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The day has come, Lalit is finally returning home with his MBBS degree. He is going to be the first and the only doctor from his district and fulfill his mother's dream. With great ardor, he went back to his house which he left five years ago. He was welcomed with great zeal, passion, and love by all his family members and village people. He reached his parents and thanked them for their support and did the same with his brothers and a sister, all elder to him. He has become an overnight sensation. There was a grand function held at the house by his parents to celebrate this occasion as he is now the most educated person and, obviously the first ‘doctor’.
His brothers Rajeev and Subhash did not like him. Their hatred began, when he left home for studies, against their will. They wanted him to manage their family agriculture, so both of them could leave and settle somewhere else. Both of them were qualified and had government jobs. This hatred grew, even more, when he returned and they saw him rejoicing over his accomplishments.
Lalit was a small stature, weak and lively person. He always wanted to help others and therefore had chosen this path so that he could help others as well as live a good and respectful life. Just when he was thinking way ahead of his life, he had no idea that someone was planning to extirpate his dreams. He received a severe setback by the government authority that he could not apply for the job as he was overaged and hence did not comply with the requirements for the job. Of course, it was a wrong accusation, but destiny was blamed, “It is not on his luck” quoted Lalit’s mother.
Rajeev and Subhash decided to leave the house saying it was best for everyone to live separately as all will get married one day and live their own life. They even had made arrangements to live and asked Lalit to stay with parents and look after the fields. Lalit did not like the idea as he wanted to do the job. But his recent failure to get a government job gave Rajeev and Subhash an opportunity to mock him and accept the proposal.
As the day passed, Lalit’s life became a hell. He could not concentrate on anything. Everyone started mocking him for his education, all his friends, neighbors and even relatives saying “What is the fun of having such education?” His best friend Deepak also mocked him “Lalit shame on you for wasting so much money on education when you can’t earn bread and butter from it.” He continued, “Look at me I am uneducated, yet, I can earn enough to feed my family.” Such remarks greatly affected him. He started losing his mind and entered a depression.
But agriculture was booming, making his parents believe that he could at least earn his bread and butter, they decided to marry him. He didn’t want to get married because he was not ready. He asked his parents, “I am not ready yet. I have not settled and I do not earn money by myself.” He continued, “How can I compromise someone’s else life and make her suffer because of me.” But his parents didn’t listen to him. A simple Indian parents mentality i.e. boy has grown and is ready to get married. They didn’t pay any attention and convinced him by emotionally manipulating him to get married to a Brahmin girl, Sujata.
The girl was beautiful, sweet and kind-hearted. She was immensely loved by her family. She always dreamt of marrying the perfect guy. A person who has a good job, good salary, who was loving and caring. She was educated and had her job in one of the most reputed schools in the state. She had her education from outside the state in one of India’s most prestigious college. They both got married in winter after a year and Sujata left her job to start a new life. But life had something else planned for her.
She was shocked to see Lalit’s situation and felt very ashamed of him. She even cursed her family for making her marry him. This further aided in Lalit’s depression. In one situation she asked her parents, ”Why did you make him marry me when you knew he was insane.” This was taken in shock by Lalit. But being raised in a Brahmin family, Sujata was raised to accept that as her fate. She was ashamed to introduce Lalit to her friends and family. But in one encounter with Lalit’s old friend, she was made aware of all Lalit’s accomplishments.
It was she who decided to come out of smoke and do something for her and her husband. Meanwhile, Lalit was facing a hard time because of his depression. Sujata took a job in a nearby school at a very low wage just to support herself. When she was doing her job before marriage, she had collected some money for future use. She decided to invest her money in fulfilling Lalit’s dream of becoming a successful doctor. She invested the money in building a clinic for him nearby his house.
This gave Lalit confidence and a ray of hope to fight his depression. Yet, Sujata was being blamed for her bold steps by Lalit’s brothers. Rajeev once asked her, “Who do you think you are for making our brother go to work in such condition?” she never replied and bowed her head in respect and shame. Lalit could not speak in her defense as he was never taught to do so.
But this did not stop Sujata to continue taking bold steps. Meanwhile, she was struggling with her life both personally and professionally, she never stepped down from helping her husband in fulfilling his dream. Meanwhile, Lalit was struggling in his life. He still could not make his clinic work. But he was so kicked by the hard work being done by Sujata that he could not resist shaking his excuse of depression and work against his comfort zone. This made him take the most daring step of his life, i.e. moving out of his house and establish his clinic far away from home.
This was a bold step, and with no initial money in hand, as everyone refused to give him any money, it was a great challenge. Everyone criticised his move, as usual, especially his brothers. He didn’t even receive any support or help from his family. The only financial help he could get was from his wife.
He finally set up a clinic at Dheera about 16 km. from his home. He traveled 8 km. on foot to reach theirs. He was so determined that he spent his nights in his clinic away from home. He was even mocked on his way, “Why now, now nothing will happen.” Some say, “How lucky he is to marry working women.” and whatnot. Lalit didn’t respond to any of those comments, determined to shut them with his success.
Things started changing, Lalit’s clinic started gaining momentum. His work started getting recognized to the surrounding areas. In a due course of time he became popular and a trusted doctor. His fame skyrocketed. He is no more a failure. He shut everyone’s mouth.
Meanwhile, Sujata’s hard work had started to pay off. She got a government job of a primary school teacher. After a year Lalit and Sujata were blessed with a baby boy, whom they named Chetan. Two years later they were again blessed with a baby girl, whom they named Sakshi. Things further changed when Lalit opened district’s first private hospital named ISHWAR-REKHA Hospital, thus fulfilling his dream of helping others and becoming a successful doctor.
Lalit’s life has taken an unexpected turn. He has currently won his case against the government, where he was declared unfit to apply for a government job because of the age issue. He refused to take up the government job because he has found a purpose in his life. People who once mocked him for his education now thanked him for his service. Meanwhile, Sujata’s family is now proud to have a son-in-law like him. But a fascinating thing that happened was the change of Lalit’s brother's hatred into their jealousy.
Sujata’s entry into the life of Lalit was just a matter of chance meant to change their life. No one had ever thought that a failure can be turned into such a huge success. Everything was destined, but it was just the path that was filled with hurdles. His success was because of his willingness to succeed. He always wanted to achieve something and make his life purposeful. But when all hopes were destroyed, all doors were closed it was Sujata who brought back the hopes. She sacrificed her life, took up all the pain and suffering to see her husband succeed.
Just when you feel that everything is lost, all hopes are gone, always remember that God has something else planned. But it is just your attitude, determination and hard work that decides your success. Just like movies there are always villains ready to destroy you. But there is always a protagonist who will guide you towards your goal. He will make you come out of your comfort zone and work even harder. Never miss such a person. Always follow his advice and success will be yours.