November 9th was a very sad day to remember. It was when my dad’s elder brother (our Tauji) breathed his last. It was shocking for us because he was otherwise very healthy. My dad’s elder brother Mr. Nand Lal Gehlot was diagnosed with COVID 19 on 8th November 2020, died the next day .i.e. on 9th November. The whole family had gone to get tested, and he was fine till that time following the Home Isolation guidelines. The family came back after half an hour and realized that he was no more. Most probably he died of a silent heart attack, as he was completely asymptomatic for COVID19 with an oxygen concentration of 98%. (tested before the family left for testing at ICMR approved testing center.)
With 2020 posing new challenges each day and giving us important lessons – that of cultivating saving as a habit, being prepared for everything, etc. One important lesson was learnt with the demise of Tauji, and it was – one should always be happy and live life fully. I remember he was a very jolly person.
Dad narrated an instance, as they belonged to a family which was not much rich. My grandfather (Dadaji) being the sole bread earner of the family, dad said that when he qualified PMT (now NEET-UG), my grandfather had already retired (58 being the age of retirement). My grandfather was injured due to some accident at work. Seeing all this, my dad thought of taking up employment as a Clerk in a government department. It was then, my Tauji told – “Are you out of your mind? You will leave the prestigious MBBS seat in a Government Medical College due to this. You continue on your studies and become a doctor. I’ll take up employment and facilitate you.”
As dad remembers, “Today, I am a respectful Surgeon it’s all due to his efforts. If he didn’t support me at that time, I wouldn’t be in this position.”
Such is the sacrifice that he did for the family. Salute to Tauji. He was always a true hero of the family. He retired as Accounts Officer from Jodhpur Discom, Jodhpur. We miss him a lot.