After marriage, I was staying with my parents (who were retired school teachers then) – I didn’t get new job after my stint with Hindustan Times’ Weekend Review. My parents told me to stay with them till I get a good job. This incident happened when my wife was pregnant -eight month.
One day my parents went for a function. My wife developed suffocation and pain. I didn’t have much money with me. So I called an auto rickshaw instead of a taxi car and took her to Green Gardens Hospital, Mathilakom. (I also asked my neighbor boy to inform my parents).
The doctor (Dr. Lissamma, one of the best gynecologists) scolded me for bringing her in an auto.
She got admitted at 9 AM. Another duty doctor has asked me to get a medicine from outside. “Very urgent,” the nurse said. I didn’t know what to do – I had only Rs 26 left in my pocket that moment. What to do ?…My brain was not functioning properly at that point of time.
I took a bi-cycle on rent from nearby shop and went to the town which was 2 Kms away. The speed with which I rode the cycle took me there in few minutes. The medical shop owner was just opening up the store and keeping everything in place.
“Can I get this medicine please?”I gave him the prescription paper. I was sweating and breathless.
He looked at it and said: “It is not available here right now…may be in my godown…”
“Please can you get it for me?” I asked.
“Can’t you see, I am alone here? That sales boy won’t come in time…Come back in the afternoon, let me see…”
“Please, it is very urgent…”I was literally begging.
He didn’t even reply. He continued putting boxes in place and arranging the display.
I stood helpless there. For further reading please check the book : TIDBITS: From The Life of Pai
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