It was cold winter and intermittent snowfall made the treacherous climb more difficult.
If someone could offer a cup of tea. .... the major thought, knowing it was a futile wish..
They continued for an hour before they came across a dilapidated structure, which looked like a tea shop but locked. It was late in the night.
"No tea boys, bad luck", said the Major. But he suggested all take some rest there as they have been walking for 3 hours.
"Sir, this is a tea shop and we can make tea... We will have to break the lock", suggested one soldier.
The officer was in great dilemma to the unethical suggestion but the thought of a steaming cup of tea for the tired solders made him to give the permission.
They were in luck, the place had everything needed to make tea and also packets of biscuits. The solders had tea and biscuits and were ready for the remaining journey.
The Major thought, they had broken open lock and had tea and biscuits without the permission of the owner. But they're not a band of thieves but disciplined soldiers. He took out a Rs 1000/- note from his wallet, placed it on the counter, pressed under sugar container, so that the owner can see.
The officer was now relieved of his guilt. He ordered to put the shutter down and proceed.
Three months passed, they continued to do gallantly in their works and were lucky not to lose anyone from the group in the intense insurgency situation.
Soon they were on their way back and stopped at the same tea shop which was open and owner was present in the shop.
All of them had tea and biscuits. They talked to the old man about his life and experience specially selling tea at such a remote place.
The old man had many stories to tell, replete with his faith in God.
"Do not say like that Sahib! God actually is there, I got a proof 3 months ago."
"And that day Sahib, I prayed to God for help. And Sahib, God walked into my shop that day."
The faith in his eyes were unflinching.
The officer got up and paid the bill. He hugged the old man and said, "Yes Baba, I know God does exist. And yes, the tea was wonderful."
The the 15 pairs of eyes did not miss to notice the moisture building up in the eyes of their officer, a rare sight.
The truth is...... you can be God to anyone.
(A true story)