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DevaDas Menon

Drama


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DevaDas Menon

Drama


An Offer of Life

An Offer of Life

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Rohit was in the cancer ward of the corporate hospital. He had been diagnosed with cancer. Six months back when the symptoms had presented themselves, he had refused to believe, but the tests were conclusive enough. Now admitted into the hospital he looked around at his people standing around the hospital bed. His mother crying, his wife and two children with solemn faces looking at him. Then his sister who had remained unmarried and his two childhood friends'. He was well settled in life. Having started a new company which he ran profitably for ten years, Recently he had sold his shares for a good amount. He was one of the richest men in the city. But his money had no part to play when it came to cancer he thought. It was your death sentence. Why are you so serious he asked them. This is not a wake. And he laughed. Then they all started talking at once. He looked at them my loving family he thought.They will always be with me. He told them to be quiet, Then said, I have made a provision in my will for all of you, After my death, all of you will be well provided for.When he said this They all said money is not important but you should recover soon.


You know that is not possible. He felt the pain first a throbbing feeling then it started to increase his face started changing expression, then he screamed with so much pain it brought the nurse running. She told them all, please, you can all go. Then the oncologist came, and, seeing Rohit's condition, asked the nurse to bring the required medicines'.The nursed rushed out and brought the medicines. Rohit was given the medication. The doctor went out were Rohit's people were waiting."How is my father Doctor? asked Rohit's son Suresh, "Your father had a bout of severe pain, we have given him the necessary medication. He will sleep well at night". The Doctor looked at the son' s tear-stained face well "he said, to be frank, he will live for another three months at the most". "That means he will be here for another Three months the son asked? "Well, he is rich he can afford it the Doctor said. They all looked at each other in sadness for Three months only they told each other.but in their minds they were thinking it was a long time for him to live. They wished he had died earlier than that, so they could get their share of his will. They all left the hospital. Rohit was drifting into a dream-like world. The pain was gone. He felt like he was floating in a world of happiness. When he saw a blurred figure come into his line of vision. It was a strange figure there was only a head with luminous eyes. Then the figure became clear. "Who are you Rohit asked? The luminous eyes looked at him and said "me I am Death, you have come into my realm".


"I am dead then Rohit said"."No Death replied I brought you here for a reason". Rohit taught he was hallucinating. "Follow me, Death said. Rohit followed until he came back to his familiar surroundings, his hospital bed. He was lying on his bed, "Death said I am close by can you hear me". "Yes said Rohit." "I am going to make a proposition Death said." "What is this proposition Rohit asked? "Death said there were nearly seven people to see you." "Yes said Rohit." "I will let you live for another seven years on one condition, all those people have to give me one year of their life. Death again said." Rohit now thought this was really the limit. He taught he would play along with Death. "Sure I will ask them for one year of their life." "Death asked you are sure they will spare you one year of their life"? "Of course, they love me very much.They will give me one year of their life." Death laughed with a hollow soundand said."They Don't love you but your money."

"You have already made provision in your will and they are all waiting to get their hands on it when you die, In fact they are waiting for your Death". "My people love me unconditionally they are not like that" "Ok, tomorrow you call each of them Individually and hear what they say when you ask them one year of their life,if they all agree We will the talk further" Death said and floated away. The next day Rohit remembered Death's offer of life.

When they all came he asked them to wait outside except his wife. He told her to sit down. "You know Sushma he said, I had a strange dream yesterday." "What was the dream about she asked"? "Well you see I met Death." She looked at him as if he had lost his mind. "But you are alive. She said." "Yes, he said and you know what Death made me an offer of life." She looked at him with disbelief. Death told me if you can sacrifice one year of your life, he will add it to my life and extend my life by one year. She stared at him and said Rohit the effects of medicines.No Rohit said. and how will I know how many years I am going to live asked his wife with sarcasm?


Rohit said Death is sitting right in front of us and listening to this conversation. In case you agree, he will appear in your dream, tell you how long you are going to live, and, how you are going to lose one year. She got up and said, you are frightening me, I am leaving. She hurriedly left the room. Rohit waited for others to come. After what seemed a long time the nurse came to give him his medication. Where are my people. The nurse replied they are all gone. His wife must have told them of his conversation.He was disappointed with them for having left without even seeing him. He heard Death whisper in his ears come travel with me to your house and listen to their conversation. Rohit found himself at his home and listened, They were all there His wife was talking, I was really shocked to hear him ask for one year of my life. His friend said that means seven of us seven years.he made a Deal with Death.

His mother said poor boy, he lost his mind. His two sons, his two friends, his wife, his unmarried sister they all had one thing to say, we were so happy when the Doctor said he will die in three months. We would have each got his money and we could have all enjoyed. So nothing has changed, his son said "he is going to die in three months, whatever nonsense he talks.., Here were waiting for him to die, and he comes with some idiotic proposal to extend his life Really he expects us to believe his Deal with Death. Rohit had heard enough, Death looked at him this is what happens in every home when a rich man is about to die. Rohit asked Death is there no way I can live and see their hypocrisy, Death said you will live, Tomorrow the Doctor will say there is a miracle drug, it's costly but you can afford. That drug will cure you, you will live I am letting you live.to teach your people a lesson.So saying Death left. The next day they were all there in his roomas if nothing had happend. The Doctor came to check Rohit, Rohit he said there is a miracle drug if you want I can get it for you it's costly. Sure Rohit said don't worry about the money get it and let the treatment start. His people all looked at each other.He could feel their disappointment Rohit asked them you are not happy. Of course, they said. Within the next two months the miracle drug cured him, he was home. The first thing he told all of them, I am hereby excluding you all from my will. The second thing you will leave my house, that includes you too he told his wife and his sons.


For from here onwards I am staying alone. It's not as if am deserting you, I will provide a good amount to each of you, use that and stay together, or stay alone, I am not bothered. But you are not staying with me. Why are you doing this to us his mother asked. Rohit looked at all of them with sadness, and, said I would have made an offer of life to each one of you, but you did not listen, but left me, without listening. You all thought I will not survive cancer. But miracles happen, I am an example, He looked at his wife as he said this. Death watching from above shook his head and said, all he asked you all was one year of your life. You refused and the result you have lost everything you had.


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