BENGALURU:They say a sew in time saves nine, and in India there's a “proper time” to make that sew – among 6 am and 6pm. No save withinside the metropolis will promote you a needle after 6 pm. They consider it brings awful luck.
According to a shopkeeper at Kheteshwar Gift Centre in Vasanth Nagar, even supposing double the sale charge is offered, “ninety nine according to cent of the stores withinside the metropolis won’t exchange in needles after 6 pm”.
It is taken into consideration unfortunate and the notion is that the commercial enterprise may also fall apart if needle is traded withinside the hour after the diya is lit, so the shopkeeper will both inform you that they don’t have needles to promote or that you should purchase one withinside the morning.
On a bigger scale, needles aren't imported after 6 pm. T S Chandrashekar, deputy director of Korea-India exchange (KOTRA), says that the needle imports from Korea are halted at nighttime and resumes withinside the morning. Needle Industries India Limited positioned in Jayanagar sells the closing bunch at 5.30 pm.
Why, you can ask... It has been an ongoing subculture and no one is aware of the precise motive why.
“It (buying and selling needles after dusk) is an insult to the solar god,” says Chandrashekar. “Normally sewing is to be performed withinside the day and we do it below the mild of the solar, so we chorus from insulting the god,” he adds.
One of the legends is going that nighttime is the time that solar god returns domestic after a protracted day’s paintings. Anything that comes withinside the manner of the solar god be it combing hair or stitching is taken into consideration blasphemous.
Interestingly, the British rule simplest served to deepen such beliefs, says Professor Narendra Nayak, president of Federation of Indian Rationalists Association. “As it turned into as soon as stated the solar in no way units at the British Empire, the empire endorsed those myths that brought on a greater ardent worship of the solar god.”
Logic Drives It
The superstition originated at a time while there has been no electricity, and might have been a cautionary degree to keep away from mishandling the needle withinside the dark. “The superstition has been carried on withinside the concept that my father used to do it so will I do it,” says Rajani K S, nation secretary of Break Through Science Society organisation.
“Since the shopkeepers consider that they may lose cash if the needle is traded at night time, they have become very careful and might now no longer like to check it.”
Now that there's mild, the shopkeepers nonetheless abide via way of means of the vintage subculture frequently invoking the wrath from younger customers. Millennial have little concept approximately this superstition this is typical all around the country.
Akash Manker who turned into going round at 7.30 pm in Pune to buy a needle and stitch a torn blouse turned into instructed to shop for a thread and needle withinside the morning.
Expressing his anger on his social media page, he wrote that if India turned into be like Sweden with six-months of night time then 1/2 of the populace might be going round in torn clothes. There had been many that agreed together along with his view.
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