In Nepal, we follow plenty of superstitions without even thinking twice. We have them engrained so well in our day to day affairs that we act first and then think about them. The other day during dinner I asked for a green chilly. My grandson brought one to me and put it in a plate, though I had my hand out. Traditionally chilly is not put directly in someone’s hand. He also believed putting a chilly directly into someone’s hand invites fighting. Later I thought about it and had a good laugh. I don’t think he even considered it for a bit, because it had become a habit where certain things are done spontaneously. The above incident reminded me of another instance from a long time ago.