Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Of Chilies and Limes

Hanging in front of some homes, businesses, and even on some vehicles (particularly those that are new) is a string of chilies and a whole lime. Known as a nimboo-mirchi, its purpose is to ward off the evil eye cast by neighbors, onlookers, and enemies. Likewise, any ill wishes or feelings of harbored jealousy are said to dissipate. Nimbu-mirchis can also remind us of the sweet moments that are sure to follow more sour events in life.

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