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Warding Off The Evil Eye

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  1. Balajee

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    Yesterday on the occasion of VijayadasaMI, India formally received its first Rafale fighter jet from France. “Received:” is a deceptive term here because the plane will arrive in India in March next year. But yes on paper it is ours And what a way of receiving it!


    Lemons were placed under its wheels. We need Rafale to protect us and lemons to protect Rafale. Coconuts were broken and a puja performed to ward off evil, in front of , I am sure, amused French spectators in Paris. Hope they did not forget to paint a horned figure and write “Buri nazar wale tera mooh kala” (Evil eyed one may your face be blackened ) on it.That is believed to give the guy with evil eye a black eye.


    Were pumpkins smashed ? Did they do a gomata pooja? Of course it is difficult to find a gomata in France. You only have vaches (cows for the French challenged ) mesdames there. Hope they coaxed a gomata foraging in a garbage dump to go o a trip to gay Paree. All these measures I am sure will make the fighter aircraft immune to Pakistani attack.

    The warding off the evil eye thing—I have been a victim of it since early childhood. At least once in a month my mom used to perform what she called “Drishti kazhikkarthu” (Warding off the evil eye in front of me with some red chillies and what not. Now loo)king back I jst don’t see the need for it .After all her big fat blob of a son himself looked like one of those dolls used to ward off evil eye, known as Drishti Bommai in Tamil.

    As I grew up and settled down in life, I thought that this evil eye nonsense was over and done with. My mom made me think again.

    When I bought my first car, she insisted that it be taken to the nearby Ganesh temple where they performed something called “vahana puja”. As I believe that it is a wise policy to humor crazy people, I got the puja performed making the priest richer by a couple of thousand bucks. And to my horror he put a huge vermilion Swastika on the car’s bonnet.

    When I took it home I wanted to wipe it off but mommy dearest put her foot down.


    And that caused me endless trouble. Neighbors and friends who knew I was working for a German news organization then, started greeting me with “Heil Hitler”!

    There were gasps of horror when I took the car to office. Question marks were raised over my political affiliations. . A poor guy with left-of- centre liberal views suddenly found himself being suspected of being a right wing extremist.

    “In zee Germany you will be verhaftet –How do you say that in zee English? Arrested “ said a German colleague who was somewhat English challenged.

    Mercifully, heavy rains for a couple of days wiped off the Swastika and except for a couple of guys who mjoked about rains being ani-Nazi, everyone forgot about Nazi greetings. That was my last tryst with the evil eye business.


    I sincerely hope Defence Minister Rajnath Singh who took possession of the plane didn’t draw a Swatika on it. It would have raised a storm across Europe.

    Dear ILites, if you like this thread, just click on “like”. Don’t cast an evil eye on it.. You see I hate investing money on pumpkins and red chilies that can’t be eaten, not to speak of the time and energy wasted in drawing a Swastika in my thread.
     
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    Yesterday when I went to visit an old man near home to take a look at his golu ,some topic Conversation and this dhrushti topic came. He's a senior citizen who is an astrologer and a Vasthu consultant.

    So I asked him why is a black dot kept in order to ward off the evil eye and he gave an explanation which I found very sensible.
    He said say for eg. An infant who is very cute and chubby will attract a lot a people towards him. When a big black dot is kept on the cheeks or somewhere on the forehead all the nazar/dhrushti/attention goes on the huge black dot and not on the kid directly. That'll refrain people from Making keen observation on the chubby cheeks and comment on how chubby the infant is.
    Similarly during our wedding we keep "mmai" on the groom so that people's attention go towards His eyes and not Anywhere else.

    This logic was new to me and I thanked uncle for enlightening me on the topic.
     
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    he did draw swastik, kept coconut, flowers and lemon underneath tyres :) IMG-20191008-WA0029.jpg IMG-20191008-WA0026.jpg IMG-20191008-WA0027.jpg IMG-20191008-WA0028.jpg
     
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    unable to load the video from dailymotion, the video of the pooja, do search and watch.
     
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    He’s Empty headed inside out ...
     
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    thanks, i did see them. another interesting pic:
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    very funny indeed ... last time I heard there was a dispute that rains were kannadigas favoring karnataka which was not telecast on Tamil channel ... :)
     
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    Leaking out such confidential information on the Defense Minister could endanger national security.
     

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