Me: Yes, professor.
Prof: What happened to Punyakoti?
Me: Almost there. Just need some finishing funds. Prof: You have been saying that for 2 years now, don't you have some plans? You were trying for some grants, right? What happened? Me: Have tried a lot of things - Nothing so far has worked out. Prof: So what are you going to do? Me: From December, I am putting my own money. I reasoned that - if I had a third child, will I not spend on her? So, Punyakoti is my third child now. Prof: Good, come meet me, I will give you some money. I want a guarantee from you that you will complete it this year. Me: No, madam. You have been a big support, I am still young and can earn back. I feel shy to take money from you. Prof: All that we will see later, come and meet me this Friday. Me: (hesitantly) OK
(The retired professor gave a cheque from her retirement corpus to help us complete Punyakoti. It is these kind of punya atmas that keep me going. I don't have any words to thanks all these people. I must have done some good deed in my last birth to be blessed like this.)