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Victim of your own thoughts !!!

August 30, 2009

Friends call him a live cricket encyclopedia. And why not, Shimu is a die hard cricket fan. Today is the day he was waiting for a long time. India v/s Australia final. After witnessing India’s bowling performance in the first half, Shimu was quite sure India will be lifting up the cup.

While watching the Indian batting in the middle overs, he left his seat to grab a cuppa of coffee. When he returned back, to his dismay, he noticed India lost a key wicket. “Look at those crazy fellows, one good chance they have got to beat Aussies and they are fucking it up.” He said angrily to himself. This sequence continued a couple of times. 

Every time he left his seat, India lost a wicket. He got desperate and fear of losing started grappling his mind. He decided not to leave his seat until the match gets over. With more ups and downs, however without losing any wicket, India won the game. Shimu was probably the happiest man in the world; however, he became a victim of one of the most incomprehensible phenomenon of the world. 

Any idea what am I talking about here? Well this phenomenon is called Superstition, which has gripped millions of people around the world centuries after centuries and has forced them to believe in something which can never be explained using normal equations of cause and effect.

Most superstitions are usually harmless. Wearing your lucky shirt, lucky tie on the day of your interview and writing an exam with a lucky pen. So, what exactly is the problem with being superstitious? Superstition is so powerful that it leads you to attribute your successes to something outside yourself. This essentially means that you are held back from unleashing your own inner strengths and abilities. Loss of confidence. 

First problem!!! Even if something negative happens one is not going to attribute the failure of the outcome to the superstition. The person will start blaming other factors and not the superstition. One never kills his superstition and because of this, the pile of superstition keeps on increasing and then we graciously pass the baggage to our children who follow these superstitions blindly. Second problem!!!

Well, these little rituals of magic are so much part of our culture that we do not question, forget questioning, we don't even notice. Don’t let superstition rule your mind and wreck your life. Instead, try hard to overcome your fears by increasing your confidence, inspiring authority in your decisions and trust in your actions. You will then realize and enjoy the person who is truly you and not someone like Shimu.

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41 Comments: to “ Victim of your own thoughts !!!

  • Vipul Grover
    August 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM  

    A nice write up thr as alwez..
    No debate this time as i agree with u wrd 2 wrd:)

  • VJ Sophie
    August 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

    The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.

  • Anonymous
    August 30, 2009 at 1:02 PM  

    You are right.. superstition infests us all..
    like I used wear a particular stripped shirt while going to take exams, even if it got stunk after two days of wearing...

  • One more level..
    August 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

    We Indians are especially prone to being victims of ridiculous and sometimes hilarious superstitions. Even agnostic guys do once in a while resort to weird practices like having a tablespoon of curd before goin for an imp exam. I myself was subject to taking a bit of "holy soil" before my boards (and yeah, I did marvellously at em). Even for the coming exams, I plan to wear a flaming red jersey to every one of them; but this isn't due to superstition. Its just because I think I look good in that. So, interpretation of what superstition is and what it isn't, is an elusive concept altogether.

  • http://whysoserioustoday.blogspot.com
    August 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM  

    @ Vipul : no debate :( haahaha ...
    nice I like it :)
    thank u so much for appreciating :)

    @ VJ : very true :)
    cudnt agree more :)

  • http://whysoserioustoday.blogspot.com
    August 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM  

    @ RS: haha ... I like ur honesty :)


    @ One more : Well it does harm smetyms ... like a cat crossing the road n all or infact in sme villages ppl oso say jus coz a women is a widow she is unlucky ... nw tht sucks big tym !!!

  • One more level..
    August 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM  

    Awrite, so we agree on one fundamental solution to fuckin remove ignorance & superstition from the country, right?

    ... Education ...
    Thanfully, I believe that in rural India is making a great deal of progress in terms of distinguishing stupidity from practicality. Like, it was only 2 days before that I read about a full 50% quota for women being established in Gram Panchayats. Point is, make people aware that superstition is just a baseless act & a lotta good cud be done. (rambling on pretty much I guess) :)

  • Anonymous
    August 30, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

    very well put! :)

    even i agree with u word to word! straight forward and true post! :)

  • Musings of a lonely traveler
    August 30, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

    We all have some superstitious beliefs in us; pity that we donot realize that it's a mere superstition until someone points out to us. Good writing :)

  • Bharathi
    August 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM  

    For a moment I thought you would favour for superstition. But you didnt. I have exactly same view as yours in this topic. I feel your writing has improved a lot. Keep writing topics like this.

  • Noelle V. Dotillos
    August 30, 2009 at 8:30 PM  

    Filipinos are very superstitious too! My mom insisted that I wear a red underwear on the day of my licensure exam. Hahaha! :D Oh well, I believe that superstition is okay.. as long as it doesn't get in the way with your relationships, or your life in general, then it's okay. ;) Great post!

  • Shankar
    August 30, 2009 at 8:50 PM  

    I agree with what you said.... But sometimes it has negative effects too...Like you say someone is writing a exam with his/her lucky pen..

    being superstitious makes them believe that even without preparing for exam,their lucky pen can write something and helps them to pass the exam. So these kinds of beliefs should always be limited...

    They decrease the self confidence and you always rely upon something
    which dont exist...

  • Indian Pundit
    August 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM  

    Very good post Suga.
    Superstition is a mixture of stupidity and habit.

    Its an outcome of coincidences.

  • Amit414@ITBHU
    August 30, 2009 at 9:39 PM  

    NIce post... :)
    I think..
    Where ever Probability of winning and loosing is very much close... We build certain superstition based on our own conclusion...
    Lack of trust and Knowledge breeds superstition...I feel superstition in any form is alarming as it chokes one's thinking process and poison rationality.....

    cheers!!

  • Abby Kihano
    August 30, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

    no, i think it's coincidence. people just likes to make up stories. hahaha. no i'm kidding. i don't believe in those >.>


    anyway, i love your song! WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENNNNNNDDS

  • Yellow Tulip
    August 30, 2009 at 10:34 PM  

    soo true indeed...totally agree with u dear..sometimes i guess being superstitious is easy way than to fight our fears...good post:)..keep posting:)

  • Ekam
    August 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM  

    True. Agree with you word to word

  • HaRy!!
    August 31, 2009 at 4:29 AM  

    hmm yes being superstitious is OK, but i mean unless in a way that does not harm yu!.. like for example some times more than the factor it drives yu to perform well!, as of now still i take my pen for any important meetings ever since i started this for my placement(its damn old now :)) , but that's totally harmless...but i have frnds who still do stupid things that cud almost make them lose their day!..now that's weird ...nice write!!! eye opening ?:)

  • Zayida
    August 31, 2009 at 4:47 AM  

    yup...very true!

    superstiotions just make you a slave of certain beliefs and you dont live ur life to urself!

    Nice post.:)

  • Mishika
    August 31, 2009 at 6:23 AM  

    I have this friend who so very completely believes that its her not leaving her seat till the match is over that gets India to win. And since there are so many others who think the same, its actually quite bizarre!
    Superstitious or not, after a point in time you just start blaming everything on "destiny". Thats the first indicator of you losing control over your life!

  • sobhit
    August 31, 2009 at 6:57 AM  

    hmm interesting... so wots ur superstition???

  • Mustaf
    August 31, 2009 at 8:20 AM  

    Very well written, every bit of word is so true..:)

  • Saad Shaikh
    August 31, 2009 at 9:30 AM  

    ekdum dhansu likhela hai.. :P Lol.. seriously..

    even I don't believe in superstitions.. I simply don't like the fact that I am not responsible for the success I am.. let alone attribute it to something as silly as a superstition.. ofcourse, I'll attribute my success to God too.. :) nothing happens without His will, as we say.. ;)

    good topic.. :)

  • ♥ ♥ Vinnie ° ♥ ♥
    August 31, 2009 at 10:17 AM  

    b'fully written..your write up alwys has smth to learn.
    tc

  • http://whysoserioustoday.blogspot.com
    August 31, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

    @ everyone : Thank you :)


    @Abby : Thanks tht u noticed it ... check out the playlist on the blog ... m sure u will like other songs too ... hav fun :)

  • BK Chowla
    August 31, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

    We all,well most of us, are superstitious.Yes some of may not want to accept the reality.lest we get labelled backwards.

  • Harini
    September 1, 2009 at 3:06 AM  

    I am like Shimu i guess... if i am some where and India does well i hardly move. Dint even watch sometimes as when ever i saw a wicket was down :P.

    But on a serious note... you are damn right we attribute our success to superstitions and some times luck which over shadows once ability. But except for cricket I am nt supersititous at all :P

  • Vinay
    September 1, 2009 at 7:09 AM  

    nice post ..

    .. i don't completely agree though. superstition in general is bad, but when it's related to something you are passionate about (like exams), it gives a little assurance and pushes positive confidence ..

  • Americanising Desi
    September 1, 2009 at 8:05 AM  

    i dont like to bind myself.
    no matter in what it is.
    superstition i find heckless and yet i fall for it sometimes myself :(

  • Jammy
    September 1, 2009 at 8:19 AM  

    I agree 100%.
    But sometimes one can't help but be superstitious.

    Even I am quite superstitious. Recently in the finals of Nehru Cup, at the time of penalty shootout, I noticed if me and dad watch it in separate rooms, its good for India.

    So, I forced dad to go to different room..!!!

  • http://whysoserioustoday.blogspot.com
    September 1, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

    @ Sobhit : hah .. mine ... I kinda believe in fengshui stuff n all n consider it as lucky :P

  • http://whysoserioustoday.blogspot.com
    September 1, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

    @ Jammy : hehe ... so funny ... hehe :P

  • अनिल कान्त :
    September 1, 2009 at 11:14 AM  

    aapne sahi kaha main aapki baat se sahmat hoon

  • Anonymous
    September 1, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

    very true post ..i agree with you on almost everything..

    Superstition is a habit when it comes to exams..i remember making my mom buy all pink shade dresses for public exams..(Pink is my lucky clr)

    hahha..:)

    Its harmless to some extent.sometimes it boots us with confidence..!

  • Mural!
    September 2, 2009 at 5:44 AM  

    I personally don't believe in superstitions but love to have some small quack of my own/ enjoy observing them in others :D

  • Roshmi Sinha
    September 3, 2009 at 2:42 AM  

    Right! Infact, folks tend to forget that success is 99% perspiration...

  • pra
    September 3, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

    I agree with you totally! Nicely written!

  • Satyu
    September 3, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

    Beautiful write up yaar.

    takecare
    keep smiling

  • Pritish
    September 6, 2009 at 7:02 AM  

    i was a firm believer of superstitions but not anymore. create your own destiny.. do not allow destiny to creat you.

  • Indimag
    September 17, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

    While relying on superstition is bad it should not be confused with the ritual to get yourself in the zone -- pretty common for sportsters, performers.

    Kinda like a Michael Phelps listening to his favorite song set on his iPod till minutes before the race to get in the mood.

    Nice write up..

  • http://whysoserioustoday.blogspot.com
    September 17, 2009 at 9:53 PM  

    @ Indimag : hey thanks so much for dropping by ... well as stated above it is fyn to be superstitious if its makin u happy n confident ... bt if there's a boundation tn tht is harmful !!!

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