That One Moment

M. Shobana

Born in November 1997, Shobana hails from Sankari, Salem, Tamil Nadu. Daughter to Mr. M. Murugeshan, a truck driver, and Mrs. R. M. Rajeshwari, a homemaker, Shobana is pursuing B. E. in Civil Engineering from Government College of Technology. She aims to pursue M.E. degree and get into Civil Services. She wishes to run an orphanage in the future.

Father is the one person who sees his daughter as a queen. It is same with my father, who is the most loving and caring person in the world for me. He would do anything under the sun for his daughter. Under any circumstances, if I fall down, he would never pick me up. Instead he would say, ‘come, get up and run’. He would make me grow in my own skin. He is a soft-hearted person. He will be quiet or simply smile at the person who tries to insult or start a fight with him. This is one of the most important thing that I have learnt from him.

‘The more chances you give someone, the less respect they will start to have for you. My father would tell me and this line is exactly suitable in my father’s situation too. My grandfather is a panchayat thalaivar. He is a powerful man in his village. My father was from a well settled family. My daddy was not good in studies. He started accompanying his brothers and cousins for trips in lorry. He had started going for lorry trips for enjoyment, but he developed interest and decided to buy a lorry of his own and drive all over India. It was the happiest moment of his life.

During that time I was very young. I was in 5th or 6th standard. We were having a very comfortable life. My sister used to say about my father’s happiness and how much he used to enjoy with his family those days.

All those happy times has suddenly come to an end all so suddenly.

Once, while taking a trip with the onion load to Hubli in Karnataka, my father got into an accident in one of our relative’s lorry. The driver of the lorry had started the engine and started driving by mistake. My father was standing in front of the lorry and before the driver could realise the lorry wheel ran over my father’s leg. He got fractured severely and was unable to stand for 1 year. For that one year, my mother was his backbone. She supported him a lot.

Doctor declared my father will not be able to drive a heavy vehicle anymore. From that instant, our good fortune ended. My father got drivers and paid them wages for the lorry trips. But that drivers started cheating. Again, our lorry met with an accident and got damaged. There was no use of keeping that lorry anymore, so he settled it for lesser rate. Within one or two years he sold off the other lorry as well. My grandfather, he was a large-hearted person, had donated lands for very low prices.

Our financial condition started degrading. And till now we are struggling. Now my father has started driving a college bus with a salary Rs. 10,000 per month.

My father is under a tremendous pressure to save money for my sister’s marriage and my education and to return the money to our relatives which he had borrowed for my sister’s studies. For the past 1 year, my sister is working with HP company in Chennai but that is also not enough to pay for the room rent.

The one point that changed my father’s life is that accident.

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