Saturday, July 08, 2006

Khoon Chala

(This post was written a couple of days ago, but because of the stupid Internet connection, posting it today)

Donated blood today. My first time. No, not that I hadn’t had opportunities before. I remember Red Cross blood donation camps held on campus during both my engineering and B-school days and there was at least one during my previous jobs that I had easy access to, like this one. But I think I always found some convenient excuse or the other. It, somehow was a blind spot with me. Am glad that I got it out of the way.

"Are you taking any medicines?" the lady in the white coat, hopefully a doctor, asks me.

"No", I mumble, sitting down.

"Have you had your lunch?"

I look up sharply, trying to note any sarcasm in the voice or face, instinctively. I have heard more than my fair share of a sarcastic "Kyon, Khana nahi khaya kya?" over the years, less, recently though. That’s because I tend to carry around a pretty tired or bored expression most of the time, even though the state of my mind may be far from such a plight. It’s put me in a quandary before, me resulting in having to reiterate that no, I find the person very interesting or the conversation quite stimulating. Of course, sometimes I don’t bother to lie.

But there was no sarcasm here. If possible, she seemed to have a more bored and tired expression herself than I would put on if I were forced to watch say, Krrish. I was almost tempted to ask her in turn if she had had her lunch. Purely out of concern, of course. I am never sarcastic. And I never lie, honest. What, c’mon, get that smirk off your face! Anyway, I stuck around to check if she asked the same questions to a bright young colleague next in line. It’s crazy what D&C makes me do sometimes.

I am sure you don’t want to hear about all the blood and gore which followed a la a Quentin Tarantino movie. Suffice it to say that it was serious enough to warrant me a free biscuit and a 100-ml juice in a tetra-pack, which I sipped quite conscientiously. I didn’t even check the expiry date.

Anyway, a good deed done for the day. I hope it helps someone in need, and doesn’t expire, in a comfortable refrigerator, like the rest of me is.

I also remember thinking today when I was a little undecided about the whole thing that, hey, at least I can blog about this blood donation thing, if nothing else. And I wonder now, like I have on a couple of occasions before, whether, it is I who write this blog (about my life), or if it’s the other way around.

Whatever, I guess as long as both of us are the better for it, I don’t give a damn. Do you, D&C?


MellowDrama said...

Heya...good to see you master your inner demons, blood donation is always good, I have 0+ve so donate frequently. Btw I think you should reconsider D&C - that is a term used for the medical termination of a miscarriage :) Cheers!

dazedandconfused said...

Hey, welcome back! Hmmm...yeah, I know that...maybe I will, any suggestions for an abbreviation?


Quicksilver! said...

This is one of those you-want-to-know-but-don't-know-whom-to-ask questions; Do they really pay you 200 Rs each time you donate blood?
I seriously want to know.

dazedandconfused said...

I'm sure there are commercial blood banks which pay up some dough, but since I donated via Red Cross, didn't get a dime, only a biscuit and a juice, like I mentioned...:)

Varsha said...

Oh good.....blood donation is a good thing to do. Wow at govt places you get parle g and milk...juice, nice!

~k.A.s.H.i.S.h~ said...

hey... came across ur blog while lookin for lyrics of the song - Sab Bhula Ke- CALL, am not the blogger kinds but liked ur thoughts..
anyways bye-for-now...

dazedandconfused said...

varsha: agree with it beinga good thing to do. Though am not as thrilled as you seem to be about the juice bit.

kashish: I think that song by 'Call' is the song of the year for me.