By: Fahid Fayaz Darangay
8 September 1995, Thursday, a child was born like other children on that day. I am sure there would have been millions born in the world on that day, as 385,000 babies are born every day. These children will be a couple weeks far from their 26th birthday. Many would be waiting, many wouldn’t remember, many wouldn’t be in this world (they would be remembered by their parents only) and many wouldn’t be familiar that they were born on that day (there would have been no one left with them to tell this). The child of which I discussed in the first line died today as his car got rammed by a vehicle. There were no injuries reported, no worries given, no cases registered and no fines imposed just like at his birth there were no hugs given, no desserts distributed and no money received. He died a simple death like his simple birth. People gathered and dispersed without cries and patterns.
Today while he was taking his final breaths, he listened to a few words which made his soul leave even before Hazrat Izraeel appeared. He didn’t seem to be listening to any word or even a single syllable after those words. He didn’t recognize who said those words but the ayats of Surah Yaseen which are generally recited in the ears of a dying person got mixed with those words. Perhaps they had taken a place in his subconscious mind. The words were “goude chu yi handicapped, aemis kaem doup gaed chalawen”. Translated “that person is a handicapped, who has told him to drive”.
These words sounded fluent, young and impressive to him. He did cope up with his physical injuries but couldn’t heal the emotional scratches of these words. He tried to give a reply, “accidents happen and mostly by the fault of judgment errors, there was no connection between being handicapped and the happening of an accident. ”He almost screamed, “It was not my fault being born with disability rather it is your fault reminding me of it.” All these efforts of him went unnoticed .His sister was with him that day. She screamed, “It is not his fault being born with disability rather it is our fault reminding him of it.”
At this moment he thought it was his sister’s blood forcing her to say this or if she wouldn’t have been his sister, she would have reacted and said, “goude chu yi handicapped, aemis kaem doup gaed chalawen”. Translated “that person is a handicapped, who has told him to drive” or would a stranger feel and say like his sister felt and said. With this question in mind Hazrat Izraeel took him away. Oh, I forgot to mention the name of that child, his name was Fahid Fayaz Darangay. He was
born with a single hand(left).
Author has completed his Masters in Financial Economics from Madras School of Economics, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He can be mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.