“rakhi” wishes.

An IIScian put down her thoughts on the occasion of Rakhi. I am posting the article as it is. I thank the author for sharing the article.


You were the one who had the words, so refreshingly spontaneous and full of wit. Yet, here I am today struggling to find the right ones. When all I wish is that we could celebrate rakhi just one more time … like always, Nothing serious or mushy, even just a simple phone call, laughing at little things, ah that would be so cool.

Heck, they have age bars on movies and voting, how come there isn’t any minimum age for leaving the world ? How could a 22 year old be allowed in heaven or wherever it is that souls go after this life, when you had your whole life yet to be lived ? How I wish I could go back in time and steal your ticket to the other world (just like you said you’d like to get hold of my train tickets so I wouldn’t leave home to get back to college/work after vacations). But that isn’t possible, is it ?

So, here’s the real reason why I am writing all this today. It has been four years since we lost you, and sadly nothing really changed. Every once in a while the newspaper or TV reminds me that the age bar still doesn’t apply. Why, oh why, must tragic stories of young lives lost in meaningless ways be so common ? The slippery rock, the deceptive current of that apparently harmless stream, the split second error leading to a traffic mishap, the random bullet or aimless fight, a sudden powerful wave that proved too strong, a slight mistake in judgement during that “easy” jump, the despondancy from so called failure to confirm to perceived expectations, a moment of diverted attention during a group activity … causes all so trivial in the face of the magnitude of the irreverible loss.

I can’t help but wonder: If only those involved really knew how supremely precious their lives were (just like yours was), if only they were conscious of it every single moment, would things have been different ? Would that have changed the odds by raising cognizance of avoidable dangers ? Knowing that they were making a difference just by being there (much like the joy you brought us), would that have helped ? Realizing the permanent hole that their loss would leave behind in the hearts of those near and dear (like the pain that we still find so hard to bear even as we try our best to remember you with smiles as we know you would want us to) – would that awareness have saved at least some of these lives ?

If that is so, then today I’d like to dedicate the rakhi wishes I have for you, towards protecting every such precious young life that can be saved from now on – I want to say to each one “Please be safe, be alert, be happy, please take care of yourself – you have no idea how much your life means; trust me, as a sister missing her little brother who will never come back, I know”.

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5 Responses to ““rakhi” wishes.”

  1. Priyadarshan Says:

    Simply Awesome… Heart Touching…

  2. chetana Says:

    beautiful. i am at a loss for words.

  3. Radhika Says:

    wow.. its very nice

  4. Mukta Says:

    beautifully written.
    once in a while i read something like this, and it puts me right back in my place. people live through so much.

  5. Rakhi Wishes Says:

    Thank you for the good writeup. It in reality was
    once a entertainment account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you!
    However, how can we keep in touch?

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