Episode 4: Daisy meets Molly
Recap: In the last episode, we accompanied Daisy’s family to the Sunday worship meeting in TPM. We also heard Daisy’s testimony about how she got the admission into the engineering college. Today is her first day at the engineering college.
It’s 20 minutes past 11:00 AM and Daisy is late for her first day in engineering college. She is looking for her name on notice board at the Corridor on the ground floor. Notice board says, Miss. Daisy John, Section D, Room No. 104. She manages to locate room no.104. Students are all seated. The teacher is standing in front of the classroom and writing something on the blackboard.
Daisy: May I come in sir.
The class teacher stops writing. His face is stern. He is wearing a blue shirt tucked in black formals, and a well-polished leather oxford. He tilts his head towards Daisy and says,
Professor Cherian: And what is your excuse for being late on the very first day, Miss Daisy?
His voice is thunderous. Fear has gripped Daisy. She begins to think, How does he know my name? What should I say why I am late?
Daisy: Sir, I went in to temple for pooja and got late.
Daisy is a Christian. She doesn’t go to the temple for pooja. She could have said that she had been to church to pray before attending her first day in the college, but that would have invited few questions. Questions like “Which Christian goes to Church on Monday?” She didn’t want to answer unnecessary questions. She didn’t want to tell everyone that her mother asked her to go to faith home before college and get prayed by saints. And pastor made her wait for 20 minutes. So to avoid telling all this story, she simply said I got late in the temple. This idea has dawned upon her because of her brother Joseph. Joseph always has irking style to say things. He always irks mother while going to church by saying, “Time to go to the temple.” Joseph thinks using word “temple” instead of church and “pooja” instead of “prayer” is just another way to say the same thing. When scolded, he has often defended himself with his stupid logic, that people of God in the Old Testament always went to temple (temple of Solomon), and not to the church. So he thinks its not as wrong as his mother makes him feel guilty when he uses word temple instead of church.
Professor Cherian: Don’t try to hide behind God….. Miss Daisy!! Your gods aren’t going to save you if you fail my expectations.
Professor makes a sign at her to get inside. Daisy walks in and finds no place vacant in the first row benches. So she manages to find a vacant position on the last bench. No matter what happens, she would never sit in the last row in the faith home. However, it’s ok in the engineering classroom. If the devil creates a problem for back row people in the church, then he must be working in the first row in the worldly school. This is because the world is upside down to our church and church is upside down to the world. So she is happy that she got the last row in the worldly engineering class. Thank God, the devil will not be able to lure her into the worldly glories!
Professor Cherian: “I am Professor Cherian.” And my students must engrave this on the palms of their hands that professor Cherian does not believe in God. Did all the last benchers hear what I said?
The class is silent.
Professor Cherian: So keep your gods out of the classroom when you come to my class. Your assignments, your marks, your job, your future is dependent on me. I make your life and I can destroy it. I am your god.
Molly: And who made you, god sir?
Professor Cherian: What do you mean miss Molly?
Everybody is staring at Molly. She is standing beside Daisy. She is quite contrasted to Daisy. Daisy wears white, and she is wearing black. Daisy is all shame for being late and scolded. Molly, on the other hand, has risen to occasion to defend in God whom she believes. She has a spine man!!
Molly: If the professor of the classroom is the god for the class, then who was your god? Who had the power to give you life and destroy you? Who made you what you are?
Professor Cherian: What is your problem girl?
Molly: My question is simple sir! If the college management stops giving you a salary, will you continue to be our “god”? If that is so, should not the college management be called as your god?
Professor began to stumble. For a moment he felt ashamed before class. but then he closed his eyes and grind his teeth on teeth. The colour of his face changed..and smoke went up from his nostrils.
Professor Cherian: Don’t mess with me girl. He slammed the duster on the desk and went out of class in the cloud of chalk powder.
The wrath of the professor sent shivers down the spine of the class. Molly’s face, on the other hand, has no strand of fear. She looks at Daisy and winks. Daisy returns the smile.