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The Power of Empathy!!

on May 17, 2013

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“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”~ Mahatma Gandhi

One Day a Rich Businessman, a Kashmiri Pandit in his Mid 50’s was traveling back to his Home after successfully completing a Big Business Deal in Singapore. On his Arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Domestic Wing, He Saw a Breaking News: All Was Lost! His House and some others in his vicinity were burnt, sparked by Communal Hatred which transgressed after the Godhra Riots. A Religious Minority who was a Majority in Kashmir had burnt Houses & Hindu’s to avenge the Death of their kin in Gujarat.

This Newsflash ushered in a series of Desperate Phone calls from him to gather knowledge of his Family consisting of a 27 Year Old Son and Early 50’s Wife! Sadly Heartache was to follow, as he had lost them both in the Dastardly act of Inhumanity.

Rajesh Handoo, in a series of moments from Pure Happiness after achieving one of his Biggest Business Deals had experienced his Deepest Malaise. All Appeared Lost…

He rushed to his Home; Vendetta in the name of Revenge was all that he had in Mind. In a week’s time he rushed to avenge the Death… With a Country made Revolver in Hand, amidst the wee hours of dawn he entered a Colony, to kill as many as he could and Die in the Process.

Near the Entrance of the Colony, A “Janazaa” was fast approaching, he hid the Gun behind his back, as they crossed him, he decided that now was the time. He Open Fired and managed to Bruise someone’s leg, in his first amateur shot. The Country made Revolver took his toll on his old hand and the hand shook vigorously, unable to fire another shot.

Within Minutes, A Pool of People rushed towards him and he was rendered invalid within minutes and was subsequently out cold. Later, when he gains his consciousness back, he finds himself in a Hospital’s ICU, only to hear stories of how The Head of that Community had got him admitted there and had cooled off the animated mob.

Rameez, 24, who was a Part time Painter, had Painted his House a few times near Diwali when all was well. He identified Rajesh and was able to empathize with his State of Perdition; he was the one who calmed the Angry Mob! Also turned out that Rameez was the Person who had lost his Arm courtesy Rajesh’s Bullet and was now permanently disabled.

Rameez was Calm, while Rajesh Looked at him with Moist Eyes which admitted his Guilt from a Moment of Madness. Rajesh’s Leg was permanently cut too, by the Angry Mob, and he realized this when he tried to get up and admit his remorseful dastardly act nonetheless Rajesh explained to him why Vendetta was at that time High on his Agenda.

Rameez in a composed tone told him “I Know Everything, My Brother.. I Forgive You! Just Promise me that You’ll help another who needs reconditioning and Help, Plz Don’t Sympathize with them Empathize always.. and You’ll understand that I really did Nothing for You The Other Day..” No More Words needed.. there was Painful Silence in the Hospital Room.

“I learn from my own daughter that you don’t have to be awake to cry.”~ Jodi Picoult

*Few Months Later*

Rajesh had begun working back, and re-located to Delhi for Horrors of Kashmir now needed to be Left where they belonged to.. in the Trash bin of His Brain’s Memory!

Work made him travel to Pune expressway and while returning back, he noticed a small Child Foster Home Centre on the Left. In a Momentary decision, he asked the Driver to Stop, take the car a little back and Enter the Foster Home. There he asked to Visit the Children..

He Expressed his Desire to Adopt a Child, Procedure began and a few month’s later he was contacted to come and select from within the Children, when all legal clearances were made. He arrived and asked if he could see all the Kids, he could possibly Adopt.

A Line-Up of 10 Kids, was brought in front of him.. but Rajesh could not find the one he was looking for within them. Rajesh saw a Shadow from the Corner of his Eye, and he got inquisitive of who it may be.. The Strict appearing Clerk to his query replied “You don’t want that Kid. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other Kids would… But still if you wish to I’ll call him over”

The 13 Year Old was Called for and he Entered the Room in a Somewhat awkward manner, hobbling towards him trying to walk as quickly as he could.. turned out the Kid was suffering from Polio, and hence had Slight Problem in Walking! Rajesh had tears in his Eyes, The Clerk said “ See.. I Told You, You’ll…” Rajesh exclaimed “May I Adopt him Please!!” The Clerk was Amazed and wanted to ask.. Rajesh instantly rolled up one Leg of his Trouser and revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the Clerk, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and he will need Someone who understands…”

The Clerk quizzed the Kid, with a Quaint Smile.. “ Rameez, Do You Like Mr. Rajesh here?” Rameez smiled and nodded to show his Approval..

“You Don’t Need Religion to Have Morals. If You cant determine Right from Wrong then You Lack Empathy Not Religion..”~ Unknown 

The Power of Empathy!!

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