No flicker of recognition-no memory!Kazi Najrul Islam was a very famous poet and lyricist of Bengal, However, due to some undetected problem, he lost his memory and power of speech in 1944. He remained in this condition from 1944 to 1976 (at the time of his death). He was declared the National Poet of Bangladesh. However, it has been reported that very occasionally when he met some of the visitors, there were flickers of recognition in his eyes. He used to weep and try to convey something in writing.
Today I was reading a report on the present condition of Atal Bihari Vajpai, the former Prime Minister of India. It is reported that he has lost his power of recognition and speech. However, on his birthday (25th December), his old friends and colleagues Lal Krishna Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and some others visit him.
I was thinking. Can't Vajpai-ji recognise his very old colleagues and friends? Aren't there any flickers of recognition in his eyes? Doesn't he try to convey anything to his friends?