It was a cold rainy night in Dhaka, Bangladesh during 1983, In a small house a boy at least 19 years old who will once be my father took a look through a hole in his father’s bedroom door. While he looked through the hole quietly, his eyes were in shock. He noticed his father placing a cigarette in his mouth with another box in his left hand. Each time he put the cigarette inside his mouth, he would cough awfully as if he would die right in that moment. Suddenly, Ballal’s father got out of his bed and headed straight to the door to get out of the room. As Ballal noticed his father coming, he looked away from the hole and went straight to his bedroom and feeling his heart full of sorrow. Ballal’s dad went to the kitchen to get a glass of water to stop the coughing. When he finished his water, he headed back to his room and put his cigarette box in his pocket on his shirt. Then, he turned off the lights and went to bed. That night Ballal thought of how he saw his dad smoking. He knew that his father was a good person, and Ballal knew that he would never betray the family. Still, he couldn’t understand why his dad was smoking. It wasn't going to help him in any way.
On the sunny morning of the next day, there were loud ambulance sirens that went constantly on and woke up Ballal. At the time he came out of his room he noticed so many paramedics in the living room strapping a man on a stretcher. When he looked closely, he recognised that it was his dad. Alongside of him was Ballal’s mom and she was sobbing with tears. When Ballal looked around the whole room, he saw that the whole family was crying.
He went straight to his mom and asked, “What happened to dad and why are all these people in our house?”
His mom answered hopelessly, “He was coughing so many times that he fell on the floor really hard that he got knocked out.”
When Ballal understood what his mom was saying, he remembered last night when his dad was smoking multiple cigarettes.
As the ambulance arrived to the hospital, there was pain all over Ballal’s family. The paramedics hurried inside the hospital to the emergency room. As they headed to the emergency room, the doctors told the family that Ballal’s dad needed some treatment and they had to stay outside the room.
Two hours later, the doctor came out of the room and said, “There’s some bad news.”
Ballal’s family started crying, but Ballal wanted to know anxiously.
He told the doctor “What happened?”
As the doctor answered, the crying stopped from the family. The doctor told Ballal, “Your dad is going to be fine for now, so you can take him home, but he is going to suffer lung cancer.”
When the voice of the doctor stopped, Ballal burst into tears and their family went inside the room. As Ballal saw his dad awake, he hugged him and felt sorry for him. The family greeted him and they felt sorry for him too.
Ballal asked his...