During one of my trips to Rajasthan in India just 2 years ago, a strange thing happened.
I was with a friend, and we had gone to a huge marketplace, not to buy anything in particular, but to see the sights.
We were just standing in front of a tiny little shop that sold traditional copper oil lamps, the kind we use in the garden in the summer sometimes.
I caught the eye of the shopkeeper looking behind us, so we both looked back as well. to see a guy, dressed completely in a white suit, a with a western cut (white jacket, trousers, waistcoat, white tie, white shoes, white hat).
That looked a little unusual bearing in mind the surroundings we were in, but we decided not to stare too much! The next thing, he asked us in perfect english, if we could spare fifty rupees (about a $1).
I was rather angry about this, as during my travels I have become accustomed to people asking for money, etc. But my friend thought differently. She said that there was something about this guy that was different. So she took out a fifty rupee bill and handed it to him.
But what happened next surprised both of us. He looked at the money, then looked at us and said “Do you think I’m a beggar, hmm?”, waved the money aside and walked away.
We both turned our attention back to the shop and it’s wares, but I looked back just a split second later to see where the guy had gone…and he was nowhere to be seen…disappeared with trace!
Where could he have gone, I thought, as there was nothing but dry, open ground behind us!
To this day, I still think about that incident, and incident to which I have no answer….