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This Stupendous ... Humunguous Stupidity

Called "Karva Chauth" or some such thing.

I remember 20 or 30 years ago, my mom would go to the terrace of our officicial govenrment quarter and do some worshipping of the Moon on some day of the year.

I don't know what the occasion was but I was skeptical of that even then.

And now I find out that in North India, married folks have this crazy thing called Karva Chauth ...

I would never have thought it possible that people who appear to be so educated on the surface and make good money doing professional jobs would fall for all these non-sensical, meaningless rituals and traditions.

And sure enough I happened to see one channel airing the Bachchan family's observance of the same ...

I do not know how truly religious the Bachchans are ... since Amitabh almost came back from the dead after his famous accident, that experience might have made him particularly religious ...

Although for someone trained in science like me, such near death experienes would not necessarily lead me to suddenly become all pious and religious ...

Let me put this on the record: If I were married, I would not mind if my wife had affairs with other men (as long as she was honest with me about that), but I would certainly not tolerate such illogical nonsense as Karva Chauth, etc.

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