Tooth or Dare

I recall that in the seventh grade, I was required to write a poem in English, for my elocution. A poem about someone whom I envied the most! And, while others wrote about their teachers, parents, friends, or movie stars, I wrote about my hair-dresser. Yes! And it was only then that I understood this simple fact: I came to know about him not by talking to him, but while writing about him. So, thinking to walk-in others’ shoes, and walking in others’ shoes are two different things. How true.

The last month, as I arranged for my transfer to my hometown – a professional transfer – my tooth had the better of me. And, since it was my hometown, I was not away from friends. Here, the funny part is you don’t know how big your tooth-related problem is, unless you visit a dentist. As for me, I was paying another casual visit to my friend.

Obviously, the visit did not end that “casually”, for I was told to uproot my tooth. While, he just lent me a comforting face (all that he could do), I envied him for his sudden authority over my tooth. One of the most daunting tasks for me was to imagine my tooth being plucked off, uprooted. I almost jump up a bit in the chair as I imagined! And, to my imagination, it was him who had won 1:0 against my sweet little tooth. Envied, I was!

I envied him for his profile (you see, no matter how big you are, physically or financially, a simple toothache keeps you from all the glory). The teeth, I learned, are something we should really take care of. Brush twice a day, floss, gargle, and mouthwash whenever you can; and last few things weren’t even on my day’s list. And, soon I would have one lesser than 32. Again, I imagined and envied, how he would feel, to witness the bigwigs struggle in pain before him. That hurt – not the toothache, but the envy, which was more on account of his sheer authority over teeth, and less on account of pain.

But now, after a week, I am fully recovered. And, as I look back, I still have that friend. The one, who stood by to understand the cause of the pain; the one who knew that the echo in my voice was not my magic, but the cavity in my tooth; the one who was kind enough to take care of my most painful experience till date – uprooting the tooth; and, the one who is still smiling, only with me this time.

Although I lost a tooth in this tooth-dare, I gained another friend I can envy. The only difference being: Deep-down I envy him, because I respect him for what he CAN do; he too might envy me for a reason.
IMG_20131018_195556_copySaurabh Nagar, playing the dentist in this tooth-dare, is a professional Dentist, who cares for his impatient patients. He serves at a hospital in the morning, and becomes a subject of more such envies in the evening. This is a work of appreciation, and not a paid advertisement. However, for oral treatment/queries reach him directly at or 98260-82494.


Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 670 other subscribers

Marked as ‘Read’ on Goodreads

© 2021 The Wordsmith . Theme by Viva Themes., pub-2035719743358482, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0