Heroes in our Homes

(1)

He is sitting silently on the hospital bench. 

“Congratulations! You have been blessed with a baby girl,” the nurse announces excitingly.

He stands up.

“Would you like to see her? I will bring her to you,” says the nurse.

She comes back after ten minutes, with the little miracle in her hand. He looks at the little life as she moves from nurse’s arms to grandmother’s arms.

“Have you recorded the time of birth? You guys are always in your own little world,” he yells at his mother.

Her face turns pale. Everyone around her goes silent for a while.


(2)

He is standing in the hall waiting for his wife and daughter. 

His daughter is going to college and is moving out of their home.

“Darling, hope you have kept your medicines,” says his wife, as they enter the hall.

Yes mom, don’t worry.”

“Also, make sure you take out all the snacks as soon as you reach there and arrange them properly.”

“No, I won’t,” the daughter laughs, “I will manage, Mom.”

“It’s high time you learn to take things seriously,” he yells at his daughter.

She breaks down. So does her mother.


(3)

He is moving out of the hospital with his extremely sick father. As he makes his father sit in the car, his father suddenly holds him tightly and starts breathing heavily.

He looks at his father and looks around to see if there is someone who can help. In seconds, his father stops breathing. He looks back at him to realize his father is no more.

He calls his wife, “Inform everyone he is no more.”

“What!??” she exclaims.

He hangs up.

Her heart sinks as she senses the coldness in her husband. She sits down and cries her heart out.


This is just half the story. Here’s the full story…

(1)

He looks at the little life as she moves from nurse’s arms to the grandmother’s arms.

He is overwhelmed and is feeling a range of emotions. He brought into this world a life; he has a big responsibility now and he suddenly has this unconditional feeling of love.”

He doesn’t cry with happiness.

“Have you recorded the time of birth? You guys are always in your own little world,” he yells at his mother.


(2)

“No, I won’t,” the daughter laughs “I will manage, Mom.

His daughter is moving into the big bad world. He always protected her and now he is concerned for her. He doesn’t cry and say, “I love you. Please take care of yourself.”

“It’s high time you learn to take things seriously,” He yells at his daughter.


(3)

He looks back at him to realize his father is no more. 

His world is shaken. He feels like there is no roof over him anymore. He feels this unbearable pain in his heart.

He doesn’t cry.

He calls his wife, “Inform everyone he is no more.”

“What!??” she exclaims.

He hangs up.


He  doesn’t cry, he never does. He should not. He is supposed to give strength to the family and be their hero. And heroes don’t cry. Humans do.

Every time he feels the rush of emotions, he doesn’t know what to do. And the outlet is what it is. 


Let’s ask ourselves today…

Do we want to be born to a hero or to a human?
Do we want to live with a hero or a human?
Do we want to raise a hero or a human?”

Brain in red

The usage of phrases like “making a difference”, “factors that contribute”, “final product”, “adding value”, “division on the basis of” are not very uncommon these days.

A careful look at the words ‘difference’, ‘factor’, ‘product’, ‘adding’, ‘division’ tells us that these are the widely used words of Mathematics. Now the question that pops up is whether their usage in common language is derived from Mathematics or Mathematicians have picked up these words.

“Who cares? Chicken or the egg, don’t know, don’t care!”

“Absolutely.”

But..

One fine day, somebody comes to me and asks, “What do you think adding value to something means?”

“Stupid brain. It just means enriching the quality. The end.”

“Absolutely”

But..

Another day, I am asking myself, “Am I a good child? Am I a worthy citizen of the country? How do I know I am not leaching on the resources alone and not giving back? Am I fulfilling my responsibilities as a human?”

“Bro, you need therapy!”

“Absolutely”

But..

Maybe, if I can understand what “adding value” means, I could do it in its truest sense. Maybe, if I can understand what “making a difference” means, I can do it and be proud of myself.

“Bro, why so serious? Google it, find out and do it.”

“Absolutely”

But..

Internet is full of answers and everyone has something to say about it. Isn’t every company in the world “making a diffence by adding value to their final product while discouraging factors that contribute to division on the basis of gender, caste, religion and region”. Atleast that is what I read on the internet.

“So what?”

So aren’t we living in an ideal world where there is equality, harmony and celebration of diversity everywhere?

“Yeah, right! The other day he got promoted just because he knows how to lick the right spots”

So not an ideal world, maybe! But then everyone seems to know the right thing to do and they claim and seem to be doing the right thing.

“Correction. They are trying to do the right thing with the best they know.”

Over optimistic me : True!
Over pessimistic me: No, they don’t!
Thinker in me : Is it? Do people really think about environment before every action of theirs? Do people think about the impact of their actions on society?

“Dude, I am starting to feel you really need psychiatric help.”

Agree or disagree, many people have thought about it and since these questions are not trending on the internet, these must have been answered somewhere.

“I don’t know. Maybe you are not crazy.
Hey, why don’t we start seeking answers to these and try to give back to the world.”

Naah!

“Why not?”

Because I am tired, we are out of drinks, I have office tomorrow and the kids need me. Good night!