Nectar of the Gods
Shivram (In Dinamani news paper)
Summarised and translated by
(I would not have come across this great story but for the posting of the full story by my Face book friend Swarnalatha Natarjan .Kudos to the great writer and thanks to my friend. I am convinced the Tamil original is superb and my translation has lost the soul of the story )
Gayathri prepared fresh filter coffee,
And kept it by side table of Sri Dikshith,
Who was seventy five and he enjoyed,
The great coffee and got drowned in his newspaper
Then chanting several prayers in pretty tune,
Gayathri prepared the needed food ,
For her father in law, took a share from that ,
To be delivered to her mother in the next street.
She then rushed back to her own home wakened up,
Her darling daughter Pavithra and sent her to school,
And then she went to office to attend to her office chores.
She also had to keep in contact with her husband Balu who was in USA.
One day an e mail came to sri Diikshith from his son Balu,
Who had enclosed a paper for divorce from his wife ,
As she was not wiling to leave Dikshith and her mother ,
In a g five star old age home , and go to USA and live with him.
He had said that he would come in three months ,
And do all the necessary formalities to admit dikshith ,
In a five star old age home , so that he would be,
Taken care of extremely well and be happy.
All that Dikshith knew was prayer and with tear filled eyes,
He blessed Gayathri and requested God to grand her a great life ,
And seeing him crying several times Gayathri asked him ,
With great affection, “Father what happened?” but he did not answer.
After three months Balu arrived from USA but did not speak ,
With any one and so Gayathri one day night said to him,
“Dear husband , I want to discuss an important matter with you,”
And Balu said , “I have explained everything to father and I have nothing more to tell you.”
Gayathri told him, “He did not tell me anything but I have read your mail”
And Balu angrily retorted “Then what is there to talk, sign the divorce papers.”
But she replied, “I would and I do not have any objection for you marrying some one else,
But you have to leave your father and our child with me and I assure you, I will not marry again.”
Balu asked, “Why are you worried about my father?” and she said , The day,
I got married to you, he became my father.I simply cannot afford to lose,
A great father like him from my life and I want to be with him till he dies.
I am not agreeable to put him in an old age home and we cannot take him to USA at this age.”
Gayatri continued, “Your father and my mother are my two eyes and,
I cannot leave my eyes in the safe deposit locker which is like leaving them in old age home.
Don’t you have conscience . Is the life in USA and lots of wealth,
Necessary for us? I am ashamed of your selfishness.”
She continued, “ What a great man is your father and how dared,
You to hurt him so much by sending that mail to him . From that day onwards ,
He has not eaten, he has not slept and he did not tell me about it,
And I only read it without his knowledge and felt that you can never be pardoned.”
Balu was shocked and jolted and told , “Gayathri pardon me.,
I was thinking of keeping my eyes in safe deposit box ,
And lead a life of a blind brute devoid of eyes and devoid of mind.
I will search for a job here and we will all stay together here.”
Dikshith who heard all this when he came to the kitchen,
To drink water felt relieved and in that darkness went to the prayer room,
“For three months , Oh God , I was suffering a deep stress and my daughter,
Solved it in three minutes .I asked for nectar but you gave me nectar of Gods.”