Wednesday 10 October 2012


Does God play dice with the universe? According to Professor Stephen Hawking, a world renowned physicist; not only does He play dice with universe but is an inveterate gambler. Taking this statement to its logical conclusion and applying it to our everyday world it is then possible to explain the anomalies which we see all around us. 

All living beings are an integral part of this universe, formed from the remnants of dying stars. A throw of the die would seem to explain whether you are born a pauper or with a silver spoon in your mouth; whether you are born completely healthy or with a life threatening genetic defect. The latter applies to my good friend Gaurav who was tragically born with a progressive genetic disorder also known as “Friedreich’s ataxia”. This disorder suddenly and without warning surfaced when he was just 30 years old. 

I first met Gaurav through the IAYP program at a noble institution for the physically and mentally challenged. It was heart wrenching to see a young and spirited soul trapped in a progressively degenerating body – a genetic defect that was slowly yet inevitably curving his spine and wasting away his body. I was told that this disorder did not have a cure yet. 
We struck up a close bond and his demeanor towards me was that of an elder brother. On my weekly visits to see Gaurav I would perform physiotherapy on him under a doctor’s supervision. Even though Gaurav knows the full extent of his condition and the inevitable conclusion, yet he remains cheerful and hopeful despite the daunting odds. Such was his indomitable spirit that I instantly became a fan of him. 
Gaurav is a movie buff and is  interested in  anything to do with Bollywood. On my weekly visits we would share our life experiences with each other. He would even give me tips on some of  my science subjects since he holds a Bachelor of Science degree. At times I download movies and songs for him which he plays on his mobile phone. 
I pray to God that by some miracle he would become better. But I also have another perspective on this matter. People like Gaurav have been randomly chosen in the process sparing us. They are the shining beacons of every nation. Let us count our blessings and spare them a thought – perhaps even whisper a little prayer for them. As playback singer Phil Collins succinctly put it, “Oh! think twice, its just another day for you and me in paradise...”
Jai Sahni
Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi

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