In Eclipse | Documentary Film

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In Eclipse | Documentary Film

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When people have known each other for years, the way my parents have, the small things they do for each other get lost in the mundaneness of everyday life, and it is in only in sickness that some of these gestures of love stand out as acts of ‘caring’.

Aai Baba (Mother and Father) have always stayed together; and when either has fallen sick, they have cooked for each other and made sure medicines are taken on time, along with a million other small gestures that are so natural to them. When mother broke her hand, which she has broken twice, father would assist her in all her personal duties and household chores, that she would normally attend to. He became like her personal nurse. Her meals were taken care of, and so was her personal grooming; he would help her to put on a saree, and comb and tie up her hair. He would religiously apply the ointment that the doctor had prescribed and bandage her hand every single day.

It was very fascinating for me to see all this, because you tend to assume that people who have been married for over 35 years as would be very used to the idea of each other. You see the domestic duties they perform as recurring and monotonous. When either falls sick, it unites the couple in a very obvious way, bringing about a complete change in both of their routines. Sometimes an illness causes them to interchange the way they live their lives. Father takes over mother’s physically-challenging work, and mother assists father in his less-taxing duties. They start working together as a unit, and the intimacy becomes evident.

Care is at the heart of every relationship, which is why we need someone to spend our twilight years with, and share not only in sickness, but in health and happiness.

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