For the past months, I have been planning to go to Shirdi but I have not been able to. No one was available to come with me. Somehow today morning, I was thinking what if I was to go alone. All kind of thoughts were coming into my mind.
I felt happy and I was planning to go to the bank and completing my other work. I got ready and left my house. Right outside my building, a wandering folk singer was singing and playing an instrument in his hand.
It’s not a normal sight to see these wandering folk singers in city like Mumbai and that too in the suburbs. I don’t know but when I saw him I felt like giving him some money, but I was feeling awkward as no one entertains them nor gives them alms. But I removed a ten rupee note from my purse and turned to give him.
Again I was feeling awkward as people were around him, watching him sing. I turned away. I then felt that if I want to give him money, I should give it to him.
I saw one person approaching him and giving him money, so I was comfortable and didn’t feel awkward and went towards him. I raised my hand to give him money and he spoke to me on his own. I was so surprised as to what he was saying. He told me the following words “Aap Shirdi jaake ao, kabhi Shirdi gaye aap?” (“Go visit Shirdi. Have you ever been there?”) I replied that I had not. He said “Toh Shirdi jao aur sehat ka dhyaan rakho aur meetha kam khao.” (“In that case, you better go to Shirdi, take better care of your health and make sure you cut down on the sweets.”)