me first what you desire most.‘
‗I asked you first, so you should reply first,‘ retorted Javeria.
‗Very well…let me think,‘ Imama conceded defeat. ‗My life‘s dea
desire…‘ she mumbled to herself.
‗Well, one wish is to live long…very long,‘ she said.
‗Why?‘ laughed Javeria.‗Fifty or sixty years are too short for me. One should live to be at least a
hundred. And then there is so much I wish to do. Should I die early, all
my wishes would remain unfulfilled.‘ She popped a peanut into her
‗What else?‘ said Javeria.
‗I want to be the most outstanding doctor in the country—
the best eyespecialist, so that when the history of eye surgery in Pakistan iscompiled
, my name will be at the very top of the list.‘ She looked up
with a smile.
‗And what if you cannot become a doctor? After all, that depends bothon merit and luck,‘ Javeria stated.
‗That is out of the question. I am working so hard to make it to the
t list. Besides my parents can afford to send me abroad if I don‘tget into a medical college here.‘
‗But still, what if you cannot be a doctor?‘
‗That‘s impossible. It‘s my life‘s dearest desire: I can sacrifice
everything for it. This has been my lifelong dream, and how can one just
ignore or forget one‘s dreams? Impossible!‘ Imama shook her head
decisively as she picked another peanut off her palm and nibbled on it.
‗Nothing is impossible in life—
anything can happen at any time.Suppose your wish does no
t come true, how would you react?‘Imama fell into thought again. ‗To begin with, I‘ll weep a lot…a greatdeal…for many days—and then I‘ll die.‘
Javeria burst out laughing. ‗You just said you wanted a very long life,and now you want to die.‘
‗Obviously. What‘s the point of living then? All my plans are built
around my career in medicine and if that is not to be a part of my life,
then what remains?‘
‗So you mean this one dream of your life will wipe out all otherdreams?‘
‗Yes, think of it that way.‘
‗Your most important desire is to be a doctor, not to live long?‘
‗You could say so.‘
‗Very well—so, if you can‘t become a doctor, then how would you