The deadliest shock in our life We never know what is in store for us in our life! The year 1996 I lost all my jewels that would have valued to nearly one lakh rupees which we had purchased with our hard earned money little by little. It was the blackest day in our life. As we couldn’t get a bank locker we had kept my jewels at my daughter’s house when we shifted to our house at Pallikarani. Later we took a locker from a private finance company. But we couldn’t take the jewels on the day we got the locker. Malathi told us that she would be going to Ooty on holidays and so it would be better if we could keep our jewels in the locker. Just a day before the incident we went to Singaperumal Koil in our Luna and had darshan of Lord Narasimha. It is around 23 kilometers from our house. We started early in the morning and reached the temple within an hour and a half. We just stopped for about fifteen to twenty minutes on the way just to cool down the machine. We really enjoyed the ride. We felt exhilarated as this was the longest trip we had in our luna. We returned home happily after having a good darshan at the temple. The next morning we got up as usual. My hubby told me that he would go to Malathi’s house and take my jewels from her house and keep them in the locker as Malathi was to go to Ooty at the weekend, I told him that he would be feeling tired due to the long drive of previous day and so I wouldn’t like him to go. But he told me that he would go by bus. I still felt hesitant, but told him to bring the jewels to our house and some other day we both would go together and keep them in the locker. So he left for Malathi’s house. But I had a feeling that some thing bad was going to happen and was feeling restless. So I wanted to keep myself engaged in some work. I prepared Thenkuzal batter and started making it. Even after finishing it there was no sign of my hubby returning home. He told me that he would return as quickly as possible. I thought of calling Malathi from my neighbour’s house and request her to accompany him if he went to keep the jewels in the locker. But I droppd that idea thinking that she might not have the time. Then I was praying to God that my hubby should follow my advice and return home directly from Malathi’s house. Alas! My premonition had come true! He returned home around <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:time Hour="13" Minute="0">1 p.m.</st1:time> and as soon as I opened the door for him, he told me, “ Gone! all the jewels were robbed! I lost all the jewels!” At first I thought just he was joking. Then after looking at his face I knew it was true. Then I immediately asked him whether he lodged a complaint with the police. He told me that he didn’t lodge a complaint because it was futile. Then I asked him whether Malathi knew about it. He told me that he didn’t tell her. I asked him how he lost the jewels. He told me that after taking the jewels from Malathi , he kept the box in his valet. He put the valet in a bag and also on top of it jack fruit given by Malathi. Then he boarded a bus to go to Broadway where we had the locker. All along he was just clutching the bag at his chest very carefully and entered the finance company where we got our locker. The manager told him that the bag was cut. When he opened the bag he found the jewel box mixing. He was in a bizarre state and couldn’t think clearly. I could not find words to describe my feelings. But some how I gathered my wits and told him that we both would go to Malathi’s house and then decide what to do. So we went to Malathi’s house. She was also very much shocked to hear the news. But she preferred to give a police complaint. She took him to the police station to file an F.I..R. But at first they refused to register the complaint telling that he lost the jewels after boarding the bus and so it didn’t come under their jurisdiction. But Malathi pleaded with him and succeeded in filing the F.I.R. After returning home my hubby’s condition was very bad. Neither he could eat anything nor could he get sleep. Malathi called her doctor friend She examined him and gave him an injection to sleep. Malathi and myself were worried about my hubby’s condition the whole night. The next day we returned home. . It was our bad luck that the assembly elections took place and the police force was engaged fully in election duty. Within a week we had to attend the Gruhapravesam function of two of our close relatives. But we had not revealed our loss to any one. I felt my ninety year old mother would die of shock if she came to know about this. Hence I kept it a secret until her death. We had not even told my sister for a long time even though we used to share our joys and sorrows with each other. I had written a personal letter to the Chennai Police commissioner, but to no avail. Though we followed up the matter for some time, we gave up. I had consoled myself, thinking that I might have done something wrong in my previous birth and God had punished me for that. Later my hubby told me that after knowing that all the jewels were lost, he felt that he was a very useless person to live and could not face me and tell that he had lost all the jewels. He felt like committing suicide and walked towards the beach. Then he heard an inner voice telling him to think about me and how I could withstand the tragedy. God had saved me from the irreparable greater loss and I am ever thankful to Him. Life is valuable than material things. I had faced lot of critical situations like this and God had given me the inner strength to be cool and collected. Though I have a weak heart, God had bestowed me with stronger will power and I am ever thankful to Him for this. I’m sharing this with you all, which I had kept a secret with my friends and relatives for a long time, hoping that it would help someone at some time to face life with courage at adverse situations.