Well ! My ammamma (granma) would call it the will of Bhavani thalli (the super-duper mother Goddess and associated religious theory .. )
My mom associates it with Sai Baba, the bearded dude in saffron who inspired my outstanding (all pun intended) name too.
I call it the Fox-park theory (originally known as Nakka Thokkudu prabanjanam — in Telugu, the language where it was first conceptualized). For this amusing/crazy/funny/ridiculous/whatever thought-phenomenon, refer to the author’s previous post
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one of the world’s craftiest cynics (with an outer cover of a rationalist) calls it the Black Swan contingency. After having rattled my brain to understand his takes on the unexplained by pattern , I now have a serious headache!! Here is an example to initiate mass-market mental harakiri
Anyway, the last time I came to Hyderabad, the flyover at Begumpet collapsed . This time, there was a thunderstorm. The flame of the aarti always makes it a point to get extinguished when its my turn at the temple to swipe my hands over it.
Yeah ! Fool hardy fears! But would your grandma treat me, with the same courtesy if she were to know these?? Shit ! It is scary when unrelated co-incidence and black swan situations are correlated.
Now again, it leads to a head-ache 😐 the temple lamp going off when near me is jokingly remarked by dad as being the quality of Ravana, the demon-king. Curse the rodent’s lost food pipe ! Now I am being called Ravana. I would never run away with an other man’s wife ! Even if he lacks the potential to attack me with a contingent of monkeys and bridge-building contractors 😉
Black swans, living and reading black swans, unwanted-Ravana-effect, random Fox park incidents, …. hmm ! Life is getting at a thinking level, quite unpredictably adventurous!
– Ghost Runner