(April 1959) Bal Natu, a school teacher, was also a resident at Guruprasad for several weeks during his summer vacation. C. D. Deshmukh came to Poona during his summer holidays. He and his family stayed at the Patwardhan Lodge, and he was allowed to visit Guruprasad daily, as was G. S. N. Moorty of Calcutta. Nariman, Katie (Goher’s sister) and Jim Mistry would come from Bombay every Saturday and stay in Guruprasad and then return with others from Bombay on Sunday evenings.
Deshmukh used to be the butt of everyone’s jokes, Baba included. On April Fool’s Day at Guruprasad, Baba presented him with a lavishly wrapped present which Deshmukh took to be something quite precious. When he carefully unwrapped the bundle, which had seven layers of different colored wrapping paper, he found an ordinary stone. Everyone laughed, but Deshmukh kept it, accepting it as Baba’s prasad, and as a symbol and reminder to him to always have rocklike faith in Baba.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, p. 5549.