Thoughtless Medicines, Unthinkable Pains

October 10, 2013

I must admit that my life from my very childhood has been a mixed basket – with joy, happiness, sorrows, trials and sufferings. My father used to say, “Dev tor Saathi, vignaam kaay korthi? - meaning, If God is my companion, what can the trials do? This has been the philosophy we have been brought up with, and we accept whatever hat God sends us with both our hands – no complaints.

The first part of my life was exactly like this –with joys, sadness - I was clever in studies, with prizes, awards, but I was a terrible stammerer – I do not remember having answered a single question in class, even though I was standing first in studies; my classmates were making fun of me. I was helping others in their studies. That was a blessing in disguise I think – it developed my other talents – writing, poetry, reading, etc.

The second part was not much different –I was in Bahrain for 16 long years – in the Editorial section of the Gulf Daily News – with late night shifts, changed food timings, which had terrible effects on my stomach and health and by the time I returned to Mangalore, I was almost on the verge of collapse – with my Hemoglobin on 4.8. It was Dr EVS Maben, who nursed me back to normalcy with his careful supervision and medication. He had one advice – never to take any medication without consulting him.

I had one serious problem – constant running nose, with two handkerchiefs as my companions every day.

And one fine morning I saw an ad about D Cold Total – which I took thoughtlessly and which resulted in unthinkable pains – forget about the costs – The thoughtless medicine told on my stomach problem, and worsened it – resulting in continuous visits to the SVS Hospital, KMC hospital in Mangalore and St John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore. Now, I am back on my way to normalcy, with my Hb on 12.7, with constant remorse for my thoughtless action which brought on me such unthinkable pains – forget about the costs and worries I caused to my dear family.

I have made up mind – no more self medication – full adherence to the doctor’s word and complete trust in his words which represent God to me.


By Leo D'Souza
Leo John D'Souza, popularly known as Liyab in Konkani literary world, had written this article while recuperating in the hospital ICU. He passed away on Thursday October 10.
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Comment on this article

  • george dsouza, mangalore , mumbai

    Fri, Oct 11 2013

    Very sorry to hear about the passing away of Liyaab. He was my history teacher in Padua High School in the year 1982. A eversmiling, dedicated and a good teacher. Tall, handsome and well dressed man ready to listen you anytime in need. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the loved ones.

  • Dr S Kamath , Mumbai

    Fri, Oct 11 2013

    Really Heart moving words straight from the heart of Leo D Souza .I feel myslef breaved of a Noble soul

  • Condolences, Mangalore/Canada

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    Dear Mary Bai, Judy, Sunita & Sudhir,
    A word of comfort in your time of sorrow.
    For this is the will of my Father, that everyone that beholds the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him at the last day." John 6:40

    Patrick, Irene, Joshua & Aaron, Canada

  • Fr Francis Lewis, Christ Church, Manipal

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    A special smile, a special face, a special someone I can't replace. I love you Liyab and I will miss you. You have filled a space that no one will ever replace. The distance is one thing that keeps us apart, But Liyab you will always remain in my heart.

  • Tony Ferros, Jeppu

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    ಲಿಯಾಬ್ ಸರ್ಲೊಗಿ? ತಾಚೆಂ ಹೆಂ ಬರಪ್ ವಾಚ್ತಾನಾ ಖಂಡಿತ್ ತಶೆಂ ಭೊಗನಾ. ಲಿಯಾಬಾಕ್ ಹಾಂವ್ ಆದ್ಲ್ಯಾ ವರ್ಸಾ ಕಂಡೆಟ್ಟುಂತ್ಲ್ಯಾ ತಾಚ್ಯಾ ಘರಾ ಭೆಟ್ ಲ್ಲೊಂ. ತಾಚೆ ಲಾಗಿಂ ಸಂವಾದ್ ಚಲಯಿಲ್ಲೊ. ಕೊಂಕ್ಣಿ ಭಾಶೆಥಂಯ್, ಬರವ್ಪ್ಯಾಂ ಥಂಯ್ ತಾಚೊ ಹುಸ್ಕೊ ಅಪಾರ್. ತರ್ನ್ಯಾ ಬರವ್ಪ್ಯಾಂವಿಶಿಂ ತಾಣೆ ಕಾಳ್ಜಿ ಉಚಾರ್ ಲ್ಲಿ. ಹೆ ಪ್ರಾಯೆರ್ ತರೀ ತಾಚಿ ನಿಂವನಾತ್ ಲ್ಲಿ ಉಮೆದ್ ಪಳೆವ್ನ್ ಹಾಂವ್ ಶೆರ್ಮೆವ್ನ್ ಗೆಲ್ಲೊಂ. ಸದಾಂ ಹಾಸ್ಚೆಂ ಮುಕಮಳ್ ತಾಚೆಂ, ಆಮ್ಕಾಂ ಜಿವಿತಾ ಥಂಯ್ ವಿಶ್ವಾಸ್ ಹಾಡಂವ್ಚೆಂ. ಕೂಡ್ ಸರ್ಲ್ಯಾ ಜಾಂವ್ಕ್ ಪುರೊ, ಪುಣ್ `ಲಿಯಾಬ್' ನ್ಹಯ್.


    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    What is sad that this great Konkanni writer and poet was cheated by destiny (or destiny's children) of the Daiji Puraskar. Anyway he has gone for a greater reward.

  • Anita Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    You are a stalwart of konkani literature and just before you passed away, God thru your writing skills, left all of us Daiji Readers a wonderful lesson. rest in peace

  • melwyn lobo, bejai, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    This show the literary love of this person. Till the last moment he loved to write and accept his mistakes so that other can learn from him. I read his stories or translations in Rakno during my childhood. RIP Liyab

  • Filomeno Alves, Goa/Doha

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    •When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

  • Andrew L D Cunha, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    Oh...Lyab - adorable person, inspiring poet left us...full adherence to Gods word...he lived with grace. Let is soul rest in peace

  • Rayan Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    Heart Touching last words of Lyab.....may his soul rest in peace...

  • hemacharya, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 10 2013

    We are going to miss this thespian greatly, but let's be content in the fact that he is not going to suffer anymore, for he has already entered HIS kingdom. Goodbye, Liyab, till we meet again.

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