Sunday, October 16, 2005
Dr Gidwani was the last to know. I was summoned to his room. I turned up dot on time.
He was pacing up and down. His hands were clasped behind his back.
“What is going on between your patients doc?” he was curt.
Nothing sir...” I was trying to dodge..
He stopped pacing and stared at me.. I averted my eyes.
“Listen to me”. His face was expressionless. “Rajeev is under police custody for some criminal case. His father has nominated Lekha as the heiress.” He paused..” Provided she is certified to be fit by a medical board of three psychiatrist. He has also offered to sponsor a new block for the institute if Lekha improves..”
“Medicines won’t be of much use in her case. It’s not a disease only an adjustment problem.. She needs lot of emotional support.. Carry on with your experiment..” He smiled at me.
My heart lifted..! I stared at him.. “ Young lady.. Do your best”.. His tone was warmer..
He looked at his watch.. Signaling that I could take leave..
I thanked him and floated out of the room.. I felt jubilant..!! Excited..!
Days passed Lekha showed definite improvement.. She unfurled gently into a quiet lovely person..
Ullas didn’t show much improvement.. He continued to sit and stare into nowhere while he was alone.. But he was transformed in Lekhas presence.. More smiling.. More interest in his surroundings.. He would answer my queries..
Dr Gidwani nodded at me when I greeted him in the wards.. I was flattered..!
It was raining when I was summoned to Dr Gidwani’s room one afternoon.. I walked in with a spring in my step .. Lekha was ready to face the medical board.. She was perfectly OK.
"Congrats doc..” My Professor beamed at me.
I smiled back at him shyly..
“Rajeev is coming tomorrow to collect Lekha.. She was assessed by the board today.. She is perfect.”.
“Rajeev.?!" I was stunned…".But sir.." I stammered..
“Yes doc..?” His voice was curt..
“Sir, Ullas and Lekha..?”
“Ullas will always be a lunatic.. The prognosis of Major Depressive Psychosis is not good..” he paused.. 'Have you not started to read your text books..?' He was scornful..
“But sir she is so happy with him..”
“Lekha is a married woman.. Her husband is coming to collect his wife.. His father has agreed to give him one more chance.
Now you have one more job.. Convince Lekha to go with her husband.. I don’t want any scenes tomorrow in front of Rajeev’s father.. Remember that he has to be convinced.”
I was devastated..!!
I started to stammer something.. But words wouldn’t come out.. My eyes filled.. There was a lump in my throat.. My breathing quickened..
“Young lady are you a doc or a drama queen..?” His face flushed..
“Now get this straight.... Either follow my instructions... Or be sure that you will never pass out of this institute with a degree in psychiatry.. You are not fit to be one.. You get too much emotionally involved with your patients..”
He signaled that I could leave..
I walked out. I was shaken..
I knew what my options were.. Obey Dr Gidwani , be his godchild.. And face guilt for the rest of my life.. Or reject my dream and try to convince Rajeev’s father about their love..
It then occurred to me that getting involved with Ullas and Lekha had been a great mistake..
(To be continued)