Joie de Vivre

Swarita: Hello! Here I am, finally.

Jhalak: What an end to a wonderful evening! So good to see you!

Swarita: You have to be, but not everyone is .

Jhalak: I always am, don’t care what others think.

Swarita: Dearie, you won’t be left with any friends.

Jhalak: I don’t need anyone, after you, I can live with your insane memories.

Swarita: Insane… Insane. They are the best.

Jhalak: YES! The best for us, not for others.

Swarita: That is their way of thinking! Anyway, what’s cooking?

Jhalak: Aloo Matar Paneer with Jeera Rice. Boondi Raita, roasted papad and pickle.

Swarita: Yum! Where is aunty? She is joining us, right?

Jhalak: Yes, I’ ll call her. Maa! Dinner is served! Swarita too is here!

Swarita: All good!

Jhalak: Yeah! Why?

Swarita: After our long talk yesterday, I had my doubts.

Jhalak: Don’t worry! Moms are the best! They know everything.

Swarita: OK! Hi Aunty!

Aunty: Hi! How are you, Swarita? Are you done for the day or you have a meeting coming up.

Swarita: All tasks ticked off. I am looking forward to a long Sunday tomorrow aunty.

Jhalak: That is great! So we can go to JDV together tomorrow.

Swarita: Yes, I have to tell you this. The new matron is taking charge tomorrow.

Jhalak: Who is it?

Swarita: Mrs. D’Souza

Jhalak: OMG, I can’t believe it. Mom agreed!?

Aunty: I want to be a part of the change.

Swarita: Aunty!! That’s so sweet

Aunty: Being a part of JDV will change me, change the lives of the people associated, and indirectly I can pursue my goals.

Jhalak: Yes Mom, I always felt that warmth in your voice when we would go grocery shopping, you would never argue with the ladies there, you would pay the amount they asked for. Your subtle actions have inspired me to become a doctor. And then I come across this crazy Swarita who would crowd my clinic with women of all ages.

Swarita: Crazy, insane, today is just not my day. Let me enjoy the boondi Raita.

Jhalak: Completely! Convinced me to join JDV as a permanant doc.

Swarita: We need you.

Jhalak: And we need idealistic people like you who challenge life, who are determinded to change what is wrong. When one door shuts, you open the other door.

Swarita: I have to open many more doors. Now with Aunty, I can travel more often. We can rescue more of them.

Aunty: Yes, after Sam’s funeral, when I came to stay with you Jhalak, I was shocked that you left *** Hospital and worked with JDV, which isn’t even listed as a hospital. But I realised that you were less stressed out this time than when Sam & I visited you last Christmas. I also saw Swarita’s interview, and understood how JDV works.

Swarita: That is just the tip of the Iceberg, women have innumerable problems, physical and emotional. Now with you on board, they will unleash their potential, Jhalak is already there to take care of their physical problems.

Jhalak: Yes!! And here come the Gulab Jamuns

Swarita: You didn’t tell me about this.

Jhalak: Did you tell me about the new matron.

Swarita: I knew you would not miss out my fav dessert on a Saturday evening dinner.

Jhalak: I too knew Mon would agree, but thought it would take her time to understand what JDV does.

Swarita: That was the talk I had with aunty yesterday. I explained to her that JDV volunteers visit schools, handloom industries, papad making factories and places where women work. They talk to women about menstrual hygiene, explain symptoms of various health issues and organise on the spot camps for early diagnosis of any kind of problems they might be facing. We have a pediatrician, an ophthalmologist, a gynecologist, an ENT specialist, a dentist and a nurse with two attendants. We have two buses with the best driver uncles on each trip with basic equipment. JDV admits patients who need immediate help, and are treated free of cost. Thanks to our sponsors and their Government contacts, JDV has successfully treated 1200 patients till date since its inception this summer. Let’s brace ourselves for a hectic winter.

Jhalak: I hope you get every Sunday off. Journalists can pick a day off right, now with Mom here, Let us spend the Sunday together at JDV than on Skype meetings.

Swarita: Of course. Don’t forget, if not for that reporter on that bloody Sunday, I wouldn’t have survived.

Aunty: Tomorrow is just a few hours away, Swarita, let us forget not forget the wounds, let us not the pain it inflicted, let us promise it will not happen to anyone else.

JOIE de VIVRE is a hope that medical facilites would be available to the right people who would be able to lead their life again with joy.

Don Quixote is a classic written by MIguel de Cervantes in Spanish. It follows the journey of Alonso Quijano who renames hiImself Don Quixote. Don Quixote enters the chivalric world in his imagination and sets off on an impractical pursuit of idealistic goals, he wants to save the world. He doesn’t accept his current reality and is determined to change what it wrong, but in a way that is not practical.

A Don Quixote exists in each of us, we want to change the world, the difference is he followed all the truth in the chivalry romances he had read, he stood ground for all what he wanted. Today,if someone does that, we are called crazy, insane and quixotic.

Questy Musings is a quest with a musing. What is the truth? What is the societal norm? Who set these norms? Who ticks the boxes of the norms followed? How far would you go in this so-called practical world to achieve what YOU think is right? Is everything all rosy as it seems? Think of each visit to the doctor, blessed with transport and consultation fee to part with, pharmacy bills paid.

Through Quixotic conversations, discover the quixotic emotions, discover how relationships are built through emotions and not societal norms. Initiate conversations. Discussion, brainstorm and create a change.

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Author: Srishti Rajeev

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68 thoughts on “Joie de Vivre”

  1. So true, a Don Quixote exists in each of us, who wants to save the world by bringing the change. Loved reading your post, Srishti.

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  2. beautiful post, we all accept the societal norms because that is what is expected of us. All of us need to learn from Don Quixote, to challenge what we are taught

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