We as kids were served tea and milk in enamel coated metal mugs that we used to call tumblers. These mugs came with a handle and were therefore easy to hold and grip and being made of metal were unbreakable. These were coated with different colours from outside , with or without some design but the inside was invariably white. These remained in use for a long time till the enamel would wear way and metal would start showing.These were ordinary stuff, that came cheap, a far cry from the fancy and costly mugs that are marketed online nowadays. But it is for some unpleasant reason that these linger in my memory.
I was a 5-6 year old school going kid when one fateful day, I fell from the bed the bed and the edge of a tumbler hit me hard on the left side just below the neckline. With this started my two months’ long ordeal. Apart from the pain, the portion got swollen and developed into a lump, much to the worry of my parents. I was taken to the hospital and the doctor prescribed injections. On alternate days , I was taken to the hospital, was first given steam and afterwards given an injection. This went on for quite some days but was of no avail . Someone suggested applying poultice to the affected portion . Poultice – hot halwa made in alsi oil was applied to the affected portion and it seemed to work . After a few days, probably on a Sunday, the lump burst and a lot of pus came out, which was wiped and removed with cotton . At last my ordeal came to an end , much to the great relief of my parents.