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True Story of a Miracle

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Aparna Mondal was born and brought up in Kolkata. Presently she lives in Mumbai with her family. She always loved nature and that prompted her to study Biological Sciences. She loves to paint landscape and nature. Her other hobbies are reading, photography, travelling, making costume jewellery, acting, swimming. She has recently developed a special interest in putting her thoughts into writing. Making new friends and interacting with them make her feel loved.

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Miracles happen. Whether it happens for anybody at random or for a chosen few, I really don’t know.

I can’t recall any miracle from my life but have heard a story from my father-in-law. He is a doctor. Those days he was getting ready to join the Royal College of Surgeons in UK to pursue his fellowship in the department of surgery. After completing his MBBS he joined as a post graduate trainee in a hospital in Kolkata and also applied for FRCS in the Royal College in UK. When he was almost through with the joining formalities, he started preparing himself to leave India.

One day during that period he suddenly felt that his vision in one eye was lost totally and he could not see at all with that eye. He was totally at a loss as there was no prior discomfort in that eye before. He underwent all possible tests and he was ultimately diagnosed with a rare kind of macular degenerative disease where chances of recovery was believed to be practically nil! For an aspiring surgeon it was a huge blow, as without binocular vision a surgeon would not be permitted to pursue his career.

After many heart-breaks a friend suggested him to visit the temple of Tirupati and offer puja to Lord Balaji Venkataswamy. Being an atheist he immediately dismissed the suggestion with a laugh, casually saying that he would only start believing in God if Balaji could bring back his vision. Days passed and the time to join his college neared. Keeping his optimism alive he reached England. He had a constant worry nagging in his mind that he might be rejected at the last moment on medical grounds. There were few days left for the college to start. During that time he fixed an appointment with an expert ophthalmologist in London.

Miraculously, on the day of scheduled visit he got back his vision. The vision returned as unexpectedly as the way it got lost. Being a doctor himself, he knew this was medically impossible and could not believe that the phase would be permanent. With all his reports he visited the specialist. The specialist examined him with utmost care for a long time and ultimately said that his reports do-not match the result of his physical examination! He also added that had he not seen the reports, he would not have believed that dad really lost his vision. The eye seemed to him completely normal and there was no trace of any possible prior issue!

What would you call this? It it is not it a miracle, precisely a medical miracle, then how else can it be defined? From that day onwards Dad became a devotee of Balaji Tirupati. He is now 89 years old, he has eye glasses but never ever lost his eye sight again. He preserved those reports and they are with him till now.

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  • Rakesh Pandey18/09/2018 at 2:01 PM

    It’s actually a debatable point about miracles. A war raging between mind and heart, where mind denies and heart stands its ground. The world weary scientist within us scoffs at miracles, whereas the romantic heart is all for it.

    The point is, the mind is unable to explain certain phenomenon scientifically, in spite of all the known theories of science, and that’s when the heart smiles with an ill-concealed glee.

    Nicely told! 👌

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