My Mom has these podikai's as we call it in Malayalam. These shortcuts. Some of them are quite quaint.
Like this one.
As you know, there is this concept of raahu kaalam, which is basically an inauspicious time to embark on anything good. Exams, interviews, joining a new job, going on a long journey, getting operated upon... for all these, raahu kaalam was looked into and avoided, as much as possible.
While we were younger, we used to consult the good 'ol Manorama or Mathrubhoomi calendar for the time of 'raahu kaalam' But looking up the calendar was not always possible, especially if we were not at home. Then, we used to make a call to good 'ol Mom and she never failed us.
Her method was simple- just a little sentence- eleven boys had a good football club. We would hear her mutter this seemingly silly sentence and fiddle with her fingers, and a few seconds later, she would pronounce the raahu kaalam!
It never failed to intrigue us. And when we were younger, she maintained that it was magic. But now she's let her grown daughter into the magic.
And I'm giving it to you guys- for the fun of it, as well as for you to put to good use if you want to. For, eleven boys have a good football club never fails!
Eleven boys have a good football club.
7 days of the week, stating with Mon, and 7 letters in 'eleven boys have a good football club'.
Today being Wed, lets take it that you want to find the raahu kaalam on Wed.
Wed is the third day of the week.
Third word in 'eleven boys have a good football club' is HAVE. Take the first letter of the word, which is H.
Count up to H on your fingers.
You get 8, right? Halve it. You get 4, right?
Add 8+4. You get 12.
Bingo! You have the start of raahu kaalam. It lasts for one and a half hours, so you have raahu kaalam on Wed from 12 noon to 1.30pm.
Try it guys, and have fun!
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