Sunday, September 20, 2009

Blessed Samosa of Lord Vishwakarma

Ram Singh wakes up earlier than usual on the day of Vishwakarma. In absence of any other Hindu priest , Ram Singh was given charge to appease Lord Vishwakarma on behalf of NPPF office with Nu. 5000 budget every year.
Ram Singh opens his canteen first to pick up the balloons, ribbons and cello tape and of course all the unsold samosas from his canteen. He calls someone to help him carry his bag while he goes to every chamber and cubicles and mumbles some incomprehensive words to computers, telephones, printers and heaters and stick some vermillion powder on every item he pretends to have prayed for. After the prayer in the office is done, he waits for the staff to arrive with their cars. He looks at the money being placed on the plate which carries vermillion powder. If it is less than Nu. 100, he just put a red mark and prays that the car be prevented from accident for six months. If the offered money is more, he hurriedly sticks some ribbons and balloons and make it look like a cart of some rural Rajasthan. He then prays that it be saved from accidents for a year.
Then the boss’s Prado arrives. He goes round the big car and mumbles many prayers for the SUV and himself. What he prays for SUV is a mystery but for himself, he prays that he may be allowed to run the office canteen for few more years.
When the staff goes to work, they find the Lord’s blessings in the form of samosa from Ram Singh’s canteen. Eating the blessed dry samosa is difficult, so the staff order tea from Ram Singh’s canteen which smells of staleness of the cheap thermos flask.
Ram Singh himself is busy. He counts profit on his office desks, picks his car key and goes to the petrol pump to have full tank.