29 August, 2008

To hell with these superstitions...

I was all ready to fill up a form on Saturday and declared my intentions of doing so to my family. Pat came the reply, "Tomorrow is amaavas. Wait till Monday!" "What? Why?" I asked. "Amaavas would be in the evening, right? I would fill up in the morning!" I said as if having made a valid point. "No!" Again came the reply. "The amaavas is from tonight to tomorrow night." What! I couldn't even believe it. If amaavas is related to the moon, how on earth can there be an amaavas during the day? (Ignore my ignorance in this regard). My point being, there is no way you can see the moon during the day (unless you travel by a rocket which would take you the other part of the world where there is still night while the day moves on in your part of the world). So, every day becomes an amaavas.

Anyway, is amaavas so bad that you shouldn't fill up a damn form? What effect would the visibility or the non-visibility of the moon (in this case) have on a simple form that I want to fill up? It is also said that one should avoid travelling during amaavas. Why? Are there any concrete explanations? No common man has an answer to this. And those who claim to know the answers, well guys I don't believe you people. My simple point is, should we stop living every fortnight when there is amaavas? If I am not allowed to fill up a form (for reasons unspecified) or travel fearing an accident coz of this amaavas, then we should not be allowed to do anything on that day. Every amaavas should be declared as a national holiday or even an international holiday if there are people around the world who believe in this concept.

There are crores of people doing several things on an amaavas. Does everything go wrong for everybody? Why can't we treat an amaavas as any other day? Why put these restrictions on people just because you cannot see the moon on a certain day that too when there is a simple scientific explanation to this phenomemon? Give me a proper explanation as to why I shouldn't do a certain thing on a certain day and I am ready to accept you. Don't force things on me just because you were told not to do something on a certain day by your parents which in turn was told to them by their parents and so on.

Anyway, just because I didn't want to argue with them, for the simple fact that they would never understand, I would postpone my work till Monday. But these are certain things I certainly wouldn't even mention to my future generation.

Adi's Appendix Theory

Sudeep and I were having this conversation that day when the topic moved to our interaction and relationship (of any form) with girls. That is when I told him about my first ever theory on any topic, "Adi's Appendix Theory".

We come across several girls in our daily life and we call a few of them as 'friends' - those whom we meet quite frequently, be it in school, college, office or any other place. We interact with them on several issues, both serious and fun. This helps create a bond which we call as 'friendship'.

Suppose a good female friend (can't call her as a 'girl'-friend, coz it has a completely different meaning) of yours, who spends a lot of time with you and becomes quite a part of your daily life, starts seeing someone. Does that hurt you? Does that hurt you even if you have absolutely no feelings for her, and you consider her to be just another friend? Yes. It does, no matter which guy disagrees with this. The guy would not be heart-broken coz he didn't have anything for her anyway, but he would feel a little awkward. Anyway, he wouldn't really mind her having this 'special friend' in her life. This female friend then becomes your (for me and what I call as) appendix. Appendix? You may ask. Yes.

Appendix is that part of your body which has absolutely no function. You live with it without any trouble. But, if something goes wrong with your appendix, it hurts you. You may also have to be operated up on to remove the appendix and soothe the pain. The result? Nothing. You again lead a normal life, coz you never really wanted that appendix anyway. Same with your female friends. It disturbs you a bit when they start seeing somebody else. But, it doesn't really hurt you even if she goes with that guy coz you never really had anything for her except for pure friendship. And more importantly, you continue to be good friends with her.

This leads us to Adi's Appendix Theory which has been put into words by Sudeep. So, here goes:

"Usage of phrase: "Oh, she's my appendix!"

1. Appendix is quite a part of you.
2. If something goes wrong with the appendix, you feel the pain.
3. But if the appendix is removed from you, you won't be disturbed a bit.

1. A girl that you meet frequently (at office/class etc)
2. If someone else goes out with her, you will feel the pangs.
3. But if she goes away from you, you won't be disturbed too much."

I am not very sure whether this theory holds true for a girl. But, it is absolutely true of any guy in this world. Plus, it is absolutely normal of one guy to have several appendixes. I, myself, have some 4 - 5 appendixes to be modest!