Quality Restaurant, situated in those picturesque surroundings, suddenly we had an idea—why go after the shops and show-cases. Why not see Mr. Bansal, the Director of the Fair, for a small place in the adjacent gardens where a neat little cupboard and a table would serve our purpose. When we went to Mr. Bansal with our proposal, he was busy with the inauguration ceremony and indignantly and rudely showed us the door. When we persisted in our entreaty he gave us a few minutes' hearing, but he flatly refused to entertain our proposal, saying that he could not possibly think of giving a place for any sectarian or religious movement. If he did, he would be approached by hundreds of other organizations and cults. Further, he would be a target for public criticism and parliamentary questions. Then we explained to him that Baba's work was not sectarian or religious, but it was divine work of integration of all religious faiths and formation of universal brotherhood through love. His followers were from all religions from all over the world. Baba's work would be most helpful in the cause of national integration, the crying need of the day. We told him that instead of being criticized and questioned, he would be congratulated for encouraging this cause of national integration. Eventually he agreed to give us a place in the gardens of a pavilion, if the owners of the pavilion concerned were agreeable. The rest was easy. The owner of the Quality agreed and a neat little stall was built in the record time of a day and night. It is amazing how Baba worked it all out. From just an idea of exhibiting Sister Kusum's "Meher Jyoti” hair oil in a corner of the industrial fair, an entirely independent Baba stall took shape in those lovely surroundings to display His books and do His work; and that too, all on a no-cost basis!
The opening ceremony of Baba's stall was a sober affair as many of the Baba lovers could not attend due to the uncertainty of the date and time. A few Andhra lovers who were visiting the Fair were present on the occasion. As decided at the Center meeting, brother Misra, whose evenings were free, attended at the stall on all days from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and in addition, one or two other members took daily duty from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. after office hours. We felt very happy doing these duties and we considered ourselves fortunate that Baba had given this wonderful opportunity of serving Him.
Initially, we started distributing the locally printed pamphlets free of charge. But we noticed that these were bundled up by people, together with free hand-outs of the other stalls, which eventually found their way to the wastepaper basket or the fireplace.