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togged out so well as to fool each and every one. Rano had done the complete makeup and she had indeed done it to perfection. When all realized that it was Katie, the hall resounded with laughter. Baba laughed without producing any sound. The "Parsee man," after meeting, Baba, tried to walk back through the crowd. He would often raise his long black coat to expose the yellow patch on his pants. Baba laughingly kept pointing at the patch. The exit of dear Katie was not quite simple as each one tried to hit her in revenge for the naughty prank she had played.

 

After the laughter died down and all had resumed their seats, a few bhajans were sung. A little later, there came Katie again but this time dressed up as a Japanese girl with a small folding fan in her hand. She was dressed perfectly but her size completely outdid the biggest Japanese woman! She came near Baba Who asked her to sing a Japanese song. The sounds that emanated from her doubled up everyone with laughter. Baba was shaking with His warm silent laughter.

 

Once again the hollering died down and Baba asked some of us to sing. Several girls sang without the accompaniment of any instruments. Little four-year-old Mehera then said the Repentance Prayer.

 

Time flew like anything and all were taken aback when Baba announced at about 3:15 P.M. that it was time to leave. There was a big uproar from all that Baba was not sticking to His word as He had given in the Circular that the program would end at 5:00 P.M. We argued and insisted that Baba should call us all once again on His next birthday. In spite of all arguments, Baba put His foot down that all should come to Him now, kiss His hand and then go straight to their respective buses. He also added that we should not touch Mehera while leaving. Just before the queue formed Baba said that each one should leave in the happy mood that all had been in for the whole day. Each one of us came to Baba and kissed His hand. Baba would caress one occasionally, tap someone on the head, or give a pat on someone's back.

 

Very soon all were in their buses and it was only then that Eruch and Francis were spotted as they came to say goodbye to us. The buses started up and began moving along the private road amongst loud cheers of "Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai." Each one craned her neck to get a last glimpse of Meherazad as the buses gathered more speed and came to the main road. Baba had filled each one of us with so much love and had showed so much affection that I felt that we were really not worthy of it. The import of

 

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