Shams-u-Din and Sadiq
a strange coincidence, Bakhshi Gulam Mohammad, the
Budshah or Sah-i-Jahan of modern Kashmir as people
called him and was a poor man's hope, is said to
have reached the scene near Aishmuquam on way to
Pahalgam just when Swami Ji was asking Mr. O.N.
Thusoo to fill his (Swami ji's) car with petrol.
On seeing him from a distance, Bakhshi Gulam
Mohammad is said to have rushed to pay his
respects to him and offered petrol from his own
car as a matter of courtesy and respect.
enough, Swami Ji is said to have declined the
offer. Instead, he is said to have demanded back
his pen, which he had given to Bakhshi Sahib and
was retained by him. It spelt the proverbial doom
for Bakhshi Gulam Mohammad, who understood the
meaning and significance of the event. He could
grasp the outcome and became gloomy.
the car is said to have been refueled on payment
for the return journey by Mr. Thusoo.
a close disciple of Swami Ji Mr. Thusoo ventured
to ask the Swami Ji the reason for refusal.
a pin point description of Shamas-u-Din Sahib,
Swami Ji said, " Some robust, stout man
wearing a big fur cap and hailing from rural area,
must have a chance to ...." Mr. Thusoo got
narrated by Mr. Thusoo to the author, he turned
pale and was overwhelmed by a spell of gloom.
up his nerves, he said to Swami Ji in a sad tone,
"Swami Ji, my hostile Chief Engineer is a
close friend of this man. And this spells ruin for
God is great. Don't worry. It is only a temporary
measure. Another well built wise man wearing a fur
cap and spectacles may take his place" came
the prompt reply. This consoled Mr. Thusoo.
it was Gulam Mohammad Sadiq who took over from Mr.
Shams-u-Din as the next Chief Minister.
incident of Hakim Sham Lal Bhat
Thusoo Sahib was over engaged in connection with
the construction and development of Ganderbal
Power House. He could not find time to visit Swami
Ji at Nunar for several weeks.
his next visit to Swami Ji, he was asked the
reasons of his absence for so long.
Swami Ji, I was too busy at the site to find time
for the visit" was the reply.
Is it so ? All right go to Shyam Bhat", he
retorted. (Pandit Shyam Lal Bhat was a famous
unani physician (Hakeem) of Habba Kadal, Srinagar).
sooner did Mr. Thusoo reach home than he fell
severely ill and was restless with excruciating
pain. He became unconscious and even went into
coma several times. Top most doctors of the time
attended to, but with no relief. The vital stage
of the construction of the Ganderbal Power House
suffered. The concerned engineering staff
including the Chief Engineer, visited him at home.
At last his Chief Engineer suggested that he
should be taken to the famous Unani
physician Shri Shyam Lal Bhat, who happened to be
his family physician.
suggestion worked and Mr. Thusoo got examined and
finally treated by Hakeeem Shyam Lal Bhat. He
recovered and visited Swami Ji before attending to
'Swami Ji, what did you do? " He said meekly,
"I suffered too much for too long".
That was destined. None could help it", came
and Salary Episodes
Once Swami Ji, while at Thusoo Ji's home at the
Darigund village, had tea several times. He called
Mrs. Thusoo again soon after sipping empty a hot
cup of tea. He asked her to prepare a few cups of
Ji enquired, "Swami Ji, you had tea just now,
would it not be harmful" ?
No, my boy; a guest is coming. He must have tea
just now", he replied.
lo! and behold! Grata Mout,another mastana stepped
in along with Mrs. Thusoo, who was carrying fresh
so all partook of it.
Mr. Thusoo joined his service after training. He
was not given any increment for sometime as his
relations with the Chief Engineer were not
day he pointed it out to Swami Ji and in reply was
told that he was going to get two increments soon.
This came out to be true soon after.
In 1965 a burqua clad woman once approached Swami
Ji to plead for her husband who had gone to fight
the Indo-Pak war. She was pining for information
about his whereabouts and return to home. In reply
she was told to prepare to receive him that very
day. She was happy to do so and receive him that
very evening, as narrated to the author by Mr. O.N.
Warikoo who probably knew the lady and her
Once at Hashias, Swami Ji handed over a book on
Engineering to V.K. Warikoo, telling him
that he had something to do with such books. Soon,
as the author was told by V.K. Warikoo's father
Shri O.N. Warikoo, his son was admitted in the
engineering College at Srinagar. On completing his
training course he was employed in the Govt.
service in his own State. He is presently working
as an Assistant Executive Engineer.