took him by heart…

 

“haan… mein aapko rakhi baandhungi…”

 

Rohit smiled…

 

Soon there was a call from college, and Rohit had to leave…

 

But he was determined to be there the next day…

He was…

 

He moved into the office first… collected art books… some crayons… and went to see Prachi… for the first time he knew that he was doing something good…

 

He was happy…!!

 

As he reached the ward, Prachi was there again fighting with her mother… and as she saw him, she knew that it was the end of war… she had the majority… Rohit was being awaited.

 

They sat together… talked… she drew pictures… colored them. He taught her how to sign her drawings…

“prachi, sign kiya karo… taaki agar mein ye signatures ko kabhi bhi, kahin bhi dekhun to mein pehchaan jaaun ki ye waali drawing meri prachi ki hai…”

 

And she learnt well… a capital ‘P’ followed by ‘jain’ in small caps… in a little cursive fashion- that was how she signed herself…

Every page of the craft-book was signed.

 

Among all these, it was time to leave… some college work for Rohit.

He spent three hours with her…

 

Another memorable day for Rohit… another of those rare smiles filled day for Prachi… he took some of her drawings while leaving and went to the office…

 

“Mam, Prachi Jain ko kya problem hai….”

“Prachi, jo ki agra se hai..??  kyun..??”

“aise hi.. I found a good company in her… and wanted to know her better…”

“Rohit, u shouldn’t get involved with the patients u find here… because they all are temporary here…”

 

Rohit had some bad feelings and so, he asked her directly: “Mam, u said that not everyone who comes here is incurable… hai na…?”

 

“Rohit, prachi is… She is suffering from Leukemia… blood cancer

[pause]

 

“how much time does she have…”

“Not more than 1 month perhaps. Can be any day…”

[long pause]

 

“and mam… what is her last wish…”

“A Barbie doll… that has already been fulfilled…”

So, everything was set… she could die…!!

 

He came out… mind blank… he had just met a sweet soul who wont be there in this world for more than 1 month. The ‘moti’ knew it too and perhaps that’s why all she cud do was to have a grin on her face every time she was addressed by her nickname. She knew it that these are the last times she is being called up by her kid… soon the voices will fade… all she could do for her was to smile… helplessly…

 

He tried to recollect the hours he had passed with Prachi… future and past mingled… her grins with her pains… her signatures with her epitaph… her voice with the cries of her mother…

 

News of some train accident was being flashed on TV in the hall way… who cared…

 

Life was teaching him some lessons… Rohit had seen people preparing themselves for the last days of their kids… buying them their Barbies…

 

Someone changed the channel… now the song was playing:

yeh jeevan hai, is jeevan ka…

yahi hai, yahi hai… yahi hai rang roop…

thode gam hain, thodi khushiyan…

yahi hai chaon-dhoop…

ye jeevan hai…

 

Rohit got up… never to come back again… perhaps his commitments were not strong enough to keep him going in situations involving feelings… he couldn’t be uninvolved with people he meets everyday…

Perhaps he was in the wrong job… he got up and left… forever…

 

He doesn’t know where is Prachi now…?? if she ‘is’ or she ‘was’…

It’s been 7 months now…

No hopes of seeing her again… even her face is fading away from the memories…

But today also, whenever Rohit comes across a ‘kiddy’ drawing full of flowers and a hut with a stream flowing nearby… he couldn’t help but search for that capital ‘P’ followed by ‘jain’ in small caps…

 

Few memories still kill him…

 

Perhaps, he is not happy…!!

 

 

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