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Chapter 4

Hospital-corridor-interior-design-rendering

DR AVNI SINGH

I was running down the dingy, poorly-lit, narrow streets of Varanasi. It was 03 am and I was all alone. The familiar streets were seeming scary and dangerous. I could sense my heart beat which was rising up with every step I treaded. I looked back, it was far away thankfully, I had left ‘his’ home far away and I was safe. ‘Alone’ and safe never go together when it’s midnight especially for a girl, but it was better to be alone in streets than to be in a bed with someone who didn’t give a damn about my existence. I was panting, sweating, crying and as I looked at my body which was covered with bruises, I woke up with a jerk.

Thank god, it was a dream, for I could never live another life like that! I noticed myself sleeping on a bench in the corridor. I looked at mother and left out a sigh of relief as I discovered her having some food in over 12 hours. It was 6 am and she was awake since midnight, and hadn’t spoken a sentence since then. She looked into my eyes with queries and questions and I gazed back blankly to her disappointment. She wanted me to get married this year, and father’s deteriorating state and critical condition was enough of a reason for me to tie a knot with someone and settle down. Obviously, a 26 years old unmarried girl in the house meant nothing, but a matter of worry!

The entire meaning of ‘Settling Down’ is different here in India. The time I was in China, studying my MS, people there would only focus upon getting a job, and that meant settling down for them. While here, in India, till the time a daughter isn’t married and has birthed a few kids, she isn’t considered to be settled. I was frustrated, confused and nauseous. The entire concept of marriage was stupid. You get to know the person, you like him, you share a house, a room, a bed, a bathroom and even your body with him, have kids, and then…then what? You die he cries, he dies you cry, and then, the end! I mean, what do you get from all this? Hurt and pain? Nobody lives forever, and the first chapter of growing up is – accepting death!

Today, I’m seeing my mother’s condition who is suffering because father is sick, what if my life subjects me to such a scenario someday? I know I’m not strong enough to handle all this, and neither can I survive if I lose someone whom I’m too much attached to. So, the simplest and easiest way out is – remain single! No attachment, no bond, no pain. Mother never understands me; she thinks I’m ultra-modern, and that this type of thinking won’t be accepted in India till three or four more decades, but who cares? It’s my life I’m living, then why care about an entire country? Nobody will die if I decide to stay single, and that was it. Seeing my father in operation theatre, unconscious and cut open, and my mother, whose heart was cut open even without a surgery, I decided and made my mind – never to get married!

‘He’s awake, you can see him…’ a ward boy came to inform me about father’s well-being. He finally regained consciousness after around 06 hours of his surgery. I looked at mother, and she had already packed up her purse to move. She started walking briskly and I followed her to the ICU with the thoughts of marriage hovering in my mind. She hadn’t spoken a word since she came here, not even a single one. Maybe she was on some silent-fast till she sees father in perfectly healthy condition, or maybe she had sworn to remain silent till her prayers were answered. Being a highly religious and superstitious lady, my mother didn’t forget to carry little idols of all the possible Hindu Gods in her purse.

Tonight was the strangest night of my life. Being the only daughter of my parents, they had done everything to give me the best of all. From top notch education, to unlimited freedom, and my mother even asked me many times to date guys, especially since the time I shifted to Mumbai, but I had no time, or I just never looked at life that way. For me, life was work, solving cases, helping people, bringing their babies in this world and sleeping in peace at the end of the day. For me, my life was complete and there was nothing that was missing, but mother felt differently. According to her, a partner was the most important thing in life after ‘food’.

‘Only one person at a time…’ the security boy warned mother who was walking after me. She stopped at the door with tears in her eyes. I looked back and saw her crying, I insisted her to go inside first and see father. She clutched the edge of her fainted maroon saree which was dripping wet with her tears, and walked inside. Father had drips injected inside his body and bandages which covered his chest. He could feel some pressure talking, as Dr Ishan had told me, so I wasn’t sure how was mother going to communicate. Anyways, it was enough for mother, and much better than seeing him dead. She sat on a stool beside him and cried as I could see from the outside. Father moved a bit, and gestured her to stop crying and that he was alright. But mother wouldn’t listen. After a few minutes of depression and gloom, she finally held his hand, kissed it and came out.

‘You go, meet him, he wants to see you.’ She said in a worried and hushed tone.

I walked inside the familiar ICU. It was like a second home to me, but not today. It was the strangest place for me today, a place that I least wanted to visit, not because my father was admitted, because I had no courage to see around. From tonight, my life had changed completely. I started looking at situations, perspectives differently, and I started feeling emotions and pain of the patients. I gave a quick look around. There lied a little boy, of maybe nine or ten years of age, and his leg was amputated. His mother was sitting beside him, feeding him soup. On the opposite side, there lied an old woman who must be in her eighties. There was a young guy beside her, maybe her grandson, who was completely engrossed in his phone. What a shameless creature, I thought. Who knows how much time is left with his grandmother that he is wasting the precious moments like this.

Then on the other side, next to my father, laid a lady, whose case I was handling. She had delivered her baby last week with a lot of complications via caesarean section surgery. I looked at her, and she smiled and folded her hands. That was the moment that I realized how good of work I was doing, and how badly people relied upon me. How easily they give their life in your hands with such a huge responsibility that you’ll make it worth living. I looked on the opposite wall clock that showed the time to be 06:30 am. Inside the ICU, one loses track of time. People were gathered outside as inexorably as they gather outside a single theatre when a Shah Rukh Khan movie is about to begin. The anticipation was same, only the reason was different. Instead of happiness, there was a gloom and worry on each face.

I walked towards my father’s bed. He laid there motionlessly and as he saw me, his eyes shined with a new hope. He depended upon me for his condition. He thinks just because I’m a doctor in this hospital, he was given immediate attention and first class treatment. I smiled and clutched his hand tight. His chest was dressed up and despite the numbing medicines that he was injected with, he was feeling pain where the incisions were made. He didn’t speak much, he never has.

‘It’s okay, everything will be alright. I have talked to the doctor who operated you, you’ll be discharged soon, don’t worry…’ I smiled again and assured him that his life will be back to normal once again, ‘…but you promise me, you won’t eat just about anything and that you’ll let me make a diet plan for you! Nothing is as important as your health now, you feel me?’

Father smiled, which meant a ‘yes’.

‘Nice! Now, let me see your report.’ I picked up his file from the side table was full of medicines, injections, dressing material, bottles of NS, dextrose and other IV Fluid. I wondered, how easy it was to pierce a syringe into any other patient, but when it comes to your own blood relations, you feel like you are injecting it into your own skin, and that it’s piercing your dermis and epidermis layers and entering your veins and in your blood. How painful and torturous it sounds.

With all these thoughts in my mind and my father lying in front of me, disabled, one thing firmed up in my insides – I was never getting married!

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  Comments (106)

  • Mehak

    April 20, 2014

    Eagerly waiting……..

    • Mehek

      April 21, 2014

      🙂 Thank you, Mehak!

  • aditi Singh thakur

    April 21, 2014

    exccccciiiiitttteeeeeddddd

    • Mehek

      April 21, 2014

      Me too! 😛

  • aditi Singh thakur

    April 21, 2014

    awesome…
    loved it…..
    :* <3

    • Mehek

      April 22, 2014

      Thank you, Aditi 🙂

  • mehak

    April 21, 2014

    loved it..really

    • Mehek

      April 22, 2014

      Thanks dear 🙂

  • adiba

    April 22, 2014

    superb starting…..!! cant wait 4d next episode…!!!

    • Mehek

      April 22, 2014

      Thank you doctor! 🙂 Keep connected and tell me if I’m wrong somewhere 😛 I’m not a medical student after all!

  • anu

    April 22, 2014

    jjust love it

    • Mehek

      April 22, 2014

      Thank you, Anu 🙂

  • Shubhangi Kaushik

    April 23, 2014

    It’s too good

    • Mehek

      April 23, 2014

      Thank you Shubhangi 🙂

  • adiba

    April 23, 2014

    no dear its all perfect…;)

    • Mehek

      April 23, 2014

      🙂 Thanks!

  • Kuldeep

    April 23, 2014

    Very nice and great work…. When will next part gonna be posted.

    • Mehek

      April 23, 2014

      The story is updated with a new chapter every night at 09 pm. Thank you for appreciation 🙂 Stay connected!

  • Kuldeep

    April 23, 2014

    I will..!!

  • ishita

    April 24, 2014

    lovd it alot (: …i wnt 2 read it in one go but cudnt pls post d next chap soon….
    eagerly waitng…

  • Kanika

    April 26, 2014

    it is awesome mehek…. loved it !!!
    i thnk Dr. Ishan’s part is pretty good as compared to Avni’s…
    i love all ur stories nd chapters but ds time…wen m readng Avni’s part i get a lil bored :/
    dunno why 🙁 🙁

    • Mehek

      April 26, 2014

      Let the story catch up some pace. It’s just the beginning. Hope you find the story good, happy reading 🙂

  • heena puri

    April 26, 2014

    nice one…eagerly w8ng 4 next part…

    • Mehek

      April 26, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

  • Kuldeep

    April 26, 2014

    After the end of 5th part…..
    Thunder clashes , Storms build up , Earth quakes , Universe shakes…
    And Dr. said repetitively
    What..?? What..?? What..??….
    :p :p :p :p

    • Mehek

      April 26, 2014

      Lol! It’s a story, not some cheap Indian TV Show!

  • Kuldeep

    April 26, 2014

    Hehehehe but if it was a show then definitely it will be like that.

  • Kanika

    April 26, 2014

    yes u were right Mehek…. 🙂
    i loved it 😛
    specially d last line…. hahahaha
    lots of love to u :* :*
    keep writing stories like ds ^_^ O:)

    • Mehek

      April 27, 2014

      Thank you! 🙂 I will keep writing, you also keep reading 😉

  • Kanika

    April 27, 2014

    of course dear !!! when d writer is YOU den one has to read it 😉

  • varsha

    April 27, 2014

    Message*
    hi mehak dis syd varsha i read ur arrange series n i became ur fan since d very first day i read ur first chapter.
    u done a grt job , keep writing as u wrote amazing stories
    nw i fell in love wid ur medical series too . though i have my finl year xam still i waited whole day just to read ur chapter .
    in luv wid ur stories
    keep smiling 🙂

    ur fan varsha 🙂

    • Mehek

      April 27, 2014

      Thank you so very much dear 🙂 It means a lot to hear from fans and friends like you! Each word encourages me to write more and better. Hope you like this story and do study and all the best for your exams 🙂 Take care and happy reading!

  • poornima rathi

    April 29, 2014

    awesome really…

    • Mehek

      April 29, 2014

      Thank you! 🙂

  • ankita paul

    April 29, 2014

    I need to know the whole story till the end. m loving it.. just keep me updated with this story.. I have read till their marriage part

    • Mehek

      April 29, 2014

      The story is updated every night at 9 pm, on this very blog. Kindly visit for daily chapters, happy reading! 🙂

  • Yashwin

    April 30, 2014

    Hy mehek yu a really doing a greatttttttt job:) 1 request is make ts story of yours into a book so tat ppl like me wud love to read it everyday! Lots of love and wishes,yashwin!:)

    • Mehek

      April 30, 2014

      Thanks Yashwin 🙂 I could have if it was so easy to publish books! Nevertheless, maybe one day all my stories find a place into a printed form. Stay connected and happy reading! 🙂

  • Aashish

    April 30, 2014

    Eagerly awaiting for 10 part.!!

  • Sirisha

    April 30, 2014

    A very good story Mehek. Keep going! Waiting for next parts. 🙂

    • Mehek

      April 30, 2014

      Thank you Sirisha, I’m glad you liked it. Stay connected and happy reading!

  • Robert

    April 30, 2014

    Grt job!!
    I m astonished to see that how an engineering mind can travell so deep into thoughts and do such wndrful piece of work..
    Moreover, it is very appreciable that u’ve done such masterpiece at a very young age..

    • Mehek

      May 1, 2014

      Thanks Robert, It’s wonderful to have such comments here, Stay connected and Happy Reading!

  • Kanika

    April 30, 2014

    i can feel each and every word…. they are magical
    superb !!!

  • Rohan

    April 30, 2014

    Loved it 🙂 #fan 😉

    • Mehek

      May 1, 2014

      Thank you, Rohan! 🙂

  • shubhangi'

    May 1, 2014

    I’m in love with the story…can’t wait for next chapter….it’s so different for regular love stories

    • Mehek

      May 1, 2014

      Thanks Shubhangi, I hope you will like further chapters too! You can join my facebook page here – http://www.facebook.com/GirlsHeart21

      Stay connected and Happy Reading! 🙂

  • Grace

    May 1, 2014

    Hi Mehek cant stop myself from rereading the previous chapters am loving the suspense please put it in a book.lots of love.

    • Mehek

      May 1, 2014

      Thanks a lot Grace, it means a lot 🙂 I’ll definitely try to get my stories into a book someday 🙂

  • seema

    May 1, 2014

    Nice story mehek
    I m waiting for next chapter…
    All d best

    • Mehek

      May 2, 2014

      Thanks Seema 🙂 Stay connected and happy reading! 🙂

  • Bimu

    May 1, 2014

    “It’s funny, how for an entire
    lifetime we keep thinking………………………..The days and nights
    in his arms, and the time that we
    will reserve for him.” – Mehek, you may be a girl and so your thoughts but, today’s story is narrated by Dr. Ishan. So, in this whole para ‘he’ must be replaced by ‘she’ and ‘him’ by ‘her.’ Don’t mistake me to point out mistakes. That’s because I’m expecting perfection from you. 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 2, 2014

      I’m not offended at all sweetie, but that’s my writing style 🙂 Doesn’t matter you write it from a male/female POV but when you’re narrating as a third person in some places, the reference can be any, and I prefer a female reference, thus stating male point of views and examples. It’s good that you pointed this thing out, so I could explain it to the readers that as an author, we are allowed to play a little with words and phrases. Perfection in my perspective doesn’t means being grammatically correct or typographically accurate and writing a baseless, boring story, perfection means being able to hold readers till the end, writing a story that people can relate to, scribbling the words through which people can learn, and at the end, when the story finishes, the readers can ‘miss’ it…that is perfection! 🙂

  • padmavati

    May 2, 2014

    Hi mehek
    i love rdng love stories
    n this is a medical series of whch i m also the part, so interesting really nice , i read ur arranged series that ws also amazing…..
    pls start writing a book will love to read it :*

    • Mehek

      May 3, 2014

      Thanks Padmavati, I’m working on a book only, and will be publishing it soon! 🙂 Hope you like my forthcoming ventures. This blog will anyways be my priority and I will keep updating it with new stories. Happy reading 🙂

  • Shreya

    May 2, 2014

    I must say that I’m every now and then falling in love with your writing skills. It seems impossible to wait for one complete day to read the next chapter. 🙁 And on top of it, you end the chapter at a point where anticipation increases

    • Mehek

      May 3, 2014

      Thanks a lot Shreya, it feels so good to read such nice comments. Don’t worry, there are only 4 chapters more to this story 🙂 Stay connected and happy reading!

  • Pia

    May 2, 2014

    hye Mehek . . m fan of urs writing . .
    itz jst awsome . . aftr each chapter d egarly waiting for d next
    n all iz lyk nw a part of lyf . . pls do writing 🙂
    love u n d spirit in u 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 3, 2014

      Thanks Pia 🙂

  • Uttam Prakash

    May 2, 2014

    I haven’t read any other article here but this one. And oh man, how awesome can it. Please stop torturing and post it quick. I’m dying to read it fully 😉 😀 just amazing. I’m at a loss for words to how awesome this is 🙂 ^_^

    • Mehek

      May 3, 2014

      Thanks Uttam, for a wonderful compliment 🙂 A new chapter is updated every night at 09 pm. Stay connected and happy reading 🙂

  • Stuti

    May 3, 2014

    hey mehek
    m lving the stories by u
    really i mst say wat an imagination and u also fill feelings in ur story and this is the most imp. thing that u connect ur readers
    eagerly waiting for nxt chapter
    i hv one ques. that will there be a sequeal to the story like Arranged Love ???

    • Mehek

      May 4, 2014

      Thanks Stuti, next chapter will be posted at 09 pm as usual. Right now, I can’t promise a sequel, but let’s see how the readers respond to the climax of the story 🙂

  • padmavati

    May 3, 2014

    Nice liked it ….
    watng fr next part 🙂
    i dont like watng….
    but hv to na ….

    • Mehek

      May 4, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

  • aditi Singh thakur

    May 5, 2014

    avni
    ishan..
    :*
    <3

    mehek (y)
    :*

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      🙂 Thank you Aditi. Stay connected and happy reading!

  • anjali

    May 5, 2014

    Message* mehek its really owsmm story.. wid evry word i cn feel d emotion.. i smiled.. got sad.. bt its nyc.. cn easily relate to oua daily life situations.. 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thank you Anjali 🙂 Means a lot!

  • hema

    May 5, 2014

    hey…I just started reading ur stories…must say I.couldn’t stop.untill.I.read all of dem..excellent writing…but in dis chapter of.med romance y hv.u.mentioned Chennai?? dey had been to Kerala right??

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thanks Hema 🙂 And dear, I know I mentioned Chennai in chapter 15, that’s a mistake on my part because I wrote chapter 15 after a long gap. And I too, saw it just now as you pointed it out 🙂 Thanks, I have edited it.

  • Abhishek

    May 5, 2014

    Hi your story is really wonderful and specially those last two chapters in which you have given a great message. One on suicide and another one on indian men’s mentality about a girls. I liked it as I don’t have words to describe this story. Thanks for writing and keep writing such wonderful stories.

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thanks Abhishek 🙂 I’m glad you liked it. I hope for two things in our society –
      1. People never commit suicides.
      2. Indian men change their mentality regarding virginity of a girl!
      Hope you like my other write-ups too. You can read about long distance relationships, and maintaining a relationship on my blog – http://www.mehek.in

  • prachi

    May 5, 2014

    can’t wait anymore….u r a marvellous writer…i could imagine all the scenes running like a movie in my mind…. kudos!!!!! 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thanks Prachi 🙂 Means a lot!

  • Abhishek

    May 6, 2014

    Yes I have read it. I hope its true and meaningful whatever u have written about long distance relationship. I have read almost all the post’s you have posted on this blog.

    • Mehek

      May 6, 2014

      Thank you 🙂

  • Prachi

    May 6, 2014

    awesome end to such a beautiful piece of story….it didn’t seem like as if reading a fiction…at each philosophical portion..i was like …its damn true!!!!! I don’t have the right words to praise your write ups….i just can say marvel!! keep writing and keep smiling 🙂 😉

  • prateek

    May 6, 2014

    a beautiful message with an equally beautiful love story…..

  • Padmavati

    May 6, 2014

    Hi mehek
    nice ending with good moral of the story….
    spclly fr doctors yeah its true they r so busy in there proffessional life….
    but that proffsn demands to be busy as its sumones life whch matters….
    but hope wid ur story many dr will understand it n spend time with family also 🙂
    keep writing such nice stories…
    all the best 🙂

  • Hema

    May 6, 2014

    beautiful climax wid a lovely msg…:-D

  • nayira

    May 7, 2014

    Truly amazing story

    • Mehek

      May 8, 2014

      Thanks Nayira 🙂

  • Mansi

    May 8, 2014

    I was excited about the story..but then sadly the story lost its flow and it were just a few chapters..

    • Mehek

      May 8, 2014

      Thank you Mansi 🙂 Yeah, I agree the story is hurried to the end because I’m having my final exams next week! I’ll be back with a new story very soon, stay connected till then, you can read my blog here – http://www.mehek.in – for interesting write-ups!

  • Shivani

    May 8, 2014

    I must say….nice stories.
    I liked the sequence of arranged marriage depicting love of Shrey n Akanksha
    I’m in search of that kind of stories in a good number.
    Your latest one being Medical Romance, I’ve read that too.

    Waiting formany more to read 🙂

  • Shivani

    May 8, 2014

    I’ve joined the fb page.
    Looking forward to read only “Shrey-Akanksha” type of love stories. That interests me.
    Stories awaited…..
    Thanks 🙂

    • Mehek

      May 9, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

  • Ayushi Dhariwal

    May 12, 2014

    thank you so muchhh mehek for ur wonderfulll storiess…m a big fan of urs…
    salute u girl for wht u ri8 is amazinggg…
    shrey and akansha was my favrt story nd this 1 is also good..
    thanks for wht u ri8 for us…
    hope i will get the chance to read the next story of urs soon

    • Mehek

      May 12, 2014

      Thanks Ayushi 🙂 I’m glad you liked it and read it till the end. My next story will be updated soon and will be a thriller hopefully. Stay connected with my blog. You can read more interesting stuff here – http://www.mehek.in

  • Bhavishya

    May 19, 2014

    Really a good job mehek..luving ur writings..shrey and akanksha were my favourites.and nw ishan and avni too..nice selectionof names..keep writing mehek..al the bst..:)

    • Mehek

      May 19, 2014

      Thanks 🙂 Stay connected! A lot more stories coming up 🙂

  • Rashmi

    July 1, 2014

    Its a gud lesson for those who take life easily…loved reading it..! 🙂

    • Mehek

      July 1, 2014

      Thanks Rashmi 🙂

  • Maria

    July 11, 2014

    awesome story.. loved the morale. despite being a romance novel it shares such a beautiful thought..

    • Mehek

      July 11, 2014

      Thanks a lot Maria 🙂 Keep connected and happy reading!

  • Puneet

    October 28, 2014

    very nice and interesting fiction mehek….. keep it up (y) 🙂

    • Mehek

      October 28, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

  • Richa

    December 24, 2014

    Hey Mehek!
    I was searching for some good fiction and googled for and what I found was ur blog
    I read all most all stories of yours and a few articles too.
    Every story was great. Just loved the idea and theme behind each.
    Have become ur regular reader and will try to comment on each piece of your work.

    • Mehek

      December 24, 2014

      Hey Richa, thanks a lot for appreciation and love! 🙂 I’m going to post some new stories very soon. I was caught up in exams actually so had no time to update the blog. Meanwhile you can join my facebook page for regular updates – http://www.facebook.com/GirlsHeart21