I met GOD on 16th October enroute Navimumbai : A must read . Courtesy Running

I Met GOD this Sunday Morning : Courtesy my Long Distance Running
A Must read - Bijay Nair

A incident worth Sharing : What Running taught me off the field:

Definition of GOD: GOD is somebody who make difference in your life.

The day was Sunday 16th October 2011 – It was a long training run – run supported till 5hrs . It’s a thrilling thought to meet the happy troopers from Navimumbai Runners Group . Undoubtedly , it was going to be a gr8 organised training run .

After a hiatous of ITB Injury , my Sports Doc from KokilaBen Ambani Dr Heath Mathews ( South African) and a longdistance runner himself , trainer to Mr Ani Ambani , had given me clearance to go for my Long Run . I was happy to be back on track for a long run . Trust me ask any runner , injury makes u feel unwanted . And I was going through this for the past month.

All set , had enough hydration done and carboloaded previous day for the long 30K run which I had planned . But as they say Mr Murphy strikes whenever he feels so :

At 0200 Am , I received a call from my brother that , my Niece of 13months was showing some breathing trouble due to the sudden climatic change and had to be rushed for Nebulising at a near by Child Care Hospital , I had to drive the little one , at 0300 , the act done and she felt comfortable and I dropped them at their place . Was going back to my place a police patrol van stopped me and asked about my wherabouts and wanted to check whether I am drunk being a Saturday Night . All those blowing up in the analyzer and no luck to them ( see runners hardly drink alcohol on the previous day of their long run ) , had it been on Friday they would had their luck .

Hardly anytime for sleep , it was 0400 am ,my otherwise set time on alarm for the beginning of the day . So decided not to sleep . Got ready for the move to Khargar . Running Kit packed with all the change clothes , Gatorade, Water bottle , Protein shake, dates etc. Also, this was the only time I was traveling alone to Khargar else we are 4 or 5 of us . My good friends Anand, Chetan , Varun , King etc were not there to accompany . Whenever we travel , we always have this dreaded thought of tyre getting punctured or vehicle konking off at the wee hours , but it never happened .

The adventure begins : GOD decided to test me , at around 0445 hrs ,on Thane – Belapur Road , somewhere near Rabale , I felt my car was tilting towards right side . My thoughts were gonna come true . Yes , the car got punctured , the stephny , which I was carrying was having some problem too ( You See Stephnies always trouble :)- ) . Now was the real test of the time , it was dark , thanks to the Municipal corporation , the street lights were not working too and over all I had never ever undertook a tyre change exercise my self :(- , ( the thought going on in my mind “Kaash Pehle kiya Hota”) , I was struggling as I had to start my run by 0540 to achieve a target on 30KM ( Aur mein toh Facebook status pe bade shaan se declare bhi kiya tha ) . So many cars, trucks passed by nobody had the courtesy to stop , poor me alone on the road , the so called educated and qualified people , didn’t had the humanity left , but they r the first one to wear “Being Human” Tshirt and proclaim the same :(- ,

I remembered , how many times , I had done the same , yes was happy that I had done few times ( my Runner friends still remember , once to stop vehicles plunging into open manhole on JVLR Powai me and Kavin had literally stood on the road at 0500 on a cold January morning and waved off many vehicles and informed police to help the cause at Powai).

Time now read 0515 on my GARMIN , no help and I was not going to reach by 0540 hrs , my plan of running of 30k was going for a toss . Just then a Black and Yellow taxi stopped and stepped out a driver who was in his late Sixties . He saw me in a stage of desperation and asked me what was driving me crazy . I told him about the puncture , he was amused , as why I had not changed the tyre . Very reluctantly I told him , though an engineer , I had never changed the tyre on my own , I even don’t know where to fix the jack (only solace , I had just learnt driving a few months back ) . All done , he gave me solid piece of mind and I took it . He asked me to get the stephny and I promptly offered him to pay Rs 50 if he did for me as I was getting late . To my surprise he asked me to change myself and told me “Saahab Agar mein aaj laga ke doonga toh aap Zindagi mein Kabhi yeh kaam Nahi kar payenge” . He stood like a mentor , with a small torch in his hand and guiding me on how to jack the vehicle . I was feeling guilty , that a simple act of jacking a vehicle was also not known to me . But my Mentor , guided me , I jacked the car , unbolted the punctured tyre , tough job , then bolted the stephny , unjacked the car and kept the tyre back in the space . I was sweating profusely , the man was watching , I had a great sense of achievement , as if I had won something , the man still watching . It took me one hour , normally it takes not more than 10 to 15 minutes . The man was himself satisfied as if he had trained a undeserving guy.

It was 0615 , my plan gone for a toss . I took a 50 Rs Note and handed over to him , he refused , I thought he needed more and took a 100Rs note and he didn’t take the same. All this time , Mr .Gandhi on the Note was smiling . To my surprise , he told me , he was 68 years old, name Mr Rehman Bhai , 02 Sons are married and are in Saudi , they are educated and don’t sent him money , he leaves at Kurla , struggling to live . I was touched and wanted to give more money , but he patted on my back and went back into his royal black and yellow . I asked for his mobile number , he sais he didn’t keep mobile and said “ Kudha ne chaha toh phire milenge” and left . Spent close to 1 hr with me , I was shocked with awe and was wondering is this possible during this time when Auto and Taxi drivers are minting money happily by all means . The lifestyle of Mumbai and the suburbs have taken a toll on all of us and here was a man , who had done an act which was hard to believe . Did I meet GOD in disguise ? , yes anybody makes a difference in your life is a GOD and that’s the definition of GOD and yes I met GOD .

For my Run , I did reach at 0645 at Khargar , was happy to see people already into their 7th or 8th KM , was vey happy to see my friend Srivatsan manning the aid station , I began my run with a feeling of joy and a new found fervour , did 17 Km in 1hrs 50 Mins and had a great time catching up with Folks Venkatkrishnan, Subramaniam, Swaminathan, Jitu , Kripa , Aishorjoyo , Mumtaz, Sukanta, Dyanesh , Shashi , Dhanraj , Dr Otswal , Dr Pravin , Deepta, saw a glimpse of Roshni , Sejal , Venakt sir , Sushmit , Unmesh and many more friends . Went back , iced my ITB and did a 9k in the evening on tread to complete my quota of 26KM for the day .

This was   a great lesson learnt and yes if anybody wants to change the tyre you can call on my cell :)-

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Comment by Bijay Nair on October 21, 2011 at 14:44
@sharan- thanks for liking the write up.
Comment by Bijay Nair on October 21, 2011 at 14:43
@Hemant- thanks.
Comment by Bijay Nair on October 21, 2011 at 14:42
@Nita- thanks. I truly agree for runners running is a sacred thing. But i agree in such instances run can be worth sacrificing.
Comment by Bijay Nair on October 21, 2011 at 14:40
@Vikas- thanks, he was like an oasis in the desert.
Comment by Vikas SS on October 20, 2011 at 23:34

@Bijay... On Sunday, I generally got to know that you encountered a flat tyre and got delayed.. and didn't happen to meet you that day either.. But, till you described it here, I had no clue what you went through...

A big takeaway from this story is the fact that there is a god and he appears to us in many forms. But, it is up to us to recognize him and learn those lessons. Quite a few times we miss it and the lessons are taught in a harder way later. Also, AFAIK, if we ask God for strength, he instead gives us challenges so that we learn how to be strong. While the experience may be painful, it's always beneficial in the long run... Even if one were to look at such instances without personifying a god or deifying someone, it is wonderful to come across people who do things selflessly and at a time when you least expect it... they come across like an oasis in a desert... :)

Comment by Nita Khurana on October 20, 2011 at 22:35

@ Bijay...

A very beautiful experience and thanks for sharing it on the site.

There is a deep message left by Rehman Bhai. God Bless him. Running can happen on another day but meeting him made your day special.

Comment by Hemant on October 20, 2011 at 19:59
Bijay, Thanks for sharing the story.
Comment by Sharan on October 20, 2011 at 17:22
Thanks for sharing!! Beautiful write up. Lucky you who had unique and rare opportunity to interact with God that too was 1 hr long. Happy to know that you could complete the training run as desired as well. Experiences like this restore faith in humanity and goodness around. All the best for injuryfree running henceforth for long long time!!
Comment by Dr Priya Vaidyanathan on October 20, 2011 at 15:50
Bijay, I enjoyed reading your note.Small incidents like this in humanity teach us about " life". Keep it up and pass it on to everyone you come across in day to day life. God Bless...cheers.
Comment by Sudhir Santaram on October 20, 2011 at 13:57
Bijay Bhai... good write-up... I think God is every where but only few get a chance to experience it..

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