Sunday, May 10, 2009
This goddamn heat is such a deterrent.I had planned to study all evening...ah but well the Lord had different plans for me.I woke up all sweaty from my afternoon nap and found myself to be in a crabby mood once again.But I took out my books anyway.However getting myself to concentrate on whatever I was reading was a different thing altogether.Finally I gave up and decided to respond to mum's repeated summons from the living room to join her.Well she was watching a movie on our local cable channel called 13B.
Does it ring a bell?If it does then good.If it doesn't,then don't worry.I'll refresh your memory or rather tell you about it(in case you've never heard of the movie)
Well it tells the story of Manohar,a middle class working guy,and his family who have shifted to this new apartment at the address 13B something.And like the mother of all horror movie cliches the freakin' apartment is haunted by the ghosts of not 1,not 2...but 8 people who had all been mercilessly bludgeoned to death by a psychopath.(well not exactly...the guy was avenging his brother who'd committed suicide 'cause of the family)
Now of course these spirits are still roaming around in the same apartment they used to live in as a family 30 years ago with the purpose of revenge.And they use a tv(ridiculous huh?) to communicate with the present occupants.And weird things start happening-like Manohar's face appearing distorted in pictures taken with his cell phone inside the apartment,the milk turning sour everyday and the weirdest of all...a tv serial by the name Sab Khairiyat(Everything's fine) airing at 1 o'clock or at 13:00 hours which strangely enough follows the exact story of Manohar and his family's daily life.
Anyway without going into the details,the film ends with the psychopath doc who killed the previous inhabitants,getting killed and everything returning to normal.(Huh as if anyone expected anything different -_-)
The thing is I'm not here to talk about the movie.It is a B grade flick anyway.(Or something between A and B...A-- maybe?)The movie just got me thinking about the superstitions revolving around the number 13.Unlucky 13 to be precise.
Unlucky 'cause Jesus had his Last Supper with his 12 apostles which meant that there were 13 people at the table.Unlucky 'cause King Philip secretly ordered the mass arrest of The Knights Templar on Friday,October 13th,1307.Friday,the 13th supposedly(allegedly may I say) even decided the outcome of the Battle of Hastings in which King Harold 2 got killed!
And who can forget the popular American horror franchise of Friday,The 13th that consists of 12 slasher movies?
A hell lot other bad stuff occurred on Friday,the 13ths.I'm not going into all the details.Check Wiki to get your answers.I'm only typin' this out to highlight the kind of celebrity spotlight any Friday,the 13th enjoys.
I even read somewhere that the famed U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt used to skip work on Friday,the 13ths.
Different studies reveal that the rate of road accidents,thefts and reports of fire are comparitively less when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are more cautious or just stay home.(doesn't this kind of prove that Friday,the 13th is a relatively safer day?-_-)
I mean,seriously...WHAT THE HELL?So much fear instilled in the hearts of common people 'cause of a lame number?
I know we all are superstitious in some way or the other.But c'mon isn't this a bit too extreme? -_-
I'm sure if Jesus woulda been alive he woulda asked people to believe in things that actually worked in favour of the greater good...not in some silly superstition that is a hindrance to progress of any kind.