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Friday the 13th
March, 2004

Both historically and superstitiously, Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky number and a disastrous day. We know of so many incidents in the past that reconfirm our worst notions about the day – last supper, Norse feast, crucifixion of the Christ, the murder of Abel, the massacre of the innocent people of Harod…the list is unending. It is said if 13 people sit down to dinner together on Friday the 13th, all will die within a year.

So, when one of our friends invited us for dinner on Friday the 13th, 2004, I jokingly asked him if he couldn’t find a better day than that. Little did I know that my apprehension would turn out to be true.

On Friday the 13th, I overslept a little and just before I got up, I was dreaming death. My brother had called to tell me that my father was no more. I woke up with a start. I had been having such dreams since my father’s ill-fated accident that lead to a long term coma, but this particular dream was most vivid. I wanted to call up home but my fears prevented me from doing so. They say early morning dreams are usually true. What if...?

All through the day, I tried to shove off such thoughts from my mind and concentrate on other things. In the late evening, when we were heading toward our friend’s house, we received the dreaded news from India that confirmed my dream and fears. My father had left me.

Once more Friday the 13th had proved its inauspiciousness, ill-fatedness, and ominousity.

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