*Dr. K L Chowdhury
| It was a beautiful summer day, |
our very first
on our visit
to our daughter in USA.
No sooner I opened the front door
in my impatience to saunter out
for my first morning stroll
than the deafening burglar alarm,
like thunder in a cloudless sky,
tore the morning peace apart,
catching the household unawares.
nursing the jet lag of an overseas journey,
and eyeing me rather sternly,
blamed my naivete
for shattering the tranquillity,
and for having woken up everybody
on this quiet spring Sunday morn.
awoke, disturbed and distraught,
from a well-deserved draught
of week-end sleep,
looking at me inquiringly,
for the button on the control panel,
to stop the screeching siren.
Fearing we would be besieged shortly
by beeping vans and the police party,
and feeling so guilty
for causing anguish all around ,
my arms rose up helplessly
and words came to me so scarcely
to say that I was sorry.
softly gliding out of her room,
informed us reassuringly
that she had phoned the security
about the faux pas
and there was no need to alarm,
and we should take it easy.
And then I thought
I could distinctly hear
my yet-to-be-born grandchild
speaking to me affectionately,
‘Grandpa, pray feel not guilty
for I am insulated fully,
against all hoots and toots,
inside my mom’s belly.
Don’t you see,
in this great country,
it is technology
that sets the calendar,
that dictates the tone and tenor
for everybody -
even the gestational march
from conception to delivery.
Oh this virtual reality
that has seized humanity!’
*Dr. K L Chowdhury retired as a Professor of Medicine, Medical College, Srinagar. Presently he is the Director of a charitable institution, Shriya Bhatt Mission Hospital and Research Center, Durga Nagar, Jammu. |
He is a physician and neurologist, a medical researcher, poet, social activist. He writes on diverse subjects medical, literary, social and political and has numerous research papers to his credit, his pioneering work being “The Health Trauma in a Displaced Population” which was presented at national and international conferences.
He was declared Shehjar's '
Kashmiri Person of the year
' for 2007.
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Dr.Chaudary's first encounter with a technologically suavy America is superbly detailed with all human instincts.It is refreshing.
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