WE SELDOM HAD A TREAT LIKE THIS
Mehera J. Irani
On His birthday morning Baba was seated on the Sai Darbar near the Post Office, and Masaji, Naja's father, who was an excellent cook, placed before Baba a big pot of steaming rava. The mandali were called first, and Baba gave each of them, one by one, a generous helping of rava on their plates. Then it was the women's turn. I loved rava, and I was feeling very happy that Baba was giving such big portions. We seldom had a treat like this, and in that early morning I was eagerly looking forward to a plate of delicious, steaming rava and a glass of hot tea.
Some of the older women took theirs, and then it was my turn, so I gave my plate to Baba. Baba put His hand in the pot and brought out a pinch of rava the size of a peanut and put it on my plate! I looked at Baba, and I did not know what to say.
Baba said to me, "You have a cold, don't you?"
"No, Baba," I said, "I don't have a cold."
"A sore throat?"
"No, Baba, no sore throat."
Baba then said, "All right," and He put the ladle in the pot and gave me a good helping! And with a plate of rava and our aluminium glass of tea we girls went back to our room to quietly enjoy our feast.
Baba looked so beautiful serving rava to all, and I still remember how sweet He was that time. Baba was very playful, and He loved to tease us! But He also knew that I had been feeling greedy, and He showed me that He knew!
MEHERA, pp. 88-89
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