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Having a great company

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August 15 is special for Indians for two reasons. The first is our country’s independence day. The second is a delight of having a weekday off, often leading to an extended holiday. This year is one such incident, where Indians will be enjoying a four-day holiday. Because of that, Dad’s sister and my Mum’s brother-sister, decided to spend the time with us. Our home is in Dehradun, a valley in the foothills of Himalayas, northern India. So, coming home is always a delight.

Since Dad’s illness, things have often been dull and boring at home. And at times, despite having kids around, Dad usually is occupied with his thoughts. However since the time guests have arrived, Dad’s been enthusiastic, talkative, funny, active, nocturnal, but above all, happy. He’s always been a very social guy, and having great company always brings that nature out.

The discussions revolve around politics, economics, families, relationships, and many other things. And this ensures that Dad thinks a lot more of everything else, other than his disease.

For anyone who knows a cancer patient, give them the benefit of a healthy company. This will add ten minutes of positivity to the patient’s day.

Hi, I’m Mariyam, thank you for reading my post. This is part of my series on finding positivity and decoding the ‘be positive’ attitude as my father fights through aggressive oral cancer.

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Mariyam Raza Haider

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A journalist by training, Mariyam Haider is a writer and performance poet in Singapore.
She is the researcher of the book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age written by James Crabtree.
Her writing has appeared in Hindustan Times, Livemint, Feminism In India, New Asian Writing and Kitaab.

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