MUMBAI, Oct 5: At a time when a man has been lynched to death for allegedly consuming beef in India, this story brings hope to thousands of liberals who are still hoping a better India in the future.
It sounds filmy but this incident that happened in tinseltown Mumbai is no doubt a good plot for a film.
It was 4.30 am and Mumbai was having its best sleep, but suddenly 27-year-old Ilyaz Shaikh was woken up by his wife Noor Jahan. Noor Jahan was pregnt with their second child and she was in labour, four days ahead of the due date.
Ilyaz immediately hailed a taxi, and headed to the Sion Hospital with Noor Jahan. However, the rrow lanes of Vijaygar neighbourhood helped them in no way to reach the hospital even after an hour on the road.
One hour, Noor Jahan's labour pain intensified. The panicked taxi driver forced them to get out of his vehicle.
The couple was left stranded on the road, Noor Jahan was in pain.
It was the worst they could have expected; Ilyaz took her to a nearby Ganesh Temple and rushed to get another taxi.
She was at the door of the Almighty and perhaps He too sensed that it is time again to show the world his existence. A group of women devotees who were inside the temple for morning religious discourse sensed the seriousness. Acting on their own, without giving a thought, they brought Noor Jahan inside the temple and creating a makeshift delivery room with bed sheets and sarees from nearby homes.
Elderly women took charge of delivering the baby and within minutes the sanctum of the Ganesh temple was filled with cries of a baby, a boy.
"I was tense when I was close to delivering in the middle of the road. But when I saw that there was a temple, I realized that God himself is watching over us. What could be better than giving birth before Lord Ganpati? We are going to me the baby Ganesh," the Mid-Day quoted Noor Jahan.
This is real India.