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Dear Rain God,

I’m a big fan of yours. In fact I’m in love with you.  I cannot imagine life on earth without you.  I always wonder how you look so dark and grey and angry and yet when you send down those showers it is so calming.

Having said that, I now come to you with a strange request. I wish you would stop raining in Chennai just on Friday and certainly on Saturday. You see its my baby’s birthday and we plan to have a party on the terrace. I’m sure you understand why having an indoor party for kids is tough – i mean, just imagine having to shove 22 hyper children into a room?! It’s the psychological equivalent of leaving 22 merry bulls in a China shop – so to speak.

People say, why not rent a premises. I don’t want to do that – because:

a) these venues are time bound and I do not want to keep looking at my watch all through the party

b) they offer a fixed and boring menu – so  can’t fit in stuff that my baby likes

b) the theme parties that these places host are rather sad…not my style. If I have original ideas, why not use this opportunity to implement it?

So that’s the reason my heart is set on the terrace. But if it rains – it will all be damp squib. Please please please be nice and don’t rain just on those two days.  I love you and ask so little of you. In fact, usually I’m the first to say rain rain come again…

I know that if push comes to shove I will be able to hold an indoor party. But my heart is set on an outdoor one.  And my heart wears blinkers! If it decides on one thing its so so so difficult to accept an alternative. Don’t blame me for it. You’ve got to have a chat with Brahma on this one. It’s a fault in the creation process. Not mine!

I also don’t like to offer bribes to get things done. You know how people say I will break 10 coconuts or I will do this abhishekam or that. I say, if God’s take a bride then why not politicians! So no bribe. But here are some things that could earn me brownie points:

a) this one’s gonna be a totally eco party. No plastic (except the chairs ). Good for earth and of course good for you!

b) all the return gifts are eco-friendly and they have all been bought from charity organizations. The proceeds of these will go towards special needs children

c) like every year, this year too i will donate one whole day’s meal for children in an orphanage.

….No I don’t do all this to impress anyone. I do it for myself – simply because I want to. And because it makes me feel more human. I do not announce it. But I had to tell you – just in case it helps you change your mind.

So well, please consider this an appeal from an ardent fan/devotee/mother…and please don’t rain on Friday and Saturday. Please.


Yours truly,

A desperate mom

Dog and God

There are times you wonder if there a God. A force out there that is keeping an eye on you and guiding your life. And then sometimes HE/SHE/IT shows you a sign. You don’t really see it then – but later you reflect and you wonder if that was a sign?

Day-before-yesterday my office boy was waiting to cross the road, on his way to deliver something to a client. While he was waiting for the Green Man at the signal a stray dog came and stood next to him. He ignored it, while the dog sniffed him out. Suddenly the dog snarled and within seconds it had dug its set of sharp canine teeth into his leg. He got bitten all the way up to his bone and the fool came back to office bleeding and in agony. At the office we put him in an auto and rushed him to the nearest hospital. Yesterday he was down with high fever and sore throat. We hope that nothing worse happens to him…

In the afternoon yesterday I went to pick up my daughter. It was just after a spell of rain and the roads were flooded. There was a chaos of cars outside the school. When we stepped out of the  school gates we could not locate our driver and car. So while I looked on one side, I asked my daughter to walk down the pavement and see if she could locate our car on the other side. She walked happily – the way children do – skipping, jumping and in her own happy world. There was a dog sleeping happily on the pavement. She hopped, skipped, jumped and landed right on the dog’s feet. I turned to look towards her just as she landed on the dog. My heart just froze. She was too far from me to do anything in case the dog snarled and attacked her. Time froze for us. My daughter realised that she had stepped on the doggy and she stopped dead in her tracks. I held my breath. Then she started screaming (more out of guilt at having stepped on the dog than anything else!) and hopped past the dog and ran towards me. All of this happened in a matter of seconds.

The dog did nothing. He merely woke up from his slumber, saw that it was a child and then his body relaxed. He had no plans of attacking her.

So why did this incident have to happen yesterday? It could have happened on any of the other 300 odd days that we go to school. Why did it happen soon after my office boy got bitten? Was it a sign of some sort? Was it someone telling me that HE/SHE/IT is there to protect me and my loved ones?

This thought did not strike me until late last night as I put my daughter to sleep. Suddenly as I held her close my heart was filled with inexplicable fear. Had the dog bitten her – there was nothing I could have done to save her! Or in her panic after having stepped on the dog – she could have run on to the road where the traffic was heavy. Anything could have happened.

But nothing did. It now remains an incident. Unless I look upon it as a sign. Was it? I do not know…