The owner of this fruit stand clearly doesn’t want to take any chances. He has an angel watching over it, and melons painted with bizarre faces to divert envy. It’s quite a common practice to uglify things and even babies because it is believed that envy will cause misfortune. This is why you’ll often see a little demon mask on buildings or vehicles, and little black spots painted on babies’ faces. Incidentally, this is why you should generally avoid telling parents how cute or beautiful their children are. Anyway, I love this photo, which I took yesterday in Chennai.

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