We bought a baby stroller for the first time when my son was born in Singapore. After putting a tika (red vermilion powder) on the stroller, my mother asked me to put an ant on the stroller and give it a ride, before placing my son on it. I was startled.
“This is for the safety of my grandson if any untoward has to happen, it will happen to the ant”, my mother said.
“But we are not sending him to Mars on the stroller; to test it on an ant first”, I said. My argument did not amuse her.
“From where do I get an ant here?”, I asked. “Put any God’s idol and give him the ride.”, she replied.
Even scientists at NASA have been using a similar concept. Who am I to challenge the belief?