This blog is written specifically in response to the contest: COLGATE-TOTAL:PRO* GUM HEALTH
TO WRITE A MORAL STORY ABOUT IGNORING WARNING SIGNS for Indiblogger.in.
As soon as I saw this caption my thoughts went back to my childhood days.
Still I was thinking whether to write a story that could be real,fictional,funny or serious.
So the best option for me to write the story and win SONY Xperia Z would be a mix of real,fictional, funny & serious.
So my story goes somewhat mixture of all of the above like this..........
I was born and brought up in a village called Kurchipalla which was later changed as Mangalpady and yet again changed as Uppala near sea shore and a Railway Station which was situated in the then South Kanara District of Madras Presidency. ( It was neither Mysore,Kerala or Karnataka then)
As it happens to everybody I was born without any teeth and hence there was no warnings or signs to be taken care of. My mother used to take care of everything. There was no need to brush. Whatever my mother used to give me was enough to me. I might have cried if I felt hungry to wake up my mother.
As the days and months move on my mother understood that I started growing up and I had some small teeth coming up. I never knew that I need to brush my teeth immediately after getting up or immediately before going to bed. I never knew when I got up and when I slept. So it went on for some more years. I did not know who brushed my teeth and the necessity of it. So it went on till I joined school for my I standard.
Before going to school my mother served me breakfast. She used to tell me to come for breakfast after brushing the teeth. I was impatient. I had never seen a tooth brush then or even tooth paste. I was supposed to take a mango leave and fold it and remove the branch of leave from both sides and the root of the leave was supposed to be used as tongue cleaner and the folded leave was supposed to be used as teeth cleaner. THIS WAS THE ORDER GIVEN BY MY MOTHER. But I had no patience to obey the order of my mother and used to tell her that I have complied the order and demanded the breakfast which was duly served to me without verifying the veracity of my claim.
THIS IS THE FIRST WARNING SIGN I IGNORED FOR WHICH I AM SUFFERING TILL DATE.
The false claims went on till I passed my matriculation. I had to join College which was situated in Mangalore for which I had to travel in train for about an hour. This is the first time I understood what is meant by TOOTH BRUSH, TOOTH PASTE or even TONGUE CLEANER. Mangalore is a small town where I had to visit my friends in the hostel and saw for the first time tooth brush & tooth paste. I also came to know that it is called COLGATE
Even then I have not taken that too seriously and thought that it was only for a privileged few. I should have learnt by seeing and watching my college mates in the hostel.
THIS IS THE SECOND WARNING SIGN I IGNORED BECAUSE OF WHICH I LOST FEW TEETH
I should have learnt a lesson even after loosing few teeth. Before loosing teeth I had to undergo serious tooth pains for which I was told to use saltwater and still I could not save my teeth.
The next stage of my life was entering into a job and I started using both tooth brush and tooth paste since all others used to use that and mango leaves or tree were not available at Bangalore. I used to ask for in the shop for COLGATE BRUSH & PASTE, since I knew no other brand. But I was not given neither the COLGATE TOOTH PASTE or BRUSH. Instead I was given one or the other brand on each purchase I forgot which brand I used. My friends used to make fun of me for not using COLGATE which they used to tell me as the brand leader recommended by the doctors and THE BEST for GUM protection.
THIS IS THE THIRD WARNING SIGN TOLD MY FRIENDS BECAUSE OF WHICH I LOST FEW MORE TEETH.
In spite of all these, I have not learnt correct lessons. My ignorance or not heeding to the advice of my friends & colleagues went on unhindered which cost me very dearly at the later stage of my life.
I started suffering with tooth pain too often and had to perform very badly in my work and was considered a bad performer being denied promotion at every stage of my career.
THIS IS THE FOURTH WARNING SIGN WHEN I SHOULD HAVE INSISTED TO USE COLGATE PASTE & BRUSH AND NOTHING ELSE.
However, I started using COLGATE TOTAL and it was too late. By that time I had to endure lot of pain and loose 16 of my teeth besides lot of money and had become a laughing stock among my friends & colleagues.
THIS THE FIFTH & FINAL WARNING SIGN I TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND ABLE TO RETAIN THE REMAINING 16 TEETH.
FROM THEN ON THERE IS NO LOOKING BACK
If I had not taken the fifth and final warning seriously my fate would have been COALGATE instead of COLGATE
I have left with only 16 teeth fortunately all front side teeth. I am protecting it through COLGATE & it is shining and becoming stronger and stronger instead of becoming weaker and weaker earlier.
It was too late for me . But it was better late than never so that the remaining 16 will remain with me forever and I hope I may be able to get back few of my lost teeth.
There are some sign which show that there is some growth which indicate that I may get few of teeth back.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS............ IF YOU HAVE TEETH.. YOU WILL HAVE GUMS. & YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF IT FROM THE EARLY STAGES OF YOUR LIFE OTHERWISE YOU WILL LOOSE IT ONE BY ONE IN QUICK SUCCESSION AND YOU WILL BE LEFT WITH NONE...NEVER EVER IGNORE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH THROUGH COLGATE.