‘When you know the pain of your loved ones, you start living with their pain.’
The sun was shining in the sky. Some rays of light were coming from the windows and her face was shining. Arun was still standing, watching her. His moist eyes can tell you about the journey so far. Filled with helplessness, he was constantly thinking of what can be done. From last few months, he was begging for her life. Doctors, Hakims, Temples, Churches or Mosques, he did everything he could. He wasn’t left with anything. He was thinking and thinking, he even didn’t realize when she woke up.
He was looking constantly at a parallel window outside and she was looking at him. Restlessly, she was just looking at him, while doctors and nurses hurried. She came out of the coma after twelve days, Meanwhile, doctors asked Arun to sit back.
After two hours of their business, doctor Sharma allowed Arun to meet her. He knew he didn’t have to say what the doctor had said. He wanted his expression should not speak either. He washed his face and after putting a smile on his face, he walked inside.
In the small steps, he was traveling long distances of longingness. He remembers, all of her memories with him. When he was covering this small distance of long intervals, she was still looking at him, she knew his pain.
He looked into her eyes,
She knew, the man behind that smile, longing for her life, she can feel the tiredness and within a minute, she collected, and passed a smile, a brave one, to tell him, “everything is fine, honey, and rest will be best.” He knew it all, he put his hands on hers, while sitting on the table beside her bed.
They wanted to express a lot, but the moist eyes began the conversation. She tried to speak something, but couldn’t. He helped her and she said in broken words,
“how’s Juhi ?”
“She is good, doing great in school.”
The conversation then, followed by questions and answer in a mild way. Then, she asked,
“When are we going home.”
As she spoke, the immense dam of emotions broke into tears. He realized his tears when it fell on her hands. She said,
“Don’t worry, I know you, it was difficult to hold, be strong like me, can’t you see, how strong I am”, and smiled. That smile was like a fresh breath, for his suffocating life.
“I don’t know, what’s gonna happen, I just don’t want to die here, take me home or somewhere”.
He knew nothing, even if she is not going to stay with him, he wants her to feel living again. He wanted to give her the best he can. No one can give you life, but moments of life gives you life.
He agreed as he walks out of the room. He knew, what he needs to do. He went to doctor Sharma and asked him what if he would take Tanisha home. The question converted to debate and debate into an argument. The doctor said not to get her out of the hospital but he knew he already has lost it. Losing her again wouldn’t be bearable.
He went to his friend, Mr. Khanna, a reckoned businessman and sold all of his property to him. Some pairs of land, his house, and his cars. In a day, he sold everything he has earned in his life.
Meanwhile, in the hospital, it was emotion, that was rolling inside a small compartment. The daughter and the mother were having a long cute conversation of big to tiny issues. Hughes, kisses, smiles, and laughter were making Tanisha living, after so long. Juhi was at its best again.
In the evening Arun came to the hospital and made the rest of it be complete. They laughed, talked and shared the lost bond again.
Next morning, After asking the doctor, Arun packed all the things to get his family out of that building that has caused enough pain and little relief, for now.
They came out of the hospital with medicines, reports and lots of positivity. Each glare of the sun was felt, the rebirth of hope and the staffs of the hospital was looking them as: ‘how anyone can get out of the hospital, when actually, at this stage of the patient, they are admitted.’
While going towards the cab, Arun went towards a huge RV bus. Their eyes were wide open as Arun exclaimed with joy that they are not going home, having questionable looks, they went inside.
The RV was full of their memories, the photographs, the gifts, some love letters were stickied on the walls, they were from their college, their dolls, and a lucrative interior welcomed them. while Tanisha and Juhi were busy in watching interiors, Arun was ready to go.
Arun, driver of the family was ready to drive his home this time. They started from Delhi to Punjab and drove towards the mountains of Himachal Pradesh.
Every single stop would carry excitement, tea at tea points, Lunches and dinners at Dhabas. They started to cover the mountains now.
A brand new RV was racing across the mountains, carrying two lovebirds and their small little angel.
To be continued.