i was planning to get back home, had no reservation for any train
i was sitting in a house in the wilderness and thinking of returning home.
No clear plans, wanted to go to Pyyannur too, way up north of Kerala
Late in the evening, all i hear is the noises of the insects.
Some one comes running and talks to my host in Malayalam, all excited
There is sudden activity in the house.
i don't pay any attention, i am in my own world
Let me go to Shornur, i have many options from there, many trains
Have to leave very early in the morning
i see my host standing right infront of me, i see him, for me he is transparent
God has appeared in a house we are going there please come with us.
Let me go to Shornur and decide where to go.
Besides there is a beautiful girl at the ticket counter in Shornur station
she is always so helpful, so kind and gives me so many options, she always has time for me.
Gode has appeared in a house
huh ? God ? Where ?
Gode Gode has appeared we are going to see a MIRAAKKAL
Miracle ? what miracle What ? Where ?
Their driver who has already witnessed the miracle explains in Malayalam
There is a picture of DEIVAM (God) next to it a shadow of DEIVAM has appeared
i must go to Shornur station. This time i'll ask her name, she is an asset to the railways
My host's son now comes and tells me
'uncle Gode has appeared in a house we are going there please come with us'
they are all very excited, running up and down
Gode ? what God ?
yes Jesus Christ uncle
Hope she is not transfered to some other station, so lovely she is, may not be a stunning movie star, geeky, face full of pimples wearing thick spectacles, but she is
beautiful to me. She is so lovely that i would like to dance with her, How can i dance
with her with a keyboard glued to her hands ?
Uncle please come with us uncle we are leaving now
i'll ask for her email ID, she would definitely give, very sweet she is, she must be having an email ID, geeky she looks.
Uncle please come, its just 3 kilometers from here.
No, Sherjee, please go let me stay here.
I did not tell them that i am not interested in miracles and Gods,
Very sincere and hard working boy Sherjee is, i like him very much.
i was feeling so lazy that no one, not even Mark Knopfler can make me get up.
Just had black tea (Kattan Chaaya) and had a smoke.
uncle please take the camera
i scratched my head and scratched my beard
they are not giving me any options,
My hosts are very sweet people
i took one camera, hoping that Jesus is not camera shy,
actually i was a bit nervous too,
what if Jesus disappears the moment i walk in, every one would pounce on me,
i can irritate Jesus or God so easily just by my presence.
i am such a pain.
i'll get bashed up by the mob. i had to think of my personal safety too, can't depend on God to save me. He will not.
I was disappointed when we hit the road, no one there, i was expecting a traffic jam in the wilderness. i was expecting a huge crowd moving in one direction wearing long robes singing hymns carrying torches, fire torches not battery torches, walking
through the desert to meet God, with John williams orchestra plying in the background just like the movies, Ben Hur, Ten commandments.
What if God slaps another 40 commandments on me ?
i became Charlton Heston approaching God
Hi Charlie How you've been ? You look rotten, been smoking too much ?
Yes Gaad ! i say scartching my beard, what Gaad, why you chose to appear now ? we are already having too much of confusion here.
That is why I have some more commandments, Here you are Charlie ! another 40 commandments for you
What ? FORTTTEE ? You serious Gaad ?
Yes I am
You mean ten plus forty now ? that makes eh fifty right ?
yes fifty commandments, there is so much chaos in the world
What language is this Gaad ?
Hebrew you idiot.
oh Gaad !
i said oh Gaad, Gaad, its an expression
Gaad ! where are you ? Put this in English
Here you are ! in English. You not goin to read it ?
People will read and tell me Gaad
Lazy as ever
Read commandment number 23
Its so heavy, can't lift one tablet Gaad ! you are giving four
you can't do this, you can't do this to me Gaad
Moses never complained, read it
thou shall not smoke in public places ??
you are so unfair Gaad
i am not carrying this, they are too heavy reduce the commandments, delete a few, the smoking one, Can't you write this down on a piece of paper Gaad ? or give them in a book form.
my hand writing is not good you idiot,
your handwriting is not good ? You are Gaad !
more over people will not believe you if you show them my commandments on a piece of paper, and an idiot like you will lose the paper before you reach home.
just mail them to me Gaad, i'll forward them to my friends and like a virus it will spread the world within 24 hours, your original 10 commandments have not reached people even after 3000 years.
just look at the world now.
My commandments are not a virus you idiot
i said they will spread like a virus i did not say they ARE a virus, you going deaf Gaad ?
no wonder you can't hear bombs falling on innocent people and you are turning blind too. Why me Gaad ?
Because you are a moron, i need non believers like you, you people are keeping my name alive and giving me free publicity, do you know how much it costs to advertise ? ooof ! its so expensive, more over for your information i am broke
you broke Gaad ?
yes, your economy has made me so poor.
i have 500 rupees Gaad, my ticket is only 250 i can lend you 300 you can pay me back later
thats why i chose you, you can't even count
i failed in Maths Gaad
Where are the environmental commandments ?
what environmental commandments ?
about saving the earth
there are none
these commandments are useless then
some nerve you have, Moses never told me that they were useless
i can't even count how many planets and stars i have made, now go don't waste my time
you irritate me by asking stupid questions, get out of here, i'll give these to some one else
and stop peddling guns you moron.
first, these tablets are too heavy, i have no money to pay for excess luggage, the porters will fleece me and the autorickshaw guys will rip me. thank you Gaad, please give them to some one else.
Gaad ! Gaad !
So We are going to see God and watch a miracle
i could see the pot holes on the road
the car was moving very slow
No one on the road
not even a crow.
not even a cow
If God really appeared would the cows be interested in meeting Him ?
i think they wouldn't bother.
they'll go after green green grass.
but we are intelligent
that is why we were going.
The chap who had already seen the miracle was guiding us
Dark and no street lights, actually i did not see where i was.
still no one.
We reached the house on the dirt road,
lots of trees
A poor man's house, no electricity, no furniture
Few people were walking out, saying there is no miracle
i walked in with the family of my host.
some more people were inside
just below the picture of Jesus Christ they had lit a deepam (oil lamp)
there was a plate with coins and some ten rupee notes
every one was looking at the wall
i also looked
oh yes there is a figure on the wall
here uncle here
still i couldn't see anything.
i have slow understanding, very slow, less than a cow's
can't you see uncle, here,
there is a figure here
honestly i have never been ashamed of being very dumb.
please take a picture uncle
picture of what ?
Then i saw the figure
figure of Jesus christ looking down.
i knew what it was.
standing right there people were discussing
'it is just moisture which has taken such a shape'
i did not like such discussion being taken place in the house
i kept quite
i would be the first person to prove that it is not a miracle
Situation was different here
these were innocent believers
they are not cheating any one
no priest there
the priest would have said
'how Jesus can ignore me and appear in a poor man's house ? Even he would have tried to prove that it was not a miracle.
why should i prove or discuss and tell them that it is not a miracle,
poor people, they believed sincerely that Jesus has appeared in their house
so be it.
End of story
i felt sad
The house was dark
a couple of kids playing on the floor
they looked like sincere people,
i shouldn't hurt them saying this is not Jesus
i quietly put ten rupees in the plate
the entire collection would hardly come to one dollar.
The family was looking at me
i took pictures
my taking pictures was important to them
i should not forget to send them a copy
it was dark, no electric light
i had to fire the flash
like a damn fool i kept it in red eye correction
red eye correction for Jesus ?
the flash went in rapid fire mode
i was feeling miserable with the attitude of people there
i shook hands with one member of that family and came out without a word.