Week 4 Highlight
(>19 yrs age)
The Journey from Adversity to Advantage
In 2016, I travelled to Scotland with my younger son and husband. I
was the appointed driver for the trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye and
back, since my son wasn’t old enough to drive and my husband had stopped
driving after a near fatal illness a few years ago. A few months before the
holiday, I’d met with a horrible car accident that almost killed my family.
Since then I’d become extremely scared of driving, even at home. Driving in a
foreign country for the first time was an unappealing proposition. But the
Scottish countryside had very little traffic, driving around offered far greater
flexibility than using public transport, and so I agreed to rent a car.
For some reason, I picked my son to ride shotgun and also be my
navigator. Being in an unfamiliar car in an alien country was terrifying in the
beginning, and I was extremely nervous. Very calmly, my son, who’d just
turned twenty, helped me navigate out of the busy roads of Edinburgh and
into the countryside. Once we had turned into a smaller road, he began
playing my favourite songs on the car speakers, taking my requests, and
joking with me, until I was quite relaxed. He warned me before every
intersection, guiding me almost as though he could hear my unspoken
questions. I could feel my husband’s silent anxiety oozing from the rear seat,
but my son deflected that as well. For the rest of the trip, this became a
pattern, and I lost my fear of driving altogether.
My sons’ easygoing, cheerful nature has time and again taught me the
value of making the most of every moment, taking each day as it comes, and
turning adversity into advantage.
Sangeeta Mall is a Mumbai- based novelist. She has written Cloud 9 Minus One and Flight of the Flamingo. Her biggest desire is for a vacation with her older son, her new daughter-in-law, both of them stuck miles away in the US, her younger son and husband.
Charity in thy Name
Ten bags of groceries have been distributed on behalf of Pradeepti amongst the migrant workers
stranded in Bangalore due to the COVID-19 lockdown.