Though I did not have a serious idea of doing PG, I wrote the TANCET examination which was the state level entrance examination for PG courses in engineering and with Baba’s grace, got a good score. But I was confused as to which college to opt for. On the day of counselling, I was in the hall waiting for my turn. When there were a couple of other students waiting before me, the person who was making candidates sit in the counselling hall made me sit next to a lady who was waiting for her turn. We started striking a conversation and she told that she is a teacher in an engineering college. I asked her to suggest which college to opt for; she said that I can go for a course which was offered by CEG, Anna University, Chennai. I had seen the name of this course in the counselling manual but was not sure whether to select it or not as it had a rare specialization. Sai dispelled my doubts through that lady. Let her be blessed by Sai Baba! Needless to say, I went ahead selecting that course in that great University which made me earn a monthly stipend as well. I joined the University, far away from home and stayed in a private hostel in Adyar, Chennai.
In the first semester, I was affected with Malaria and came home for a fortnight. So, I shifted to another hostel managed by a congregation of Christian sisters in Santhome, Chennai. By doing this, I came very close to the famous temple of Sai Baba at Mylapore. I made visiting Mylapore temple a weekly affair. I would start in the evening by walk and reach the temple. All my worries and concerns would melt in the divine presence of Baba. The mere sight and the sacred touch of Sai (In Mylapore temple, the devotees are free to garland, offer shawls and touch Baba themselves) would make my heart feel light as a feather. Though I did not have very close friends either at college or at hostel, the feeling that “Sai Baba is with me” would light up my heart. I finished my M.E and got placed in one of the biggest software companies due to Sai’s blessings. I started attending training with that company along with ten other wonderful girls from the same college with whom I had no rapport before. The training batch I was in was also a very energetic and fun loving one who made me feel at home.
After the training, I went through a brief bench period and then started working in a project. The timing was almost like 10:00a.m to 10:00p.m and there was no proper knowledge transfer. But the Team Lead would insist me on finishing the work. I got so stressed that I wanted to quit the job as soon as possible. Meanwhile, my parents had started seeing alliances for my marriage and Dad did not want me to quit work. By Sai’s grace I got released from the project and was reporting to the RMG (Resource Management Group) guys who were belittling me very much. Those days, I would go, report by 12:00p.m to 1:00p.m, have lunch and start to my sole refuge – the Temple of Sai Baba at Mylapore. The journey would require me to travel for 2-3 hours switching 2-4 buses depending on the timing. On seeing Sai Baba’s loving face, all my concerns would be pacified. I would spend a couple of hours in the Temple and would start back to the hostel with Prasadam. After dinner, I would write “Sai Baba Saranam” in Tamil for a full page and then go to bed. While this was going on, one night, I decided to start 9 weeks Sai Vrat and went to bed.
Next morning I got up with a decision which was so clear and well defined like a flowchart. It was like – “Ok, you are stressed with your present job. Quit It. Apply for teaching jobs in engineering colleges. If you get through-well and good. If you don’t, apply for small software concerns in Chennai and native. You will get through. Even if you don’t, don’t be worried. God has something better in store for you”. Then I made a call to mom announcing my decision. All these days I was asking permission; whereas now, Sai gave me the courage to decide. I did as I said and started applying for engineering college jobs in and around Chennai. During those days, I came across another devotee in the temple who insisted that I walk around the Dhuni 9 times. Even now, I do it each time I go to the temple as it is Sai’s order. I purchased the Tamil copy of Sai Satcharitra one evening and the shop keeper blessed me and gave me a small Picture of Sai which I treasure till now. It was on a Saturday, I got a call from an engineering college asking me to attend interview on Sunday. A couple of hours later, mom called me to inform that the parents of a prospective groom (who was in UK then), wanted to meet me on the very same Sunday at Mylapore Sai Baba Temple. A couple of weeks before only my parents had come back from the pilgrimage to Shirdi. I said ok, let me attend interview and then meet these people. I attended the interview, met my parents and brother at railway station, had lunch and started to Mylapore through local train.
The groom’s parents and siblings met us at the temple and I started back to the hostel with the news that I was selected in the interview. But I put down the offer. Then the groom had come to India to meet me and we met at my native one fine evening. After the meeting I started to Chennai to vacate my hostel room. My friend called me and informed me of the interview which was to take place at her college. I attended the interview and was selected. I signed the offer letter and came back to my native, vacating my Chennai hostel room and paying respects to Mylapore Shirdi Sai Baba. The next day, we got a call from the groom’s side announcing that they were ok with the alliance and wanted to proceed. To our surprise, the college in which I was selected was nearby the groom’s house which we did not know before. He was starting back to UK and spoke to me. He said that the fact that I had quit an IT job had impressed him so much. This was the next surprise and I understood that Sai has made me go through all those problems at work just to quit it to marry a good person. We are now happily married and I have a better job in a better institution now. All these good things that had happened to me after so many ordeals teach me one fact. Sai is with me. He holds my hands through everything. Whatever happens in life – it may not seem desirable momentarily– happens for good only if we surrender ourselves fully to Sai Baba. No fear when Sai is here! Sai Baba Saranam! Let His blessings be to all!