Jan 25th, 2018
The most amazing love story I have seen, experienced, and cherish daily is that of an incredible couple who not only survived life's challenges but did so with zest and style!
My amazing parents!
Today, it is 52 years since my dad had his accident that lead to his left hand amputation. I've never seen my dad with two hands but he has always been a complete person for me. When I think of all that he and mom have accomplished and done for us children and so many others, I can only feel pride, love and a ton of gratitude!
A few pictures I have of him with both his hands; For the rest of their lives, my mom has been his second hand and continues to be so...
"I can recall the moment, the shock, the 'unrealistic hope' that my injuries would be minor ( I was wearing a full hand jerkins which covered my hand hiding the extent of injuries), the help of a nearby truck which extricated me from the capsized jeep, the ride in the truck's cab to hospital etc. etc. Mr P. Krishnamoorthy, a very senior officer was with me , thankfully unhurt.
My son Santosh was a 8-1/2 month baby & daughter Shanti under 1 month's incubation. Sundari was little less than 21 at that time. Those were days when communications could reach only via Railway phones or telegrams. We chose to inform by letters written by friends to Bombay & Tiruchi. Then started my long journey from BNDM to Chakradharpur the next day, to Calcutta the day after etc. It culminated with my left arm being amputated on 22nd February.
When I recall those days & the subsequent, days, years, decades I am able to realize the support of the entire family, the help from a host of friends ( who took care of all requirements of Sundari & Santosh), the grace of the Lord for which I shall ever remain immensely grateful.
Also to my many preceptors who taught me that no calamity is totally bad nor its effects permanent.
Life has given me an opportunity to be part of the alleviation to human suffering of one form ......"
After overcoming so many challenges through the early years together, their steadfast commitment and strength to each other continues to amaze. These past six months has brought an additional ripple to their otherwise zesty golden years. I feel so proud to see how they have weathered this cancerous storm as well, and have come out victorious, hand in hand. Kudos to my amazing mom who is an epitome of strength and compassion, and my determined dad who has carried himself with grace and courage through these tough times. We're so proud of you Amma & Appa.
Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai....
Wishing you health and well'th always... We are because you are....