back.” Lulu, my parrot, said as he looked at me from the window.
feels nice to be back!”
declared you have written 200 blog posts which reminded people of Sachin’s 200th
test. And like him you suddenly went out of action!” Lulu said with a tone of
concern in his voice. Parrots are very sensitive birds.
retirement! Actually in the ‘Pavilion.’ I thought it was an orthopedic problem
when I was rushed to the hospital, but the doctor said firmly ‘You have had a
heart attack. This is emergency. Don’t walk. Sit there on the wheel chair! Now
straight to emergency room.’”
then they rushed me to Operation Theater where they did angioplasty. Before I could
grasp what was happening to me, one block in the artery was removed.”
“You mean very
short time it took?” Lulu asked.
minutes, if you believe my daughter.”
day after one more block was removed.” I added.
blocks? Oh! You were in ICU?”
not scared there?” Lulu asked.
you to sleep there often! Medication does the trick. Ha-ha.”
have been thinking about you and this entire critical situation. Every critical
moment changes a man. What say you?” Lulu asked.
change you see in yourself?” You can see a lawyer’s way of questioning in the
way Lulu speaks. Gradually narrowing the focus and becoming more incisive.
“I have realized
something I had not so far.”
treated your children, son in law and daughter in law as good boys and girls.
One realizes that they have the capacity to handle an emergency with cool effectiveness.”
I said with appreciation.
have friends who rush to your help instantly, some go beyond usual
favours and even take a
personal financial risk. They express genuine affection – they have nothing to
gain except my friendship. Some just hold your hand or give a hug which says it
in a matter of a few hours right?”
“Right! I do
not know why I did not realize the strength of relationships and of people
earlier. The same people have been around me for years. But the warmth of the
relationship became visible in this ‘heart attack.’” I said reliving the recent
have not spoken of your wife, but I know couples too come closer in calamity.
You said you did not realize all this earlier – that’s because you did not
understand a basic fact.” I knew a torpedo was on the way.
to make efforts to understand the feelings of others, of your position in their
life, the values they hold, of their innate strengths… I can go on. Unless you
make effort to understand you will not be conscious of it.”
your own little world very differently if you
realise what ‘empathy’ means and how to practice it. You
experience your own little world very differently if you are able to put
yourself in their shoes. Everything must
be seen from two perspectives if you wish to understand depth. That is why God
has given you two eyes.”
have a point.”
is acquired,’ it does not ‘happen!’ Life is experienced differently when your
consciousness is higher.” Lulu said as he looked at me to check if the meaning
had sunk in. "
doctors have removed two blocks in the heart; you must remove some in the head!”
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