I was standing at the Menaka bus stop. It was a hot afternoon. A man accosted me saying that God will bless me if I help him. I looked at him and found nothing was wrong with him. So I asked him what was his problem. He said his name was Mathew and he was from the nearby town Angamaly. He had too many problems. He started to cry, wipe his eyes , blow his nose and wipe his hand on his shirt. It was disgusting to see him because he was not really crying.
Again I asked him what was his problem. He said that he was working in Kala Bhavan as a musician and now he has retired. At present he has another job. His wife died 17 years back. His children are doing well. God will bless me if I help him with some money. I was puzzled.
Once more I told him there is nothing wrong with him.
Suddenly he asked me whether I had lunch. I told him I ate early and I was not feeling hungry. He insisted that I must be hungry at that time in the afternoon and said that he has some money and he will buy me a lunch. He took out some money and showed me. I firmly told him I not at all hungry.
Then he said that I am a very good man and I should be his father in the next life. I told him I was younger than him and therefore I cannot be his father. Then he thought for a while and said that at least I can become his son. I told him that that was quite a possibility.
I was getting quite fed up and I wanted to go from there but not before taking some photos. So I told him I want to take his photos and keep it in my album as a memory. He readily agreed. When he moved from the hot sun, he was staggering and was almost falling. I caught him and steadied him. Only then I realized that he was completely drunk at that time in the afternoon.
He insisted on shaking my hands. I was revolted. He wiped his eyes, blew his nose and now he was proffering that to shake. He would not let me go without shaking his hand. I shook his hands and ran to the nearest restaurant to wash my hands with soap.
Amazing are the ways of drunkards. He came to me asking for money and finally ended up feeling sorry for me and offered to buy me lunch.