I was reading some spiritual book explaining the Karma theory that our past actions follow us like a shadow through the cycle of births and deaths. I took comfort in the thought that my omissions and commissions in this life can be attributed to the past and there was little that I could have done to avoid them. My mood lifted up when I found myself grinning at .escaping from the personal responsibility for my problems. It was then the phone rang.
“Hello, is it Sarvadaman’s house?” asked a male voice
“Yes, I am his father speaking” I said
“Sorry Sir, your son has been arrested by the police about 30 minutes back and taken to the station. I don’t know where. They would not give him time to telephone you or talk to anyone of us” the voice said.
I was confused and asked him “Any idea why he was arrested? Did he ask you to telephone me? Who are you, Sir?”
“No Sir, he did not ask .He was very perturbed and shaken. I am also working in Telecom department with him. I don’t know why he was picked. You know the intense probe that is going on.Infact no one knows that I am informing you.” the voice replied
“There is something wrong here. My son is a clean chap. I don’t think he is in any way connected with the wrong things happening.Infact we discuss the news daily and he is very much perturbed. By the way, what is your good name and how did you find my number?” I asked
“I am Mahesh Sharma. I checked the office telephone directory and found his name with residence number” he replied
I rang up my son’s mobile number. It was silent and was switched off. I became a little concerned.
“Thank you. Just for confirming that it is my son, can you give me details like how he looks like, to which state he belongs to and such like?”I asked
“He is a tall guy and not very fair or dark. Medium complexion I would say. He wears specs. Will this suffice?”he replied
I was a little worried now and started panicking. I said “Yes your description fits him. I will start right away to find his whereabouts. Thanks for informing. His wife and children would be greatly upset. Thank you again” I said before I continued as an afterthought “You didn’t say which state he hailed from”
“He is a Punjabi from Batinda, Sir” he replied
“Are you sure?”I persisted
“Hundred percent. He has partaken in many Punjabi dramas and programmes in our office” he said
“Thanks a bunch Sharmaji.My son is Sarvadhaman Swaminathan iyer, a Tamilian.I have heard my son telling me that his namesake had joined recently in the Ministry. Please try to find out his number as he may not be listed in the old telephone directory and inform his family” I said as I heaved a sigh of relief.