Elephant Droppings

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Superstitions, Bad Habits

Supposedly, I am the logical, rational, and liberal partner in our marriage. I always make sure that my wife knows and remembers this fact. What she does not know is this I have my own set of superstitions. I do take care not to let her find out these so that I can feel superior :-)

  • When getting up in the morning, I put my right foot down first. Even when I swing both legs off the bed, the right foot has to touch the floor first, or I am looking at a ruined day.
  • Whenever I step on anything that has something written on it (it could be a piece of newspaper that someone had used for wrapping up shit), I have to touch the paper and touch my forehead. I have to ask forgiveness for touching the letters with my foot.
  • Like anyone else, I have my favorite clothes. If I am wearing them, well, "Give me but one firm spot on which to stand, and I will move the earth." If I am wearing something new, and I keep getting bummers on that day, irrespective of the price, those clothes are abandoned to the darkest corners of my wardrobe, their temporary resting place before being thrown out.
  • When I am traveling, I am extremely hesitant to announce my expected arrival time at the destination. When I am forced to say that, I cloak it in a series of "probably"s, and "most likely"s. When we fly, this is a major cause of friction between me and wife. She keeps on asking me about when we are going to land, and I keep on telling her to ask the pilot or the stewardess -- even though I know the ETA pretty much to the nearest quarter-hour. When I travel alone, as far as possible, I turn up unannounced at the destination.
  • When taking a shower (alone), I have to be naked, bare naked. Not even my wedding band stays.
But, hey, I don't dislike 13, I don't mind starting a journey on Tuesdays, I can walk under a ladder, and have no problem with breaking a mirror :-)

11 Comments:

  • No matter where you go from where you came from.....somethings really never change cos they're bound to stay that way. At least you gaat some drivel up the cranium and its rattlin away hehe. Well you are not the only one, its an ever proliferating club, there were a trillion before you and there sure will be another trillion joining. I gaat my own list, but someother time lol......good one !!

    By Blogger Thunderbolt, at 6:21 PM, August 31, 2005  

  • Touching the paper and touching the forehead comes automatically to most Indians. It's got to do with Goddess Saraswati in the books! Good post!

    By Blogger Neil Padayatty, at 12:43 AM, September 01, 2005  

  • Thanks for visiting my blog :)
    and plssssss... no more nonveg comment. :(

    By Blogger സു | Su, at 3:58 AM, September 01, 2005  

  • t: thanks

    neil: The thing is we don't find any problem in stepping on Bhoomi Devi (the Earthe Goddess) :-)

    su: Yours is a blog that I enjoy reading.

    noad21: At my age, loving viruses (biological nor computer) does not rank high on my "things to do before I die" list :-) Thanks anyway.

    By Blogger പാപ്പാന്‍‌/mahout, at 7:20 AM, September 01, 2005  

  • hi
    as long ur superstitions doesn"t hurt any one its ok,just imagine ur own dad running inside seeing u coming just becoz the fate had been too cruel to u.and u beeing penalised for no mistake of urs.being a widow is a bad omen. so as long as u arent hurting anyone evrything is fine.nah

    By Blogger veena, at 10:20 AM, September 02, 2005  

  • hi
    as long ur superstitions doesn"t hurt any one its ok,just imagine ur own dad running inside seeing u coming just becoz the fate had been too cruel to u.and u beeing penalised for no mistake of urs.being a widow is a bad omen. so as long as u arent hurting anyone evrything is fine.nah

    By Blogger veena, at 10:33 AM, September 02, 2005  

  • I would call this selective superstition :) I dont have any superstitions, and that's a relief because I have friends whose superstitions I have to tolerate like apologising to some demi God if I spill salt, which I do to humor them.

    Great post.

    By Blogger silverine, at 7:15 AM, September 25, 2005  

  • Hi,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and your comments on the various posts. Really appreciate it. I will definitely try Alexander McCall-Smith's books as suggested by you :)

    By Blogger silverine, at 1:22 AM, October 01, 2005  

  • Hi Mahout,

    Thanks for the comments on my old posts. Appreciate it. No new posts??

    By Blogger silverine, at 10:36 PM, October 07, 2005  

  • Droppings.... Nice indeed!!!
    :)

    By Blogger pr!tz, at 12:22 AM, October 10, 2005  

  • veena, silverine, pr!tz -> Thanks for visiting, and also for your kind words. This blog was in abandoned state for a time while I was setting up my Malayalam blog.

    silverine, I am sure you would like the novels by McCall-Smith. I don't know whether they are available in India though. If not, drop me a line (paappaan at gmail) and I'll see what I can do.

    By Blogger പാപ്പാന്‍‌/mahout, at 5:16 PM, October 10, 2005  

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