The Transformation

For years, when I was a student, staying in one hostel after the other, my father, dead sure that my aaloo-only eating habits will affect my eyes one day or the other, faithfully took me to the doctors for an eye-testing during every vacation. He was particularly concerned because my brother, with similar eating habit, had vision issues since he was a child. But I scored a perfect 6/6 every time, defying all that people wanted to believe about the relationship between healthy eating habits and actual health! “No green vegetables? You are sure to spoil your eye-sight very soon”

Folks – aaloos served me well enough. It was after my professional life forced me to put some stuff in my plate in those company dinners (it looked awkward otherwise), and after I started eating them a bit, and after I got married to Abhaya and green vegetables started getting cooked in my home, and after I had stopped going for these regular check-ups, that the lightning really struck! Some months back I started having difficulties in reading sign boards which were a bit far or had a small fonts. Others with me could read them very well.  Going to the doctor kept getting postponed. Finally, we managed to go to a doctor last time we were in Lucknow. Even after them getting glasses kept getting postponed. Until last Monday, at nine in the night, the optician close to our place gave a call saying the glasses are ready, I was still a free woman.

But that call changed things forever. Wearing the glasses outside is fine enough. But I am yet to get used to wearing them while working on computer. That funny feeling between eyebrows just does not go away. And having to take them off every time I want to rub my eyes, or apply a little moisturizer on drying skin or change my top is so damned irritating! Not to forget the cleaning of glass that is necessitated every time I touch it by mistake. And does not matter how I do my hair, I look like the nerdy, unsure of life and love heroine straight out of Hindi movies and serials (sans the beauty and grooming!).

Sigh! I need a new-to-specs support group badly!

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About Jaya

Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe ( with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: Twitter: @jayajha Facebook:

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