A senior engineer at an Indian government agency has been a no-show at work for eight months as he was busy performing his duties as a deity, the man explained in a letter to his employer.
In contrast with Nepal or Japan, where only lolis have such opportunity, in glorious Bharat even office drones can fulfill their divine destiny.
Rameshchandra Fefar, a superintending engineer at the Gujarat government's Sardar Sarovar Punarvasvat Agency (SSPA), tasked with compensating those affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam, has claimed he is the 10th incarnation of Vishnu, one of the three main gods in Hinduism. The man, who in his late fifties, said he has been toiling on behalf of the Indian people as a deity and could not waste time on more trivial tasks.
"I am doing penance at home by entering into fifth dimension to change the global conscience… I can't do such penance sitting in office," Fefar wrote in a letter he sent to the agency in response to a no-show notice. The man said his restless work has not been without success, taking credit for India's recent "good rains."
Fefar, one of the most senior engineers in the state, was found to have worked only 16 days in the last eight months.
While neither his family nor acquaintances appear to believe the bizarre claim, Fefar told Indian media that the proof of his divine background will soon become evident.
The man said that he has learned to discern signals from Vishnu. For instance, a twitching in his right eye means the god wants to talk to him. The orders he is being given frequently make little or no sense, such as travelling by train without a ticket or buying cheap electronic devices, but Fefar does not appear to second guess them.
The official was appointed to oversee the compensation process in September 2017, and has "remained highly erratic ever since," the agency wrote in a formal disciplinary notice this month, calling his behavior incompatible with being a government employee.