We, The Superstitious People of India…

Think about the most dangerous villains, criminals and evil minds that have resided in India. Make a short list in your mind. Chances are that your list includes names such as Dawood Ibrahim, the don, Kasab, the terrorist who was hanged, and Veerapan, among others. Without a doubt, these names deserve to be on the list for all that they have done. Shockingly, we don’t think about any of these names in our daily lives, except when the media reminds us of them. It’s interesting how the most fearsome men don’t cause fear in our hearts, at least not in our daily lives. What’s twice as interesting is the fact that something as harmless as a black cat crossing one’s path is assumed to bring doom, and that chilies and lemon can act as Rajnikanth and prevent this doom like a boss. We have villains like no others, and superheroes in unimaginable forms. Lets take a look at some of them.

The Villains:

  • Black Cat, for who needs guns when you could kill them by just walking across the road
  • Number 13, not just your regular teen
  • The Evil Eye, everyone has one, especially the neighbors
  • Certain days like Tuesday and Saturday, when you get killed for eating meat or washing hair
  • Mars, the evil planet, with it’s ‘Manglik‘ trademark
  • The Colour Black, too dark to make your day brighter
  • Upside Down Slippers on the floor, they can probably turn your lives upside down
  • Broken Mirrors, watch yourself in one of these and you’re life is destined to be broken

The Super Heroes:

  • Lemon and Green Chilies, put them together and they’ll take care of the rest
  • Black Spot on the Face, guarding you against evil eyes since eternity
  • One Rupee Coin, added to the cash gift, because the amount in the envelope is not enough
  • The Super Lockets and Precious Stones, wearing whom you are immune to difficulties, and well, ghosts
  • The Brave Coconut, who willingly gets smashed to the ground to make an event auspicious

Superstitions

Ever wondered how that poor little cat would have felt when we linked her with bad events? How would you feel if you were that coconut who was forcibly banged on the floor only to bring good luck? On a serious note, if we think radically, it’s not hard to tell that these superstitions don’t make the slightest of the sense. It might be true that some of these did make sense back in the day. For instance, talking of cutting nails in evening, it would not be a good idea in days when there was no electricity and we had to make do with the dim light of candles. We could have hurt our fingers. However, it clearly makes no sense in modern times. With time, we have to realize what deserves to be left behind, and make sure that it is left behind. Some of us follow these for the sake of our elders. Our elders believe in these age old superstitions, they expect us to follow these, and we follow. I wouldn’t have a problem with such obedience, if it weren’t one of the key reasons that prevent our country from getting rid of these false beliefs. Most of the new generation doesn’t believe in any of these, but follows some of these any ways. Not believing is doing no good. Not following is what is required. We might like to believe that nobody really believes in them these days, but most of the people I know don’t eat meat on Tuesdays, and almost all the houses on my street have a ‘Nazarpattu’. I guess it’s time for a reality check.

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