Now Vasu's Mother had taken over the administration of the planet. It irritated him, this milk at night and chywanprash* every morning. "Have you been wearing the same pair of Jeans for the past three days?" Mother was beginning her morning interrogation.
Vasu stared at the hot idlis in front of him, the chywanprash to follow and the wardrobe interrogation that had begun. Something snapped in his mind. "Mom I love you and I love that you come all the way from India to take care of me but please don't fuss over me! It irritates me! And then I cannot work!"
His Mother did not really care if Vasu was upset, "The idlis are getting cold," was her matter of fact response.
"You don't really care, do you, Mom?"
"I care about you Vasu. The work you do is alright. If you don't do it, someone else will do it."
"Mom, I am genetic scientist. I am working on the evolution of man. Theory of evolution, Charles Darwin, have you heard of him? " Vasu was exasperated with her unwillingness to understand. His Mother sat down next to him and smiled, "I know Darwin, Vasu. I also know that what you think he discovered was old news in India."
" Yeah sure Mom!" Vasu said with sarcasm.
"Then came the Kurma Avatar, which means the tortoise, cause life moved from the water to the land. The amphibian. So the Tortoise denoted the evolution from sea to land. Third was the Varaha, the wild boar, which meant the wild animals with not much intellect, you call them the Dinosaurs, correct? " Vasu nodded wide eyed.
"The fourth avatar was the Narasimha avatar, half man and half animal, the evolution from wild animals to intelligent beings. Fifth the Waman avatar, the midget or dwarf, who could grow really tall. Do you know why that is? Cause there were two kinds of humans, Homo Erectus and the Homo Sapiens and Homo Sapiens won that battle." Vasu could see that his Mother was in full flow and he was stupefied.
"The Sixth avatar was Parshuram, the man who wielded the axe, the man who was a cave and forest dweller. Angry, and not social but the seventh avatar was Ram, the first thinking social being, who laid out the laws of society and the basis of all relationships.
The eight avatar was Krishna, the statesman, the politician, the lover who played the game of society and taught how to live and thrive in the social structure. (This is as per Hindu belief, Buddhists may not subscribe to Buddha being the 8th Avatar)
The Ninth avatar, the Buddha, the man who rose from Narasimha and found man's true nature. The nature of Buddha, he identified man's final quest of enlightenment. And finally, my boy, will come Kalki, the man you are working on. The man who will be genetically supreme."
Vasu looked at his Mother speechless. "This is amazing Mom. This makes sense!"
"Yes, it does Vasu! Now have your chywanprash! "
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* Chywanprash= ayurvedic nutritive cooked mixture.