A WIN-WIN SITUATION
Photo Credit: Joy Pixley
By Neel Anil Panicker
‘Oh Lord Muruga, we bow our head in obeisance at your feet and thank you a trillion times one more time. You’ve kept us safe from police and fellow criminals and for this benevolence we shall be ever grateful. As promised, here’s a fifth of our ‘earnings’. Please continue to shower us with your benediction as always’.
From a narrow hexagonal slit in the rocks, Ashwathama watched as the criminals unopened heavy jute bags and laid on the granite floor in front of them gold and silver ornaments, several bundles of cash, Kancheewaram sarees, even what seemed a very costly all leather designer bag.
Once they had made their way down the precarious stony steps, eighty-eight Ashwathmma crept out of his vantage position and carried the ‘offering’ back into the hollow.
Life had been one unimaginable miracle, ever since, some three decades ago, a twenty year old who’d just lost his entire family to a ravaging flood, climbed up the mountain and on a crazed whim carved a monolith 100 feet high statue after a Herculean two-year effort.
Since then, he’d anointed himself Lord Muruga’s intermediary __passing on the pickings of the ‘haves’ to the ‘havenots’__a win-win situation for all.
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