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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

From weddings to babies, Mumbaiites plan their 12-12-12

Mugdha Variyar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 12, 2012
First Published: 01:35 IST(12/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:37 IST(12/12/2012)

Navnit Chudasama is set to open the first bank account for his new construction firm on Wednesday — 12/12/12, a date considered special for its numerical uniqueness.

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“It is a lucky day to start a business. I will try to arrange it at 12:12pm to make it more special,” said Chudasama, a Dahisar resident.

Many Mumbaiites have planned to make 12/12/12 special as there won’t be another date with repetitive digits till the next century. From launching ventures to having babies, the date has become important despite not having any astrological significance.

Rohan Sharma (name changed on request), 15, will undergo a bariatric surgery, where he will lose about 60kg from his 126kg-frame. “The surgery was scheduled for last month, but I waited because it is a special day and I will be undergoing a life-changing surgery,” said the Powai resident.

Several gynaecologists will be conducting caesareans as parents want this birth date for their children. “We have nine caesareans planned,” said Dr Vanita Raut, gynaecologist, Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai. “Patients have requested that the baby’s birth time be 12:12pm.”

However, many expecting parents have avoided the day. “The day is not considered auspicious, which is why two of my patients, who were due for caesareans decided to advance their surgeries,” said Dr Rishma Pai, gynaecologist from Lilavati Hospital, Bandra.

Lots of weddings too have been planned but astrologers say the day holds no special meaning. “The day is not particularly auspicious or bad astrologically as per the Hindu calendar,” said Vedic Rishi, an astrologer from Andheri. “It is just hype.”

 


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