Sunday, 20 May 2012

Karmic Retribution


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Once upon a time, there was a man named Vasu. He lived in Bangalore with his wife and daughter. He was 45 years old. He was short with pepper grey hair. He was the alumnus of a popular engineering college . He worked as a managing director in a start-up firm in Jaya Nagar after playing the role of a hench man to a local politician for twenty years. He belonged to the Brahmin community. He always boasted of lofty brahmanic values which to the contrary he never possessed. Brahmins are believed to be truthful, pious and walk the path of conscientiousness.


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Mr Vasu married Janaki at the age of twenty five. Vasu however got his wife pregnant before the fixed marriage date. Six months post marriage Vasu and Janaki was blessed with a healthy baby girl. After witnessing the child birth he got himself vasectomised! Vasu’s parents relocated to the U.S to live with his recently divorced sister and her daughter. The thrills of fatherhood faded with late night baby diaper changes, blood curling hunger screams and problematic shifts in his sleeping patterns. With the sudden absence of his parents and an ever busy wife, Vasu developed a roving eye!


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Being the Hench man of a local politician came with ample perks and benefits, loads of unaccounted money, booze, hefty thugs( at ones beck and call) popularly known as the quotation hudugas and last but not the least a harem of women (ranging from the local wh**e to the reigning south indian bombshell movie star). His main job roles included collecting cash by thrashing the poor, bribing senior officials for moving government paper work, rolling black money, plannings raids on the leaders of the opposition party and bringing women to pleasure up moronic politicos.Vasu had no shortage of money, sex or booze. He believed he was truly living king size and poo pooed his former engineering batch mates who were slogging at the local silicon hubs.

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All went well till Vasu's politico boss died of a myocardial infraction aka heart attack. His deceased boss's wife found this as a golden opportunity to remove this human insect from her life for ever. She never forgave him for bringing women to her husband. She silently cursed Vasu every time she came to know of this heart splitting treachery. On the day of the funeral , Vasu came with a five feet wreath to offer his last respects to his boss. On seeing this the boss's wife yelled and weeped hurling abuses at Vasu in front of everyone. Vasu was stunned as he had never seen her so upset. She took a fist full of mud and threw it at him and cursed him by saying " You will suffer and die like a worm at the mercy of a lady!". Vasu was shocked. All the people who had come for the funeral knew about the rendezvous he and his boss had with many women.They were not surprised after hearing this comment.

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Vasu took a break for a year.He left his wife Janaki and child in India and relocated to the US with his parents and sister. He started a college (which catered to ayuvedic medicine)  with an enthusiastic page three party hopper Sam. Sam was a flamboyant handsome married man. He was blessed with twin daughters. Sam and his model wife Kate was thrilled to invest their money in the education industry as sleeping business partners.They were charmed by Vasu's talks. He would ramble sacred vedic slokas and fooled the couple at the flick of a finger. Vasu being conditioned to typical Indian bureaucracy, took the same path of bribing and pimping government officials. But all his efforts went to the drain. One day he got a call from a friend at the law enforcement department saying that the cops were monitoring his moves. Vasu panicked. He collected all the documents and couriered it anonymously to the cops by making his business partner Sam the scapegoat. Vasu took the next flight to India. Sam was arrested for fraud, sex racketeering and money laundering. Kate was devastated. The paparazzi did not spare her.Unable to bare the humiliation, she poisoned her kids and herself to death. On hearing this, Sam silently prayed in his cell that Vasu would be punished for his deed.
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A few years later Vasu was the managing director of another educational institute in Bangalore. He had co partnered with an Ivy league Indian. Vasu reaped copious amounts of money but he never payed his employees on time. This went on for a few years. All hapless employee quit over time. Vasu devised a new strategy of hiring young students who had freshly graduated from college. He also took special care to make sure that the new recruits had relocated to banglore and were not living with their parents.A good majority of hired employees were young ladies. Vasu assumed that since the new hires were ladies since they were staying away from their parents they would continue to work and not have the guts to demand salaries on time. 
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Vasu was wrong. Little did he know that all the young hires were not foolish and knew the laws of the land pretty well. The employees suffered with irregular payment of salaries. When they questioned Vasu he would rebuke them. The smart lasses were aware of his bribing and pimping patterns. They decided to teach him a lesson. They silently recorded telephonic conversations, installed hidden cameras in the office and Vasu's car and photocopied all official documents. They took the help of Vasu's former rivals and a smart lawyer. One day as usual Vasu was getting favors from a local movie bimbo in his car. Little did he know that there was a secret cam in his car. When all was done and as he stepped out of his car, he saw a group of cops, the press and his subordinates glaring at him seething with anger. Vasu was caught red handed. The poor actor chic ran for her life. Vasu was petrified. He jumped back in to his car and sped away as fast as he could. He raced like a mad man, he crossed several signals.The cops and the paparazzi were following. In a frantic rush Vasu did not notice a truck coming from a pocket road.The truck rammed into Vasu car. His car toppled thrice and Vasu was found unconscious.

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Vasu woke up in the ICU only to find his wife, his grown up daughter and his old parents. He was paralyzed neck down. Vasu was not convicted for his crimes as his partner bribed the cops and erased all evidence. His partner wiped Vasu's bank accounts clean. He never got his share of profits from his partner either, as the latter was a smarter crook. Doctors told Janaki that he would never be able to stand and walk ever again and they could not do much to help him. He was discharged and taken home. Due to a sudden severance in monthly income Vasu's wife had to sell off her jewelry and other assets to feed her family.

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Vasu lied in bed like a lifeless vegetable. Day and night he could only hear his mother chanting verses from the Upanishads. Janaki worked as a cook in her locality and his daughter became an escort for a local minister and his associates. Alas the curse of his boss's wife , Sam's prayer and the wrath from his former employees had come true.Vasu was heart broken to see that this daughter and wife had resorted to such pitiable states. One rainy day Vasu's mother chanted the verse from the Upanishads,  "Kammaya evayam purusa iti, sa yathakamo bhavati tatkratur bhavati, yatktratur bhavati tat karma kurute, yat karma kurutetad abhisampadyate." On hearing this tears flowed from Vasu's eyes....

The verse's english translation;
You are what your deep driving desire is
As you desire so is your will
As your will, so is your deed
As your deed, so is your destiny.




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