As my husband and I were rushing down TTK road in order not to be late for our appointment with the doctor, we were literally accosted by a decently clad elderly gentleman who looked at my husband and said “how is that you are looking fresh and nice?
When my husband turned to me, the bald headed man said “why are you looking at her, when I am asking “you” something.
Not waiting for an answer he asked my husband to close his fist and scrutinizing it he said “Jupiter is strong, you will have God’s grace”.
Intrigued by the stranger’s behavior my curiosity was aroused (perhaps it is the journalist in me) and I wanted to know what he does.
Madam, what do you expect me to do at my age? Was his counter question.
Well we are all of the same age, I said.
No, you are much younger, probably in your fifties, he observed.
Not bothering to reply, I repeated my question adding, “please say something fast as we are already late for our appointment”.
“Well, I will”. I also wanted to get married like everyone else but God willed it otherwise, he said remorsefully.
There ended our conversation and we went our ways.
When I told the doctor about this episode, describing the man’s appearance as very decent he observed, “it is safer to trust a man who might look unkempt compared to someone who appears decent”.
His observation left me more confused. I am still wondering the reason behind the stranger’s reply.
N. Meera Raghavendra Rao