Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Paediatrics ward ...

You know how when you move into a ward .. you get this sad feeling .Wounded people , troubled people , lying down …exhausted .
People milling all around and chattering …  ( or woman frustrated with life *coughGYNAECcough* )
Well , not so with the pediatrics ward !
You stumble into the ward …keep an eye on the ground ( they run like missiles I tell you ) and see ACTIVITY !
One of them will be jumping all around, some bawling at full volume , others beating their moms ( yes , the nasty brats type )  and some will be little quiet shy staring with big big eyes all around ( go , talk a little and they’ll be hanging from your sides in minutes ! )

A special mention of ms.Stella mary ( or as I nicknamed her my “poonu kutti”/ little cat ) . She jumps around , smiling , cackling , hugging …tiny lil’ bundle of energy ! She’ll coax , charm , plead and do all sorcery possible to get your phone out of your pocket :-D
Can you suspect she has a congenital heart defect ?

The lil’ guy I met today ..shyly showing his drawings ( And awesome ones at that ! ) and then opening up slowly , flapping his hands enthusiastically and telling me how he wanted to be a scientist and build a rocket .
He had a pacemaker installed in his heart 3 days back ..
Karthi with his mischevious smile .. Richu-tichu-pichu jumping ,cuddling and fly kissing ( had an operation on his kidneys ) …Lokesh with those puffy cheeks and demure eyes .

Each one of them were in for something big …something that would scare the shit out of the capable “grown-ups” . Maybe it’s the ignorance or I dunno what … I am floored by how they face all their troubles !
Maybe this is something we should learn from children . I have always felt that children can teach us much much much more than books and our peers and our experiences .
Look at the sheer vitality , the ability to remain happy n chirpy and pumped up even in a morose place like a hospital ( look at the faces of ‘grown-ups’ who land up there ) .

The pediatrics ward teaches you much more than medicine ! It teaches you the very spirit and positivism that you need to boost up yourself . Take a little bit of that magic dust in your pocket when you leave the ward …and spread it over your other patients .
It will create MIRACLES  :-D

Monday, April 4, 2011

cricket champions...NOT world champions !

Ladies and gentlemen …
Dhoni’s last six … and we all rose from our places !
Across states , citites , religions …whatever ! INDIA rose and clapped and cheered and went mad !
Out on the streets , voice hoarse , eyes misty , tricolour in hand and 1000000000000$ smiles on our faces .
The dream ….the CUP …had arrived home after 28 long years .

As an Indian ( and I can say it for all of us )it was one of the proudest moment of my life ( probably after the Kargil war ) !

 The question is …. WHAT NOW ?
Cash awards are pouring like mad over the Indian Cricket team .
Chief ministers are vying with each other to donate lands and degrees and awards over the players .
This , apart from endorsements that they’ll be grabbing eventually .
( We’ll be short and cut out the auctions of IPL for the moment )
I agree wholeheartedly . The Indian team DESERVES them .
But my question is … Don’t the other teams do ?

Cricket is in out hearts . Agreed . We are now the world champions ( again ,a WOOHOO ) . But spare a moment to sympathize with the other games too …

2010 winter Olympics  : We came back empty handed .
2008 summer Olympics : 56 paticipants . one gold medal ( cheers Mr.Bindra ! ) and 2 silver ( Vijendra Singh and Sushil Kumar )
2006 winter Olympics : empty handed .
2004 summer olypmics : one silver by Raghvendra Singh .

So , see the point ?
Agreed we excel at cricket now . The greatest dream has been achieved .
Maybe now we’ll spare some time ( and MONEY ) over our national game …hockey ?
Or any other game for that matter … there are athletes who need money for training . Who need a bit of support from their countrymen .
We accept our loss in Olympics quite naturally . And use cricket as our balm to soothe the wounds .
But we have the potential to do much more . If and if only , we turn a little attention towards those games dying a slow death

Maybe it’s time we realize “ JUST the Cricket world cup is not enough “

 jai hind !