Every year, diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya and other tropical monsters take a toll on Delhi. People fall ill, some die, some survive, to remember the pain.
This year, in the summer of 2010, Delhi faced the worst outbreak of dengue fever in which numerous died. Yes, probably even hundreds. The newspapers were too timid to admit the numbers. The official number of dengue deaths probably never went beyond 10. But I know….I know because 2 of my friends succumbed….they fought and fought..only to lose.
I believe that every soul on this earth does smothing good. Even the worst of criminals deserve a little honour when they die. In the case of my senior in college: he was probably one of the best people I knew…one of the best that I will ever know.
He was the typical sweet, helpful kind. Ever-so-bright and smiling, Kinshuk would hobble towards us every morning in college and greet us, never letting us feel like strangers in this new place. We were in the first year and he was in his second. He guided us, he inspired us. one day before the exams commenced, he texted us all to wish us good luck, and to remind us that the real tests of life have begun.
Yes, he was right. The real tests had begun. It is a test for us to remember him and his memory. To remain inspired by that bright smile and brighter personality. I dont know if I will be succesful…but I do know that I want to try my best to become like him. A friend-guide to all the poeple I know-close or distant.
Here is my little ode to him. Thank you Kinshuk for coming into my life. Wish you would have stayed longer.
Only So Far
I never knew you quite well,
but I knew you enough
You touched a chord,
and that is what matters
Its amazing how wonderful people can be
and heartbreaking when they leave thee.
But how far have you gone?
only so far as we think
for the world you have entered
where the line between hell and heaven
comes into view.
But me, I think you are still
trapped within the walls of my heart
unable to take a step out of it.
It is perhaps the body which decays
perhaps the soul which travels,
but the memories, the emotions
push them into the far corners of our minds.
But with you
this is going to be difficult,
every step I take,
everything I do,
I will try and get some inspiration from you.
So that someday I too become
and feel a person as lovely as you
So that one day people
remember me for that smile
as beautiful as yours
I will never push you out of my heart
that is not a promise
that is a binding,
because it is not easy
to forget someone
who leaves a mark, teaches you
and changes your life forever!
I will miss you! But how much I wonder!
After all you are in my heart
you are only so far as I think you are