I was in my 10th standard, 16 years old, and was on my first long trip, that too all alone.
My train tickets were not confirmed; I had a RAC-81 waiting.
The train did not pass through the station I lived, and I have to go to a nearby city to catch the train.
My father accompanied me to the nearby station and we still had 3 hours in our hand. He gave me a walkman to listen to some songs, so that I will not get bored on the trip.
Walkman was fine, but what about cassettes? My father has a HUGE collection of cassettes, CDs and DVDs but he is very possessive of them, he does not like to part with them.
He gave me one Anup Jalota cassette to listen that is all.
We went to a TT and asked him what the chances of getting RAC-81 cleared are??
He smiled and said, “Bhaiyya, RAC-10 bhi clear nahi hota hai..RAC-81 to dur ki baat hai”. (RAC-10 does not get cleared; RAC-81 is way away.)
All the time while doing so, I was praying that the RAC should get cleared. (Selfish me 🙂 )
I was not testing the existence of God, I was merely hoping that by doing it I would get some result, and anyways I was not going to lose anything by doing it.
To my surprise and happiness, the TT with whom we have previously asked the question, saw me sitting on a bench, came near to me and said, “Beta, tum lucky ho, aaj ek dabba aur add kiya ja raha hai train mai… jab se mai yaha kaam kar rahu hu, yeh iss train key liye pehli baar ho raha hai.” (Son, you are lucky, one more coach is getting added to the train, for the first time, ever since I have joined the job.)
P.S: I am a selfish Off/On believer in God.