One picture can speak more than a 1,000 words, A photograph in the media says more than 10,000 words about human stupidity. The picture shows a doctor putting a stethoscope on the idol of Puri Jagannatha just before the start of the annual Rath Yatra to check the almighty for cold or fever. And the doctor looked real earnest, believe me. Had I been in his place I would have been giggling away to glory, Now imagine a dialogue like this: " Doctor sahib how is the lord? Hope he is in good shape for the rath yatra? " When I put the steth on his chest I couldn't detect any heartbeats" "Of course you couldn't . You are wearing the steth like a garland in your neck the other ends are not in your ears" "Even when the other ends were in the right place I couldn't detect the heartbeats" "What do you mean you couldn't detect heartbeats? You better BELIEVE you heard the heartbeats? Are you an atheist or something?" Doctor (fearing the loss of his valuable client): Huh, the lord is in perfect shape for the procession Years ago, when I was a kid, a family friend narrated a story. He had gone to Tirupati once and on the day of his visit he saw a bandage around the Venkateswara idol's head. When he asked the priest what was it all aboput, the priest said the good god had a headache and herbs had been applied on his forehead to cure it and they have been covered with bandage. This guy had a hearty laugh about the lord's headache . That night (he claimed), he developed a splitting headache. People told him that it was becaus he laughed at god's headache, He paid another visit to the temple and said sorry to the god and the headache ceased. Wonderful yarn. I am sure lot of people must have heard it with open mouths and become even more "god-fearing" This gives me a greet c idea. Lot of guys must have passed out of medical colleges with mediocre grades who are unable to find jobs or patients And there are gazillion temples in this country from footpath cottage industries to large scale divine businesses, Each of them should appoint a doctor to regularly give a medical checkup to the gods there. . The gods have a very good chances of catching a cold or fever as they are frequently given a cold water path . And all that milk and honey poured over them are enough to make anyone sick , If you don't believe me try pouring milk and honey all over you every day. Soon you'll have ant and flies swarming over you. Don't envy poor gods guys. All this torture in the name of abhishekham is bound to make them sick. If someone offers you God;s job refuse it, whatever the perks might be. Religion is a funny business. You don't know what can become an object of worship. In a Tamil movie, a comedian after a long walk sits on a milestone. Immediately he is set upon by devotees who thrash him for committing sacrilege by sitting on "mile swamy". In a Rajasthan city a motorbike is worshipped with offerings of booze. Blessed are these townsfolk. If one of them goes home dead drunk. there is always the excuse that it was the bike god's prasad. Having a few pegs becomes a religious act you see. And these guys must be heaving a sigh of relief that gods don't speak. For if the bike god speaks out he/she/it would demand petrol as prasad spoiling all that booze party.