“I need money for my annual trip to Ajmer, to thank Gods for their mercy throughout their year.”
“Well… travel, food, lodging and boarding expenses, coconuts, flowers, sweets for the temple and chaddar for the Dargah, cash for the donation box, fees paid to so-called guides and middlemen … amounts to a neat sum, and your offerings are resold to pilgrims several times.”
“We cannot scrimp on the Almighty”, she looked offended.
“I don’t see myself as stingy, but what we get in exchange is a year full of conflicts, unrest, burning cities and states. It is time to ditch the Gods and work on ourselves. Look into the mirror and decide what needs to change, rather than praying for the world to be a more peaceful place.”
Ajmer is a town in Rajasthan, India with a Muslim Dargah (frequented by people of all religions) and the Pushkar Temple – both held in high faith.
Chaddar is an ornate shawl offered at the dargah by devotees.