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Why did friend Gulshan not like 11-12-13 synchronised date?
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 12 Dec 2013

11-12-13 was the last synchronised date of this century. Many people around the world got excited to make it a special and cherished date of their lives. In India, quite a few young couples got married on this date and some expectant mothers delivered babies on this date.

According to my neighbour, there was no harm in celebrating unique dates and remembering about them as a part of general knowledge. "I get irritated when go overboard with special dates and try to manipulate and organize a life event for good luck on such dates," he said.

My neighbour was most critical about cesarean births on this date. He strongly felt we must leave the day of birth to nature rather than manipulating it. He was of the view that better we be natural and love diversity.

This reminded me of a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche as “At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.”

Another friend, Gulshan, said he was only interested in one number combination and that’s 36-24-36. This made me laugh and later, I took to writing to a limerick titled "Gulshan's Number Interest". The rap limerick goes as follows.

There once was a chap named Gulshan,

Who liked only one number combination.

He said that eleven-twelve-thirteen pricks.

But he liked thirty six-twenty four-thirty six.

To the latter, he had a mental fixation.