Badalbabu is sure that he will get back his missing finger ring. He has lost it on four occasions earlier but every time he got it though at some irregular intervals. Now, he is eager to see if it comes back galloping or cantering or trotting. As we know the canter is the controlled of the three-beat gait performed by a horse. It is faster than trot but slower than the gallop. I have used these terminologies purposefully. Badalbabu is my friend and a bureaucrat. He is retiring next year. Like me, he does not trust in the power gems. He often says, ‘The confidence as well as the personality of a person varies inversely with the number of stones put by him in his fingers.’
But, Badalbabu wears a metallic ring in his finger. It was gifted to him by one of his junior colleague Mangal Biswas. In fact, he gifted similar rings to his boss and other colleagues as well. These rings had been prepared by the gentleman from the plate of horse-shoe. It’s more than a decade. Mangal’s daughter was then studying in a college at
The gentleman has great knowledge about the particular God. He advised Mangal Biswas not to bow down head before Shani at the time of offering respects. Otherwise, the Lord of Saturday will sit on the shoulder of his disciple. So, Mangal Biswas prepared some finger rings with the metallic piece and gifted one to Badalbabu.
The ring was loose from the beginning. First time, when Badalbabu lost it he could not recollect for few days that he had lost it. But, he got it in canter gait from the drawer of his table after three four while disposing file. Next time, it came back to him in trot mood. This time, it was beginning of the summer after the departure of winter. One evening he was putting his shoes, but next moment he decided against it. The ring slipped into the shoe. It was only after about a month when his daughter put all his shoes in Sun for drying it surfaced.
The encounter of its coming back in galloping mood is quite interesting. It was a holiday in October. Badalbabu was trimming the rose plants of his flower garden. After completing the task he was dropping the cut-branches in the Municipality dustbin. Suddenly, one of his neighbour said, ‘Badalda, so you have even put ring at your rose plant!’
The ring was hanging from a thorn. It took maximum time for returning about two years back. This time he searched for it at all possible locations. Ultimately, it came walking as his brother found it in a gap of bamboo fencing of garden close to the gate. After opening the gate, Badalbabu generally keeps his hand on the fence and it slipped there in the process.
I am also sure that the Saturn ring will come back to my friend.