Jamia Millia Islamia alumnus and Okhla resident Asad Ashraf’s post on Sukhdev Vihar-based Jamia alumnus Gaurav about two hours ago has literally gone viral soliciting 41 comments, 133 likes and four shares and going on strong until the filing of this report.
“Met an old acquaintance from Jamia, Gaurav, an engineering student from 2005-2009 batch. Found him lying down on the streets of Sukhdev Vihar, he could recognise me at once I took a little time to figure out if it was him. Looked like his health and time has had a humongous impact on his physical appearance.
“He wore a torn shirt and jeans. It seemed he hadn’t taken shower in years. I asked him to accompany me for tea, he kept on insisting that he wanted something to smoke up or inject. Thankfully, I could settle him down with a cup of tea, some chips and a cigarette.
“He didn’t even remember his name, said, ‘I will have to check my educational certificates.’
“He is a local living in this locality for the last 30 years, probably since his birth. The shopkeeper told me that he has been deserted by his family and he has got no place to live, he depends on these shops for his daily meal, they feed him out of sympathy, “Bachpan se dekha hai isko, aisa dekha nahi jata”, the chaiwala said.
“I vaguely remember that he was depressed the last time I met him 3-4 years ago, but never realised that it will turn him into this one day. As far I can recall from my college days, he was a brilliant musician. When I asked him about music today, he had to say, “Music is still in my soul”. I also remember that he was placed with a multinational company after he passed out from college.
“This is what mental health condition does to people, I am still finding it difficult to absorb this.
“However, I think I should take him to a doctor. Any suggestions?”