A story of strange superstitionIt's not a story that I would like to start by saying "Long ago in a land far, far away………". No, it doesn't belong to that era. It is a story of the present time. We all know how superstitious people can be. Superstition is the death of thinking ability of the mind. We all know this fact very well. Still, the heart wants what it wants. Anyways, superstition revolving around sneezing is the subject of my post. We Indians consider sneezing an inauspicious activity especially if something important is carried out at that particular time.
My dear friend believes this concept very religiously. Whenever she sneezes or hears someone do the same, she stops doing whatever she is doing. She sits for a couple of minutes and then resumes her duties. It does not matter to her at all the kind of activity she is doing. Even if she is performing her regular chores, she pauses and takes a break before resuming. As soon as she hears someone sneezing, whether it is in her household or a sound coming from her neighbourhood or from a stranger walking on the road, she has made it a point to sit for a couple of minutes before continuing her chores. Recently she has heightened the level of superstition. Every time she hears someone sneeze on television, she pauses her work. Lots of advertisements based on cough related medicines or antiseptics show someone sneezing in their videos. My friend has become a subject of laughter for us as we witness her wasting so many precious minutes of her day trying to break the jinx.
How many of you do the same? Do you feel that sneeze is inauspicious and try to break the jinx with some other methods? If yes, please share.