Theysay life is a B.I.T.C.H. I would like to rephrase it a bit. LIFE, at times, behaveslike a raging dog. No matter what you do, you’ll never be able to control it. Orworse, you might end up with blood allover you. The happenings areerratic. We sit back and relax as long as they are favourable. The momentsomething worse starts to happen we enter into the panic mode, usuallyaccompanied by symptoms of restlessness, anxiety and paranoia.
Wetry to figure out what went wrong.
We play the events which happened duringthose testing times as a muted movie in our brain.
We try to find out thereason. Or worse, if there are multiple events, we try to find the correlation/striking similarities.
Wesearch for patterns.
We always, always search for explanations.
Out of the blue, something like “I have neverhad a bad day whenever I wore blue to work” would strike us. Stroke of brilliance. Isn’t it? So, the nexttime, if there is an important event happening at office, invariably you chooseblue. Coz,we don’t want to take chances. Even though we put in your 100%, there isalways this X factor which accounts for the results and at times, decides theresult. And who knows wearing an outfit of a specific colour might be the Xfactor. Though it sounds ridiculous and insanely absurd, there is no concreteevidence to prove otherwise. Aah!These superstitions are just for losers. For people who don’t have self-belief.People who lack the spine. And what not? No, it’s not true. Didyou know that Steve Waugh used to carry a red hand key with him every time hewent to bat? Didyou know that Rahul Dravid wears his right thigh pad on first.
LasithMalinga kisses the ball every time before be bowls.
Chaminda Vaas thanks heavens and kisses his hands before taking the first stride. Theselittle superstitions add the much needed spice to the sport. Or, at least feedsfodder to the ever-gossip-hungry media. Ihave had my own share of absurd beliefs and I have practiced them meticulously fora while. Iused to wear the same shirt and pant for every exam. Of course, only afterwashing and pressing it. I vividly remember those [Semester 5 - Electromagnetic Wave Theory] days. No! I dint memorize theanswers. Rather, I took help from my other padips friend, tried understandingthe logic, the rationale behind solving electromagnetic wave equations only toscrew up during the exams. Now, a sane mind would argue that I should’ve putin a bit more effort. Should have sought help from a better-padips. Nah! Whocares.. luckily, it worked. Iused the same pen [Hero Ink pen] for all my exams. Yeah! All 8 semesters and 60odd exams. Itbecame worse when I was in Mysore. During my training, I used to have the samebreakfast before appearing for the exams. One packet of Krack-Jack Maska-Chaskaand a cup of Cappuccino. Andone of my friend, he wouldn’t laugh before the exams. Even if it were a killerof a joke. His theory – you laugh before the exams you’ll end up crying afterit. Andthe other guy wears his underwear inside out. That’s his lucky charm. OK! Imade this up. It’snot that I enjoyed doing it OK. Imagine having a packet of Maska-Chaska andcappuccino for breakfast. GOD. :) Till date, Icould never reason out why I did those things. But I never had the guts tobreak the chain – that’s for sure. Truth be told, I never do that anymore. You havemy word on this.
Butwhen life throws so many things at you, you gotta find a way or the other toway to deal with it. Right?
So, what's the weird superstition that you follow/have followed/still follow.?
Come on, let it out in the open already.! :P
So, why this now?
Been reading a lot about superstitions lately. Chaoticm had a blog post about it. Uncle OT or The Visitor, as he is known to some shared me this killer article by Amit Varma and now this piece in Cricinfo.
Also, I have exhausted my bandwidth limit at home. Now, I'm in the Fair Usage Policy zone which means No Videos, No podcasts nothing. BB speed drops to insanely low levels. So you ensoi :D