Before this year I really did not know what Diwali actually was. But as I have continued on my spiritual journey by reading more and more good books on spirituality (recently I’ve finished Happiness Unlimited by Brahmakumaris) and experimenting life, I am learning more and more as the days go by.
In Hinduism, Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights. It symbolises the victory of good over evil. Light overtaking dark. Many celebrate by cleaning house and setting diyas (lamps, lights, or candles) inside or outside of the home. Some may celebrate by wearing a new outfit. The family also participates in Puja to Goddess Lakshmi. She is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
To me, Diwali is all about renewal and bringing forth light. After a particularly challenging year, I really was able to connect to celebrating this holiday. The overall symbolism and beauty is what captivated me. I lit a few diyas around my house and prayed for positivity in my every day life.
It was a delighted evening of Diwali on 11/11/2015. I was sitting along with my family and moments ago my cousin along with his wife came to our house for greeting Diwali. After around 5 minutes what I heard is a sound where one of my another cousins came inside the room and said,
“There’s a naked lady who just entered in our neighbour’s house and lying skittishly.”
I was like what the hell, let me go and see the whole matter. When I went outside of my house, what I see is bunch of people standing (most of them were from our colony only, and few were outsiders).
So, in the beginning I didn’t take it seriously, because I was happy to know that some of the aunties from the colony gathered together with handful of clothes, came closer to that lady and dressed her up. I thought she’ll be alright now. But what I saw was, she slept again after wearing those clothes, everyone was like,
what’s wrong with her?
The next reaction of people I could observe was, get the hell out of her ( this is the only weakness of a few people who has money to flaunt but don’t have humanity in themselves )
Anyways, even till than I wasn’t that much affected, I thought something bad must have been happened with that lady, I prayed to my God to bless and help her. Because being a man, I can’t go there and help her physically.
It was shocking for me when I came to know that something is coming out from her mouth, it was white fizz,not mucus but something which we see in movies after having a poison. I was tensed by now.
I thought, there are more than 100 people standing here, police has arrived too till then but the strange fact is none of them called an ambulance. I was literally felt so helpless that even if I want I couldn’t do anything, then something struck into my mind, I took out my phone, dialled a number which everyone was afraid of dialling, it was 108, a helpline number for an ambulance.
All of a sudden I called up, talked to an executive, first and for most I asked him did anyone register a complaint regarding a lady in this (my) area? and the answer was shocking for me. Nobody has given a single shit to call up and bring an ambulance for that lady. Anyways, I speak to him for like 8-10 minutes, expalined him and he said, it’ll take around 40 minutes to reach at your place, and I was like what the fuck, when will you reach, when she’ll be no more?
I want an ambulance in next 15 minutes anyhow, I said. As I emphasis on providing an ambulance immediately he made me connect to the ambulance driver I requested him to come as soon as possible and he was consented. At the same time when I was standing behind few policemen talking to their head police at control room. I overheard them saying,
‘Sir ambulance ko aane me to 50-60 minutes lagenge’ (ambulance will take around an hour to reach here)
I immediately raised my voice and let them know that I talked to ambulance’s driver he’s about to come in 10 minutes. And even that constables were happy to know that someone is there who’s worried for this lady, when I heard two uncles from my colony(whom I hate for their behaviour)tried to stop me by letting constables know the current updates. They said to me,
‘Chhod na tu, kaha ambulance ko bula raha hain jaane de inko, leke ja rahe hain to le Jane de ( you leave it, why are you calling an ambulance, when they are ready to take her with them)’.
I was genuinely disappointed after hearing that, I thought to myself, will they say the same thing when something happen to any of their own family members?
Yes, They will give these kinda fuck to their own people too, I guess. After 5 minutes the ambulance arrived.
I thank God, for sending it on the right time. Even after being the little in front of all, I took the responsibility that I called, if anything happens please do give me a call. I am responsible for that lady but please first take her to the hospital and get her some treatment.
In this auspicious day of Diwali, I’m thanking God for make me this much mature where I could see the difference between what is right and what is wrong.
At least, I could to something for that lady in her need, at least, I would be able to sleep well in nights. At least, I would not regret of not helping someone where I definitely could have. At least, I’ll feel proud standing in front of the mirror.
People might laugh at me because they think I’m different, but I laugh at them because I know they all are bloody SAME.
( Originally posted on November 12, 2015 on SumitOfficial’s blog )
In the end Humanity matters. And I’m proud to have that. 🙂
God bless her.
Thanks for reading and of course, Happy Diwali 2016 🙂
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