Mani S. Irani

Received your dear letter, and when the crossword popped out I got engrossed in solving it till I threw it up in despair. I used to try solving crossword puzzles a long time ago but gave it up after awhile as the published results never seemed to agree with my very clever efforts (ahem).

But as you must know by now I am quite good at nonsense. When we were in Satara I saw a contest — an advertisement for a toothbrush in which they gave an incomplete limerick and we had to fill in the last line. Prize? A gold watch worth one thousand rupees for just those eight silly words. Naturally I sent my entry in Goher's name. We heard the results when we were in Poona, after Beloved's accident, that we had won the prize out of thousands of contestants from all over India!

They called on Goher asking her to attend a presentation ceremony in Poona. Poor Goher seemed quite distressed over it, having to leave Baba's bedside and dreading the fact that she might have to make a speech! She is a shy and dear person but went of course in a borrowed sari, blouse, etc., as we hurried over from Satara with barely anything.

A disciple bought the watch and Baba used the thousand rupees towards the poor program when He emerged from seclusion.


28 July 1957

Letters from the mandali, Vol. 2, p. 74, ed. Jim Mistry 1983 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust