This happened around 15 years ago when I was studying m 5th Class in my native called Cuddalore [ a town located near Pondicherry].
It was a usual evening and as I returned back from school, before I could find the latch of the door locked, my neighbor [ a 40 years old aunt] said that my Dad was suffering from severe stomach ache and was taken to hospital. My mom and my grandmother took my Dad in ambulance.
So, the aunt asked to stay at their home and have a coffee. Later I may got to my home, fresh up myself , change my wardrobe and come downstairs so that her father in law [ a 60 years old man] in the neighbor’s home would take me to hospital.
After getting refreshed , I came down and he rode me to the hospital in his bicycle. The hospital is located 10 Km from our house. My Dad was having sever injury in intestine and was admitted in bed. My mom and grandma were sitting with him.
And I started crying as I have never seen him with trips and tubes before. The doctor told us that the situation is demanding for an immediate surgery and said some medical terms which I never understood. And he warned us that if this is prolonged the pain will become irresistible and might be worsen.
So my family was stumbling and could not figure out what to do as we thought it was just a stomach pain and never expected that it would land in for a surgery. At the end, we understood only one thing that surgery must not be delayed and we are supposed to pay rupees 10,000 for the same.
It was a very huge amount during those days and those were times when debit cards were not of much use. We had Rs 5000/- at home and as the weekend is going to fall on the next day, banks will remain closed. And I really had no idea how much money they had in the bank because my Mom and grandma were discussing to approach a pawnbroker shop to get money with jewels.
The neighbor grandfather who took me to hospital came forward and said he would manage to gather 5000 rupees from a friend of him and get back shortly. My mom denied first but with taking into considerations of worsening situation, she agreed.
He went back pedaling his cycle , gathered the money and rushed to the hospital again in the bicycle. We paid the amount and the surgery was carried out after that. The operation was successful and my Dad was safe.
Now, after 15 years , I am able to afford my parents with medical insurance policies and able to manage their hospital expenses independently. But the demanding 5000 rupees during that time mattered so much and resembled to be god showered money .
The timely help rendered by my neighbor is unparalleled to anything in return. We are thankful and indebted to him throughout our lifetime as he happened to be a savior for us.
I can relate it to Tamil Thirukural ,
“காலத்தி னாற்செய்த நன்றி சிறிதெனினும் ஞாலத்தின் மாணப் பெரிது.”
These kind of people do exist on earth and claim to be an evidence that humanity is not lost. Currently, I stay in a 2 BHK apartment with my family in Chennai and there are around 8 families in the same apartment.
And I never happened to know the name of any of the neighbors though it has been 2 years since we moved to this apartment. The intention of this mention is not to compare the life at city and a town, but to just think how things got changed and we really do not care even if there is a battle happening next door.
Neighbors turned out to be so called ”neighbors” 🙂