1- Parents induce labor to deliver babies at auspicious times.

Superstitious parents in India are known to have c-sections, or to plan ahead and induce labor at times that are considered auspicious. Some Hindus believe that being born at a certain time will better a child’s future.

2- People put up photos of deities on building walls to prevent public urination.

Nearly 50% of India’s population is said not to have a toilet at home and public defecation is a huge problem. BBC columnist Rahul Tandon wrote about a home where people had put up photos of Indian deities to prevent people from urinating on their walls. This was also mentioned in Rohinton Mistry’s 1991 novel, “Such A Long Journey.”

3- Elephants come back for revenge

After a train hit and killed an elephant in India, the herd stayed on to mourn. An elephant-chasing squad was brought in from Bengal but the elephants eventually returned and rampaged through through the village, damaging 10 homes.

4- Banks have no locks on their front door.

In Shani Shingnapur, a famous temple town in Maharashtra, residents have houses without doors and locks because they believe it is protected by Lord Shani. The town got its first commercial bank, UCO Bank, in 2011 and it has no lock on its front door.

5- Men spend thousands of dollars on gold shirts.

Indian business man Datta Phuge spent $230,888 on a gold shirt. He told the Pune Mirror “I know I am not the best looking man in the world but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt”.

Back in 2011, designer Amitabh Chandel said he made a $93,000 shirt of silk, gold, and solitaire diamonds for an Indian prince.

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