“Give us some good
news about madam Jijabai.”
“Oh, nothing to
worry about that! Every thing looks very good on that front!”
“That is true, I
just checked her pulse this morning, not too long any more ……..”
“Madam just went
into the labor ..” A maid came in running as if on the cue.
“I knew I wouldn’t
Everybody got up
hurriedly, and sat down again as they realized that there wasn’t
anything they can do anyway!
Time was passing
slowly now as everybody waited for further news. Evening came and
passed. Now all the oil lamps were lit. Hours had passed, but the
group was still sitting in place, waiting and worried. Midwives were
going in and out of Jijabai’s room. But no news!
And then finally
the moment came. A midwife ran out of the room and exclaimed
excitedly, “it’s a BOY!”
not hide his joy. He threw a purse full of coins toward the midwife
and thanked her for the good news she had brought!
News spread like a
wind. Astrologers got busy jotting down the hour – minute – and the
second of the day when the little prince was born. Priests got busy
offering poojas and prayers. Servants and midwives were busy taking
care of the mother and the baby.
shastriji and Vishwasrao went in to bless the baby. Astrological
charts were being prepared, and everybody was waiting to hear what the
future holds for the new baby.
hold anything back. While I was pregnant with this boy I lost my home,
I lost my father, Pune was burned, drought took hold of our land ………
all this while he was still in my womb, tell me how bad the future
looks now that he is born.”
All eyes turned
towards Shastriji. But he was all smiles.
“Madam, don’t even
think about bad times anymore! That is all in the past. You have given
birth to the Sun himself – future looks very bright!”
“May that be
true!” Jijabai said as she looked at the baby in her arms. Baby was
fast asleep sucking on his fists, without any care of the world.
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