The pale yellow Moon looked drowsy, but New Moon (Amavasya) was still ten days away.
The birds did not chirp, and the cock did not announce dawn.
Neither did the bells in the temple ring, nor the muezzin gave a call to devotees.
Some people swore that they had seen Dhanvantari (the mythic doctor) rush through the sky, in a chariot pulled by a large bird.
The Sun had reported sick, and refused to rise today.
The doctor needed to re-engineer the links in the universe.