"उस के बारे में एक ख़ास बात बतानी थी,” the son continued, "लड़ाई में उसका काफी नुक्सान हुआ है. Land mines की वजह से वो अपना एक हाथ और एक टांग खो चुका है. अब वो कहीं नहीं जा सकता और मैं सोच रहा था की अगर वो हमारे साथ रह ले."
"सुन कर बड़ा दुःख हुआ बेटे. हम उसके रहने की अच्छी सी व्यवस्था कर देंगे."
"नहीं माँ, मैं चाहता हूँ वो हमारे साथ रहे."
"सुनो बेटा," said Duleep’s dad, "तुम नहीं जानते तुम क्या मांग रहे हो. इस तरह का विकलांग व्यक्ति हम पर बेकार का बोझ ही रहेगा. हमारी खुद की भी तो ज़िन्दगी है, इस तरह किसी की दखलंदाज़ी नहीं सह पाएंगे. मेरे हिसाब से तो तुम तुम्हारे इस दोस्त के बारे में भूल ही जाओ तो अच्छा रहेगा. तुम घर आ जाओ, वो खुद के लिए कुछ न कुछ खोज ही लेगा."
At that point, Duleep hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the Kashmir police. Their son had died after falling from a building - which, police believed was suicide. The grief-stricken parents reached Kashmir and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know.
Duleep had only one arm and one leg.
Shocking!! Not exactly, as the character of the parents in this story are like many of us (be truthful to yourself). We find it easy to Love those who are good-looking or fun to be around, but we don't like people who are an inconvenience to us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are (or so do we think).
Very few of us are considerate about the feelings of others. 'the RACE' has turn us all into ill-sensitive people who are more of conditional feelings and fake laughs, even to those whom we call our near and dear ones or use to call 'em.
Thankfully, in our lives, we meet someone who won't treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love, that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are. And then we make a bigger mistake, take them for granted - watch out, if this treasure is lost then with all the money, time, fame and luck - we will be the most unlucky person.
We have to have more understanding of those who are different from us!!!