Ramnath Bargal (d. August 28, 2013)
From a Facebook post by Mehera Arjani. Reprinted with permission.
Ramnath Bargal, Eruch Jessawala’s nightly masseur and Meherazad’s sole night watchman for many years, died when his house roof collapsed and fell in on him, at Pimpalgaon Malvi. Almost no one knew Bargal, as he was always called, and very few ever met him, but he was part and parcel of Meherazad on the men’s side for many decades.
Bargal was a strapping man and visited Meherazad even after he retired, walking all the way from the village though he was well into his early 80s at least. He used to do the night watch by himself, then other watchmen were hired and he started looking after Eruch only. He would sit in Eruch’s room all night in the chair by the door. The night Eruch died, Bargal was the one who came to Meherwan and Manu’s room to say Eruch is really bad and you all should come. He was forlorn when Eruch went to Baba and left work soon after.
Each night he’d appear in his white shirt and dhoti or trousers, turban in place — coming out of the darkness in front of the Mandali Hall porch at around the time Eruch finished his nightly repast and came to sit on the bench by the Mandali Hall window. He’d move behind Eruch and begin the nightly massage — head, neck, back, arms and finally legs. Then he would be given sweets by Eruch (along with whoever happened to be there, including our dear Moti, Eruch’s favourite among the Meherazad dogs).
Bargal often came to Meherazad and always visited with Meherwan. Now he will probably go back to giving Eruch nightly massages! Baba-speed Ramnath. Jai Meher Baba.