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Professor Mehta turned around and addressed his students, ‘This pathway here is forbidden, reserved exclusively for the Gods.’

Praful scoffed, ‘Yet another superstition! This is ridiculous.’

The professor smiled, ‘I’ve always enjoyed your views, Praful. But you do not have to scoff at everything contrarian to your views.’

‘Really, Professor? Why load the current generation with the age old superstitions?’

‘I agree that some superstitions are just that, superstitions. But, there are a lot of other superstitions which have their roots in valid scientific explanations.’

‘Like?’

‘Your grandmother might have told you not cut your fingernails after dark. Why?’

‘I don’t know.’

‘It was just a safety measure in the pre-electricity days to ensure that you didn’t cut your fingers by mistake in the dark. Similarly, the chillies and lemon hung from a thread in front of the houses was nothing but a natural anti-bacterial measure.’

‘What about this, then?’

‘There are live land-mines under this small strip of land which couldn’t be removed then. Hence, the no-entry sign. Let’s just take the side entrance.’

Word Count: 175

Written in response to the picture prompt provided by Yarnspinnerr for FFFAW hosted by Priceless Joy. 

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