November 17, 2009 by Preeks
I am superstitious in a funny way. When I was in college, I believed that my exam would go well if I went via the Outer Ring Road, although I would most definitely get stuck in a gigantic traffic jam, and be shadowed by the whole question of whether I would even make it to the exam on time. I believed the classes would be suspended for the day, if I got into one particular Blueline bus at 7:53 in the morning, although, I would have to put up with the whole torture of irritating conductors, passing wile comments all the way. I believed I would get a good result if I saw the smile of that little girl at the red light in the morning, sitting on the back of her Dad’s scooter, with her 3 siblings, all precariously balanced on the same seat. I considered myself lucky on the days when the set of rag picker boys came up to my auto and tried selling me cheap, pirated editions of The White Tiger and Inheritance of Loss. They were very smart to figure out I read books, but were not smart enough to figure out that nothing on earth could make me buy those two books, no amount of pleading, no amount of convincing, hell I wouldn’t take them if they were shelled out for free..!
Anyway, coming back to the point, I have funny superstitions! So, while college drew to end, and everyone worried about missing friends, I was worried about whether I would ever have lucky days again, considering that all my mascots would be scattered and lost away along my route towards college. After a few depressing days of worrying about this, I decided to go Que Sera Sera.
One month into office, and here I am..Looking forward to that sweeper in the SouthEx Subway at sharp 8:07 am every morning & wincing as he sweeps the dust into my face, but bearing it all, because it will make me reach office on time. Looking back and nodding at my driver before leaving, because that will help me travel safely. Smiling at the young lady who is setting up her Paan stall on the road, because she represents the beginning of a good day and so on..
When I think about it, its quite simple! These are all signs, signs of familiarity, signs of goodness; signs that all is fine and I can carry on with life, just the same way as I always have. Its someone’s way of telling us that change isn’t all that bad, and that we are not that ill-equipped to handle change, because, in that change we will find a new “habit”..
So you know what, give yourselves some credit! There’s no change which you can’t handle. Go forth and face it..That’s the beauty of, what they fondly called, Life! 🙂