Where did I see GOD
Divya, Ayush, Natasha, Vaibhav, Nikhil and
Shatabdi were best friends. They all studied in Class
9th. They were always spotted together, giggling,
chatting, doing all sorts of mischief and they were just like
any normal teenagers growing up together in a small town in
After dinner, they used to meet every day
around 9.00pm near the banks of the river flowing next to
One day when they all met there, Vaibhav said,
"Today I have a topic for
"Hey, there he goes again...no studies today
please...spare me..." Nikhil said and rolled his eyes towards
sky. All of them started laughing.
"No! Buddy, chill. I was only asking to discuss
something really interesting. The other day I saw Shatabdi's
Mama returning from temple and I had this feeling that did GOD
live only in Temples, Church, and Mosque etc...? I thought HE
was everywhere, in you, in me, in air, in water, in all
elements of nature and in all human
Vaibhav searched for signs of approval on his
All of them were listening to him
"What? Do I look like a monkey? Why am I being
"Nope, it's not that. You are so young but you
think so deeply over issues we take for granted." Divya spoke
"Okay, buddy, Can you tell where you saw GOD
today?" volunteered the cheerful and naughty
"Hmmm.....Let me start first." Said Vaibhav,
"the thought of GOD existing outside temple/church/mosque came
to my mind each and every moment I saw my parents working hard
for me. They work so hard to provide me good food, education
and shelter that they forget what they need. For me, they are
my GOD and will always be. Like the saying in Sanskrit I would
never be able to repay their love in 7 re-births. I pray to
Almighty to give me the strength to support them in their old
age. That's all." Tears started rolling down his
"It's okay, let these pure tears flow buddy.
Don't feel ashamed. You are right. See all of us have tears in
our eyes. It's okay." Divya said and kept her hands on his
"Now, my turn. Well, I see GOD in the face of a
child. Wow, they are so innocent. And GOD resides in their pure
and flawless soul is what I believe. I may be wrong. But every
morning when I see my baby sister smiling at me, I feel as if
GOD is smiling at me. Initially when she came home, I used to
hate her because she was the center of attraction all the time,
but now I love her and care for her more than myself. Boy, I
sounded so mean when I admitted that I hated her." Natasha said
and cuddled near Ayush.
Ayush hugged her and said, "Nope, you did not
sound mean. You sounded honest and that is why I love you...I
mean we all love you."
Everyone started laughing at Ayush's blushing
"Okay, okay, enough of making fool of me. Let
me see where did I see GOD today? Let me tell you all a truth
today. A truth I had always hidden in my heart always and I
think I should confess today." Ayush
"Are you alright?" Natasha looked
"I am okay honey. It's just that I am scared
that you will refuse my proposal to marry me. For me, my love
for you is like praying to GOD. I am sure GOD will acknowledge
this pure love. I have nothing else to give you except love and
honesty. But you see, I belong to a poor family and you are so
rich. I can never be so selfish to drag you out of the comfort
you are used to and throw you in poverty just because 'I love
you.' And so I will try hard to get into a professional course
and earn lots of money to give you the life you are used to. If
I would be successful, I would approach your parents. If not, I
will never trouble you. I am sorry that I said it all in front
of everybody. I am sorry, Natasha."
Natasha said nothing and only hugged him
"I will wait for you forever because I know you
will succeed." She said.
Everyone clapped happily and cheered
"Congratulations and Celebrations," said
Shatabdi and started teasing the love
"Okay, okay, everybody, please be quiet. Now,
it's my turn," said Nikhil, "I hope all of you won't laugh when
I will say that I see GOD in a beggar who comes to our home
every morning and I always give her a sandwich when Mom is not
looking. Please keep this a secret." Nikhil
"Don't worry sweetheart, we will." Divya
"I will tell you the story of this beggar. This
old lady's husband was a rich businessman and they lived 3
blocks away from ours. They had 2 sons and were a happy family.
Last year the husband died of heart attack but according to his
will, his wife got all the property. This made the sons angry
and they took the signature of their mother, an innocent angel,
over new will. She never suspected their ulterior motives.
Which mother will? And once they acquired the property, they
shared it between them and kicked the mother out. This is the
story I heard from our neighbour Khanna uncle. I felt so sad
for her. I had once met her near garbage can where she was
picking up something to eat. I decided to ask her to come to my
house every morning and I would share with her my breakfast. My
Mom is happy that my appetite has increased. " Nikhil chuckled
and all of them hugged him so tight that he was almost
"Okay Okay...OKAY...I am glad you all did not
make fun of me," he said.
"Make fun of you?? Are we mad or something? You
are doing something; we never thought we will ever do. Your
parents don't know how lucky they are to have a sensitive son
like you," Vaibhav said, "And you made all of us
"Now, it's your turn Shatabdi," Natasha poked
Shatabdi's facial expressions changed and anger
was written all over her face
"You know, Jimmy, that street dog who used to
come to my home every night for leftover food, died today
morning. And you know why? Yesterday night, the notorious gang
of kids from the posh colony tied a bunch of crackers to his
tail while he was sleeping and lighted it. When Jimmy realised
that, he started running frantically and burnt himself up
completely. It all happened in the night and so I could do
nothing to save poor thing. My Jimmy is no more. What did he do
to deserve this? Why they did this to the poor animal? Could
not they see that he is also a form of GOD? I am not able to
forget him. But I am going to lodge a complaint with the board
of directors of their Apartments. I would not sit quietly till
those kids get punished. Jimmy was not rabid and they had no
rights to kill any animal for their fun." She said seething
with anger and tear filled eyes.
"We all will accompany you. It is our battle
now," Ayush said in a strong voice.
"Thanks a lot folks. Mom and Dad have given
their consent as long as long I don't neglect my studies, which
I would not. So shall we start from
"YEAH!" all of them shouted in unison except
All eyes turned towards her. She was staring at
the twinkling stars.
"It's okay Divya, if you don't want to come."
"Did u say something to me? Sorry, I was not
Suddenly tears started rolling down her cheeks
like pearls. Everyone was startled. What happened
"All of you would not believe if I would say
that I had a baby sister who was born last year." She almost
choked when she said this.
Everyone was shocked. Divya had a baby sister.
Where is she now? What happened to her? Is that the reason her
mother was away for a long time and Divya had told them that
her grandpa was sick and so Mom had gone to take care of him in
the village. She lied. Why?
"My mother got pregnant accidentally and she
did not want the child and so she left for Grandpa's home. But
Granny convinced her to have the baby. Mom came back but she
was never happy. I heard her saying to Papa one day that she
hated this child since having another kid would mean she would
miss her promotion. I was asked strictly not to tell anyone
regarding this. And 4 months before delivery, Mom got the
permission to do her work from home and left for Granny's
place. With passage of time, I grew anxious and started
collecting toys for the kid. I was so excited. Finally the day
arrived when Mom delivered a baby sister. I was sure that her
angelic face would take away all tensions. But alas!" She
started sobbing uncontrollably.
"Hey! What happened? Divya? Divya? Are u
alright?" Natasha hugged her tight and all of them did not know
what to say and how to react. They were
"She was diagnosed to have Down's syndrome. And
that's it. Mom just dumped her in the special kids' boarding
school and returned back. I was told to zip my lips forever.
How could I? All of you tell me, how can I forget the cute
smiling face on my baby sister's face begging for comfort, love
"My mother did it and did not even pause to
think. Sorry about that guys. Let's go. It is getting late. Mom
would start shouting now." She rose and started walking slowly
towards her home.
"Wait for me, Divya. I will come with you. Okay
bye guys, see you all tomorrow in school. I need to be with
her." Shatabdi said in a hurry and ran to catch up with her
All of them sat in silence for a while and then
decided to go home. All of them were sad because they could do
nothing to help the old lady who was thrown out by her own
sons, Jimmy who was burnt so mercilessly and then the final
blow was Divya's sister.
"GOD must be watching all this from heaven and
would have planned proper punishment for these people." Natasha
said and started sobbing quietly.
Everyone was overwhelmed with
"Let us take a vow that we would never sell
ourselves, our morals and our values whatever happens. Are you
guys with me?" Vaibhav said in a strong
"YEAH!" all of them agreed
10 years after:
Vaibhav, a qualified computer engineer, working
and settled in US with his parents, wife and
Divya and Ayush entered Medical
Divya specialised in Physical and Mental
rehabilitation and married a fellow doctor in the same field.
She brought her sister back to her own home against her
parents' protest. Her husband supported her
Ayush became very successful in his chosen
career in Clinical Haematology. He married Natasha who had by
then obtained her degree in Interior decoration. Natasha
delivered a sweet baby boy last year and they were very happy
with each other.
Nikhil joined his father's business and settled
in Mumbai, capital city of Maharashtra. His parents lived with
him. He took the old lady to an old age home where he supported
her stay till she died 2 years back.
Shatabdi managed a voluntary organisation for
the care of street animals. She settled in the same