About religion and faith
And I'm most unhappy at what is now being projected now as 'Hinduism'. Hinduism is not about 'cow protection' while ignoring the problems of 'child marriage', 'rape', 'honour killing' and many more. Hinduism is not about hate or rebellion.
Anyways, that aside, this is an incident that happened about 10 years ago. I was travelling alone by train - from Mumbai to Kerala. It was a long journey and to get imprisoned inside a metal container rolling on metal in the Indian summer for hours together is nothing fanciful. I had already finished the Agatha Christie I carried with me to kill time and I was bored.
There was this family of a mother, her few year-old son and his father in the next compartment. The kid, I suppose, was even more bored than me and so he was running around and climbing the births in the different empty compartments and shouting incomprehensible things at his parents, while the mother was on her knees behind her son.
I took fancy on the kid and tried to entertain him with a little jibber-jabber. I had a packet of biscuits with me and I shared it with him. His mother was happy to find that I could hold him in one place and so she came and sat with us.
Then she started talking...
Turned out that she belongs to some Christian faith and her father had apparently seen Jesus walking in their garden. She was very curious to know what my religion was and I just humoured her with a tale of how I'm a Hindu married to a Christian. Did I see her eyes sparkle or did I just imagine it?
She started asking me questions about my faith and I pretended I'm an atheist.
She finally asked me: "Have you seen God?"
I asked: "What do you suppose God is?"