Thursday, April 28, 2005

Wooing the Lady !!


I am completely in awe of the complexity of the universe and the arbitrary nature of many of its little wrinkles and fractal permutations. Infact, it all appears so difficult that we all pray for a little luck to get us through.

A couple of days back I was proctoring an MBA exam. Ten minutes before the end, this MBA student gives me his answer sheet and walks away. I was just putting his exam away,when he came running back up to me,and asked me if he could have his exam back. The way he pleaded with me, made me think that he'd forgotten to add something of 'great' importance.

There was just about five minutes left, and me being the considerate proctor, I gave it back to him and asked him to work on it very quicky. Unfazed, he took a piece of colored paper from his wallet, and rubbed it all over his answer sheets. After doing this for a while, he grinned , gave me his answer sheet and said

"Thats my lucky charm" .

I was too stunned to say anything.

Ah!the things one do to woo the lady.And if luck,indeed be a lady,the courting,the flattering,and the indulgences directed her way continue unabated.From the Exams to playing to walking to living,you name it,superstitions and good luck charms are embraced,usually against people's own good judgment.

But why do we do this? Just because, just in case, or just don't ask.Come to think of it, believe in them or not, good luck charms and superstitions have been an integral part of human life throughout history. From rain dances, to human sacrifices, to touching up answer sheets, they're all attempts to curry the favour of gods or the powers to be. Good luck charms and superstitions can serve simply as comfort, but at the other end of the spectrum, the world of superstitions can be a hall of mirrors navigated by people who border on obsessive-compulsive behavior.

The black cat crossing the road is a classic example. I do feel a bit discomforted when one crosses the path, but then the excitement of expecting the unexpected(which, by the way, never happens), makes me go on my way. But I know a few people, who would faithfully obey the sign from above, and turn back and go another way.

And to top it, intellectually people understand that it doesnt make sense, but emotionally they're unable to make the break.And we all know,Emotion always overruns intelligence, otherwise we'd have world peace, right?.

Well, I'd like to believe that, they're really an attempt to control the universe that is way too powerful for us to control. And now, I'm going to practise some 'mumbo-jumbo', and try my luck at making breakfast.


Anonymous Ringforger said...

Bad luck is an excuse man made up to hide his mediocrity.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more blog on superstition and the evil "three" just might strike again!

Food for thought:
Lady Luck, Mother Nature ..can it be a mere coincidence that all the good things in life are invariably associated with a woman:)!

7:26 AM  
Blogger piggy said...

This relates to the previous comment by anonymous. In Japnese culture, group of Gods called the Shichifukujin is worshipped for luck. The Gods - Hotei, Bishamon, Benten, Daikoku, Ebisu, Jurojin, Fukurokujo represents different aspects of luck. And Benten is the only woman in the group. And she is the goddess of luck in love. (quite expected).

12:14 PM  
Blogger piggy said...

And why to go that far - In Hindu Myth we have Lord Ganesha as the God of luck. The same is the case with Chinese culture too.

These Greek are totally biased towards the fairer sex.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Suki said...

@ Anon - M~, you bet!!..No more on superstitions...:)..

And I was about to agree with you..but Piggy seems to have balanced the equations..:)..

@Piggy - I bow to thee..!!!

4:09 PM  
Blogger Kamakshi said...

nice blog, some hilarious posts .. and yeah, can relate to all the freakin' grad student rants :) u've got some good pics too. I see its a BITSy world here..

11:22 AM  
Blogger Suki said...

@Kams - Thanks!!..And hey!!Hope you got your tax returns back:)..

9:46 PM  
Blogger Kamakshi said...

waat?! u'r the same guy .. tax session date? lolz .. i did get it back :)

2:27 PM  
Blogger Anil P said...

If nothing else, it merely confirms what all of us know, that not everything is in our hands, and that we need that extra hand - helping hand :)

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