Sunday, October 19, 2008

Me & My Parents...... Reunion !!!

The next journey was to Shirdi, Sai Baba Temple, again on a Sunday. This time the journey was longer. Shirdi is about 110 kms ahead of Nashik. It took us almost 7 hours to drive down. Starting in the morning, we reached around lunch time. So we freshened up, had lunch & then proceeded to the temple. Obviously, the place was crowded, & I had no option but to catch hold of a tout who could get us in through one of the VIP gates (of course for an amount…… how situations persuade us to succumb to such covert actions!!!). Life really is a great leveler. I normally would never use bribe, but in order to get some comfort for my parents, I was so readily willing (our choices shape our lives.....hmmmm)

The darshan went off very well….. Maa & Baba could be with the pundits & do a Pooja. Baba is a devout follower of Shirdi Sai Baba….so he was overwhelmed with joy. It was his dream to come here & offer a Pooja to Sai Baba. After the Pooja, we decided to feed a few children to lunch. It all went off very well. We started back late in the evening & reached Mumbai quite late in the night. The traffic was quite heavy & chaotic. Maa & Baba were obviously quite tired after such a long journey (7 hours drive on either side), but they looked so happy. I was left wondering…..how small things make us happy…content & satiated.

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