I was at Muscat. I taught yoga to the 4 people in Muscat. Marathi Mitra (mandal members) one of my students when I was moving in the mall aimlessly, took me to the owner of the mall. He was a Muslim from Bhantibazar area. He went there, traded and became the owner of the mall.
My student introduced me to him. He asked me one question: can you tell about yoga in one sentence? I kept quiet, but later on said, “One who eats once (a day) is a yogi, who eats twice is a day bhogi and who eats thrice is a rogi.”
The owner said “I eat four times a day,” I told him he is a maha rogi. He was sitting in the middle, surrounded by his friends relatives etc. They did not like what I said. But the owner started laughing. His Yahudi cap fell down. When he laughed, others also laughed. He invited me for lunch. I said no. One of his men said, “No one has said no to the owner in the last 10 years.” I said, “I am pure vegetarian, he (they are) non veg.” The owner said “We all will take veg food.” I still said no because I was to take lunch with one of my lady students.
The owner sent a car to pick up my student from where she was. Within one hour we had a wonderful lunch. It consisted of around 60 dishes, desserts were 10, most of the things were brought from the mall itself. Rice and dal varieties were about five each. I could not forget that lunch...! – Jyoti Manohar Joglekar, Mumbai.