I have always been intrigued with co-incidences, superstitions and the things which possibly cannot have “scientific” answers. Like most other beings, I am rational, analytical and logical. However, there seem to be some happenings in my life that continuously re-inforce some of my beliefs / superstitions. Over the years, my mind seems to be conditioned to believe in these co-incidences – somehow, somehow there seems to be a way for these things to influence the outcome of anything I do. I believe that my words, my position of my desk, the side in which I get up from my bed in the mornings, my thoughts and the timing of them affect outside events. Events, that in turn, have a direct bearing on me, my mood, my life, my friends, family and near and dear ones. I wear rings on my fingers (four of them actually) – each of them for strategically placed in the correct finger to harmonize planetary motions, and bring peace and harmony (or so I hope) in my life.
As a child growing up in a small town in East India – there were several little gem of these beliefs that we were exposed to – at a very early age…..
Leaving home when someone sneezed was considered inauspicious. I have missed the school bus because the maid sneezed when I was about to leave.
Eating eggs during exams – we were forbidden from eating eggs during exam – reason – we were likely to get ZERO in exams (ZERO being similar in shape to the egg yolk!!)
Cat crossing path – This one is a really bad omen. Somehow, as per some mythology, cats are capable of housing evil spirits – and a cat crossing path would mean – evil spirit nearby! We would stop, wait, let something else move past and then only go forward.
Shoes kept upside down brings quarrel in the family. Grandma would go around ensuring all the shoes were NOT kept upside down.. Phew!
Left eye twitching – considered to be good – something good is going to happen!
There were many many more. Each one seemed to have been firmed up over years of research and several learned people had vetted the theory as being authentic.
It strange how your mind gets conditioned to some of these things, and you try to search for these co-incidences in good / bad happenings in life.. As I grew up, I started thinking about more such occurrences – I had some of my own –
I dread Friday, the 13th. I am convinced, absolutely convinced that something miserable will happen on that day! If nothing else, I will slip over something and fall on my face.
I always sleep on the left side of the bed
I wear specific colored shirts on important days – because they are supposed to bring me luck
I always have a white kerchief in my right pocket
I have stood on a single tile in my home for close to 5 hrs while watch cricket match – somehow thinking that any movement will cause Sachin Tendulkar (my favorite player) to get out
I don’t wear metal bands in wrist watches – someone told it was unlucky based on the direction some planets were positioned at the time of my birth!
I use Tahoma font when I write my draft blog – because the first post I posted with that seemed to be liked by people
I changed my blog theme to another one, and got one my worst days – immediately changed it back to the theme where I was doing better.
Phew… the list can go on and on and on….
Yes, yes. I know what you are thinking. What a dumb ass, this fellow is!
Well.. Maybe I am an ASS – Always Stupid and Superstitious !!
What are some of the superstitions that you have?