The conspiracy theories regarding Covid19 has kept me on the tenterhooks. I am a huge fan of suspense thrillers and science fiction. Therefore a real-life science conspiracy theory caught my attention. I was spending the whole day reading theories online, listening on YouTube and watching them on Television. China was blaming America and Trump was calling it ‘Chinese Virus’ and our WhatsApp and Facebook were getting flooded with messages/voice messages from random people who claimed they have decoded the ‘conspiracy’.
Many referred to a book called “The Eyes of Darkness” by Dean Koontz that had predicted the pandemic, some referred to the TEDtalk by Bill Gates and the movie Contagion. By the way, Contagion was actually quite eerie to watch. It was almost a premonition of the current situation. If you have not already watched it then go and watch it. It is streaming on Amazon Prime.
Today, I am going to talk about the theory that I loved the most. No, it was not by any journalist, biological warfare specialist or any special agent. This theory was given by my sister’s house help and this is undoubtedly the best. Before I tell the theory let me acquaint you with Goddess Manasha and Goddess Shitola. They are the goddesses of snakes and contagious diseases respectively.
One morning my sister’s house help came and said: “Boudi (sister-in-law), stop eating Chinese food, you will get cursed.” My sister got curious. The lady went on “Do you know why this Coronavirus is spreading?” My sister nodded. She said, “Because Ma Manasa got angry” This made my sister even more curious. Why would Ma Manasa, the goddess of snakes get angry? The lady understood what my sister was thinking she continued “You know these Chinese people they eat snakes. Sometimes even raw snakes. When Ma Manasa saw that they were eating her pets, she got furious. So she went to Ma Shitola and asked her to curse these people with a contagious disease. So, Ma Shitola spread this new contagious virus. Now see for yourself how these people are suffering.” She took a long breath. My sister now had two questions. Firstly, why did Ma Manasa not curse these people on her own, instead took help from Shitola?. Secondly, if this was meant to curse the Chinese then why the whole world is suffering?
Her madam had quick responses. Ma Manasa couldn’t do this because spreading a virus is easier than spreading snakes. Second, all those who love Chinese cuisine will suffer. My sister didn’t know how to control her laughter, somehow she managed to keep a straight face and asked ‘what is the solution then?’ the lady replied ‘completely give up eating Chinese food and pray to both the goddesses morning and evening.’
Let me know if you heard any such bizarre theory regarding the Coronavirus. I would love to know.