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In Safe Hands - a prayer for Sai Baba of Shirdi.

By iancochrane, published on Feb 27, 2013

A dancing doll bobs on a string of beads slung from the top of a grimy windscreen, swinging back and forth like a hypnotist’s watch. The emaciated figure has a white beard and is dressed in a loose-fitting skullcap and long tunic of white. Meet the Indian mystic Sai Baba of Shirdi; a holy man, guru, sufi or saint, who may have been Muslim or Hindu – nobody seems too sure.

I’m taking an open-sided auto-rickshaw – túk-túk in local speak – from the office back to my hotel. The trip takes an hour now that Mumbai is awake. Roller doors shuttered this morning are now wide open. Teams of tradesmen... (more)

Tags: traffic, mumbai, taxis, sai baba, beggars, tuk-tuks, shirdi, guru, saint, sufi, bombay

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