it is time for Ashwathi to make the decision. A calmness
Ashwathi slowly stood up from her seat. Looking straight to Gabrillo’s
eyes, she spoke “Gabrillo. Here is the decision I choose.”
“What is it”
“Jesna is my best friend. My life. What I have to give in return is my
blood. I choose my blood over my life”
Silence. Gabrillo didn’t speak. Ashwathi didn’t speak. Only the sound
of light wind that flows.
After few minutes that seem like hours of waiting, Gabrillo stood up
and started walking away. He was walking away from Ashwathi.
Then suddenly he stopped and turned back. Then smiled..
“So you knew it. From the person who came to you that day”
“Yes.” – Ashwathi responded.
“Lets go back to what happened that day”
It was the day Ashwathi gave blood to the mother of University
librarian. The same librarian whom she met on the graduation day and
they thanked her for her care.
That day while she was coming back from hospital, a man came to her. A
man dressed in white clothes. Ashwathi didn’t know who he was. Looking
into her eyes, he spoke
“Ashwathi. Today you gave blood to someone and saved a life. I want to
tell you one thing. One day in your life there will come a time when
you have to choose between your life and your blood. Choose your
Your blood will save your life”
“Your blood will protect your life. This is a gift for you for the
good thing you did today”
Are you the one who came that day – Ashwathi asked looking at
Gabrillo’s eyes. “Yes” – I am. I was the person who came that day. And
today, as I told you to do that day, you choose your blood over your
life. And you get
your blood and your life back”
With that Gabrillo moved his hand, and the room suddenly became dark.
And then a light. That grew in intensity until it filled the whole
room. There you could see a screen. And in that screen was – a girl.
Yes. That is Jesna.
Aswhwathi jumped at her feet. It is Jesna. Her friend. She can see her
clearly. Excited, she pulled her hand to touch her.
“You can’t touch her Ashwathi. It is just a screen ! Jesna is waiting
for you. You can go and meet her” – Gabrillo spoke a calmness in his
“Where is she Gabrillo, and what happened to her. ”
“Close your eyes now” and she did. “Now open it”
When she opened her eyes, she was lying in a hospital bed. It was the
same hospital bed where she was when she met with the accident. It is
the same room. Same doctor. I know that nurse. What is going on ?
“Ashwathi. Good morning. How are you now ?”
“Doctor. I am in this bed. What happened to me ?” “Oh nothing. A car
accident that happened. You are fine”. “Whom did I hit.” “It is, It
is. It is your friend Jesna. She is fine too. I call it a miraculous
both you and she are safe”
“Relax and get some rest. Today both of you can discharge from here.
Ah. One more thing. Jesna is waiting for you. You can go and meet her”
I have heard these words – “Jesna is waiting for you. You can go and
meet her” – but where ?
Closing her eyes, she heard a voice talking to her. Of Gabrillo. Yes.
It was he who said those words to her. When she asked him “”Where is
she Gabrillo, and what happened to her. “”,
and his words.
“It is all now memory Ashwathi. Your life saving act has given your
life back to you. Your life Jesna and now go back to your life.”
With that Ashwathi opened her eyes again, and started looking around.
Looking to meet her best friend Jesna. And here she is..