Today's Guest on SuKupedia is Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan. Did you feel intimidated by that name? don't be. If I really wanted to introduce him, I would just write that one line and continue with his post. Believe me whatever good words I am going to write about him now, is piercing through my heart. Frankly I am just jealous of him. Why?? well you have to go to this link and see the list of books that has published his stories. His blog Godyears is among the ones I wait to be updated. When I asked him if he would do a guest post for my blog, all that I had in my mind was to 'reject' his post :D :D... oh what happiness it would have given me. But then he pleaded and pleaded and pleaded some more that I should not reject, hence dear readers here is one of my favourite writers and a very good blogger friend Dr. Roshan for you....
Say 'Thank You' before it's too late!!
While you could hear an ant sneeze in other more rigid staff's lectures, in his class, we would all be in little corners gossiping while he tried to engage us in serious discussions on the subject. When we went for field trips with him and other staff, surveying villages and giving lectures on hygiene to the public in languages we barely comprehended ourselves, he would always be there to encourage us. Many a return trip from the village would invariably end up with a pit stop at Coffee Day (a big thing back then) where we could all relax before going back to college for the next class. Everyone would have their own fond anecdotes of sir - but trust me, you wouldn't find a single story about him getting mad.
Even later, when we all finished our course and left, sir still managed to find a way to keep in touch. Via facebook, he would continue sharing funny jokes and useful information to us regularly and without fail... right up to the hours before his heart betrayed him. He had just reached the pinnacle of his career and was headed for even greater things when it all ended abruptly. And that scared a lot of us.
In Munnabhai M.B.B.S. Boman Irani's character talks of how he could do surgeries on strangers with ease... but if it were somebody he cared about, his hand would start to shiver. The same applies here too with us, I guess. Though we see death regularly, this one really got to us all because this was a guy we all cared about and liked.
When you hear people talk of spending more time with people who matter to you, a cynical smile may appear on your face for the obvious preaching nature of the advice. But it's a lesson that you need to relearn over and over again - because once the people who matter move out of your life, you may not always have a chance to say 'Thank you' to them for all that they meant to you. It may not be a grand gesture or even something unusual - but it may have been some act of kindness that they did for you at a time when you needed it. That - an act of kindness - is an increasingly rare commodity in today's world, if you look around you.
We are all connected to each other across different parts of the world via our social networks. What we tend to forget is it's not a contest to see who has the most Facebook friends or Twitter fans. It's about how many of those people you can rely on to be there for you when you really are in a crisis. How many form your core trusted circle?
It would not take more than a few seconds to type a random Whatsapp/Facebook message. But it would bring a smile to their faces to know they are still in your thoughts.
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