It was a cold night in Pune. Pratim and her friends Reeti, Jaya and Nisha were chatting after a heavy dinner. Since it was a friday evening the long gossips were on. The guppe sessions were almost about to cease, suddenly Jaya fainted. Immediately they sprinkled water on Jaya’s face and she became conscious. But she was feeling some kind of wired pain in her head. They did not know what had happened, as it had never happened with Jaya. Panic stuck everyone; it was almost midnight and did not know how to approach a doctor at this time. Suddenly something stuck Pratim “There is a Doctor in our colony, he is just two blocks away”. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief. They were proud of Pratima’s presence of mind. So Pratima and Reethi ran to fetch the doctor and Nisha stayed back to look after Jaya as her pain was getting worse. Both of them were running short of breath, they rang the door bell of Dr Kulkarni’s house. A small girl opened the door. She was shocked to see the girls and in such breathless state. By the time they had asked for Dr Kulkarni, the Doctor himself came out.
Pratima – “D…oct….rrrrr, my friend, my friend she fainted suddenly and has very bad pain in her head”
Reethi (added) – “She is not even able to stand up doctor…we do not know what has happened to her..”
Dr Kulkarni (interrupted) – “Oh that’s bad…..”
Reethi – “We are very sorry to disturb you at this time Doctor”
Pratima – “Doctor, could you please come with us for some first aid”
He was surprised on hearing this.
Dr Kulkarni – “What!!!!!!!!!!??????”
Reethi and Pratima were baffled on Doctor’s reaction……
Before the girls could imagine anything, he leapt forward and said
Dr Kulkarni – “Sorry girls, it’s not that I do not want to help your friend, it’s just that I cannot”
Again a wave of confusion stuck them.
Pratima – “Sir, you are Dr Kulkarni right”
Dr Kulkarni – “Yes, I am Dr Kulkarni, but I am not a Doctor as in a medical doctor I am a Doctorate in History. I am a History Professor”
Reethi was cursing Pratima in her mind JJ for this foolish act
All is well when the end is well. Doctor of History was a gentleman, he did offer to help them, but not by giving medicines, but by driving Jaya to the nearest hospital which was open 24X7. Pratima was really embarrassed of her idiocy. The girls thanked Pratima oops kicked Pratima and thanked their Dr Kulkarni was that timely help.