An Ode to a Friendship

An Ode to a Friendship
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In a day and age, where friendships (real and genuine) are rare, and where relationships are generally and usually transactional, a bold and a beautiful thing has happened in Jammu and Kashmir: A young Sikh girl made an offer to donate one of her kidneys to her Muslim friend, who is suffering from an illness that pertains to these organs. Both the girls are young (even though adults in legal terms). But, unfortunately, there is a snag. The father of the Sikh girl, suffering from seventy five percent disability, has not only appealed his daughter not to make the organ donation but also sent a notification to the SKIMS, where the girl suffering from kidney issues is admitted, to not to countenance his daughter’s offer. The father has couched his appeal in terms of his disabilities and the attendant care that he needs from his daughter. Generally speaking and from the vantage point of medical science, organ donation like that of kidneys is not a life and death matter; a kidney can be donated by a healthy adult and he or she can lead a fulfilling healthy life in physical terms. The father of the donor might then be impelled by grounds other than he is proffering. The saga of the donor’s offer to her friend is sublime and noble not merely because of the great generosity and duty of care, emanating from sublime feelings toward a friend on part of the donor but also the fact that both girls come from different faiths and religions. The implication or the inference that can be drawn here is that friendships can cut across these, to the extent of one friend can donate an organ to her friend in need. But, as or like in a picture perfect story, “reality” intervenes and other factors impinge and intervene as a “spoiler”, so to speak. The heroines of the saga in contention are the girls who are not only friends but also appear to be bosom buddies. And, the overall theme, or say, plot is the beauty and sanctity of genuine and real friendship. While the decision of the donation rests with the girl , who may or may not donate her kidney to her friend, the hope is that humanity is placed at a pedestal. Even if the kidney donation does not transpire , the fact is that given the donor’s bold and beautiful gesture has redeemed humanity..