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I starve on Tuesdays

My mother's superstitious streak was so tiring that I have not allowed it to influence me. One could neither sneeze nor fart in her presence for if one did, she would disappear into thin air, says hairstylist Sylvie

india Updated: Aug 26, 2002 12:22 IST
PTI

My mother's superstitious disposition was so tiring that there was no way that I was going to let it influence me. One could neither sneeze nor fart in her presence for if one did, she would disappear into thin air in nervousness. There were so many do's and don'ts. For instance, she believed if one happens to spill salt on the floor or anywhere for that matter, it was ominous and portended someone's death. Exasperated, I would argue with her all the time, "Mother, what if you are in the company of a sloppy person. How many people would die that way?" The good old lady is in heaven now but my sister, who is a replica of my mother in this regard, refuses to see reason.

And what should I say to my customers who wouldn't get their hair trimmed or cut on Tuesdays and Thursdays and God knows which all days more... Don't deprive me of my bread and butter because of your unreasonable beliefs. I starve on Tuesdays; I have no money on me that day! Please don't do that to me.

First Published: Aug 14, 2002 15:18 IST