One kid dies in India every 15 seconds
25% of children dying worldwide before the 20th day after their birth are from India
33% of the world’s underweight children under age five live in India
India accounts for 43% of the world’s infants born with a low birth weight
These are the latest statistics from ‘The State of the World’s Children-2008’ report by UNICEF.
You can bet that none of these will be considered issues to be dealt with. Our government and political parties are still thinking of what we should do with Taslima Nasreen, spy satellites, and the Left wondering how Left it ought to be.
In 15 seconds I could not even type this, and to think a baby died already?
She was bent over. The moment she came out of the dentist’s room she gave me her new-denture smile. “Today I went in first!” she said in Gujarati.
“Ah, you remember?” I replied in the same language hesitantly.
I had been there a week ago and was taken in first.
She pointed to her head, “This still works well.”
“And I thought there was something special about me that you could still recall.”
“Haan, te bhi…that too!”
It was the most marvellous cackle I had heard in a while, and from a 93-year-old, I later discovered.
My dentist said, “Look, she has made your day.”
Yes, a brief glimpse, a remembrance, a reconnection…enough of life to sink your teeth into.