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Ketaki Flowers from Deo for the Deo (God)

4 June 2010 2 Comments

Story dated August 2009 – Contributed by Pravin “Da” Kamath

Since colleges and schools closed last week with the fear of swine flu, my son told me he want to go to Nagpur to my sister’s house. So booked tickets for him (17th -20th Aug 2009) and his cousin. My sis from Nagpur told me that they dont get ‘Kevda phool'( ketaki) {Pandanus (Pandanus odoratissimus L.)} and Supari flower ( Areca Palm or Betel-Nut Palm flower) easily at Nagpur. So she requested me to send along with them for their Ganapati. I sent 2 each with my son, after i bought them from Dadar and Matunga (In Mumbai)market.

Yesterday (22nd Aug 2009) my sister received the flowers, and called me in the morning and remarked , ‘Have you seen those Kevda flowers, all were dried and some even rotten , leaves dried inside etc , that flower vendor has fooled you’ ( I had paid Rs70/- each), but Supari phool (was Areca Palm or Betel-Nut Pal Flower) seems to be ok”. I some how felt bad as it did not meet the purpose – my sister’s words kept ringing in my ears …..’For Ganapati I had sent ,and it was of no use and to be thrown down’…. So in order to arrange for a fresh Kevda flower I checked with my sister and others whether anybody is going to Nagpur from Mumbai etc. but was of no use. Sending with courier was not possible immediately. I made up mind , to send Kevda to Nagpur somehow, I prayed to Ganesh – “ only that you have to show me path to send Ketaki phool to Nagpur for you”. So I thought only option left for me is to send the Ketaki with Some passenger going to Nagpur very same day.

So there I was on the platform at 7 pm where Vidharba train to Nagpur chugs off to Nagpur at 7.20 pm. I browsed through the crowd of would be passengers for Nagpur with whom I can send the Ketaki and pass on the contact/address to my sister at Nagpur (before that we checked the availability of ketaki phool at Dadar flower market) I was looking out for some college student or some elderly person or a person with family etc. Finally I saw a smart smiling elderly person standing alone with a bag , I went near him and asked when is train etc just to be friendly with him and then talked about ‘are you going to Nagpur etc’, we chated for some time then I told my problem , explained whole story in detail (about rotten flower , dried leaves etc) , so I requested him if he ready to carry ‘Ketaki flower’ so that I can buy one immediately and give it to him then my sister can pick from his home or from nagpur rly station (from cel no and address we could coordinate) As soon as he said ‘yes’ it was 7.10pm and 10 mins left for train to arrive, I ran to ‘Dadar flower Market dodging though crowd on rly bridge and bought the ‘Ketaki flower’ (Kevda) well packed to cover thorns on outer leaves and handed over to him just before train arrived, till that time my son was chatting with him and took his details and passed on to my sis by mobile phone. I thanked him ,for carrying it , in advance then I just Introduced myself by giving my visiting card and asked his intro he gave me his visiting card and to my surprise, it was written ‘…Deo’ , I looked up to him and said ‘mala kharokhar Deo Bhetle’( I really met Deo)( Deo= GOD in Marathi language) , …he was laughing !!

Today (23rd Aug 2009 , Ganapati –Chowthi )Morning my sister called me and said .she got the ‘Ketaki flower’ sent by me from Deo’s house and it was very fresh and intact !!

so Finally it Reached Ganesha! so I said …. Deo Pavla (Feeling Gods existance)


  • prabhu yogita said:

    devu paawalo we, pravin-da.. great 🙂

  • Clélia Moraes said:

    I guess God wanted to make sure you realised His miraculously presence in one of us…
    And how could someone find the strength to say no to a favor being named Deo? 😉
    Very sweet story.

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