Daily Prompt: Panacea-The strange case of Doctor Lal and his patient.

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Early one morning, a rustic villager having walked miles, landed up at the residence of Dr.Lal…. Dr Lal, was the only doctor in the vicinity of the many many villages around.

A simple man was Dr.Lal, always with a smile on his face, which probably made some of the reluctant villagers even consider approaching him for their ailments. He was generous to a fault… most times he would end up doing free service…as folded hands was the only manner in which the villagers could pay him back…

Dr Lal, was awakened by the consistent knocks on his door…the knocks he had earlier ignored to be of a stray dog wanting shelter in his supposedly warmer room…Dreary eyed he trudged towards the door….and found this rustic man…carrying a deep grimace on his face…

Immediately Dr Lal, took this man to his clinic, made him lie on the rug, which also was the inspection bed.. Apparently, this man was suffering with chronic stomach pain…perhaps he had food that had gone stale… quite likely a scenario in the searing heat of the day… A straight forward case… mused Dr Lal

But there were complications ahead… The medicines needed for the treatment were exhausted…the supplies were expected in a day or so…Dr Lal, wrote down a prescription for the man…the man looked all lost, as Dr Lal instructed him on the medication to follow… Dr Lal could sense the disconnect… It often happened with the rustic villagers… the concept of a doctor was a first generational experience for many of these village folks..

The saintly doc that he was, he also handed out a few rupees to the man, whose name he did not know yet…It was about time for the shop in the vicinity…a few miles away…to commence operations… A multi purpose shop in a rickety old building… run by an enterprising trader…

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The trader stocked many and any item under the sky all vertically piled up..often precariously balanced… Newton would have to make a certain exception for his law of gravity, had he seen this pile up…. from grains and pulses to footwear and imitation jewellery…from toys and books and brooms…and luckily a few medicines as well…It could be termed the first and only super store amidst many many miles of arid land…

The villager thanked Dr Lal with folded hands… which perhaps Dr Lal was aware of, at the onset itself….something he was accustomed to by now…The man went his way…

A couple of days later, came this man again…all smiles…head held high..his turban adding to his healthy demeanor…Dr Lal was pleasantly surprised… In all these years, this was probably the first time a patient had visited him…and such a drastic change in appearance… Well the medicines seemed to have worked…also the traders medicine was after all not spurious pondered Dr Lal…

Suddenly the patient sprang to Dr Lal’s feet to seek his blessings.. literally jolting Dr Lal out of his world of interpretations…Then with moist eyes… the rustic man pulled out the very same currency notes that Dr Lal had provided him a few days earlier for the medicines and returned it back to him…

This was getting all to complex, all to weird for Dr Lal…If he is offering money back,did the trader offer him free medicines… highly unlikely…the trader certainly did not have the generosity of Dr Lal… Given an opportunity…the trader would also charge people around him for the air they inhaled!!

Unable to contain himself any longer..Dr Lal quizzed the rustic villager…

Did you consume the medicines he asked?

Yes, nodded the villager…

From where did you buy the medicine asked a flummoxed  Dr Lal

Dr Sahib, you yourself gave me the medicines…not only that… you gave me some money as well…In this day and age, you are a very generous man…but I do not need your money Sahib…your medicines have worked wonders…

Dr Lal, scratched his scalp…and asked this man can you show me the medicines..

The man nodded and showed the last remaining shred of the doctors prescription. As instructed, he had made 9 parts of the doctors prescription paper and religiously consumed each part thrice a day…

And with Dr Lal’s blessings, he is fit and fine today…having walked all the way to thank the Doc..

Dr Lal, managed to conceal his bemusement, but a smile escaped his lips…

Is faith he pondered…. a panacea for all ills?? Here was probably the world’s first man who has cured himself consuming the Doctor’s prescription paper!!!

 

 

 

Author: Team Wellness

A dreamer, who from a window seat of a rail bogey, enjoys staring at the infinite plain lands, re-living images captured by the eyes, amused by a dogs yawn and its trot.. moved by a cows gaze and fascinated by the trail of army ants kissing each other to glory... I am not sure if slow n steady wins the race.. there is no race if you ask me....but certainly slow and steady has its own grace...

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