IT’S A DATE
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By Neel Anil Panicker
Joshua, the 91-year-old patriarch of the Mathai family is an angry man.
Patriarch and Mathai family__both are misnomers.
Blame it on Nature’s fury.
In just one night, the waters have swallowed his entire clan of 27.
Three sons, their wives, their children, the children’s children__all mere statistics.
Standing on the watery front, he stares, stony eyed, at the sea, at the dark clouds that hover above.
Last year, a million lamps lit the place.
It’s Onam_Keralites’ annual date with Lord Mahabali.
This time it’s curtains down.
He shrugs, then wades into the swirling waters.
It’s time to meet the Creator.
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