Eleven Minutes

Posted: June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized


“No No No No… This shouldn’t have happened!” shrieked Rajiv in horror watching Veena motionless  and soaked in blood on the road. He rushed to her and checked her pulse, looked upon her nose and mouth for breathing, checked her heartbeat, but all in vain. She was gone.


****************11 minutes ago********************


“Daddy, are we going home?” asked Mili enthusiastically.

“Yes dear, you are perfectly alright. The doctors said your cancer diminished miraculously and they won’t be operating on you”, answered her worried father in a tone of assured intonation.

Rajiv was watching all this from a distance when he felt the old and pale hand on his shoulders. The old woman was back and was looking at him.

“Are you happy now son? You got what you wanted”.

“Yeah I guess. I could do some happiness now. So this is it? It’s over?”

“What do you think??? Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!”, laughed the old lady and could not be seen the next moment.

***************2 hours ago*****************

Rajiv had a injury in his hand and had come to the hospital for routine checkup. There he had met nurse Veena and had liked her since he saw her. Veena was a silent, introvert and a God fearing woman who treated serving people at the hospital as her utter happiness gathering activity. Gradually from his visits to the hospital, they had grown close.

But today was different, in spite of repeated efforts of calling her, he couldn’t meet her. Her schedule was tight. So he thought of visiting the pediatric ward in order to spend some time with the sick children and give Veena a surprise visit.  Mili was the most vibrant and energetic of them all. It was a pity she had terminal brain cancer and will undergo her final surgery in an hour.

But Rajiv somehow overheard the conversation of Mili’s doctors. She had no chance of surviving the surgery and post surgery trauma. She was only 7 years old and this was the end for her. Rajiv was upset and couldn’t believe why this had to happen to good and innocent souls like Mili. Consciously or unconsciously he vehemently complained to God regarding this injustice.

“Do you want to save the girl?”, asked a frail and old woman who Rajiv didn’t remember seeing before on the floor.

“What? Are you talking to me?”

“Yes. I see you are disturbed looking at the fate of that girl. Do you want to save her?”

“Of course I do if I could.”

“Ohh Son, yes you can! Just say me ‘YES’ or ‘NO’”

“Yes!!! Please!!!”

“Then another soul must be chosen in her place. There is a rich old man who is very sick and his family is bringing him here. Do you want him to be taken instead of this girl?”

“Considering the fact that the old man has lived his life enough and if you want a trade, then yes!!”

“Alright! Your girl is saved. Look at her. The doctors are discovering shrink in the cancer!”

Rajiv rushed to Mili and got the news of her being alright and not getting operated today.

“Are you happy now son? You got what you wanted”.

“Yeah I guess. I could do some happiness now. So this is it? It’s over?”

“What do you think??? Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!” laughed the old lady and could not be seen the next moment.


He took a deep breath and closed his eyes for a while. Then noise of people moving and shouting woke him up. Something was wrong! Why was everyone running outside?

“Excuse me sister. What has happened?” he asked a nurse he met on the way.

“A nurse is killed by a speeding ambulance just few blocks away from the hospital. One surgery she was to attend got cancelled today due to shrinkage of cancer of a girl. The ambulance was speeding because an old man was dying and his son had asked the driver to reach here as soon as possible. Poor girl, she had to die”.



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