Ram suddenly woke up from his day dream, hearing different voices of people talking and laughing around him in that park. He was travelling deep in his dream world for a while, when he took a deep breathe the first thing he felt was the fragrance of the flowers in the garden. The beautiful sight of the flowers, attractive red, sweet violet, smiling yellow, pure white, there were various flowers each of different size, different shape and different fragrance. Of course, each gives the same feeling of love, warmth and tenderness.
He got from the bench in which he fell asleep and looked around the beautiful garden in the park. He walked towards the gate and came out of the park and entered the Hospital. Room no.303, he opened the door and went inside the room, Asha was gazing a magazine and was smiling for some news she is reading in the magazine. Rob asked her, “What’s special dear, what are you smiling at?”. “Hey Rob, where were you, I looked for you for almost an hour?”, I was just outside the hospital in the park, Rob answered. He started getting busy preparing the juice for her.
Sometime later, somebody knocked the door, Ram went and opened the door and saw Satish and Savitri standing there, their neighbors. While entering itself Savitri started with a loud voice “How is she, we heard that she fell off from the stairs and fractured her hand at home, How sad?”. Satish gestured to Ram with a smile behind Savitri for her loud voice, which is her trademark. Satish took Ram’s hand and asked “how is she and the kid ?”, Ram nodded his head and said “She is fine” . Asha was answering to Savitri, “Savi, I am fine and talk mildly the kid is sleeping”. Both Ram and Satish laughed sliently, hiding their faces away from Savitri’s eyes.
Ram took Satish out to the Park and aloud the two ladies to talk, both Ram and Satish knew that it will be a gossip meeting led by Savitri to Asha. He narrated the whole incident to Satish, “Yesterday, when I was starting for my weekly meeting at the club, Asha was as usual quarreling with me for spending the Saturday evening time with friends. She always feels that those meetings are useless. And you know our routine fights. I always felt that she was wasting her time and her education. She can’t compare with me, I am working, earning and being the most contributing member to the family. I always felt I am the most responsible, she being useless and selfish.
While I came down stairs, he was coming down in the stairs, that’s when it happened, right in front of my eyes, her leg slipped due to some water in the stairs and she fell from the stairs in the garden. She was carrying our new born baby in her hand. Before even I realize the danger and react with a Shout “Asha, watch out” everything happened. She fell with the baby and that’s when the miracle happened.
I had seen athletes or swimmers go jump in the Olympics from the height, make a twist or turn of their body in the air or even that way High Jump or Pole vault. I saw Asha had a sense that the baby may fall and get a hit in the ground. She twisted her body and kept hand for safety so that the impact is not felt by the baby. It was a miraculous effort and I can say I felt the greatness of “Motherhood” in front of my eyes. She took the safety of the baby first, even though she is going to get hurt by doing that act. It could have even be fatal, thank god she didn’t hit any of those iron pipes in the ground, but landed on her left hand and kept the baby tight with her in the chest, her left hand and her back hit the ground. I rushed her and the baby to the hospital.
How come a normal house wife can do an athletic twist in the air, how come he defy the gravity of the law of survival instinct, how come her heart not even for a fraction of second thought about the danger she may get by falling on the ground. Will I ever do that in the same situation, I doubt. I thought about those silly quarrels, those criticisms I made on her, the “woman lower than man” attitude I had, Selfish and Useless, feeling I had about her. I was wrong, that one incident, that one selfless act of her, the miraculous act of putting the kid first than her life made me to think. I felt as though somebody slapped me hard and made me to realize the worth of a woman.
It is only a woman, who is so supreme in this world, who is the reason for love and care to exist. Women are such a beautiful species, no other thing can equate her. Why she is so special he puts others benefit before hers in the family, she loves and cares about the family more than others, she is ready to sacrifice all her wishes for others. She is the living example of love, care and sacrifice. She is the Wonder of the world.
Ram said “Satish, now look at this garden, woman are like those flowers in the plants. Unless you smell, recognize the fragrance and understand the importance you still sit in this garden and cannot appreciate the beauty of the garden. I feel the world is a beautiful garden and women are the flowers. Look around, see the beautiful sight of the flowers, attractive red, sweet violet, smiling yellow, pure white, there were various flowers each of different size, different shape and different fragrance. Of course, each gives the same feeling of love, warmth and tenderness”.
Satish, saw Ram’s eyes and understood Ram is in some daydream or dream world when he is talking now, he felt as though some thing Ram has discovered in life, he saw the sparkle in the eyes of Ram, he understood, Ram is a changed man for good. He said to himself “One day, maybe I too will discover this in my woman ?!”.
Ram suddenly woke up from his day dream, hearing different voices of people talking and laughing around him in that park. He was travelling deep in his dream world for a while, when he took a deep breathe the first thing he felt was the fragrance of the flowers in the garden.
He has discovered his flower’s fragrance in life !!
- by Dr.V.P.Rajkumar